Her Life In Port Charles
When Leslie Charleson walked onto the GH soundstage in 1977, “I figured it would be for a couple years,” she recalls. “I never anticipated being on the show as long as I have!” The actress credits the late Douglas Marland, the headwriter who created the Quartermaine family, as the game-changer. “You don’t get any better than this rich, funny, eccentric, oddball, contentious family,” she raves. “I stayed around because Doug was brilliant, I liked the character, and the storylines were really good. And then it was about the people I was working with, including Stuart Damon (Alan), Peter Hansen (Lee) and Susan Brown (Gail). It got to be a really good cast… why would you leave?” In addition to dishy love triangles and general Quartermaine mayhem, Charleson went on to play ground-breaking storylines about cancer and addiction, among others. “You just don’t walk away from good material,” she concludes. “As an actor, you stick with it — and I did!”
Charleson got hooked on Monica and the Quartermaines.