Elizabeth Taylor’s “General Hospital” Bloopers
Elizabeth Taylor’s death has reminded a lot of soap fans that she was the original Helena Cassadine on “General Hospital,” back when it was the hottest show on television. Given that Taylor did everything that every current young movie star has done first and better, it comes as no surprise that she invented soap stuntcasting. She was not pulling a James Franco. GH’s most famous fangirl was pulling a Snoop Dogg. She wanted to appear on GH because she loved the soap, and allegedly successfully lobbied for Luke and Laura to be wed sooner than the writers planned. Tony Geary, who recently acknowledged on Oprah that he and Taylor were involved back in the day, released an eloquent statement:”Elizabeth was more than a great star, she was an amazing human being. Her world famous physical beauty paled in comparison to the beauty that radiated from her heart and soul. She had great humor, didn’t take herself too seriously, and had the most wonderful bawdy laugh. She was a fierce and loyal friend and tireless advocate. She dedicated herself to education, treatment and the search for a cure for HIV/AIDS long before it was fashionable to do so. Back in the dark days of ignorance and prejudice against people stricken with the disease, Elizabeth was at the forefront of the battle. I was fortunate enough to call her my friend and every moment I spent in her company was unforgettable. I loved her very much. The world is a little darker, a little colder, a little less beautiful without her.”
The very best tribute to Liz’s stint as Helena, in my opinion, comes from the fan who posted this series of outtakes and bloopers on YouTube, in which the Oscar winner repeatedly flubs her lines, curses and jokes, “I’m not used to acting.”
It’s a marvelous time capsule, not only for the groovy disco synthesizer music that plays in the background, but because of how overjoyed every single person on and off-camera is to be there. A young Tony Geary proclaims, “It’s Elizabeth Taylor!” Tristan Rogers is equally thrilled, as is the laughing and applauding crew. Everyone is having a blast, aware that they are creating something special that the whole country will be watching. I was not watching back then, but I could tell from the brief clip how light and fun the show was in that era — so different from what the show is today. I’d like to think that Taylor remembered GH as fondly as she did any of her iconic films.