General Hospital will air a two-part tribute for longtime character Bobbie Spencer next week. Spencer’s character was originated by the late Jacklyn Zeman, who passed away in 2023 after a battle with cancer.
The episodes, which will air on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11, will show the cast grappling with the aftermath of Spencer’s shocking death at her memorial service. According to episodes summaries from ABC, Carly (Laura Wright) will “reckon with her family’s past and close her mother’s unfinished business” and dedicate a “lovely tribute” to her mother.
Speaking to People, Wright said “the entire cast was there” to shoot Spencer’s memorial episode.
“And it wasn’t just for Bobbie; it was for Jackie as well,” Wright said. “I mean, walking on set and seeing her photo, seeing all the pamphlets of like when you come to a memorial or a celebration of life, the pamphlet speaking about the individual and who is going to speak, it was bittersweet. It was about Jackie and everyone was so present. … It was like we as a cast got to really say goodbye.”
Zeman starred in over a thousand episodes of General Hospital since she got her start in 1977. She was nominated for four Daytime Emmys during her run on the ABC series. She took a break in 2010, but soon returned to reprise her role in 2013.
She passed away in May 2023 at the age of 70.
General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini announced her death in a statement. “Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and true professional that brought so much positive energy with her to work,” he said.
Kristen Storms, Rebecca Herbst, and Kin Shriner are amongst those expected to appear in the tribute episodes.
General Hospital airs on weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings.