Tragic Real-Life Stories of General Hospital Stars! Maurice Benard Opens Up.

General Hospital has been one of the longest and a largely successful soap on television. It enjoys a huge fanbase that thoroughly loves the intense and dramatic stories centered in the fictional town of Port Charles. Over the years, fans have witnessed several storylines that have been laced with heart-wrenching ᴛʀᴀɢᴇᴅɪᴇs.

The General Hospital fans have legit cried and laughed all the same with the characters they have come to love so dearly over the decades. However, sometimes reality is not much different than fiction. These characters’ real-life counterparts have also faced some staggering ᴛʀᴀɢᴇᴅɪᴇs in their lives but have bravely faced them and come a long way ever since. Following are some of such real stories for you to read!

Maurice Benard: Sonny Corinthos Of General Hospital

Maurice Benard is the big star of General Hospital and needs no introduction. In real-life, Sonny is a ᴄʀɪᴍᴇ sʏɴᴅɪᴄᴀᴛᴇ ᴋɪɴɢᴘɪɴ. However, in real life, the Emmy-winning star is a huge advocate for mental health awareness. We have on several occasions discussed the conversations from Maurice’s mental health show, State of Mind. The drive to spread awareness for it comes from his own experience. Maurice Benard was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder way back in the early 80s. The battle with the disease became such a part of his life that he actually had it written into his General Hospital character, Sonny.

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Maurice opened up about his Bipolar Disorder with the makers of General Hospital very early on in his career. He did not want to keep them in the dark about his health issue. The star in fact suffered a breakdown on the sets of General Hospital in 1993. This was Maurice’s third big Manic episode. The first being in 1985 after an episode of ᴅᴇᴘʀᴇssɪᴏɴ. It had required his ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ꜰᴏʀ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ. The veteran star has often opened up about his dark times and how he would depend on ʜɪs ʟᴏᴠᴇᴅ ᴏɴᴇs ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ꜰᴏʀ sᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛ. The star asserts that despite his condition he has been able to live a productive life and encourages others suffering from similar predicaments to not lose hope and ꜰɪɢʜᴛ back.

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Steve Burton

Over the years, we have witnessed so many tracks of marriages falling apart because of infidelity and babies being conceived outside of marriage. Former General Hospital star, Steve Burton suffered a similar fate in real life. In May 2022, he declared that his marriage of 23 years was essentially over. He filed for divorce with his wife Sheree and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for divorce. It is to be noted that the news of their divorce came around the same time when Sheree announced her ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ,

Later, The General Hospital star announced publicly that he was not the father of Sheree’s baby. However, he mentioned that they would continue to co-parent the three children they have together. Despite Steve’s sʜᴏᴄᴋɪɴɢ ʀᴇᴠᴇʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ of not being the father, Sheree chose to remain mum. The Fitness instructor has not opened up about the identity of the father of her fourth baby. The couple was again in news a few months later, for not having a prenup agreement in place.

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General Hospital Real-Life ᴛʀᴀɢᴇᴅɪᴇs: Kelly Monaco

General Hospital viewers know Kelly Monaco as Sam McCall on the ABC soap. The young star faced a heartbreaking tragedy when she had to watch her Sherman Oaks home burn down in a fire. Thankfully though, she was able to escape the fire unharmed, but, her entire house was engulfed in flames. Destroying not only the structure but all the hopes and dreams Kelly had associated with the house. The star was sleeping peacefully when the unthinkable happened.

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She woke up to an odd noise that sounded like hail. However, upon waking up the General Hospital star realized that it was in fact crackling of the fire. Kelly immediately called 911. Later, it was deduced that the fire was started by a cigarette that had been disposed off on the grass in the empty lot next to her house. Talking about the tragedy in an interview, Kelly stated that something as small a cigarette can cause so much damage and can even cause casualties. This is a great reminder to always be mindful of these little things when checking the safety measures.

