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Lucy Coe
General Hospital
Portrayed by Lynn Herring
Current status Recurring
Duration 1986-92, 1992-2003, 2004, 2012-present
First appearance April 11, 1986 (on GH)
Created by Anne Howard Bailey
Introduced by Gloria Monty (1985)
Wendy Riche (1993)
Jill Farren Phelps (2004)
Frank Valentini (2012)
Book appearances Robin's Diary
Spin-off appearances Port Charles
Previous legal name(s)
  • Lucy Jones
  • Lucy Quartermaine
  • Lucy Baldwin
  • Lucy Collins
  • Nickname(s) Luce
    Gender Female
    Education Masters of Library Science
  • Owns 1% of non-voting stock of ELQ
  • Co-owner of Deception Cosmetics (70%)
  • Former President and CEO of CoeCoe Cosmetics
  • Tour guide for The Stephen Clay Experience
  • Ordained minister
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Residence Metro Court Hotel
    1420 Quartz Lane, Ste 917
    Port Charles, New York

    Lucille "Lucy" Coe is a fictional character from the ABC daytime drama General Hospital and its former spinoff Port Charles. She is the ex-wife of Dr. Tony Jones, Dr. Alan Quartermaine, Scott Baldwin and Dr. Kevin Collins. She is the adoptive mother of two daughters, Serena and Christina Baldwin.

    She is the Mistress of Ceremonies and co-founder of the annual Nurses' Ball charity event.

    Originating on General Hospital, Lucy came to Port Charles in 1986. She was portrayed by actress Lynn Herring from 1986–1991, 1992–2003, and for a brief stint in 2004.

    Herring has been back on GH since 2012.


    Lynn Herring, a former beauty queen who placed fourth in the 1977 Miss USA pageant, originated the role of Lucy Coe in 1986. She was introduced as a "pivotal witness" in the Brownstone Murder Mystery storyline arc.

    The character was to be quickly written out, but executive producer Gloria Monty kept Herring on due to popular demand. This caused Herring to dramatically alter her career path. She was studying for her master's degree to become a psychiatrist at Loyola College.

    Herring also portrayed Lucy on GH's spin-off, Port Charles from 1997-2003.[3]

    However, once she signed a contract for General Hospital, she quit her studies. Herring said, "Acting comes first. I thought I wanted to do counselling. But Lucy turns out to be more fun". She remained a regular cast member until 1991.

    She briefly departed General Hospital to pursue the role of Lisanne Gardner on Days of our Lives, before returning in November 1992.[4][5]

    Lucy returned to Port Charles in 2012 and has stayed in town ever since.[6][7][8]

    On December 12, 2019, announced that Herring, who was last seen on October 25, will return to GH in the new year.[9] Her first airdate back will be on January 9, 2020.

    Upon her debut on the series, Lucy Coe was described as the show's latest "bad girl". She was penned by The Vancouver Sun as being either a "drab social worker, admitted liar" and "sexy schemer" or a "clever youngster" who was cutting corners for money. Initially, Lucy was a guest character who was a "mousy librarian" that quickly lies for a friend, Kevin O’Connor, on the stand, and is caught.

    Lucy was planned to be written off. General Hospital fans, however, were intrigued by the character, prompting the show's executive producer Gloria Monty to keep Herring as part of the cast. The actress said, "No one knows what to make of Lucy. She's smart and shift, very good at manipulating people. I want to know more about her".[10] Lilana Novakovich of the Toronto Star characterized Lucy as a "sexy villain", who fans loved to hate. Lucy is always at odds against "just about everyone else in town."[11]

    Herring admittedly enjoys playing "sleazebag" and "seductress" Lucy.[12][13] Considered one of "daytime's most manipulative witches", Herring has stated that she is very different from her character. "The hardest thing I have to deal with in public is that a lot of times, people want me to be Lucy with them, even if it means being cruel", she said.

