Luke and Laura--Soap Opera's Greatest Love Story: The Six Greatest Moments
- Luke rapes Laura at the Campus Disco Part 1 - YouTube
This is the beginning scenes of when Luke rapes Laura at the Campus Disco. Laura has been waiting for Scotty to pick her up at the disco for over an hour and...
- Luke rapes Laura at the Campus Disco Part 2 - YouTube
These are the concluding scenes of the rape at the Campus Disco. Luke has told Laura that he will die in a months time, and than tells her that he is in love...
Picture it--spring of 1977, a young mom-to-be goes on maternity leave from her job to have her first born child shortly. She turns on the TV, because she is now home during the day and begins to watch the ABC Daytime lineup of soap operas. From 12:30 to 4:30, she begins to watch religiously day in and day out, from Ryan's Hope through Edge of Night. She isn't selective, but is quite enjoying her escape in these daytime dramas.
This woman was none other than my mother and from as far back as I can remember she watched Soap Operas. It would seem while in utero, I got my fair share of soap opera watching. So began, my mom's love affair with soap operas and mine as well. We watched them back in the hay day so to speak and still do.
Back then, as I said we watched them all and did not discriminate, but of course one show and one super couple always stands out for me. The couple of course is Luke and Laura. Even if you don't know soaps, most know those names, why because their wedding alone was the most watched daytime episode back in 1981.
Both started on General Hospital back in the late 1970s. Genie Francis (Laura) was on first and was already married to good, old Scotty Baldwin (Kin Shriner), when Anthony Geary (Luke) was hired for a short time role, which was actually supposed to be a one day, walk-on role, but the powers that be back then saw something in him and the rest was history.
Even though they are by far one of (if not) the best super couples, they did not start out that way. For those, who didn't watch and are not familiar with them, Luke actually raped Laura. This was done off screen, but left to the viewer's imagine. This was a first in daytime TV, but somehow Laura fell in love with Luke (her rapist) and all was forgiven in a matter of speaking.
So what makes these two still so irresistible after all these years? Sit back and enjoy the six greatest moments and find out now!
Table of Contents for the Greatest Moments of Luke and Laura
- Luke & Laura's Wedding - YouTube
General Hospital's Luke & Laura's wedding 30 years ago!
1. The Wedding of Luke and Laura
On November 16, 1981, Luke and Laura finally wed after a crazy beginning and an even crazier courtship. The headline on People's Magazine on this date was as follows: "Liz Taylor Larks on General Hospital as Luke and Laura Finally Tie the Knot in TV's Wedding of the Year".
This was truly the wedding of the decade and none other than the famous beauty herself Elizabeth Taylor was there to celebrate. Liz Taylor actually stated that this was her favorite soap and requested to be a part of it. Well, she contacted the then producer, Gloria Monty and was told she could not play herself, but the infamous Helena Cassadine, who comes on sweet—she donates millions to General Hospital to atone for her husband's evildoing (The Ice Princess Caper)—but she winds up sinister, casting a curse on Laura and Luke by the end of their wedding. Her now famous line, "I Curse You Luke and Laura", is up there with the likes of Rhett Butler's, "Frankly My Dear I Don't Give a Damn!"
The episode itself was the highest daytime ratings in TV history boasting 14 million viewers or addicts! And it earned more than $50 million a year in profits, which was double that of nighttime sudsier Dallas. This daytime wedding of Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and Laura Weber Baldwin (Genie Francis), according to People Magazine boasted the most talked about TV event since J.R. Ewing was shot.
- Dancing at Wyndham's Department Store Luke and Laura - YouTube
laura and luke dancing ay Wyndham's Department Store - 1980
2. Wyndham's Department Store Dance to Fascination
Even before the actual wedding, Luke and Laura had to go on the run from the infamous mobster, Frank Smith. See Mr. Luke Spencer was supposed to marry Mr. Smith's daughter, Jennifer, but Luke had fallen madly in love with Laura and couldn't go through with his nuptials in 1980. After, he got a taste of Laura in the very infamous previously mentioned "Rape", Luke was stung and smitten. Laura amazingly left her husband (Scotty Baldwin) and indeed went on the run with Luke. They ended up settling in Beecher's Corners at the Whitakers Farm, where Luke and Laura went under the names Lylod and Lucy Johnson.
Well during this time, Luke and Laura were actually sparing (trying ever so hard to fight their budding attraction), but first had a night to remember at Wydham's Department Store, where they danced to the famous song "Fascination" and dined on cavier and champagne. When Laura had to too much to drink, she actually feel asleep and therefore yet again no hanky panky actually occurred. It wasn't until the infamous bed sheet, called "The Walls of Jericho" came tumbling down one night a bit later did they finally consummate their relationship for real this time out.
- Luke and Laura's reunion in 1983 - YouTube
Luke and Laura's reunion in 1983 great scene
3. Return of Laura at the Mayor's Mansion
Their was a time, when Laura actually disappeared in the fog, not to be seen for awhile (in real life Genie Francis had the left the show for greener pastures) shortly after the famous wedding of the couple. But in 1983, Laura returned in a cloud of mystery. Luke was now the mayor of Port Charles after his stint of saving the world (don't worry we will get to that with the Ice Princess storyline).
