Jacklyn Zeman, l’attrice nota per il suo ruolo di Barbara « Bobbie » Spencer nella soap opera più longeva « General Hospital », è morta. Aveva 70 anni.

La notizia della morte di Zeman è stata annunciata per la prima volta dal produttore esecutivo di « General Hospital », Frank Valentini. « A nome della nostra famiglia @GeneralHospital, ho il cuore spezzato nell’annunciare la scomparsa del nostro amato @JackieZeman », ha ha scritto in un post su Twitter. « Proprio come il suo personaggio, il leggendario Bobbie Spencer, era una luce brillante e una vera professionista che ha portato con sé tanta energia positiva per lavorare ». Lo spettacolo anche rilasciato una dichiarazione sui suoi social media: « Jacklyn Zeman è stata un amato membro della famiglia ‘General Hospital’ e ABC da quando ha dato vita al ruolo iconico di Bobbie Spencer oltre 45 anni fa. Lascia un’eredità duratura per la sua interpretazione nominata agli Emmy la cattiva ragazza è diventata un’eroina e sarà sempre ricordata per il suo cuore gentile e il suo spirito radioso ».

Fans and industry friends pay tribute to Jacklyn Zeman

Jacklyn Zeman's fans and friends in the soap opera industry have wasted no time honoring her legacy. Rick Springfield, one of her co-stars on "General Hospital" in the 1980s, told ET how Zeman played a big part in establishing his career. "Such a truly kind soul with no touch of the diva and only sweet things to say about everyone," he said of the late actor. "She was the one (along with Gloria Monty) who helped launch my 80s career."

Fans also noted how much they enjoyed watching Zeman growing up. "Bobbie Spencer was such a significant character, and with Jacklyn Zeman's passing, a big piece of GH is gone with her. Bobbie started out as a huge adolescent crush for me, and evolved with grace and beauty into a legacy character for the ages. RIP," wrote one fan. "Daytime legend who gave 100% in a memorable, epic character that spanned decades and had a large impact on the show," penned another.

Zeman took pride in her work as a soap opera star. Speaking with TV Insider in 2017, she shared that she found fulfillment with connecting and relating with her viewers. "Soaps matter. OK, what we do isn't brain surgery, but so many of Bobbie's stories. ... have had people stop me on the street and say, 'That happened to me too, and you really helped me get through it,'" she said. "We're here mostly to entertain but we are also relevant. The people who watch 'GH' connect with us as if we are family, and I am so proud of that! What we do is important."


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