Susan Brown, actress on 'General Hospital,' dies at 86

Soap opera veteran Susan Brown, best known for her role as Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin on “General Hospital,” died Friday after a battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 86.

A California native, Brown was born in San Francisco and graduated from the University of Southern California. She began her TV career in 1959 on soap opera “From These Roots,” going on to land parts on soaps like “The Young Marrieds,” “Bright Promise” and “Return to Peyton Place.” When she wasn’t acting, she ran an interior design firm, where she provided decorating services to her friends in the Hollywood. She was living in Los Angeles at the time of her death.

In 1977, she joined the cast of “General Hospital” as Dr. Baldwin, until her departure from the show in 1985. She made occasional appearances on the show until her official return in 1992 as a recurring character. She played the same character on General Hospital’s spin-off series “Port Charles,” where she remained until her final episode in 2004.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)JOHN BERADINO
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) EMILY MCLAUGHLIN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RACHEL AMES
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHARON DEBORD
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PETER HANSEN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: April 1, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN BERADINO
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: April 1, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN BERADINO
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN BERADINO;EMILY MCLAUGHLIN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 19, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FRONT ROW: JOHN BERADINO;SHELBY HIATT;RAY GIRARDIN;SHARON DEBORD BACK ROW: RACHEL AMES;PAUL SAVIOR;CRAIG HUEBING;EMILY MCLAUGHLIN;MARTIN WEST;PETER HANSEN;ELIZABETH MACRAE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 19, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FRONT ROW: JOHN BERADINO;SHELBY HIATT;RAY GIRARDIN;SHARON DEBORD BACK ROW: RACHEL AMES;PAUL SAVIOR;CRAIG HUEBING;EMILY MCLAUGHLIN;MARTIN WEST;PETER HANSEN;ELIZABETH MACRAE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 25, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARTIN WEST;UNKNOWN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 30, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHARON DEBORD
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: March 30, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHARON DEBORD
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: November 29, 1977. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)FRONT ROW (L-R): UNKNOWN;RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON;JOHN BERADINO. SECOND ROW (L-R): EMILY MCLAUGHLIN;RACHEL AMES;GENIE FRANCIS;UNKNOWN;AUGUSTA DABNEY;BROOKE BUNDY;MARY O'BRIENTHIRD ROW (L-R): CRAIG HUEBING;MICHAEL GREGORY;UNKNOWN;STEVE CARLSON;JANICE HEIDEN;STUART DAMON;KIN SHRINER
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: January 17, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHELLY JUTTNER;DANIEL J. TRAVANTI;JONATHAN BANKS;DR. IRENE C. KASSORLA;DEBORAH WINTERS;LINDEN CHILES;JOAN HOTCHKIS;MARYANN MOBLEY
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: August 23, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KIN SHRINER;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: July 23, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: July 9, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) DOUG SHEEHAN;ROBIN MATTSON;LOUISE HOVEN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: September 14, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: July 24, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHARON WYATT
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: July 24, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) TRISTAN ROGERS;ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - (4/6/82) (Photo by Erik Hein/ABC via Getty Images)DEMI MOORE, JANINE TURNER
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: October 21, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS;UNKNOWN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - (4/16/82) (Photo by Erik Hein/ABC via Getty Images)ANTHONY GEARY, DEMI MOORE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - (7/12/82) (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)EMMA SAMMS, ANTHONY GEARY, TRISTAN ROGERS, DEMI MOORE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Airdate: July 19, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: ANTHONY GEARY;EMMA SAMMS;UNKNOWN
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: May 27, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN BROWN;EMMA SAMMS;TODD DAVIS;UNKNOWN;STEVE BOND
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: May 27, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) SHERILYN WOLTER;BRIAN PATRICK CLARKE
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: January 30, 1984. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BRIAN PATRICK CLARKE
APR 24 1986, APR 25 1986; Colorado College freshmen Melissa Aberett, 19, (left) and Sarah Hoyt, 18, couldn't let Tuesday but not at the expense of their soap opera. So they brought their television out on the roof of the dormatory and had the best of both worlds. By the way, they had to watch One Life to Live and and General hospital.; (Photo By Brian Brainerd/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: October 24, 1984. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ANTHONY GEARY;GENIE FRANCIS
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Shoot Date: October 10, 1984. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KRISTINA WAGNER (AS KRISTINA MALANDRO);JACK WAGNER
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) in a scene that airs the week of June 14, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'General Hospital.' 'General Hospital' airs Monday-Friday (3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. GH010 (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) TYLER CHRISTOPHER, REBECCA HERBST
GENERAL HOSPITAL - Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) in a scene that airs the week of June 14, 2010 on ABC Daytime's 'General Hospital.' 'General Hospital' airs Monday-Friday (3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. GH010 (Photo by Greg Zabilski/ABC via Getty Images) BRANDON BARASH, LISA LOCICERO
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Her performance in “General Hospital” earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1979.

Her on-screen stepson, Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) took to Twitter to express his condolences. “Sad to say one of my best friends and costars Susan Brown passed away today,” he wrote. “R.I.P. Susan I will miss all our laughs .”

Other TV roles include Adelaide Fitzgibbon on “As the World Turns,” Fran Whitaker on “The Young and the Restless,” Mrs. Cooper on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and Amber Edwards on “Frasier.” 

Her film roles include playing former First Lady Pat Nixon in the TV movie “The Final Days” as well as another stint as a first lady, this time Nancy Reagan, in “Without Warning: the James Brady Story.”

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