Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Surgery: So Long To Tracy

This blog will be dedicated to the irreplaceable Jane Elliot who is departing her role of Tracy Quartermaine May 4th. Jane started the character in 1978 and although she's taken some breaks, Tracy's has been a staple in Port Charles for decades.
Jane has one Daytime Emmy, in 1980. 

David and I have found some choice clips for you to watch.  Tracy was a force of nature that was unstoppable. Jane's portrayal has been a joy to watch and she never phoned in a performance.  So as the Quartermaine house dwindles down to almost nothing, let's celebrate her legacy: 

A great place to start is with this interview by Kim McCollough (Robin) in 2008:

Lila and Tracy in a great moment after Dillon was born and still in the neonatal unit. (1992)

Tracy says Goodbye powerful and shows Jane's amazing range (1993)

Tracy tells Lulu she had an abortion (2006)

Perfect mix of Quartermaine fun and Tracy and Luke hijinks!Reading of Alan's will  (2007)

I couldn't find a stand-alone clip of her most famous scene,and I'm wondering if You Tube took it down. It was the one they showed Friday, with Edward on the floor begging Tracy for his pills. She refuses to give them to him and believes he dies. Now, why they didn't show the best part is beyond me! Edward pops up and isn't dead! It was glorious. Jane was stellar in that scene (as she is always).

Oh, you'll be missed great lady. Too bad you didn't have many stories these last few years. They wasted so much time by not showcasing you!  Enjoy retirement.
Jane's last airdate is May 4th .


  1. Here it is Karen!!! I am planning to put it on my blog.

    Such great scenes!!!! And the look on Tracy's face when she sees her father is alive and well hahahaha!

  2. It's sad that JE is leaving, its sad that there are practically no Quartermaines left, it's sad to see what's become of GH, it's sad to see writers who disrespect fans, it's sad that this show is probably on the verge of cancellation..

    I really loved this soap.. what happened ???

    Jane you are but a few of legacy characters that are left, thank you for all of the years on GH, making our days a little brighter.
    Bless you on your retirement ♥️

  3. tracy will be missed. I can watch her all day.

  4. David Lewis was beyond brilliant as Edward. Not to take away from John Ingle, who made the role his own. Each brought a specific trait to the character and did impeccible work on it.

    I liked when Tracy returned home to the Qs and brought Dillon in tow and had to introduce the quartermaines to Dillon in only the way that Tracy can! That was a good scene.

    She had many, many emotional scenes and there were times when she was had a lot of heart and compassion. People (meaning clip show network people) remember her as being a stone cold hearted bitch, but in reality, she had such an incredible soft side and truly cared about her family.

    She was always butting heads with Monica, but when something went wrong in Monica's life (cancer, deaths, etc.) she was there for her. As showcased in the great big 50th anniversary episode when Alan, Rick and Emily came back as "force ghosts" to surprise them.

    You look at all the tough women on tv, and if you are tough, stand up for yourself as a woman and as a person, you are labeled a "bitch". Well, Tracy was definitely a bitch but one who had HEART.

    Jane will sorely be missed from her incredbile performances. As Karen stated, she never once, NEVER phoned it in. They need to honor her with a Lifetime Acheivement Award. She earned it.

  5. There are some actors for whom I'd pay to watch them read from the phone book and Jane Elliot is definitely one of them. Not having Tracy around in any capacity is going to SUCK. Having said that, I totally get her reasoning for quitting the biz and she has my respect. It's a ballsy life choice and you have to admire that.

  6. Excellent Sunday Surgery! I have spent a rainy Sunday in Chicago watching great footage of the amazing Jane Elliot. Thank you.

  7. ABC doesn't really care about soap stuff on YT, especially older stuff. (I wonder if it more has to do about the quality, with ABC not caring. As everything is definitely taken from old videotapes, so the quality is far from perfect. Though, there is some stuff that's actually pretty good quality, considering the source) Sony, which owns the other 3 shows still on the air, they got really picky about it a few years ago. And a LOT of old Days stuff in particular got removed for "copyright issues", same with some Y&R and B&B, but nowhere near the amount of Days stuff that had been around and is now gone. But yeah, as far as ABC stuff, unless the person who put them up on YT deletes them and takes them down, they still should be up. With GH definitely having the most stuff up from any other soap by FAR, from generally the late 70s onward. Which with the way things are these days, I am VERY grateful to be able to go back and rewatch stuff I haven't seen in decades.



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