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Ingo Rademacher, Vanessa Marcil Returning to ‘General Hospital’ as Jax & Brenda

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General Hospital fan favorites Ingo Rademacher and Vanessa Marcil will reprise their roles as Jax Jacks and Brenda Barrett-Corinthos for GH’s 50th Anniversary!

Entertainment Weekly was the first to report on the news. Their report states the stars will return sometime before April 1, and it won’t just be for a handful of episodes. EW reports their return could be for more than a few weeks.

Marcil originated the role of Brenda in 1992. The actress exited the show in 1998 and returned for a brief stint in 2002. She would return again in 2010 after a seven year hiatus. The highlight of her one-year return was long-awaited marriage to long-time love Sonny Corinthos in February 2011. As with most things in soaps, their happiness soon turned to misery and Brenda departed Port Charles with her son (not Sonny’s) in July 2011.

Rademacher, who originated the role of Jax in 1996, returned last fall for a story arc that saw Jax and others in town fall victim to a yet another act of terrorism from his brother Jerry (Sebastian Roche). The actor will film in-between training for the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

Photo: ABC

Photo: ABC

Vanessa Marcil spoke on her return to Soap Opera Digest. “I’ve always respected that the show is the star. I like Frank [Valentini, executive producer] a lot and I think he is amazing. I’m up for doing anything, because as an actor, it’s always exciting,” said the actress. “I’m so honored that they’ve let me come in and come out; I just really respect what they think is best for the show. So if Brenda fits into that somewhere, of course, I’m always really excited about that.”

Jax and Brenda are 2/3’s of one General Hospital’s most famous triangles, and one of the show’s most popular couples. Will Brenda’s return affect Sonny’s engagement to Kate? Is Jax seeking another chance with Carly? Maybe Jax and Brenda are back together! We know Sonny wouldn’t be too thrilled with that.

Are you excited about their return?

Ryan White-Nobles
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  1. Hello,

    Please vote for Ingo Rademacher (Jax) who is now competing on “Dancing With The Stars” every Monday nights. Dial 1-800-868-3403. AT&T customers can also text “VOTE” to 3403. Go online at then use the show’s Facebook app at

    You can use as many phone lines, e-mail accounts and Facebook accounts as possible. This is encouraged! Every vote for Ingo counts to keep him in the competition and win the mirror-ball trophy.

    Voting through the phone and text begins at 8pm in your time zone on Monday nights. It ends one hour after the show ends in your time zone.

    Voting online at and Facebook begins at 8pm eastern time and ends the next morning at 11am eastern time.

    Please ask all your family, friends, co-workers, kids, grandkids to vote to keep Ingo in the competition every week.

    International fans are also allowed to vote online. When registering, you need to use a US zip code and you can google for one.

    Thank you!
    Ingo for the win!

  2. of course…Brenda should be with Sonny..their love is FOREVER special…no one can come close to their chemistry

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