We share with great sadness the news of the passing of Jacklyn Zeman, the gifted actress known for her cherished role as Bobbie Spencer on the long-running soap opera “General Hospital.” Jacklyn’s bright light and professional demeanor brought so much positivity to the show, just like her character.
According to her family, Jacklyn Zeman’s brave battle with cancer came to an end, marking the end of an era for “General Hospital.” Having portrayed Nurse Spencer for over 40 years and appearing in more than 800 episodes, she leaves behind a significant legacy that will be forever cherished.
Her exceptional portrayal of Bobbie Spencer earned her a nomination for a Daytime Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.” This recognition is a testament to her talent and unwavering dedication to her craft.
Jacklyn’s journey as an actress began during her senior year in high school when she fell in love with acting. She pursued her passion by studying dance at New York University, which eventually led her to a successful career in the entertainment industry. Few might know that she even worked as a Playboy Bunny before landing her breakthrough role on “General Hospital.”
The news of Jacklyn’s passing has deeply touched her co-stars, who have expressed their love and admiration for her. Kathleen Gati shared her heartbreak, describing Jacklyn as one of the most generous individuals she has ever encountered. Brad Cooper’s on-screen partner, Parry Shen, referred to her as a “true legend” and recalled enjoying her anecdotes about the show’s early days.
Jacklyn Zeman’s portrayal of Bobbie Spencer has left a lasting impression on the devoted audience who loved her. Her vibrant energy and compassionate heart will be dearly missed by all.
During this challenging time, we extend our deepest sympathies to her children, Cassidy and Lacey, as well as to her family, friends, and loyal fans. May her legacy continue to shine brightly, and may her loving spirit be forever treasured and remembered in the years to come.
Some things about her life:
Zeman had several small parts before landing a regular role in the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live playing Lana McClain from 1976 to 1977. Later that year, she was cast as Bobbie Spencer on the sister-soap General Hospital, a role she played on a regular basis until 2010. Zeman received three Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and one Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations for her role. Since 2013, Zeman appeared on General Hospital on a recurring basis.
Outside soap operas, Zeman appeared in the 1982 comedy film National Lampoon’s Class Reunion and had a cameo in the spoof comedy film Young Doctors in Love. She starred in the made-for-television movies Jury Duty: The Comedy (1990) opposite Heather Locklear and Montana Crossroads (1993) opposite Kellie Martin. She performed in off-Broadway and other productions including Come Blow Your Horn, Barefoot in the Park, and The Boy Friend. Zeman received another Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her regular role as Sofia Madison in the streaming series The Bay in 2021.
Zeman was married three times and had two daughters, Cassidy and Lacey, from third husband Glenn Gorden. Her first husband was Murray Kaufman, known professionally as Murray the K, a DJ. Her second husband was Steve Gribbin.
Zeman was a close friend of GH co-star Shell Kepler (nurse Amy Vining). Zeman delivered a eulogy at Kepler’s funeral.
Zeman was also close to GH co-star Anna Lee (wealthy matriarch Lila Quartermaine), to whom Zeman paid tribute in 2004, prior to Lee’s death. She stated that Lee had been like a “surrogate grandmother” to her, both on and off the camera: “I have great respect and admiration for Anna Lee personally and professionally. She was always a pleasure to spend time with both on and off the set. I still think of her often and I feel blessed to have experienced her friendship and her amazing sense of humor. I miss her beautiful smiling face.”