Saying Goodbye to Soap Opera Star Jacklyn Zeman

In sad news for soap opera fans, we have learned that actress Jacklyn Zeman, best known for her role as Bobbie Spencer on “General Hospital,” has passed away. For over four decades, Zeman brought joy and excitement to our screens, never retiring from the show she loved. Her final episode aired earlier this year, marking a bittersweet farewell to a remarkable career that spanned an impressive 894 episodes.

On May 10, 2023, Frank Valentini, the executive producer of “General Hospital,” took to Twitter to share the heartbreaking news of Zeman’s passing. In his heartfelt message, Valentini described her as a vibrant and consummate professional, much like her iconic character Bobbie Spencer. He expressed his condolences to Zeman’s loved ones, friends, and family, giving a special mention to her daughters Cassidy and Lacey.

Although the cause of death was not disclosed, IMDB has listed cancer as the cause. Zeman’s devoted fans, who have admired her talent and energy, were shocked by the news. Expressing their grief, fans shared messages on social media, exemplifying the deep impact Zeman had on their lives.

One fan wrote, “I’m so very shocked and heartbroken, this is so very sad.” Another comment expressed, “I am completely shocked and saddened by this devastating news. I have been watching GH for the last 45 years. Jackie Zeman was such a great actress and person. I really cannot believe this news.”

Zeman’s journey to becoming an actress took an unexpected turn. Initially focused on ballet as a child, she trained extensively and secured a scholarship at New York University, where she majored in dance. However, fate had other plans. Zeman decided to venture into acting, which led her to the role of Bobbie in “General Hospital,” catapulting her into stardom.

In March 2023, Zeman shared a nostalgic black and white photo from 1979, shortly after she began acting on “General Hospital.” Reflecting on her journey, she wrote, “I was looking for a photo of years past, and this one popped up from 1979. I started as Bobbie in 1978, so this is so old it’s in black and white.”

In an emotional tribute, “General Hospital” acknowledged Zeman’s incredible contribution, both as an actress and a cherished member of the ABC family. They highlighted her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the character who transformed from a bad girl to a beloved heroine. Zeman’s kind heart and radiant spirit will forever be remembered, leaving a lasting legacy on the show and its viewers.

At the age of 70, Zeman leaves behind a loving family, including her daughters Cassidy Zee Macleod and Lacey Rose Gorden, her sisters Lauren Fischetti and Carol Kolb, and two grandchildren. Although she experienced three marriages that ended in divorce, Zeman’s impact on the world of soap operas and her adoring fans will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Jacklyn Zeman. Your light will continue to shine brightly in our hearts.