It has been a while since we’ve been graced by the incredible presence of Monica Quartermaine in Port Charles — and especially in the mansion her husband Alan bought for her, but off-screen, her portrayer, Leslie Charleson, is enjoying celebrating a major milestone event.
Happy Birthday, Leslie Charleson
That’s because she was born on February 22, 1945, in Kansas City, Missouri, which means that this beloved actress is turning 78 years old today! Charleson’s career was launched thanks to her portrayal of Pam on the short-lived ABC soap A Flame in the Wind.
A short stint as Alice Whipple on As the World turns followed in 1964, and between 1967 and 1979, she could be seen on the CBS daytime soap Love Is a Many Splendored Thing playing Iris Donnelly Garrison, one-third of a love triangle that also involved performers David Birney and Donna Mills. The latter would later be her co-star again when she joined GH in the role of Madeline Reeves, mother to Nina and sister of Liesl Obrecht.
Subsequent work included guest spots on series like Mannix, Adam-12, The Rookies, Emergency!, Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco, and Barnaby Jones. On August 16, 1977, the same day that Elvis Presley died — of whom Charleson was a huge fan, she replaced incumbent actress Patsy Rahn in the part of Dr. Monica Bard Webber.
The beloved star has continued as Monica for over 45 years, and the job has earned her two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. Her other work includes episodes of The Wild Wild West, Kung Fu, Medical Story, Baa Baa Baa Black Sheep, McMillan & Wife, and the TV movie, Woman on the Ledge with Deidre Hall, Michael Zaslow, Peter Bergman, and other soap stars.
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