Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Shell Kepler on "General Hospital"

Are you an avid fan of General Hospital"? If you are,then you know Shell Kepler, she played as gossipy nurse Amy Vining on the TV soap opera "General Hospital" on ABC. Kepler died Friday, Feb 1 at the age of 49 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, and its not known what was the cause of her death.
On the other side, Kepler was born in Ohio and the family moved to California when she was 10. She was a businesswoman, marketing clothing on the former Home Shopping Club.

Quote from General Hospital Website.

General Hospital fans are mourning the loss of Shell Kepler, who portrayed Nurse Amy Vining for over 20 years. She passed away on February 1 in Portland, Oregon, at the Oregon Science & Health University hospital. Kepler was only 49 years old.

Nurse Amy was the adopted sister of Laura Webber Spencer (Genie Francis), as well as an aunt to Nikolas, Lucky and Lulu. Amy followed her sister to Port Charles and became a candystriper at General Hospital. She later graduated to full-fledged nurse and became a fixture at the sixth floor nurses station. Since she was known as the town gossip, no secret ever stayed safe with Amy for too long!

Longtime viewers will recall that although Amy flirted with many of Port Charles' eligible men, her longest relationship was with boxer Johnny Morrissey.

Kepler began her acting career at age nine, in a Chattanooga, Tennessee production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a reporter before landing her GH role. She guest starred on shows like Three's Company and CHiPS and co-starred with Joan Collins in the film Homework. FYI, Kepler made frequent guest appearances as Amy on GH's sister soap, Port Charles.

In the early '80s, she released a five-track record with her band, Shell and the Crush. Later in life, Kepler was a successful businesswoman. Her clothing line, "Lacy Afternoon," was popular through her appearances on the Home Shopping Network. She also shared her tips on design in the book Make Fashion Magic.

"I was shocked to hear of the recent and untimely passing of Shell Kepler," said Jill Farren Phelps, GH's Executive Producer. "She was a wonderful person and my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time."

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