    The actress told Calhoun Times that she was "basically not that way" at all, having been raised to be mannered and polite; "I get the feeling that everyone's very disappointed that I'm not trying to get something from them".[14] However, Herring also said, "I wouldn't trade places with anybody. All her badness is a magnification of qualities we all have—greed and selfishness."[14]


    Originating on General Hospital, Lucy came to Port Charles in 1986 and she was a mousy librarian. She was involved with Kevin O’Connor, and she was an alibi in his murder case. After she was duped by him, she wrote a tell all book to make some money. The mousy Lucy was now gone forever. She had an affair with Bobbie Spencer's then-husband Jake Meyer and then miscarried his child.

    After that, her aunt Charlene managed to set her up with Tony Jones, whom she eventually married. After Tony, she married Alan Quartermaine wearing a red dress, thus angering the Quartermaines. While married to Alan, she had an affair with Scotty and became pregnant. She also miscarried that child. After her marriage to Alan, she ended up with Scotty, but she ended up leaving for New York with Greg Bennett.

    When she returned to Port Charles, Scotty had fallen in love with Dominique Taub. Dominique was diagnosed with a fatal brain cancer, and she saw a kinder, gentler Lucy and convinced Scotty to let Lucy be the surrogate mother for their child. Lucy gave birth to the child, Serena, in a cabin during a blizzard. Soon after, Scott was forced to flee town after being pressured by the mob.

    Lucy took this very hard. She ended up meeting Damian Smith, and she reverted to her scheming ways temporarily. She made a bet with Damian that he could not bed Bobbie, which eventually led to the beginning of the break up of Tony and Bobbie's marriage. She met Kevin during this time, and he helped her return to the considerate Lucy she had become because of Dominique's influence.

    They faced a very rocky road to get where they are today, though. Despite her fledgling psychic powers that helped in the capture of Damian Smith, Lucy's brief marriage to evil Rex Stanton to keep an eye on Serena, and Kevin's mental breakdown, they managed to stay together. However, when she tampered with Eve's car during their engagement, it caused Eve's car to have an accident while Serena was in it. Serena lost her eyesight but regained it afterwards. Kevin called off the wedding when they were about to say their vows.

    Lucy and her daughters, Serena and Christina.

    Lucy became trapped in a cabin with brisk Dr. Ellen Burgess, and a strong friendship began, lasting with ups and downs until Ellen vanished in 1999. After their plane crashed, Lucy and Scott found love again and eventually married. A baby girl, Christina, came into their lives after Lucy found her at The Nurses' Ball. Unbeknownst to them, Julie Devlin was Christina's mother, and a bitter custody fight ensued. Lucy reacted angrily to Julie's visitation rights, Frank's visitation rights, and the news that Scott had adopted Christina under his name, and couldn't under hers. When Julie kidnapped Christina and fled town, Lucy irrationally blamed Scott, and ended their relationship. They eventually divorced amicably, and she sees Serena regularly.

    After working together to sort out the machinations of Dr. Rachel Locke, and uncovering the identity of Kevin's daughter Livvie, Lucy and Kevin realized their love for each other had never died. They reunited, with Lucy moving back into the Lighthouse she loved. The duo depended on each other more than ever at this time, with Livvie constantly in danger and enthralled by unknown forces, and the town under a dark cloud. As the few months went by, Lucy pieced together the clues and discovered Port Charles had a vampire. In spite of his rationally-trained mind, Kevin put aside his doubts and believed her. Not only was she right, a trip to Transylvania brought news that she was one of the last in a line of vampire slayers dating back centuries (not related to Buffy). She also gained a cousin, Rafe Kovich.

    Lucy, Kevin, and several others managed to vanquish Caleb, but only temporarily. He returned weak, slowly gaining power by tapping into their fears and weaknesses. He planted seeds in Lucy's head to make her think Kevin wanted to resume his relationship with Eve. With help from Rafe, Lucy and most of the other victims escaped his duping, but he is now using their children as weapons, making Lucy think Christina has contacted her. In the midst of the constant chaos, Lucy has been the major force behind the Nurses Ball since 1994, and takes great pride in its success.

