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Luke and Laura--Soap Opera's Greatest Love Story: The Six Greatest Moments

Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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"The Rape"

Picture it--spring of 1977, a young mom-to-be goes on maternity leave from her job to have her first born child shortly. She turns on the TV, because she is now home during the day and begins to watch the ABC Daytime lineup of soap operas. From 12:30 to 4:30, she begins to watch religiously day in and day out, from Ryan's Hope through Edge of Night. She isn't selective, but is quite enjoying her escape in these daytime dramas.

This woman was none other than my mother and from as far back as I can remember she watched Soap Operas. It would seem while in utero, I got my fair share of soap opera watching. So began, my mom's love affair with soap operas and mine as well. We watched them back in the hay day so to speak and still do.

Back then, as I said we watched them all and did not discriminate, but of course one show and one super couple always stands out for me. The couple of course is Luke and Laura. Even if you don't know soaps, most know those names, why because their wedding alone was the most watched daytime episode back in 1981.

Both started on General Hospital back in the late 1970s. Genie Francis (Laura) was on first and was already married to good, old Scotty Baldwin (Kin Shriner), when Anthony Geary (Luke) was hired for a short time role, which was actually supposed to be a one day, walk-on role, but the powers that be back then saw something in him and the rest was history.

Even though they are by far one of (if not) the best super couples, they did not start out that way. For those, who didn't watch and are not familiar with them, Luke actually raped Laura. This was done off screen, but left to the viewer's imagine. This was a first in daytime TV, but somehow Laura fell in love with Luke (her rapist) and all was forgiven in a matter of speaking.

So what makes these two still so irresistible after all these years? Sit back and enjoy the six greatest moments and find out now!

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Table of Contents for the Greatest Moments of Luke and Laura

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1. The Wedding of Luke and Laura

On November 16, 1981, Luke and Laura finally wed after a crazy beginning and an even crazier courtship. The headline on People's Magazine on this date was as follows: "Liz Taylor Larks on General Hospital as Luke and Laura Finally Tie the Knot in TV's Wedding of the Year".

This was truly the wedding of the decade and none other than the famous beauty herself Elizabeth Taylor was there to celebrate. Liz Taylor actually stated that this was her favorite soap and requested to be a part of it. Well, she contacted the then producer, Gloria Monty and was told she could not play herself, but the infamous Helena Cassadine, who comes on sweet—she donates millions to General Hospital to atone for her husband's evildoing (The Ice Princess Caper)—but she winds up sinister, casting a curse on Laura and Luke by the end of their wedding. Her now famous line, "I Curse You Luke and Laura", is up there with the likes of Rhett Butler's, "Frankly My Dear I Don't Give a Damn!"

The episode itself was the highest daytime ratings in TV history boasting 14 million viewers or addicts! And it earned more than $50 million a year in profits, which was double that of nighttime sudsier Dallas. This daytime wedding of Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and Laura Weber Baldwin (Genie Francis), according to People Magazine boasted the most talked about TV event since J.R. Ewing was shot.