Kristen Storm: Maxie Jones Of General Hospital

The talented actress has been portraying the role of Maxie Jones on General Hospital since 2005. The talented actress rose to fame for her performance and earned much fanfare and love from the viewers. However, her personal life took a downward spiral after her divorce from her husband in 2016. A few months after that Kristen had to take time off work, as she was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀɴxɪᴇᴛʏ-ᴛʀɪɢɢᴇʀᴇᴅ sᴋɪɴ ᴅɪsᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇᴅ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ.

This was only the beginning of the health troubles she suffered over the years. On General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s show, Kristen opened up about her ongoing battle with mental health issues. She confessed to having faced some really dark times and admitted that she was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ Bɪᴘᴏʟᴀʀ Dɪsᴏʀᴅᴇʀ. When stars talk about their mental health issues so openly, it sort of normalizes talking about it for gen pop too. Kudos to all our stars for being so honest and brave.

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Jack Wagner

General Hospital star, Jack Wagner along with his wife Kristina suffered the worst kind of ᴛʀᴀɢᴇᴅʏ ᴀɴʏ ᴘᴀʀᴇɴᴛ ᴄᴀɴ ᴇᴠᴇʀ sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀ. Jack and Kristina ʟᴏsᴛ their youngest son, Harrison. Jack opened up about their ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ʟᴏss in a video clip he posted on Instagram. The actor thanked his fans for all the love and support they have showered him with over the thick and thin of life. In the video, Jack shared that his son Harrison ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ at the young age of 27.

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Furthermore, the General Hospital star shared the reason behind his son’s ᴘᴀssɪɴɢ ᴡᴀs ʜɪs ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀᴅᴅɪᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ. Jack pointed out that in 2016, Harrison had even gone missing for sometime. At that time the actor himself was dealing with sᴜʙsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴀᴅᴅɪᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. The ʟᴏss ᴏꜰ ʟᴏsɪɴɢ ᴀ ᴄʜɪʟᴅ ɪs sᴏ ʜᴜɢᴇ, and it cannot be compensated no matter what. We really appeal to everyone who is reading to be mindful of how much you ʟᴇᴀɴ ᴏɴ sᴜʙsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇs ɪɴ ᴛɪᴍᴇs ᴏꜰ ᴅɪsᴛʀᴇss. There are many safer ways of coping, please look into them instead.

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The Real-Life Partners Of The General Hospital Cast!

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If you love soap operas, there’s a likely chance that you love “General Hospital.” Even if you aren’t a super fan, you’ve probably heard of the series. The classic daytime drama started airing in 1963 and currently holds the record for the longest-running daytime soap opera still in production, according to Newsweek. In addition to its long-standing place in television history, the show is also the winner of an impressive 14 Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series, which is another record the soap opera holds (via Soap Central).

For decades, “General Hospital” viewers have tuned in to follow the lives of the characters living in fictional Port Charles, New York (via ABC). Naturally, some characters have come and gone, while others have become staples of the show. Although fans are interested in the ups, downs, and romantic lives of these characters, some of the public might also be interested in learning about the romantic lives of the actors portraying them. Here are the real-life partners of some of the current “General Hospital” cast.

Cameron Mathison has been married for two decades

Cameron Mathison and wife Vanessa Mathison

Actor Cameron Mathison is no stranger to soap operas, and if you’re a fan, you’ve likely seen his face on one of your favorite daytime dramas. From 1998 to 2011, Mathison portrayed the character Ryan Lavery in “All My Children,” according to his IMDb. He’s played Drew Cain on ABC’s “General Hospital” since 2021. In addition to his stints on soap operas, the actor has also appeared on several other shows throughout the years, including “Hot in Cleveland,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and “What I Like About You.” He’s also landed roles in various made-for-television movies, such as “A Kindhearted Christmas,” “A Summer to Remember,” and “Along Came a Nanny.”

Mathison plays a character with two children on “General Hospital,” but he’s also a father in real life, which he proudly states in his Instagram biography. Mathison is also a husband, and has been married to his wife, Vanessa Mathison, for two decades. In 2022, the couple celebrated their 20th anniversary. “Happy anniversary my love,” Mathison captioned an Instagram photo of the spouses. “I have no idea how you’ve put up with me for 20 years.” Meanwhile, his wife posted a video that included multiple photos from their wedding day. “20 years ago today I married my best friend and love of my life,” she captioned the Instagram reel. “There have been ups and downs, but I can’t imagine doing life with anyone else but you.”

