Jacklyn Zeman, longtime ‘General Hospital’ actor, dies at 70

Jacklyn Zemanthe film actor who played Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer in more than 800 episodes of “General Hospital,” died. She was 70 years old.

General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini announced Zeman’s death on Twitter Wednesday night. Further details about her death were not initially known.

“On behalf of our General Hospital family, it is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of our beloved Jackie Zeman,” Valentini said. “Like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a shining light and a true professional who brought so much positive energy to the work.”

Zeman, who played the character on the ABC soap opera for 45 years, has died at the age of 70. Zeman died after a short battle with cancer, her family confirmed on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner file)
Jacklyn Zeman as Nurse Bobbie Spencer on the ABC series General Hospital in 1996. Susan Sterner / AP File

He continued, “Jackie will be greatly missed, but her positive spirit will always live on in our cast and crew.”

The soap production also released a statement on Zeman’s death.

“Jacklyn Zeman has been a beloved member of the ‘General Hospital’ and ABC families since she brought to life the iconic role of Bobbie Spencer over 45 years ago,” it reads. “She leaves a lasting legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the bad girl turned heroine, and we will always be remembered for her kind heart and bright spirit. We are devastated by the news of her death and offer our deepest condolences to Jackie’s family, friends and loved ones.”

Born on March 6, 1953 in New Jersey, Zeman studied ballet as a child and attended New York University to study dance, but she switched to acting with her first credit for The Edge of Night in 1976. That same year , She received a long storyline in “One Life to Live”, where she appeared in more than 40 episodes.

She joined General Hospital in 1977 and has appeared in more than 800 episodes in almost 50 years. She played Bobbie Spencer, the sister of Pat Spencer (Dee Wallace) and Luke Spencer Sr. (Anthony Geary).

Zeman is survived by her two daughters, Cassidy and Lacey.

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing Alley@ustimespost.com.

Related Articles

Back to top button