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Breaking News: Emma Samms Returns to General Hospital as Holly

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Emma Samms is on her way back to Port Charles and General Hospital. Her fan favorite character, Holly Sutton, was last seen on a video monitor being held prisoner by some bad guys and her loved ones faced that the fact that Holly was dead. Needless to say, things are about to get interesting — especially for Robert and Holly fans.

Emma Samms Returns As Holly Sutton

Samms was last seen on GH in 2020. According to Deadline, which broke the casting news, the actress hit the pause button on future performances after she contracted COVID-19. Samms developed long-term COVID symptoms, which further prevented her from returning to the ABC soap opera.

Holly was last seen almost two years ago, on September 18, 2020. She’s now set to return to the airwaves in October. “I can’t believe that it’s been 40 years since I first appeared on General Hospital and that, once again, I get to play the wonderful character of Holly Sutton,” Samms said. “No one is more interested in what’s happened to her since we saw her two years ago, being held captive by a mysterious villain, than me!”

The Summer of 1982

“I am thrilled the wonderful Emma Samms will be returning to the canvas in October, so we can continue telling Holly’s story, and the fans can finally see what happened after we learned she was alive and being held hostage,” Frank Valentini, executive producer, said.

Emma Samms debuted as Holly Sutton in the summer of 1982. The show was once again attempting to find a leading lady for Anthony Geary (ex-Luke Spencer), who was still mourning the presumed death of his wife Laura Spencer (Genie Francis). Luke and everyone else in Port Charles was unaware that Laura was being held prisoner on Cassadine Island.

Luke and Holly’s love story was set to the song Baby, Come to Me by Patti Austin and James Ingraham. The song had been released previously, but Luke and Holly’s story helped shoot the song to the top of the charts. Holly was revealed to be a con artist. She reformed, but her romance with Luke was cut short after he was believed dead in an avalanche. Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) wed his best friend’s girlfriend, pregnant with Luke’s child, to prevent her from being deported.

Emma Samms and Tristan Rogers Made Magic

Holly lost Luke’s baby. She and Robert fell in love for real. Luke returned from the dead and was devastated to learn that Robert and Holly had wed. Robert and Holly stayed together, which was fortunate for many reasons, not the least of which was that Luke was single and able to reunite with Laura when she came back from the dead.

Robert and Holly emerged as the show’s front-burner couple and remained so until Samms left GH in the mid-1980s to play the part of Fallon Carrington on both Dynasty and the show’s spinoff, The Colbys. Samms has returned to GH many times over the years. Keep an eye out for her return in October.

General Hospital (GH) airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes. For more about what’s coming up in Port Charles, check out all the latest that’s been posted on GH spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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