Following the news that One Life to Live was being canceled, Frank Valentini, the show’s executive producer, in 2011, moved from Llanview to Port Charles, becoming the showrunner of General Hospital where he’s been working his magic ever since. And now, he’s celebrating something special!
Happy Birthday, Frank Valentini
It was Valentini’s birthday on Thursday and GH stars are wishing him a happy day. The producer/director had worked at OLTL from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s as the show’s stage manager.
Next, he became the soap’s associate producer before moving up to producer in 1995. He became OLTL’s executive producer in 2003 and remained in that spot until the show left the airwaves in early 2012.
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Valentini is widely acknowledged (along with former head writer Ron Carlivati) with saving GH from cancellation just as the team of the late Gloria Monty, producer, and the late Douglas Marland, head writer, had saved the show from being axed in the late 1970s.
Now, GH stars are wishing their boss a happy birthday and many happy returns! “Happy Happy Mr. @valentinifrank Ohhh have a magical day !!!!” wrote Laura Wright (Carly).
“Frank, Wishing you a wonderful very Happy Birthday!” wrote Jackie Zeman (Bobbie). “Happiest of Birthdays @valentinfrank,” posted Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma). “Thanks for being the best boss ever. Miss you & Giant hugs.”
“Thanks for keeping me in line for all these years,” wrote Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer). “Have a great day.”
The show’s official fan club also expressed best wishes to the GH exec on his special day. “Please join the @OfficialGHFC in wishing the @valentinifrank a wonderful Happy Birthday!”
Valentini has won two Daytime Emmys for directing General Hospital (2016 and 2017) and one for Outstanding Drama Series (2017). In 2011, he won the Daytime Emmy for New Approaches for the What If…series in which characters from GH, OLTL, and All My Children encountered each other in an elevator. Valentini won Daytime Emmys for OLTL in 2008 and 2009 (Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series) and in 2002 (Outstanding Drama Series).
Soap Hub joins the GH, the daytime community, and Valentini’s family and friends in wishing him a happy birthday! General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Check local listings for air times.
— Jackie Zeman (@JackieZeman) November 14, 2019
— Brooklyn Rae Silzer (@brooklyn_silzer) November 14, 2019
— Nicolas J Bechtel ✰ (@NicolasJBechtel) November 14, 2019
— GHFC (@OfficialGHFC) November 15, 2019