Port Charles Mourns Anne Jeffreys
Anne Jeffreys — who played GH and PORT CHARLES socialite Amanda Barrington for 20 years — passed away on September 27 at the age of 94. Her former daytime colleagues share their memories of the glamorous star with Soaps In Depth.
The In Depth Story: “I adored her,” sighs Rebecca Staab, who played Amanda’s daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, on the GH spin-off. “We would sit in hair and makeup and talk, even though she was always cameraready upon arrival.”
Kin Shriner (Scott) had a connection with Jeffreys that pre-dated GH: She knew his parents. “She used to tell me that she’d said hello to me and my brother when we were in our strollers,” he shares. “She was
such a delight — she brought that classy, Old Hollywood movie star [quality] to Amanda.”
Lynn Herring (Lucy) has never forgotten the advice Jeffreys offered her on motherhood. “She’d regretted adhering to the Hollywood code of keeping a thin profile while pregnant,” she reveals. “Anne advised me to enjoy having my child and not let anyone dictate otherwise.”
Having run in circles with Hollywood icons like Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, Jeffreys certainly had stories to share. While she’d declined to write a tellall, she was open to being the subject of a biopic. “I would like Meryl Streep to play me. She takes on so many roles in different ways,” she told In Depth. “I wouldn’t be easy to take on. My life has been so varied.” Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) remembers Jeffreys in words that most would concur with: “She was a steel rod enveloped in a beautiful woman, always refined, elegant and gracious,” he reflects. “When her husband’s health was failing, she told me, ‘I’m not ready for him to go yet.’ And she mustered a smile and carried on. A lesson for all of us in the face of adversity. I was lucky to know her.”
Grandmother Amanda and mom Elizabeth gave PC’s Alison away at her 2002 failed wedding to angel Rafe.
Before daytime, Jeffreys starred in the 1950s series TOPPER.