Though General Hospital’s Tracy is busy trying to make sure Olivia never learns Ned cheated one night with Alexis, actress Jane Elliot is just as preoccupied with celebrating a major milestone.
Happy Birthday, Jane Elliot
That’s because she was born on January 17, 1947, in New York City, New York, which means that this acting dynamo is turning 74 years old today! Elliot began her storied career in 1965 when she landed a plum role on the daytime drama A Flame in the Wind.
Subsequent to FLAME’s cancellation, Elliot appeared in a plethora of popular primetime programs including The Nurses, NYPD, The Mod Squad, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, Kojak, and Barnaby Jones. Among her many film roles was Sister Barbara in the Elvis Presley-starring flick, Change of Habit and Madge Frazier in One Is a Lonely Number.
In 1978, Elliot joined the cast of the ABC soap opera General Hospital. As Tracy Quartermaine, Elliot was involved in a number of high profile storylines but probably the most celebrated moment of her original tenure was a scene in which she withholds her father’s medication while he suffered what appeared to be a heart attack.
Elliot remained at GH for two years but finally made the decision to exit the part in a bid to find employment elsewhere. To cap off her first run, Elliot received the Daytime Emmy statuette for Best Supporting Actress.
Upon her departure, Elliot could be seen in the made-for-TV movie Dan August: The Jealousy Factor and the serial Knots Landing. Though working in primetime had its advantages, she eventually made her return to the soaps.
First, she was Carrie Todd on Guiding Light – a sufferer of Multiple Personality Disorder — then from 1984-1986, she played gold-digger Cynthia Preston on All My Children. In 1987, Elliot originated the role of Anjelica Deveraux on Days of our Lives and she remained on that NBC sudser until a triumphant return to GH in 1989.
Elliot’s second go-around as Tracy would last until 1993 and, after carrying the character of Tracy over to GH sister series The City in 1997, she would return to the series proper yet again in 2003 with a seemingly permanent exit in 2017. But she returned in time for Christmas and we couldn’t be happier with that perfect gift.
Soap Hub would like to wish Jane Elliot a very happy birthday and many more. General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.