Farewell to a Beloved Soap Opera Star

We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Jacklyn Zeman, the talented actress who portrayed the beloved character, Bobbie Spencer, on the long-running soap opera “General Hospital.” Jacklyn’s bright light and professional demeanor brought so much positivity to the show, just like her character.

Executive producer Frank Valentini expressed his heartfelt condolences on Twitter, stating, “Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and true professional that brought so much positive energy with her to work.” He reassured us that Jacklyn’s positive spirit will continue to live on within the cast and crew of “General Hospital.”

Jacklyn Zeman’s passing came after a brief battle with cancer, as confirmed by her family. She leaves behind a remarkable legacy, having played Nurse Spencer for over 40 years and appearing in more than 800 episodes of “General Hospital.” Her outstanding portrayal of the complex character earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.”

Jacklyn Zeman in "General Hospital"

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jacklyn discovered her passion for acting while in high school. She later pursued dance studies at New York University, laying the foundation for her successful career. Before landing her breakthrough role on “General Hospital,” she even worked as a Playboy Bunny.

The news of Jacklyn’s passing has deeply affected her co-stars, who have paid tribute to her through heartfelt messages. Kathleen Gati expressed her sorrow, saying, “I am heartbroken to hear this news. One of the kindest people I have ever met. My deepest condolences to her family, friends, and fans.” Parry Shen, who portrays Brad Cooper on the show, praised Jacklyn as an “absolute legend” and described her as down-to-earth, loving her stories about the show’s early days.

Cast members from “General Hospital”

Jacklyn Zeman’s legacy will forever be etched in the hearts of the loyal viewers who admired her portrayal of Bobbie Spencer. We extend our sincerest condolences to her daughters, Cassidy and Lacey, as well as her loved ones, friends, and dedicated fans during this difficult time. May her kind heart and radiant spirit be cherished and remembered for years to come.

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