Alan eulogized his beloved mother Lila. (ABC)

If you’ve been a General Hospital fan for a while, then the mention of a mere two-syllable word will conjure up warm and gentle feelings. Ready? Lila — as in the loving, compassionate and wise woman who was married to Edward Quartermaine for the majority of her life, and the woman who gave Port Charles the wonderful Alan and the wonder who is Tracy. Granted, Lila Morgan Quartermaine is simply a soap opera character but her legacy on GH lives on. A big part of Lila’s positive affect on the people around her is because of the woman who played her. That woman was Anna Lee, and she was clearly held in high regard by her fellow cast mates. Before landing her role as the matriarch of the Quartermaine family, she enjoyed a prolific career in films such as “The Sound of Music” and many others.

Soon, we’ll get to read about her full life as a Hollywood legend as well as a wife and mother in her autobiography, Anna Lee: A Life in Film and General Hospital. Co-author Barbara Roisman Cooper says, “It was an honor to work with her. She was lovely and lively to the end. Her story contains lots of details about her films, her co-stars, her husbands (there were 3), her children, and, of course, General Hospital. I interviewed about a dozen of her colleagues from the soap, and they are quoted at length in the book.”