Jacklyn Zeman
Birth Date:
Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Birth Place:
March 6, 1953
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Jacklyn Zeman, sometimes credited as Jackie Zeman, is an American actress and former Playboy bunny. She is best known for portraying Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer on “General Hospital” (1977-2010), for which she received four Daytime Emmy nominations. She played Sofia Madison in the daytime soap opera “The Bay” from 2010 to 2012. Zeman wrote the book “Beauty On The Go,” which was published in 1986.

Zeman is the mother of two girls. She currently lives in Malibu, California and keeps a dog and two cats as her pets. She was close friends with her late GH co-star Shell Kepler and delivered a eulogy at her funeral. She enjoys to travel in her spare time and mentions interior design as her another interest.     


Childhood and Family:

Jacklyn Zeman was born on March 6, 1953, in Englewood, New Jersey. She started studying classic ballet when she was 5 years old. After graduating from high school, Jacklyn, who was then 15years old, received a scholarship to study dance at New York University.

Jacklyn has been married three times. She married first husband Murray Kaufman, a popular DJ known as Murray the K, from February 14, 1979 until 1981. Her second marriage to Steve Gribbin lasted from February 14, 1985 to 1986. She married her third husband, Glenn Gorden, on February 14, 1988, but they later divorced on June 21, 2007. The latter marriage produced two daughters, Cassidy Zee (born September 16, 1990) and Lacey Rose (born July 15, 1992).    

The Bay


Jacklyn Zeman became a Playboy Bunny at the Playboy Club in 1972. Two years later, she made her film acting debut as an office girl in “Deep Throat Part II,” a sequel to the highly successful pornographic movie “Deep Throat” (1972). She later eventually turned her attention to soap operas.  

In 1976, Zeman was cast as Bobbi (the stewardess) in the CBS/ABC soap “The Edge of Night.” She went on to portray Lana McClain in the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” from 1976 to 1977. She also played Samantha in “The Day the Music Died” (1977), a documentary about the ill-fated Randall's Island rock festival of 1970.

Zeman's huge breakthrough arrived when she was cast as Bobbie Spencer, the sister of leading character Luke Spenser, on the daytime drama “General Hospital” in 1977. She would continue on playing the role until 2010. During her tenure on the series, Zeman was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series three times in 1981, 1995 and 1997 and a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series once in 1998.

In 1982, Zeman made a cameo appearance in “Young Doctors in Love,” a comedy film helmed by Garry Marshall and starring Michael McKean, Sean Young and Gary Friedkin. Besides, she played the supporting role of Jane Washburn in the John Hughes written comedy/horror film “Class Reunion” (1982). In 1987, she made guest appearances in the TV series “The New Mike Hammer” and “ Sledge Hammer!.” Early 1990s saw Zeman appear in the TV film “The Great American Sex Scandal” (1990, as Samantha), play Julia Morrow Wheeler in the “ABC Afterschool Specials” episode “Montana Crossroads” (1993) and make a guest appearance in “Chicago Hope” (1994, as soap Nurse).

In 2001, Zeman appeared in the TV film “Disney's California Adventure TV Special.” She returned to features later in 2009 with an uncredited role as Sonja Monia in “Deep in the Valley.”  

After leaving “General Hospital,” Zeman jointed the cast of the daytime series “The Bay” in the role of Sofia Madison in 2010.


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