Anne Jeffreys, star of ‘General Hospital’ and Broadway’s ‘Kiss Me Kate,’ dies at 94

Anne Jeffreys, an actress who played Tess Truehart in the early “Dick Tracy” serials, starred in the fantasy sitcom “Topper” and spent two decades on “General Hospital,” has died. She was 94.

Entertainment reporter for Los Angeles’ KABC George Pennacchio was one of the first to tweet the news on Wednesday night. Others followed, including multiple friends on Facebook who confirmed the news. Details of her death were not widely available.

Jeffreys, who was born in Goldsboro, N.C., in 1923, got her start in entertainment as a teenager, beginning as a junior model and studying to eventually perform in the opera.

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(Original Caption) This is a photograph of Anne Jeffreys, who stars as Marion Kerby on CBS-TV's Topper.
NBC SYMPHONY SUMMER CONCERTS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress/singer Anne Jeffreys, composer Sigmund Romberg in 1951 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
circa 1955: Portrait of American actor Robert Sterling and his second wife, American actor Anne Jeffreys, touching hands and smiling. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
BRIGHT PROMISE -- Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Geary as David Lockhart, Anne Jeffreys as Sylvia Bancroft -- (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOVE AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and the President' - Airdate November 3, 1972. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ROBERT STERLING;ANNE JEFFREYS
FANTASY ISLAND - 'The Kleptomaniac / Thank God, I'm a Country Girl' - Airdate: December 11, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANNE JEFFREYS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: February 27, 1984. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANNE JEFFREYS
Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, June Haver and Robert Wagner (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 9: (L-R) Helen O'Connell, Anne Jeffreys and Debbie Reynolds attend HOBY Holidy Gathering Honoring Jules Stein on December 9, 1990 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys attending 'Ireland Fund Honoring Maureen O'Hara' on November 6, 1991 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
216965 03: Anne Jeffreys arrives at the sixty-seventh Academy Awards March 27, 1995 in Los Angeles, CA. After nearly three-quarters of a century of recognizing excellence in film-making achievement, the presentation of the Oscars has become the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences'' most famous activity. (Photo by Barry King/Liaison)
Anne Jeffreys during The 68th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
297633 104: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the 69th Annual Academy Awards ceremony March 24, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Russell Einhorn/Liaison)
Anne Jeffreys during On the Beach Premiere at The Academy in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys attending 'White Conference for Partnership for a Drug Free America' on November 8, 1987 at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys and grandaughters attending 'Mother-Daughter Fashion Show' on March 27, 1986 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys attending 'Share Party' on May 16, 1987 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actresses Anne Jeffreys and Betty White attending 'Child Help Benefit' on May 21, 1987 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys attending 'I Love You Television Special' on September 5, 1989 at the Director's Guild Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys and Cesar Romero attending 'Grand Opening of Two Rodeo Drive' on October 28, 1990 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys and actor Cesar Romero attending 'Society of Singers Gala' on December 3, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys attending Fourth Annual American Cinema Awards on January 27, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys and actor Cesar Romero attending 'American Cinema Awards' on September 14, 1991 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys attending 36th Annual Thalians Gala on October 26, 1991 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys attending 40th Annual Share Boomtown Party on May 8, 1993 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys attending 'Academy Party for Buddy Ebsen' on March 20, 1992 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Anne Jeffreys attending the opening night of 'Jekyll and Hide' on September 7, 1999 at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Anne Jeffreys & Tova Borgnine during The 74th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS - APRIL 30: (L to R) Actors Ann Rutherford and Anne Jeffreys attend the Centennial Tribute to the late director Vincente Minnelli at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on April 30, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Johnny Grant and Anne Jeffreys during Salute to Johnny Grant - Happy 80th Birthday Staged by the Hollywood Entertainment Museum - Cocktail Party at Hollywood Entertainment Museum in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 08: Anne Jeffreys attending the premiere party for the Los Angeles opening of The Graduate at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA 09/08/03 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Anne Jeffreys during Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show 2004 at Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 7: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the Golden Boot Awards at the Sheraton Universal Hotel on August 7, 2004 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Anne Jeffreys arrives the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
BRENTWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Actress Anne Jeffreys arrives at the 'I Am My Own Wife' opening night at the Wadsworth Theatre on June 15, 2005 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)
Anne Jeffreys and Ann Rutherford during 'Annie' Opening Night to Benefit CASA of Los Angeles - Arrivals at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 2: Actresses Ann Rutherford and Anne Jeffreys arrive at Variety's Centennial Gala Presented by Target at The Historic Beverly Hills Post Office on December 2, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 23: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Presents 'An Evening with Liza Minnelli' in Brentwood, United States on March 23, 2006 - Anne Jeffreys at the Wadsworth Theatre. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 9: EXCLUSIVE Anne Jeffreys at the House Ear Institute Benefit on May 9, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Anne Jeffreys during The Motion Picture and Television Fund's 24th Golden Boot Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Anne Jeffreys during Comedy Central's Roast of William Shatner - Arrivals at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Anne Jeffreys poses for a picture for the Actors Fund 12th Annual Tony Awards Bash June 15, 2008 at The Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Philanthropist Anne Jeffreys attends the Friendly House 19th Annual Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 18, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 24: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends a tribute to Mel Brooks by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences held at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 24, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 07: Actress Anne Jeffreys arrives at the opening night of 'Mamma Mia!' held at the Pantages Theater on April 7, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 09: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the opening night of 'CATS' at the Pantages Theatre on March 9, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 10: Anne Jeffreys attends the Hollywood Station Post Office dedication ceremony to the former honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant held at Hollywood Station on May 10, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Ann Rutherford (L) and Anne Jeffreys arrive at the TCM Classic Film Festival's 'A Star Is Born' held at Mann's Chinese Theater on April 22, 2010 in Hollywood, California. 19825_009_FH_0004.JPG
