Su­san Brown’s friends and col­leagues share their mem­o­ries

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An­thony Geary (ex-Luke, GH)

“Su­san Brown was the first ac­tor I ever worked with in day­time. She played my fos­ter mother in my first soap opera, BRIGHT PROM­ISE. I had never been on the set of a soap be­fore and, like ev­ery day­time new­bie, I was over­whelmed by the speed of the process. This was 1970. My first six months or so, the show was ‘live to tape.’Which meant, once we were counted in and the cam­eras rolled, we only stopped long enough for com­mer­cials, which were in­serted from a stu­dio in New York (we were at NBC in Bur­bank). There was no stop­ping to re-do mis­takes or fix per­for­mances that weren’t work­ing. If there were mis­takes made or some­one ‘went up’ — for­got their lines or missed a move — we learned to ad­just and keep go­ing. I al­ready had some ex­pe­ri­ence on stage and a fa­cil­ity for im­pro­vi­sa­tion so these con­di­tions didn’t scare or in­tim­i­date me once Su­san sat me down and ex­plained I should think of ev­ery show as a play. The cam­eras roll, the cur­tain goes up — same thing. You live the life of the char­ac­ter un­til the cur­tain comes down or the stage man­ager says, ‘And… we’re out,’ mean­ing the show’s tap­ing was over. In that one con­ver­sa­tion, Su­san Brown taught me how to work in the medium, a les­son I turned into a ca­reer. As the years went by, I ac­tu­ally grew fond of mo­ments when mis­takes were made or un­ex­pected things hap­pened be­cause it forced spon­tane­ity into scenes that might not have been there when things ran smoothly. I had the plea­sure of work­ing with Su­san again when I joined the GH cast. She was a beau­ti­ful per­son, in­side and out. A class act; she was gen­uinely kind and car­ing, a good friend and a gen­uinely warm and gen­er­ous ac­tress. All these qual­i­ties were abun­dantly present in the char­ac­ters she played and in her in­com­pa­ra­ble pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Rest In Peace, Dear Lady.”

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