Charles Shaughnessy is married to actress Susan Fallender

Charles Shaughnessy and wife Susan Fallender

British actor Charles Shaughnessy has portrayed Victor Cassadine, a character known for faking his ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, on “General Hospital ” since 2021 (via IMDb). However, this isn’t the first time he’s appeared on the show. According to his IMDb, Shaughnessy played Alistair Durban on the popular soap opera way back in 1984. He was also a cast member on “Days of Our Lives” off and on from 1984 to 2017.

Although he’s worked on “General Hospital” as well as other shows, such as “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Saints & Sinners,” and “Mad Men,” Shaughnessy is perhaps best known in the United States for his portrayal of Maxwell Sheffield in the popular 90’s sitcom “The Nanny” starring Fran Drescher. Fans of the show were invested in the will-they-won’t-they romantic relationship between Shaughnessy’s and Drescher’s characters. However, off the set, Shaughnessy was married to actress Susan Fallender.

“The Nanny” viewers may have loved the tension between the television characters, but Shaughnessy’s now adult daughters, whom he shares with Fallender, weren’t fans. “I came home one day, and Maddy was very upset,” Shaughnessy told People about his daughter’s reaction. “She had seen the show that night and said, ‘Daddy, don’t kiss the girl.’ She wasn’t very keen on all the Fran and Maxwell chemistry.”

Josh Swickard met his wife on set

Josh and Lauren Swickard

Actor Josh Swickard has appeared on “General Hospital” as the character Harrison Chase since 2018, according to his IMDb page. In addition to the shows “K.C. Undercover,” “Liv and Maddie,” and “School of Rock,” Swickard has also been cast in a handful of television movies. One movie, Netflix’s “Roped,” is particularly special because it’s where he met his now wife, actress Lauren Swickard, according to People. Life imitates art, as the actors actually played love interests in the movie.

In December 2018, the actor announced his engagement in an Instagram photo of the couple. “I have always had a hard time posting about my private life,” he wrote. “However, I can’t keep this to myself, l just asked this beautiful girl to spend the rest of her life with me. @lorynnyork I love you so much and I can’t wait to grow old with you.” The couple wed in 2019 and announced they were expecting their first child, a daughter, in 2021. Once again, their work lives played another important role in their personal lives, as the couple revealed Lauren was pregnant while they were working on a movie. “We actually were pregnant during the filming of ‘A California Christmas,'” Swickard told “Access Hollywood.” The couple welcomed their daughter Savannah Kaye Swickard in April 2021, according to People.

Genie Francis is married to a Star Trek star

Genie Francis and Jonathan Frakes

Longtime fans of “General Hospital” no doubt know Genie Francis. The actress has appeared on the daytime soap opera, on which she plays Laura Collins, since 1977, according to her IMDb page. Her character is so beloved that 30 million viewers tuned into the episode in which she got married in 1981, making it the most-viewed hour in soap history, according to Francis’ website.

Francis’ character might have had a legendary wedding, but the Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress is also happily married off the set. In real life, Francis is married to Jonathan Frakes. While Frakes has appeared on several series, including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast),” and “The Super Hero Squad Show,” he is well-known for playing Commander William Riker on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from 1987 until 1994 (via IMDb). According to Francis’ biography, she and Frakes take part in many hobbies and activities together, including spending time in nature and traveling.

Maurice Benard and his wife have four children

Maurice Benard with wife Paula Benard

Maurice Benard has been a staple on “General Hospital” since he debuted on the daytime soap opera in 1993, according to IMDb. The actor plays Sonny Corinthos on the series, and has even won a Daytime Emmy Award for his portrayal of the character.

Not only has Benard appeared on “General Hospital” for decades, but he has also been in a longtime personal relationship. Benard has been with his wife Paula Benard for more than 30 years. In 2016, his wife posted a sweet message on her Instagram: “Who knew at 17 that at 47 I’d still be saying I LOVE YOU?!” Paula captioned the throwback Instagram photo of her and her husband. “I DID! My fairytale came true. You are my one and only true love and I look forward to growing old and saying this again in 30 years. See you there.”