    Through a series of misunderstandings and Caleb and Livvie's manipulations, a needy Lucy had a one-night stand with Eve's estranged husband Ian. Caleb was destroyed for good, and with the help of Lucy's cousin Rafe, Kevin/Lucy and Eve/Ian were able to patch up their differences. Lucy then became suspicious of Kevin's meetings with a mysterious veiled woman, but that was resolved when Kevin threw a surprise wedding for Lucy, with Christina as a surprise guest! Finally, after nearly a decade, Lucy was Mrs. Kevin Collins. After the wedding, Lucy learned Julie (Kevin's mystery friend) had returned to town to give Christina to her other mother, because Julie had a terminal illness. Lucy tearfully agreed and promised that Christina would learn how much Julie loved her.

    With her new family together in the lighthouse, Lucy had to contend with an old friend of Kevin's, Paige, showing up on his doorstep and moving in. Considering that she was supposed to be Kevin's age, Lucy was amazed by the quality of her skin. As Paige grew closer to closer to Kevin, asking him to paint her portrait, she claimed her husband had been killed in a car accident. What they didn't realize was that Paige was also killed in that accident, and back on Earth only to resolve her relationship with Kevin. Paige got other ideas, and began plotting to take him and Christina from Lucy, seeing them as her family. When Kevin was electrocuted, Paige appeared in her angelic form and nearly pulled him into death.

    Lucy, already suspicious of Paige, left Christina with her and went upstairs to find Paige gone and Christina alone (Paige had been beamed up to Heaven for a reprimand). Lucy was outraged and threw Paige out of the house as soon as she returned. Soon, Kevin was similarly disenchanted, and cut her out of his life. He did agree to paint her portrait. At this time he finally managed to piece together her identity as an angel. Lucy walked in on him and Paige in a private moment, and he told Lucy about Paige's real persona.

    Since Paige had said her few months on Earth were supposed to be spent exploring why she was brought, Lucy bought 3 plane tickets to London, making Kevin and Paige go along. They visited Paige's family's mansion, to put her portrait on the wall. Only a portrait of ancestor Rebecca Barrington was missing. Paige realized she must be related to the Barringtons, and after sharing a tearful goodbye with Kevin, saved Alison's life, then vanished. Lucy's peace of mind was shattered within a day. Kevin's former wife and Lucy's former rival, Eve Lambert, was killed in a car accident. Lucy had grown to become friendly with her, and was devastated by the loss. She then managed to help Kevin come to terms with his grief, as well as Ian.

    Kevin, Lucy and Scott

    Victor and Mary were turned on by a scented candle, which Lucy realized. She soon discovered Alison was responsible for the candles being passed around, and funded a candle business for Alison. Her good idea hit a rough patch when her stepdaughter, Livvie, vehemently opposed this "witchcraft". Kevin took her side, opposing Lucy. Within a few weeks, he had vanished after making contact with the spirit of Rebecca in the candle shop. Lucy lashed out when many assumed Kevin was dead, and tried to help Alison after she was arrested for Kevin's murder. With the support of Ian, Victor, and others, she kept a rein on her emotions and began trying to bring Kevin back. She got clues from the other side which she could tell were from Kevin. They led her to Rebecca's portrait, which had been slashed by Livvie. Lucy and Ian began repairing the portrait, hoping to bring her beloved "Doc" back to her. Kevin shows up in the "nowhere world" of Barnadoon with Rebecca. He tries to call out to Lucy, who vaguely hears him, and she and Ian channel Kevin several times over the next few weeks. It works, but leaves Ian more and more debilitated each time afterwards. Lucy refuses to continue to put Ian at risk, as she cares for him too much to lose him, too.

    Lucy eventually realizes that if she and Alison can clear Rebecca's name, maybe it will let her rest in peace and return Lucy's husband. Lucy, Alison, Ian, Kate, Jack and Jamal all work on it, and a judge overturns Rebecca's conviction. In Barnadoon, Rebecca fades away to heaven right in front of Kevin. Before vanishing completely and leaving Kevin alone, she tells him that someone on Earth has to light the special candle for him to return.

