TV Genie Francis Returning to 'General Hospital' By Krista Wick 4:04 PM PST, January 8, 2013 Getty Images General Hospital fans are in for a pleasant surprise this February! Soap star Genie Francis will make her triumphant return to the show that made her famous next month, reprising her role as Laura Spencer for GH's 50th anniversary, reports Entertainment Weekly. Video: Genie Francis Dishes on her Return to Daytime and the Future of SoapsThe legendary actress returned to the daytime soap circuit last May on CBS' The Young and The Restless after a four-year break from her storied career at GH from 1976 to 2008. Last June, Francis opened up to ET about her decision to jump back into TV after spending some time away from Port Charles."It was a chance to play a different type of character," beamed the 50-year-old star of playing bad-girl Genevieve on Y&R.