Claire Labine Dead

Claire Labine, Creator of Ryan's Hope and Iconic GH Stories, Dead at 82

Veteran soap scribe Claire Labine, the creator of ABC’s Ryan’s Hope and a winner of nine Daytime Emmy Awards, died this week at age 82. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

Labine’s venerable daytime-TV career began in 1970, writing for CBS’ Where the Heart Is and Love of Life. She was then courted to create a companion series for ABC’s General Hospital, the result of which was Ryan’s Hope, which revolved around an Irish family and would go on to earn eight Emmys, including two for Outstanding Drama.

In 1993, Labine was brought on to GH itself as headwriter, where she created the character of Sonny Corinthos and in turn gave unto soap opera history the supercouple of Sonny and Brenda. Her other GH hallmarks include the introduction of the Ward family, the Robin/Stone love story and — hold on, I need a Kleenex — the B.J. heart transplant storyline.

During her time at GH — where she would collect another Emmy — Labine came up with the spinoff idea Heart and Soul, which was to center on the characters of Ned and Lois and be set in Brooklyn; ABC went with the Port Charles offshoot instead. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, she had headwriter stints at One Life to Live and Guiding Light.

GH vets Maurice Benard and Vanessa Marcil and OLTL alum Kassie DePaive have been among the actors who have remembered Labine via Twitter:

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  1. Sheryl says:

    Ryan’s Hope was always a favorite of mine.

  2. Eli says:

    And we have number three.

  3. Paula says:

    One of the absolute best soap scribes of all time!

  4. Melanie says:

    RIP. General Hospital was my favorite under her reign. She was a talent and will be missed.

  5. Chris says:

    Claire Labine did not create the character of Sonny Corinthos! The character was actually created by writer Bill Levinson, who was the head writer of GH from January to August 1993 (Sonny debuted on August 13, 1993). The characters that Claire Labine created on GH were Kevin Collins, Carly Corinthos, Serena Baldwin (Scotty Baldwin’s daughter with his late wife Dominique), Katherine Bell (played by “Days of our Lives” cast member mary Beth Evans), Jasper “Jax” Jacks, Stone Cates, Mike Corbin (Sonny’s biological father), Lily Rivera (Sonny’s late first wife), Lois Cerullo, and the Ward family.

  6. april-ann says:

    Oh, just when I didn’t think I could be more sad than I already was this week. Rest in peace, talented, talented lady. You knew how to tug at the heartstrings by writing for our beloved characters you knew so well.

  7. Jakay says:

    I loved Ryan’s Hope. There was so much heart in that show.

  8. rip she wrote and i learned language from her….. amazingly talented writer!!

  9. Steven Hille says:

    Claire was my cousin. Despite all the fame and success she remained one of the most caring and responsive individual one could know. While her talent will remain respected and admired, the person will remain a loving cherished memory.