    Back in PC, Victor informs Lucy that "Kevin's" remains (really ashes from the urn of Kevin's twin brother Ryan) are found, and Lucy loses all hope of finding her husband. Just then, a sketchpad appears in front of Kevin and he draws a sketch of Lucy (adding the date), which floats its way down to her, restoring her faith. Days later, at the hospital chapel, Rafe pulls the magic candle out of his backpack and lights it. Kevin appears in front of Lucy and the two share a wonderful reunion. With Kevin back, and Rafe revealed to be back as well, Lucy turns her energy to helping Rafe realize that (despite his amnesia) Alison, not Livvie, is his true love. This drives a little wedge between Lucy and Kevin, since Kevin naturally takes his daughter's side. Lucy does not back off though, and (with some help from above) realizes that Rafe sold his soul and that if he doesn't fall back in love with Alison, he'll lose it forever.

    Eventually, even Kevin admits that Livvie is acting very odd, and when he checks her medical records, he notices some records are missing. He gets the young assistant that Livvie blackmailed to admit that she changed the paternity results. Kevin tells this to Lucy, then prepares to go talk to Livvie. When he enters her apartment however, she takes him for Frank and injects him with a psychotropic drug....making him crazy.

    Kevin assumes the personality of his dead twin Ryan, and seduces Lucy then tries to kill her. It is also revealed that a young prostitute on Jasmine Island (where Kevin retreated to after being injected) was murdered. After he tries to hurt Alison, Lucy has Kevin committed to a psychiatric center. In pain, Lucy grows closer to Ian who is still suffering from the pain of losing Eve. Kevin does not seem to be getting any better, in fact he is getting more angry by the day, and is particularly agitated by the connection between his wife and Ian. That connection grows stronger and stronger, and as it becomes increasingly clear that Kevin will not be returning to his normal self, Lucy and Ian begin to admit that they are falling in love.

    About this time, the band The Stephen Clay Experience comes to town. They release a song that everybody seems mesmerized by... everybody but slayers Lucy and Rafe. When eventually Stephen Clay is revealed, he looks exactly like Caleb, and Rafe and Lucy go into Slayer mode to protect the town from the vampire. Alas, Elizabeth Barrington is turned into a vampire, and she turns Ian. Lucy comforts him, and the two realize that her slayer powers lessen his need to feed when they make love.

    Lucy, Rafe, Alison and Ian devise a plan to rid the town of vampires: there is a healing spring that runs below Port Charles. When submerged in the water, any vampire who has fed will be "healed" and returned to their human selves. The group plans to toss all the vampires in. Unfortunately, the plan does not go off as well as hoped (Joshua Temple tries to blow the spring up): people are hurt, and Lucy also falls in the water. Also, since Ian has not fed, he cannot be healed. After the explosion, Lucy begins not feeling well. She is anemic, tired and her hair has been falling out. Ian soon discovers that she has a disorder in which her own blood is poisoning her. Lucy also realizes that she has lost her slayer powers. But this does not deter Lucy, as she is still determined to save Port Charles from Joshua and his vampire clan... and her beloved Ian from himself.

    Lucy Coe is mentioned by Sabrina Santiago as a potential to boost the possibility of returning of the Nurses' Ball. Felix DuBois, a fellow student nurse, tells Sabrina and Elizabeth that he is also employed as a cosmetic salesman for Lucy Coe's business CoeCoe. He says that he will try and see what he can do at getting Lucy Coe to help in the exchange of bread-bed duty. In December, Sabrina and Felix go to New York City to talk to Lucy Coe about fundraising the Nurses' Ball where they first encounter Lucy's Senior VP Bree Flanders (Meredith Vieira).  Lucy appears at General Hospital and meets Patrick Drake.

    In January 2013, Lucy becomes co-CEO of ELQ and gains funding for the Nurse's Ball. The next day she has a mental break and stabs McBain thinking that he is vampire Caleb Morley. She also believes that Sam is Livvie Locke Morley and Duke is vampire Joshua Temple.  She is later transferred to Ferncliff where she talks to Todd Manning.  She is also ecstatic when she sees her husband Kevin Collins.  Lucy decides that she will accompany Heather and Todd when they escape Ferncliff.  Heather knocks out Kevin and the three go to Wyndemere.  Todd leaves and Lucy decides that she too will find street clothes to wear.  Heather convinces Lucy to take a nap, so Heather leaves.  Soon after Lucy is awoken by Caleb. (Michael Easton playing dual roles of John McBain and Caleb Morley).

