Soap Star Jackie Zeman Dead At 70

I am, and will always be, a daytime soap opera fan.
I love them. I loved them so much that I did a research paper and presentation on the history of soaps.

The soap opera is the most intimate of mediums. You literally are committing five hours a week, 52 weeks a year, year after year. And, I have been watching for 40+ years.

I watched soaps on all three networks, but I started on ABC. When I began, the day started with Ryan’s Hope and ended with The Edge of Night.

I always loved General Hospital.

And, as long as I have been watching, Jackie Zeman has played Barbara Jean Spencer.

Bobbie Spencer is one of my Top 5 female characters in soapdom. I have loved her because of the depth and humanity Zeman brought to the character.

General Hospital will not be the same without her.



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6 Responses to Soap Star Jackie Zeman Dead At 70

  1. rikyrah says:

    Llanview (@LlanviewPA) tweeted at 5:45 PM on Sun, Aug 14, 2022:
    Jackie Zeman’s first daytime gig was as “Tony’s Place” waitress, Lana McClain on #OLTL. She had an affair with playboy Brad Vernon, who would ultimately be responsible for her death in December 1977. That same month, Gloria Monty would cast her as #GH’s Bobbie Spencer. #AfterLife

  2. rikyrah says:

    Will McKinley (@willmckinley) tweeted at 11:29 PM on Wed, May 10, 2023:
    Jacklyn Zeman (1953-2023) — a soap opera icon as Bobbie Spencer on GENERAL HOSPITAL since 1977.

    She also appeared on ONE LIFE TO LIVE and THE EDGE OF NIGHT in a 50-year career. #JackieZeman

  3. rikyrah says:

    yvette nicole brown (@YNB) tweeted at 1:11 AM on Thu, May 11, 2023:
    I am stunned. We just met when I did @GeneralHospital to honor @SonyaEddy 🕊️.

    She saw me in the hallway marveling at the #GH sign — I couldn’t believe I was actually there. I turned, saw her & immediately fan-girled. I’ve loved her all my life! She was lovely. #RIPJackieZeman 😔

  4. rikyrah says:

    Cupid! 💘 Bree (@dexjoss90) tweeted at 6:51 PM on Thu, May 11, 2023:
    Eden’s very first scene with Jackie. I loved their hugs – felt like true grandmother and granddaughter. genuine warmth filled with love. I’ll really miss their scenes!❤️💔 #RIPJackieZeman #icon #legend #nursebobbie #GH

  5. rikyrah says:

    Kin Shriner (@kinshriner) tweeted at 4:09 PM on Thu, May 11, 2023:
    A bad loss but Jackie was a tremendous force I will so miss her ! @GeneralHospital

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