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November 12, 2023

Publicity Photos of Demi Moore as Jackie Templeton in “General Hospital” (1982)

Demi Moore is perhaps best known for her big-screen roles in films like St. Elmo’s Fire, Ghost, A Few Good Men, and G.I. Jane. But before she was a movie star, she was a daytime TV darling. Like many big-name stars, Moore started out on a soap — and it was one of the biggest shows of the era. In the early 1980s, Moore landed a role on the impossibly popular General Hospital. From 1982 to 1984, the future Golden Globe nominee played investigative reporter Jackie Templeton for 38 episodes on the ABC hit.

Moore was only 19 years old when she was cast in the role as the New York City reporter. GH producers were looking for a certain “type” when casting the role of Jackie. In a 1998 primetime special, The General Hospital 35th Anniversary Show, it was revealed that producers wanted a Margot Kidder or Karen Allen type to play the role of the news reporter. Even though it was early in her career and she didn’t have a lot of experience on her resume, Moore beat out a whopping 1,000 other actresses for the coveted part during the ABC soap’s heyday. She’d go on to make millions as a movie star, but her paycheck on the daytime drama was just $750 per episode.

Moore ultimately bonded with the veteran stars on the show. In an interview just a few weeks into her employment on GH, she revealed that the other cast members welcomed her to the fold with open arms. “Everyone so far has been so wonderful and so welcoming, I can’t even accept it yet,” she said at the time. “I’m just glad that they are that way.”


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