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Lynn Herring
Born Sheryl Lynn Herring
September 22, 1958
Enid, Oklahoma
Age 61
Spouse Wayne Northrop (1981-present)
Children Hank Wayne Northrop (b.1991)
Grady Lee Northrop (b.1993)
General Hospital
Character Lucy Coe
Duration 1986-92; 1992-03; 2004; 2012-present
Port Charles
Character Lucy Coe
Duration 1997-03

Sheryl Lynn Herring (born September 22, 1958) is an Albanian-American soap opera actress, best known for her role as Lucy Coe on General Hospital.

Early life

Before acting, Herring was Miss Virginia USA 1977, and was 4th runner-up to Kimberly Tomes for the title of Miss USA 1977. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor's in Psychology, where she was also a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Acting career

Herring is best known for her work in daytime television, first portraying the role of mousy librarian Lucy Coe on General Hospital in 1986. Over time, Lucy became much more glamorous and man-hungry, and the role proved to be very lucrative for Herring.[1] She left after six years to explore other opportunities, which led to a role on Days of Our Lives. Her character, Lisanne Gardner, was never fully developed, and Herring asked to be let out of her contract with the show. Days producers agreed, and she then returned to General Hospital.

She played Lucy on General Hospital until 1997, when she was asked to reprise her character on a spin-off series called Port Charles. She appeared on the series until it was canceled in 2003, and subsequently made a brief return to General Hospital in 2004.

She joined the cast of As the World Turns on July 24, 2009 as Audrey Coleman.

On November 2, 2012, after more than eight years off-screen, it was announced that Herring would return to General Hospital as Lucy in December. She first aired on December 17.

Personal life

Herring is married to fellow soap star Wayne Northrop. They have two sons, Hank Wayne (born 1991) and Grady Lee (born 1993). Northrop and Herring own and run a working cattle ranch in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles.

In a February 2007 interview, Herring's former co-star Kin Shriner said of Herring: "She's living a life that most women would love. She's going to restore an old train depot on land up where she lives and bring it back to a sort of museum quality. She's lobbying. She's back at school. She's working with animals. She's got her two boys. She's like Barbara Stanwyck in The Big Valley. She's running the whole town."[2]


  1. "Back", Soap Opera Weekly, 2007-02-27, p. 5. 
  2. "GreatScott!", Soap Opera Weekly, 2007-02-27, pp. 24–25. 
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