Her Life In Port Charles

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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.

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