    Lucy is then arrested and then is able to presuade Molly Lansing-Davis to help her, John McBain, and Rafe to escape. Lucy accompanies John and Rafe to PCU to find information on Caleb.  In the current telling of Caleb Morley, it is told that Caleb was actually a persona of Stephen Clay.  Stephen Clay was a deranged  person who had a vampire persona for his rock-singing career before he went insane. (On Port Charles (show), it was told that Caleb used Stephen Clay as an alias - a reversal of GH telling of it).  Then the three fugitives go to Wyndemere and Lucy sees Alison.  John rescues Sam.  Lucy, Rafe, and John turn themselves in and later released by the Mayor and the DA.  Lucy goes with Anna Devane to see the body of "Caleb"/Stephen Clay and says that Caleb is really dead.  After Lucy and Anna leaves, the coroner takes the ring out of his pocket and leaves.

    On March 15, Lucy arrives at General Hospital to plan the Nurse's Ball.  Felix, Sabrina, and Liz try to explain to her that the Nurse's ball will not happen in 2013 due to ELQs assets being frozen.  Lucy continues to say that the Nurse's ball will go on and shows them a check from an anonymous donor.  She helped Scott Baldwin with his ill-attempted court wedding.  Lucy gets Kevin Collins to be Scott's best man and arranges for the dress and flowers.  The wedding never started due to Dante informing them that Lulu (the potential matron of honor) is missing.  Lucy and Scott are seen handing out flyers in a city park where both Lulu's father Luke and her husband Dante threaten Scott Baldwin with bodily harm if he is indeed connected to Lulu's disappearance. Lucy and Kevin petition to be Rafe's foster parents but Lucy is denied because of stabbing John McBain.

    Lucy and Kevin's marriage begins to suffer due to Kevin spending so much time out of town with patients. Lucy tries to distract herself with a new business project. She goes to Laura Spencer with the intention of revamping Deception Cosmetics into a new health and lifestyle center. Laura agrees to work with Lucy and they become partners. Lucy and Laura made plans to open a new Deception spa. Unfortunately, the project never got off the ground and their partnership ended when Laura moved back to Paris. Without Deception to focus on, Lucy decides to help Scott in his campaign for District Attorney.

    Scott shared with Lucy that he was ending his marriage to Laura, while Lucy worried about the state of her own marriage. Lucy began questioning Kevin's commitment to her when he repeatedly put his work before her and their marriage. Lucy grew close to Scott again while working on his campaign and they slept together. Lucy immediately felt guilty for betraying Kevin. Scott reached out to Lucy and wanted another chance at a relationship with her, but at the same time Kevin promised to make Lucy a priority in his life and she chose to stay with Kevin. Lucy was plagued with guilt over her one night with Scott and decided to keep it a secret.

    Despite choosing to work on her marriage, Lucy continued to fantasize about Scott. Lucy was unable to resist Scott and she started sleeping with him again. Scott pressed Lucy to leave Kevin and be with him, but she refused. Lucy kept her growing feelings for Scott a secret from him. Scott tried one last time to win Lucy's heart at the 2014 Nurses' Ball. Lucy finally admitted to Scott that she had feelings for him and they shared a passionate kiss backstage. They were unaware that the curtain had opened and everyone, including Kevin, had seen and heard their exchange. Kevin was humiliated and heartbroken.

    Lucy apologized to Kevin and swore that she wanted to make things work between them, but he refused to listen and declared that their marriage was over. Scott reached out to Lucy during this time, but she pushed him away and tried to win Kevin back. Weeks passed and instead of trying to work on their marriage, Kevin pushed for a divorce. Lucy realized that she no longer had a chance with Kevin and mourned the end of their marriage. As further time passed Lucy gave into her feelings for Scott and realized that she truly loved him. She went to Scott's hotel room to profess her love, but she found Bobbie Spencer there instead. Lucy was angry when she learned that Scott and Bobbie were sleeping together. Lucy and Bobbie began to fight over Scott and got into a physical confrontation in his hotel room. Scott arrived back to the room and broke up the fight. Lucy and Bobbie both demanded that Scott choose which one of them that he wanted to be with. The triangle is finally resolved when Lucy pressures Scott one more time to choose and he chooses Bobbie, leaving Lucy devastated.

