Emily McLaughlin

Emily McLaughlin

American soap opera actress
Date of Birth: 01.12.1930
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Emily McLaughlin
  2. The Queen of Daytime Soap Operas
  3. A Career in "General Hospital"
  4. Personal Life

Biography of Emily McLaughlin

Emily McLaughlin, an American soap opera actress, was born on December 1, 1930, in White Plains, New York, USA. Her father served as the mayor of White Plains. She received her education at Middlebury College, where she graduated with a degree in English. During her postgraduate summer course in Vermont, McLaughlin worked at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City for two years. She also studied dramatic and dance arts under the guidance of Sandy Meisner and Martha Graham.

Emily McLaughlin

The Queen of Daytime Soap Operas

McLaughlin became known to her generation as the "Queen of Daytime Soap Operas," and her place in the history of soap operas should not be underestimated. She was one of the original cast members of the TV series "General Hospital" in 1963. She gained immense popularity among the show's fans and married actor Jeffrey Hunter in 1969. However, just four months after their wedding, Hunter died from a brain hemorrhage, leaving McLaughlin a widow. The feeling of loneliness remained with her for the rest of her life, but she continued to be one of the biggest stars in daytime television for many years.

A Career in "General Hospital"

From 1963 to 1991, McLaughlin starred in the TV series "General Hospital" for a total of 28 years, portraying the character of Nurse Jesse Brewer, a colleague of the main character, Steve Hardy, played by John Beradino. Her character gradually faded from the show's storyline in 1985, and she was replaced by the character Ruby Anderson, played by Norma Connolly. McLaughlin's health declined noticeably in the 1980s, and in 1984, she requested reduced involvement in the soap opera. By 1986, Nurse Jesse Brewer only appeared in a couple of episodes per year. She continued to work with this schedule until her death from cancer on January 13, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 60. In her final episode of "General Hospital," her character Jesse attended the funeral of Dawn Winthrop.

Personal Life

McLaughlin was married to Kenneth Harlan, but their relationship ended in divorce. On July 15, 1956, she married Robert Lansing and gave birth to their son, Robert Lansing Jr. Their marriage ended on April 11, 1968. From February 4, 1969, to May 27, 1969, McLaughlin was briefly married to Jeffrey Hunter. In 1982, she adopted a 23-year-old fan of her talent. McLaughlin was honored with a special award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for her outstanding contribution to daytime television. She also received the "Soapy Awards" and the "Bronze Halo Award." In 1988, she was caricatured at the famous Hollywood restaurant "Brown Derby," becoming the first among her colleagues to receive such an honor.

In addition to "General Hospital," McLaughlin appeared in other TV series such as "Twilight Zone" and "The Eleventh Hour," as well as a cameo in "Young Doctors in Love." McLaughlin is buried next to Jeffrey Hunter at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar, California.