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Six-time Day­time Em­my­win­ning makeup artist Donna Messina, who was the head of the hair and makeup depart­ment at GH, passed away on De­cem­ber 6. She was 59.

Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer Frank Valen­tini con­firmed the news in a state­ment, say­ing, “Donna Messina joined the GEN­ERAL HOSPI­TAL fam­ily on 8/26/1982. Any­one who’s been to set knows the hair and make-up depart­ment is syn­ony­mous with Donna. To say her pres­ence will be missed, is an un­der­state­ment. She was an in­cred­i­bly warm, witty and all around great gal. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones — She touched ev­ery life in the stu­dio and we are just heart­bro­ken. We are all griev­ing this loss.”

Messina was a beloved fig­ure be­hind the scenes at GH, and her death in­spired heart­felt trib­utes from cast mem­bers past and present. Ge­nie Fran­cis (Laura) wrote, “God bless sweet Donna Messina. A great friend and mother hen of us all. We went to her with our feel­ings, we could speak freely & we knew we were safe.. and when we needed it, she would give us a stern no bull talk­ing to, to set us straight. There was no bet­ter friend. God­speed.”

Mau­rice Be­nard (Sonny) noted, “Some­times you meet some­one in life you just con­nect with and then un­for­tu­nately life just takes that per­son away. And no mat­ter how much your heart breaks you want to re­mem­ber the good times.” Call­ing Messina “my best friend my sis­ter”, he added, “I will never for­get what you meant in my life.” Fi­nola Hughes (Anna) praised Messina as “an ex­tra­or­di­nary part of our #GH fam­ily” and “the very heart of our show, the glue if you will. She loved #GH she loved each of us, she was our fierce leader and our fiercest de­fender. There was never a mo­ment, or a doubt in our minds, she would go to bat for any of us .... She was a mother to all, but the best

mother to her three beau­ti­ful boys.”

“We lost a beau­ti­ful soul,” Steve Bur­ton (Ja­son) posted. “The one who held it all to­gether. Was al­ways there for ev­ery­one. A mom to ev­ery­one. Some­one we can all count on. Donna Messina. I love you. Thank you. Rest In Peace.” Do­minic Zam­progna (ex-dante) re­called, “Donna wel­comed me and treated me like a long lost Ital­ian fam­ily mem­ber from day 1. Al­ways sup­port­ive al­ways smil­ing. Heart. Bro­ken. Rest easy

beau­ti­ful Donna.”

“Our dear Donna Messina,” Wally Kurth (Ned) wrote. “We will miss you so much. I al­ways loved sit­ting in your makeup chair, get­ting the low down, hear­ing the lat­est stu­dio gos­sip. You were the heart and soul of the GH hair/makeup room. Heart­break­ing. RIP.” Michelle Stafford (Nina) re­called that Messina “had such re­spect for ac­tors. She was com­pletely hon­est. She would tell me when the guy I was dat­ing was an ass--- or

too young for me or didn’t treat me right (and she was right on all ac­counts).”

Tyler Christo­pher (exniko­las; Ste­fan, DAYS) called Messina “a kind woman whom i could al­ways share a good laugh with early in the morn­ing be­fore work. You were such an in­tri­cate part of the GH ma­chine.” Jon Lind­strom (Kevin/ryan) tweeted, “I loved her, as we all did, for her sup­port and kind­ness, her no-bulls--- at­ti­tude and hon­esty. I miss her al­ready.”

Mau­rice Be­nard and Donna Messina

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