Denise Alexander, former star of General Hospital, is deeply saddened by the passing of her beloved castmate, Jacklyn Zeman. Jacklyn lost her battle with cancer on May 9, just three days after celebrating her 70th birthday and less than two weeks after her last appearance on the show.
In a heartfelt letter originally published by Soap Hub on May 15, Denise expressed her grief and shared her cherished memories of Jacklyn. She remembered Jacklyn’s voice, laughter, sweetness, sense of humor, talent, and above all, her kindness. Denise ended her letter with an expression of eternal love for her dear friend.
Jacklyn Zeman, who originated the iconic role of Bobbie Spencer over 45 years ago, was a beloved member of the General Hospital and ABC family. Her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the bad girl turned heroine left a lasting legacy. Her talent and unforgettable performance will forever be remembered.
Denise Alexander, who played Dr. Lesley Webber on General Hospital since 1973, formed a close bond with Jacklyn when she joined the show as Nurse Bobbie Spencer in 1977. Their friendship transcended the screen and continued off-camera until Jacklyn’s sudden passing.
Denise wasn’t the only former castmate to pay tribute to Jacklyn. Anthony Geary, known for his role as Luke Spencer, also shared his heartfelt sentiments. He highlighted Jacklyn’s exceptional kindness, emphasizing that she never spoke ill of anyone in a highly competitive industry known for its ego and drama. Her genuinely positive spirit was a rarity that Anthony deeply admired.
The news of Jacklyn’s passing was conveyed by Frank Valentini, an executive producer of the soap opera. He described her as a beacon of positive energy, a true professional, and a bright light who will be greatly missed. While her physical presence may be gone, her spirit and positivity will forever be cherished.
The General Hospital family also joined in expressing their love and admiration for Jacklyn. Laura Wright, who played Carly Spencer, Jacklyn’s on-screen daughter, shared her gratitude for the years they spent together. Laura highlighted Jacklyn’s incredible storytelling ability, vibrant spirit, and the love she had for her work on General Hospital.
Tamara Braun, another actress who portrayed the character of Carly, expressed her shock and heartache at the loss of Jacklyn. Tamara described their close relationship and how Jacklyn’s presence was a source of comfort and joy. She longed for the opportunity to share more moments of laughter and deep conversations with her dear friend.
Sarah Joy Brown, the first actress to play Jacklyn’s on-screen daughter in General Hospital, regarded her as a beautiful queen both inside and out. Sarah expressed immense devastation and sent her love to Jacklyn’s daughters, family, colleagues, and fans. She credited Jacklyn with guiding her to success and shaping her career.
The tributes for Jacklyn Zeman poured in, testifying to her kind and positive attitude, even during difficult times. Her legacy will endure in the hearts and minds of all those whose lives she touched.