Laura's return was classic and many can never forget Luke looking out of the mansion and swearing to see his Laura and then calling her name. She ran to his open arms, but she was definitely scared and shaken, rightfully so. See she had been kidnapped by the evil Stavros Cassadine (son of Mikkos--From the Ice Princess Caper and Helena--The Curse). It will be revealed in the 1990s that while she was held captive by Stavros that Laura was forced to sleep with him and bear his child (Nicholas), but for now Luke and Laura reunite and all will be well with the world momentarily (hey it is a Soap Opera!).
- GH - Luke and Laura - 1981 playlist p.201 - YouTube
Part 201 of L&L 1981 playlist Some close calls for Robert, Luke and Laura trying to get the wallet. Luke and Laura taking a moment and Robert not appreciati...
4. Luke and Laura Save the World--The Ice Princess Story
So why do the Cassidines loathe and despise Luke and Laura so? Why did Helena put a curse on them at their wedding? And why did Laura get kidnapped by Stavros? The answers lay in Gloria Monty's Spring 1981 storyline of the "Ice Princess".
What may you ask is the "Ice Princess"? Mikkos Cassadine and his nephew Tony reared their ugly heads and decided they were going to freeze Port Charles NY, the home of Luke, Laura and their family and friends. What transpired in this story was what many called campy and a bit over the top, but then again it was the land of soaps, where anything can happen and producer Gloria Monty decided that Luke and Laura did not have enough adventures yet with their Beecher's Corner stint and now would save the world from the evil Cassadines. They indeed do just that and thankfully stopped Port Charles from being frozen over.
The storyline may have been cheesy, but viewers ate it up and in the end the wedding of the decade did take place so that the citizens of Port Charles and Beecher's County too (let's not forget them) could thank both of these young people, as well as celebrate their love with them.
- Luke and Laura in the Pink Cadillac - YouTube
Laura pretends to be pregnant while on the run from Frank Smith and she and Luke take the pink cadillac for a joyride.
5.Luke and Laura Return--The Pink Caddy
Well quite a few years have gone by and both Anthony Geary and Genie Francis were off screen for some time by this point. Anthony Geary returned first in the early 1990s as another character (Bill Eckert), but the character never completely took to fans, because they were still smitten with Luke Spencer and had a hard time taking to this new persona.
So in 1993, Genie Francis was lured back and the characters of Luke and Laura finally returned. The character of Bill Eckert was subsequently killed off during this return storyline, because Geary was to play only one character, Luke Spencer.
When we first saw Luke and Laura again, they were living somewhere in Canada with their now pre-teen son Lucky running "The Triple 'L' Diner" and were hiding out from mobster Frank Smith yet again (the more things change, the more they stay the same). Well, lo and behold, Frank Smith's goons found them, blew up the diner and the Spencers had to again go on the run, now with their young son in tow. What ensued was yet another adventure, which ended up leading them back to Port Charles, where they finally settled back down for a bit, but not before they had their infamous ride in the "Pink Cadillac". Seriously, this was a classic moment if ever.
- Laura Wakes Up!!
I loved the Luke & Laura scenes so much from the 10/27 show that I had to clip them together & upload them. (Laura wakes up, asks Luke what happened, sees he...
- Laura reunites with Lucky, Lulu, Nikolas, Leslie - Part One - YouTube
As requested by irishgal1. Laura reunites with Lucky, Lulu, Nikolas & Leslie - Part One. Clips courtesy of Izzy at Something-more.net
6. Laura Comes Out of the Coma
Poor Laura always the victim. Her portrayer again decided to leave the canvas of General Hospital back in 2000 and her send off was that she went a bit crazy so to speak when she found out her stepdad had murdered someone and covered it up when she was a teenager. Of course it was a bit off the beaten track, because Dr. Rick Webber had been a stand up guy (even though he did have an affair with Monica Quartermaine too, but never mind that for now!). So Laura ended up catatonic and in a coma for 6 long years.
However in 2006, ABC and General Hospital decided that they needed to celebrate the 25th Wedding Anniversary in style. So Genie Francis did return and the character of Laura emerged from her 6 year coma on October 27, 2006 just in time to celebrate the extremely famous nuptials and even remarry her prince, Luke Spencer again! Her re-emergence from her coma didn't leave a dry eye. It was such a wonderful reunion with Luke and her now three grown kids (Lucky, Nicholas and Lulu too).
More Classic Clips
- L&L - Think of Laura - YouTube
GH vid with clips from the recent return of Genie Francis. Hope you enjoy it.
- Genie Francis Thinks of Laura (Part 1) - YouTube
. . . In celebration of Genie Francis, a beautiful young lady who grew into a gorgeous woman, truly an angel--Luke's and ours, . . . In gratitude for her cre...
Summing It Up..
So do you remember where you were when Luke and Laura got married on ‘General Hospital’? If you do, then apparently you’re old just like me. Because it happened 30 years ago and I too was one of those millions of people that watched it. I was only 4 years old, but seriously I remember thinking it was like a fairy tale and the princess was getting married.
I now think back on this and see it from my 3 year old's eyes every time she sees my wedding picture now and asks me, "Is that when you were a princess, mommy?" I think the reason Luke and Laura were such a super couple and millions were indeed fascinated by them was because they truly beat the odds time and time again and got their happy ending so to speak on that magical day. Isn't that what we all want to have the fairy tale so to speak? That is why soap operas are a hit, because for the most part they take us away from the reality of what is everyday life and transport us into a world where anything is possible. Luke and Laura have always been the epitome of just that. As the famous quote goes, "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives and so do Luke and Laura for the masses!!
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