Soap Vet Susan Brown Dead at 86 image

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Saying goodbye to a General Hospital alum.

Soaps.com is saddened to report that soap opera veteran actress Susan Brown passed away today at the age of 86 as a result of Alzheimer’s. General Hospital’s Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) took to Twitter to express his condolences to Brown, who once played his on-screen Port Charles stepmother Dr. Gail Baldwin. The actor tweeted, “Sad to say one of my best friends and costars Susan Brown passed away today. R.I.P. Susan I will miss all our laughs.” Executive Producer Frank Valentini tweeted, "It's a very sad day in Port Charles as the wonderful Susan Brown ("Gail Baldwin") passed away today. My sincerest condolences to her family and to all who knew this amazing woman."

Brown was best known for her General Hospital role, which she played on and off from 1979 to 2004. However, she landed her first daytime part on The Edge of Night in the early 1960s as a temporary replacement in the role of Nancy Pollock Karr. From there, she went on to play Constance MacKenzie Carson on Return to Peyton Place from 1972 to 1974, Adelaide Fitzgibbon on As the World Turns in 1988 and Dorothy Lane on Santa Barbara that same year. From 1997 to 2000 her GH character crossed over to Port Charles. Outside of daytime Brown made appearances on such series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents as a secretary (1961), The Young Marrieds as Ann Reynolds (1964 to 1966), Death Valley Days as Wilhelmina Vail (1966 to 1970), Murder She Wrote as Audrey Bannister (1986), Beverly Hills 90210 as Mrs. Cooper (1991) and Frasier as Amber Edwards (1994), to name a small few. Aside from acting, she owned an interior design firm and assisted various soap stars and television friends, among the Hollywood elite, with her decorating services.

Soaps.com sends Brown's family and friends our deepest condolences.