GH Hillary Smith Nora

General Hospital Casts Hillary B. Smith — as OLTL's Nora Buchanan

General Hospital boss Frank Valentini dropped a fun bombshell on Tuesday night, revealing in a video posted to twitter that two-time Daytime Emmy winner Hillary B. Smith will be appearing on ABC’s sole surviving sudser — and as her One Life to Live character, legal eagle Nora Buchanan.

The video is capped by a fun little wink from Rebecca Budig, who currently plays GH‘s Hayden but who “back in the day” used to work down the street from Smith, when she was All My Children‘s Greenlee.

Though several OLTL actors (including Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson) migrated to GH after the East Coast-based soap was unceremoniously dismissed from ABC’s airwaves, Smith’s casting as Nora marks the first time a One Life character has set foot in Port Charles since ABC and Prospect Park, the media entity that (briefly) “saved” AMC and OLTL as online-only series, got entangled a legal quagmire over character rights.

Details on Smith’s storyline or the length of her stay were not immediately disclosed.

Smith’s previous daytime-TV credits include The Bold and the Beautiful (as Dr. Stacy Barton), As the World Turns (as Margo) and The Doctors.

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19 Comments
  1. A. D. says:

    Where is Bo?

  2. Traditionalist says:

    So very happy to see Nora again, but please no matter what do not have had her break up with Bo. Talk to him on the phone some or anything, except that they are broken up.

    Hope to see many characters come over for short stints. Would LOVE to see the great OLTL return, but will have to settle with these short visits from old friends.

  3. csmurth says:

    OK, Nora, Alexis, and Diane dishing over a cocktail would have been great before they send Alexis down the alcoholic road. That said, those three women confabbing over coffee would be, with the proper righting, a treat.

    • csmurth says:

      And yes, I can spell – too bad there is no edit feature. It’s late ….. Send = Sent. Righting = Writing.

    • AnonTVAddict says:

      Someone on GH the other day mentioned something about the new female DA in Port Charles. I’m beginning to wonder if that was a very well crafted ‘Easter Egg’ for us long time viewers.

    • Ronnie says:

      Can Tea Delgado go for cocktails, too?

      • YES!!! Tea was a shark!! I wish they all could migrate to Port Charles – Stir it up some – I love GH but same story over and over same people lets get some old / new people in the mix- we know them but new way to fit in the GH story

  4. AnonTVAddict says:

    And so the creation of the ABC Mega Soap begins! I’d be totally thrilled if stories warranted short term arcs of AMC/OLTL characters. I’m in no hurry for Greenlee, Todd, or McBain to show up so let’s leave Hayden, Franco, & Hamilton be cuz they’ve now got a bevy of characters to use. I just hope no one from GH suffers any less airtime.

  5. MG says:

    I’m thinking she might be the new DA in Port Charles.

  6. MLD says:

    I might actually tune in for this but I echo the sentiments to not ruin Nora and Bo as a couple (or kill off Bo) just to serve a short term plot device, just like they did when they killed off Starr’s baby. Another voice to have OLTL return, even if it is only a half an hour just focusing on a smaller number of characters for cost reasons.

  7. MLD says:

    If ABC still owns the rights to Dark Shadows, it would be fun to see Carolyn Stoddard as a wealthy, headstrong and still gorgeous matriarch stir up trouble in Port Charles, followed by her enemy the witch Angelique Bouchard!

    • Jeff says:

      ABC never owned the rights to DS. It was produced by an outside company – Dan Curtis Productions, and the rights are currently help by MGM.

  8. Michael says:

    ABC just bring back OLTL already!!!!! All will be forgiven

  9. Sarah says:

    Wow. It’s been years and they still haven’t stopped turduckening GH. I’m sure the actress is great but GH is not OLTL and GH actor’s deserve better then to be continually sidelined for another show’s actors.

    • John R. says:

      I don’t see how older GH actors are being sidelined. Cast changes happen in soaps all the time. Even if OLTL actors never came to GH, it’s not like you wouldn’t see new characters popping up. Also, GH has never felt like OLTL, even when Star, Todd, Blair, and John were there.

  10. Ronnie says:

    Love me some Nora Hanen Ganon Buchanan Rappaport Buchanan!