    In the beginning of 2019 Lucy is seen trying to get funding for her book on Port Charles. After she gets the book published she turns to Maxie for promotion. She then sees Scotty and Monica and she tells her that Gail passed away a day ago.

    Crimes Committed

    • Posed as librarian to drive Terry Brock insane
    • Perjury
    • Let BJ drink cleaning solution
    • Indirectly killed Victor Jerome when he choked on the locket he was going to give her
    • Posed as prostitute to obtain information on Eve Lambert's past
    • Siphoned Eve's gas tank, indirectly causing a car accident which blinded Serena
    • Bribed Courtney Kanelos into convincing Frank to sign away his paternal rights
    • Under investigation for running a pyramid scheme within her cosmetics company [revealed Dec 2012]
    • Stabbed John McBain in the chest with a wooden stake after she claimed he was a vampire named Caleb Morley [Jan 15, 2013; charges dropped Mar 4, 2013]
    • Threatened John McBain during her arraignment and taken to Ferncliff for a psychiatric evaluation [Jan 17, 2013; charges dropped Mar 4, 2013]
    • Escaped from Ferncliff psychiatric care facility [Feb 5, 2013]
    • Assaulted a police officer, took his gun, and held the gun on police commissioner Anna Devane [Feb 8, 2013; charges dropped Mar 4, 2013]
    • Started a fire in the Port Charles Police Department [Feb 21, 2013; charges dropped Mar 4, 2013]
    • Helped Rafe Kovich and John McBain escape from police custody [Feb 21, 2013; charges dropped Mar 4, 2013]
    • Fugitive; fled police custody with Rafe Kovich and John McBain [Feb 21, 2013; charges dropped Mar 4, 2013]
    • Adultery; had an affair with Scott Baldwin while married to Dr. Kevin Collins [Dec 2013-May 2014]
    • Assaulted Bobbie Spencer; which turned into a cat fight [May 14, 2014]
    • Assaulted Bobbie Spencer; which turned into a cat fight [Jul 22, 2014]
    • Stole an electoral ballot box and hid it in her home for two months [revealed Jan 13, 2015]
    • Kept quiet about the fact that Ava Jerome switched Morgan Corinthos' meds [Early 2017-May 2017]
    • Blackmailed Ava into giving money to support her GH Nurses' Ball in exchange for her silence in regards to Ava's switching out Morgan bipolar meds [Mar 28, 2017]

    Health and Vitals

    • Three miscarriages
    • Kidnapped by Joe Scully [May 2, 1995]
    • Held hostage at gunpoint at the Floating Rib by a group of hooded men demanding her and others in the room, including Ned Quartermaine, Olivia Falconeri, and Ava Jerome, to hand over their belongings [Mar 29-30, 2017]
    • Threatened by Ava [Apr 14, 2017]

    Positions held at ELQ Enterprises

    Predecessor CEO Successor
    Tracy Quartermaine
    Tracy Quartermaine
    Lucy Coe
    A.J. Quartermaine

    Family tree

    Dashed line denotes an adopted child


    See also


    1. On October 20, 2014, Kevin stated that Lucy and Duke were together after he and Lucy were divorced.
    2. She adopted Serena after Dominique's death.
    4. Novakovich, Lilana (November 30, 1992). "Lynn Herring delighted to be back". Toronto Star (Star Media Group). 
    5. Hirsch, Lynda (August 14, 1999). Sun-Sentinel (Tribune Company). 
    10. Lynn Herring is latest bad girl on General Hospital. Postmedia Network Inc.. Retrieved on March 26, 2013.
    11. Novakovich, Lilana (November 26, 1988). "Lilana's Diary". Toronto Star (Star Media Group).'s+Diary&pqatl=google. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
    12. Novakovich, Lilana (November 30, 1992). "Lynn Herring delighted to be back". Toronto Star (Star Media Group). 
    13. Slate, Libby (January 31, 1993). "Bubbling Back". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). 
    14. 14.0 14.1 "Soap Bubbles". Calhoun Times. December 20, 1989.,7319693&dq=lynn+herring+general+hospital+manipulative&hl=en. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 

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