Benard and his wife have four children, one of whom is Paula’s little sister who they adopted, according to People. In 2008, the couple adopted Paula’s sister Heather, who was 15 years old at the time, when their mother passed away. At the time, Benard told ABC Soaps In-Depth (via People) that the married couple could give Heather “everything that she couldn’t have had before.” The spouses also have two daughters and one son.

Eden McCoy posts her partner on social media

Eden McCoy and her partner

Actress Eden McCoy has appeared on the soap opera “General Hospital” since 2015, according to her IMDb. McCoy plays the character Josslyn Jacks on the show, and has twice been nominated for outstanding young performer in a drama series at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The actress has also appeared on other shows, such as “Scary Tales,” “The Thundermans,” and “Walk the Prank.”

Although McCoy’s character is young, she has had her share of ups and downs on the show, including surviving cancer and a kidney transplant, according to ABC. While not much is known about her off-set life, McCoy has shared pieces of her life on her social media accounts. One thing that got the public talking was a post in which she seemingly announced a relationship. In April 2022, the soap actress posted a photo of her on the lap of a man named José San Martín. The couple hugged as McCoy made a cute face while wearing a bunny-eared headband and floral dress. “No greater love,” she captioned the Instagram picture. “Happy birthday.” That July, she posted another photo of the pair at the beach.

Maura West is married to actor Scott DeFreitas

Maura West and Scott DeFreitas

Actress Maura West has been a cast member of “General Hospital ” since 2013, but this certainly isn’t her first time acting in a popular soap opera. She has also appeared in “The Young and the Restless” and “As the World Turns,” where she was a cast member from 1995 until 2010, according to her IMDb profile.

In her personal life outside of television, the veteran soap actress keeps busy as a wife and mother. West is married to actor Scott DeFreitas, who portrayed Andy Dixon on “As the World Turns” from 1985 to 2000 (via IMDb). West and DeFreitas worked together on the show and got married in 2000, after West’s first marriage with director Jonathan Knight ended the previous year, according to HollywoodMask.

DeFreitas proposed to West at the home of her favorite baseball team — Yankee Stadium. The married couple has five children, including a son from West’s previous marriage to Knight.

Rebecca Herbst is married to a former General Hospital cast member

Rebecca Herbst with her family

When you’re an actress on a popular soap opera, it might help to have a partner who is understanding of your work. For actress Rebecca Herbst, her husband surely knows the ins and outs of her gig, as they have both been cast members on “General Hospital.” Herbst has worked on the show since 1997 (via IMDb), while her husband Michael Saucedo appeared on the show in 2000 (via IMDb).

In addition to her longtime work on “General Hospital,” Herbst has also acted on “Days of Our Lives,” “Boy Meets World,” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.” She also portrayed her “General Hospital” character Elizabeth Webber on “General Hospital: Night Shift.” After his time on “General Hospital,” Saucedo appeared on various shows, including “Without a Trace,” and has co-written an e-book that pays homage to his wife (via She Knows). The couple got married in 2001 and have three children together — two sons and a daughter, according to She Knows. Additionally, Saucedo has another child from his previous marriage.

Michael Easton and his wife have two children

Michael Easton with his wife

Michael Easton is no stranger to soap operas, and soap fans are no stranger to him. Since 2012, the actor has been a cast member on the classic daytime drama “General Hospital,” according to IMDb. However, this isn’t his first time acting on a popular soap. From 1976 to 2012, Easton played the character John McBain on “One Life to Live.” He also worked on the “General Hospital” spinoff “Port Charles” from 2001 to 2003.

Fans who have been following the veteran actor for decades know the many storylines of his various characters’ love lives. However, not much is known about Easton’s personal romantic life. We do know the “General Hospital” star has been married to a woman named Ginevra Arabia since 2004 (via Soap Opera Digest), although not much is not known about his spouse. According to the actor’s official website, the married couple has two children and live in California. Their daughter Lilah was born in 2011 and the couple had a son in 2013, according to a Facebook post from Easton (via Soap Opera Digest).

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