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General Hospital's Monica doesn't age, and she's been around for 45 years

Darcy Rafter January 28, 2022
ABC's "General Hospital" - 2021
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General Hospital fans were stunned when they saw Monica Quartermaine on the most recent episode of the soap opera. Everyone wants to know the secret behind her ageless beauty. The question on viewers’ minds is, how does Monica not age a day?

Monica Quartermaine is a fictional character from General Hospital, an American soap opera on the ABC network, played by Leslie Charleson. Over the years, GH has featured appearances from some major stars such as James Franco, Mark Hamill, and even Elizabeth Taylor back in 1981. One of the stars with the longest tenures happens to be Charleson.

So let’s discover where Quartermaine gets her good looks from as fans take to Twitter to fangirl over her wrinkle-free face.

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How old the actor behind Monica Quartermaine really is

Leslie Charleson was born on 22 February 1945, in Kansas City, Missouri. Meaning she is 76 years old.

Dr Monica Quartermaine was originated in 1976 by actress Patsy Rahn. Leslie Charleson took over on 17 August 1977 and remains one of the longest-running cast members on the show. Monica was the Chief of Staff at General Hospital and the owner of the Quartermaine mansion. She had many affairs and had a rocky relationship with her husband Alan. This made up most of her storylines throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Another storyline that Monica got tangled up in was when she had a battle with breast cancer. She has had some tough times on the show and her character has even dealt with the loss of three of her children. Not to forget her dealing with her son Jason Morgan’s amnesia and getting caught up in the dangerous crime world.

Leslie Charleson’s 45 year General Hospital tenure explore

In 2010, Charleson was demoted from the main cast to a recurring character, meaning we saw a lot less of the fresh-faced beauty. However, when Charleson suffered from an injury in 2018 she took an even bigger step back from the role. Charleson returned to the show after her recovery and celebrated her 44th year on the show in 2021.

Leslie Charleson spoke out about her contract status last year to announce some important news. She took to her Facebook page to announce that she was officially off-contract. “I was under the impression that the announcement of my contract status was not going to be released by Soaps in Depth magazine until the September issue and that would give me the time to tell you myself what was going on. I did not want you to find out on the Internet. Unfortunately, that did not happen and yes, it is true. I am officially off contract.”

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.