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Encyclopedia > Gloria Monty

Gloria Monty is an American TV producer working primarily in the field of daytime drama. See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... A Television producer oversees the making of television penis programs. ... The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television...


After directing successful shows such as The Secret Storm, she is best known for taking over the ailing General Hospital in 1978, with thirteen weeks to turn the show around, or it would be cancelled. It subsequently became the top-rated US soap for a decade. The Secret Storm title card from 1960. ... General Hospital is the longest-running daytime soap opera on the American ABC television network, and is also the longest-running soap opera produced in Hollywood (having been taped at the Prospect Avenue ABC Television Center West and Sunset-Gower Studios). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...

To accomplish this turnaround, she focused main storylines on younger characters to reach out to younger viewers, particularly the pairing of ingénue Laura Webber (Genie Francis) with troubled criminal Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary; whom she knew from his stint on her previous series, Bright Promise). She gave the sets a more contemporary look and feel, and employed production techniques once used only in primetime. One major result of the "Monty Revolution" was the increased pace of the show, effectively doubling the number of scenes in each installment. Genie Francis, in a still from General Hospital. ... Anthony Geary, in a still from General Hospital. ... Bright Promise was a soap opera which ran on the NBC television network from September 29, 1969 to March 31, 1972. ...

Under Monty's watch the show rose to #1 in the ratings, with Luke and Laura's wedding being the highest rated daytime episode in history. Her era consisted of "supercouples" such as Luka/Laura, Frisco/Felicia, and Robert/Holly. She and various headwriters also created the Quartermaine family, Bobbie and Luke Spencer, Robert, Anna and Robin Scorpio, and many others who would dominate the show in the 80's and early 90's.

Monty left the show in 1987 but returned in 1991. Although she had always been known for a tough, dictatorial attitude, her ideas no longer seemed in step with the world of Port Charles. She lured Anthony Geary back to daytime but went along with his demand to play a brand new character, Bill Eckert. An entire new family, the Eckerts, were ushered in, taking up four to five days a week of airtime while Monty attempted to phase out such stalwarts as the Quartermaines. Monty also fired a popular actress Jennifer Guthrie, who plays heroine Dawn Winthrop on the show, wrote out her character from getting murdered from a lead pipe. The ratings began to suffer serious erosion, and combined with the refusal of stars such as Tristan Rogers, who plays Robert Scorpio, to continue working with Monty, ABC had no choice but to fire her in 1992 and was replaced by Wendy Riche. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tristan Rogers (born June 3, 1946 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian-American actor. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...

Monty produced several primetime thrillers after leaving the world of soaps.

Ms. Monty passed away on March 30, 2006, after a bout with cancer. March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in Leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... When normal cells are damaged beyond repair, they are eliminated by apoptosis. ...

External links

  • IMDB profile

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Gloria Monty, a producer whose stewardship of the daytime drama General Hospital, which she joined in the late 1970s, helped to transform the cultural relevance and overall image of the soap opera genre, died on March 30.
Monty, who was the model for the matriarchal soap opera producer in the 1982 film Tootsie, died of cancer at her home in Rancho Mirage.
Monty, who was given less than six months to salvage it, devised a strategy to attract teens and college students to fill the gap created as increasing numbers of its core audience of women joined the workforce.
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