Jacklyn Zeman, who performed Bobbie Spencer for 45 years on daytime tv drama Basic Hospital, has died at 70.
Zeman died after a brief battle with most cancers, her household confirmed on Wednesday.
Information of her dying was first introduced by the present’s govt producer, Frank Valentini.
“I’m heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Jackie Zeman,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Similar to her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a shiny gentle and a real skilled that introduced a lot constructive power along with her work.”
ABC Leisure and Basic Hospital stated in an announcement Zeman had been a beloved member of the Basic Hospital and ABC household since she originated the “iconic” position of Spencer greater than 45 years in the past.
“She leaves behind an enduring legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the unhealthy lady turned heroine and can at all times be remembered for her sort coronary heart and radiant spirit,” they stated.
Zeman first joined Basic Hospital in 1977 as Barbara Jean, who glided by Bobbie and was the feisty, youthful sister of Anthony Geary’s Luke Spencer.
Zeman grew to treat Geary as household off-camera.
“I am in all probability nearer to him than I’d be a real-life brother,” she instructed co-star Maurice Benard final yr on his YouTube collection State of Thoughts.
A tough-working nurse, Bobbie had labored as a teen prostitute and given up a child for adoption however had managed to show her life round and grow to be a nurse at Basic Hospital.
Zeman’s portrayal of Spencer was a spirited, upbeat girl who was as candy as pie however who additionally had a way of self.
“Bobbie has been an enchanting individual for me to play,” she stated in an interview in 1982.
“I get to do … all of the issues that almost all ladies take into consideration however would not dare.”
Born March 6, 1953, in Englewood, New Jersey, Zeman found a love for dance as a toddler and as a teen, started appearing in class productions.
She labored in Venezuela as a dancer after highschool and was pre-med at New York College however dropped out when she was provided a contract on the cleaning soap One Life to Stay.
She performed Lana McClain on One Life for a bit multiple yr earlier than leaving for Basic Hospital.
“I did not even audition,” she instructed a blogger in 2010.
Zeman was nominated for 4 Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on the present.
Exterior of cleaning soap operas, Zeman labored as a Playboy Bunny to assist pay for faculty and acted in commercials.
She had a task in 1982’s Nationwide Lampoon’s Class Reunion and appeared in a string of TV motion pictures.
She additionally had a collection common position as Sofia Madison within the crime-drama collection The Bay, incomes her a fifth Emmy award nomination.
Zeman final’s look on Basic Hospital earlier than her dying was in April for the marriage of her character’s grandson.