1976-1981, 1983-1984, 1993-present
in Englewood, New Jersey on May 26th, Ms. Francis got her start
in television on General Hospital with a guest appearance on ABC's
primetime series, Family. She
was soon picked to take over the role of Laura Vining from its originator,
Stacey Baldwin, and lived out her adolescence on General Hospital.
wedding of Laura to Luke Spencer (played by Anthony Geary) in November,
1981, remains the most-watched daytime drama event in the history of
television. The super-couple's fictional romance even garnered a cover
story in Newsweek magazine.
1981, after five years on General Hospital, Ms. Francis left the show, and
returned briefly two years later and again in 1984.
Following her work on General Hospital, Ms. Francis was featured in
the television movie, Bare Essence. The movie was then developed into a
primetime series in which Ms. Francis re-created the starring role of
Tyger Hayes. She also co-starred in the hit ABC miniseries, North and
South (Books I and II), as the good Southern sister, Brett Main. Genie's
extensive television work also included recurring appearances on Murder,
Francis went on to create the role of Ceara Connor on ABC's daytime drama,
All My Children, in 1990. Her portrayal of an adult incest survivor earned
her critical and viewer acclaim.
stage appearances include Crimes of the Heart and See How They Run. In
1991, Ms. Francis appeared in the Williamstown Festival Theater production
of Defying Gravity. That same year, she made her New York City debut in
The Baby Dance at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village. She
also appeared in a Comedic Curtain Raiser at Manhattan Class Company for
their festival of One Acts, called "The Group."
has been seen in the television movie, Perry Mason and the Case of the
Killer Kiss, and in ABC's Heaven and Hell, the third North and South
is married to actor/director Jonathan Frakes, who starred as Captain
William T. Riker in the popular syndicated television series, Star Trek:
The Next Generation. They maintain residences in both Los Angeles and
Manhattan with their two children.
Ms Francis has received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress and has won Soap Opera Digest awards for both Favorite Actress and Outstanding Lead Actress.