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 25: Actress Anne Jeffreys arrives at the opening night of 'Phantom Of The Opera' at the Pantages Theatre on September 25, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for the Pantages Theatre)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actresses Ann Rutherford (L) and Anne Jeffreys attend the Los Angeles Philharmonic opening night gala to celebrate music director Gustavo Dudamel and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on October 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Anne Jeffreys attends grand re-opening of the Charles Aidikoff screening room at the Aidikoff screening room Lightyear Entertainment Center on January 13, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actresses Anne Jeffreys (L) and Carol Channing attend Channing's 90th birthday celebration at the Pantages Theatre on February 21, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 12: Actress Anne Jeffreys arrives at the opening night of 'Rain- A Tribute To The Beatles' at the Pantages Theatre on April 12, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Pantages Theatre)
Anne Jeffreys arrives to the 'Footprints' Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Anne Jeffreys attends The Actors' Fund's 15th Annual Tony Awards party held at Skirball Cultural Center on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 17: Actress and singer Anne Jeffreys attends The Hollywood Bowl Opening Night Gala at the Hollywood Bowl on June 17, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 16: (L-R) Actressess Debbie Reynolds and Anne Jeffreys arrive at The Paley Center For Media's Reception For 'Debbie Reynolds: The Exhibit' on August 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the Los Angeles Philharmonic 'Rhapsody in Blue' opening night gala at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Anne Jeffreys attends the amfAR Inspiration Gala at Chateau Marmont on October 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 01: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends 'Wicked' - Los Angeles opening night held at the Pantages Theatre on December 1, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the Montblanc Jewellery Brunch Celebrating Collection Princesse Grace De Monaco at Hotel Bel-Air on February 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 27: Anne Jeffreys arrives to the 'Mamma Mia' - Los Angeles Opening Night at the Pantages Theatre on March 27, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Anne Jeffreys attends Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai annual spring luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on April 12, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 11: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends 'La Cage Aux Follies' - Los Angeles opening night at the Pantages Theatre on July 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the 23rd Annual William Shatner Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show at Los Angeles Equestrian Center on April 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 25: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala screening of 'Funny Girl' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on April 25, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the Hollywood Bowl opening night celebration at The Hollywood Bowl on June 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 09: Anne Jeffreys as seen on July 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GT/Star Max/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Anne Jeffreys attends the LA Philharmonic's Walt Disney Concert Hall 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Actress Anne Jeffreys (R) and guest attend the 'War Horse' Los Angeles opening night held at the Pantages Theatre on October 8, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress/singer Anne Jeffreys arrives at the opening night red carpet for 'Evita' at the Pantages Theatre on October 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for The Pantages Theatre)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's 42nd Anniversary Vanguard Awards Gala at Westin Bonaventure Hotel on November 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends the MOCA 35th anniversary gala celebration at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Actress Anne Jeffreys arriving at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 14: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Installation Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Anne Jeffreys arrives at The Los Angeles Philharmonic opening night concert and gala held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Anne Jeffreys arrives at Red Carpet Opening Night of 'Wicked' at the Pantages Theatre on December 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 20: Actress Anne Jeffreys attends Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl on June 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
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She eventually made her way into other stage musicals on Broadway.

Jeffreys had a long career on the stage, with starring roles in the 1948 Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me Kate” on Broadway as well as “Three Wishes for Jamie,” “Carousel” and “Camelot.”

The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood posted a message on Facebook in honor of her passing.

She appeared in multiple movies and TV shows throughout her career, including episode of “Love, American Style,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Finder of Lost Loves” and “Baywatch.” However, her longest-running role was in the ABC soap opera “General Hospital” and its spinoff “Port Charles,” in which she played the snobby, wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington over the course of 20 years.

Jeffreys was married to the actor Robert Sterling from 1951 until his death in 2006. The two starred together as a couple that had been killed in an avalanche, but continued on to haunt the new owner of their home, in the sitcom “Topper.” They had three sons.

According to her official website, the actress lived a busy and full life. “My life has been a full, happy and active on; and I hope I’ll always be as busy as a blind dog in a meat shop. I thrive on activity,” she said.

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