Tony Geary & Luke Spencer
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Tony Geary & Luke Spencer

An article about Tony Geary.

Anthony "Tony" Geary has played Lucas Lorenzo Spencer, better known simply as just Luke, to General Hospital fans around the world since 1978. He and Genie Francis, who also was better known as Laura Webber Baldwin, set television screens ablaze through their romantic chemistry, and almost tangible, raw sexual tension. The two quickly reached pop culture icon status as the soap opera's most popular super couple, Luke and Laura. The pair has an enormous fan base that has remained steady even today. Luke and Laura's massive popularity even extends to purely casual soap opera viewers. They were seen as fictional star-crossed lovers, and their chemistry completely inspired many, many fans.

The fictional pair got married in the year of 1981. The wedding episode was the highest daytime ever for a soap opera, episode. The wedding episode's audience included many famous fans, including Princess Diana and Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor liked the pair and the show so much that she guest starred on the show for a few episodes playing one of the couple's most serious enemies, Helena Cassadine. Elizabeth Taylor and Tony Geary even dated romantically for two years, a fact that both stars admitted to publicly years later. The villian is now played skillfully by Constance Towers who will be back on General Hospital, this summer.

Princess Diana also was a huge fan of the show, so much so that she sent Tony and Genie champagne so that they could celebrate the show's success. The pressure of fame was felt by both the stars, and they wanted to be away from their famous roles.

As time moved on, the actors themselves and their characters changed and evolved. The pair had two children, a boy and a girl. The male is played by soap and feature film actor, Jonathan Jackson. Luke and Laura divorced, but their characters will be forever intertwined in the world of soaps. Although, Laura's Genie has moved on recently to the rival drama, The Young and the Restless.

Anthony Geary is a multi-talented actor who has won multiple Emmy's over the years. He has won critical acclaim and he is a favorite with fans alike. The actor can handle both comedic elements, and dramatic story lines. While he easily excels at both comedy and drama, he shines more brightly when he is treated as a more serious character. His character is currently resisting the idea that he could be an alcoholic. Tony Geary has given the most complex and difficult performances as of late.

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Comments (4)

Nice article. I watched General Hospital in the early 80's and remember Elizabeth Taylor being on it, too.

Thank you, Tony is a talent to the soap world!

Wow, you know your celeb world well. Sad about the break up between Laura and Luke. Nicely composed article.

thank you, sweetie!