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.

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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.

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