-Jacklyn Zeman is an actress best known for her role in “General Hospital” as Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Spencer since 1977.
-She has a net worth of over $1 million and has won numerous awards for her performances.
-She grew up in a Jewish family in New Jersey and attended New York University on a dance scholarship.
-She is also the spokeswoman for Excedrin aspirin and has been married 3 times.
-She was close to many of the cast and crew of “General Hospital” and last known home was in Malibu, California.

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SpouseGlenn Gorden, Steve Gribbin, Murray the K
FactAppears in the infomercial, hosted by Jane Seymour, for Jane's "Natural Advantage" anti-aging system.

Who is Jacklyn Zeman?

Jacklyn Zeman was born on 6 March 1953, in Englewood, New Jersey, USA, and is an actress, best known for her role in the soap opera “General Hospital”, in which she portrays the character Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer, a role she’s had since 1977. She’s also appeared in other television projects, such as “One Life to Live”.

The Net Worth of Jacklyn Zeman

Jacklyn Zeman has a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through a successful career in acting since 1974, and has won numerous awards thanks to her performances.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Jacklyn grew up in a Jewish family. Her mother was a magazine supervisor, while her father worked as a systems engineer. The family later moved to settle in Bergenfield, New Jersey, where she attended Bergenfield High School, a public school with over 1,000 students in their population, and a student-teacher ratio of 12.4:1. She completed her high school education at 15 years old.

Afterwards, she enrolled at New York University on a dance scholarship. The university was founded in 1831 and has international reach, with degree granting campuses in several locations of the world – they have campuses and academic centers in France, Australia, the US, China, and the UAE. Their alumni consists of heads of state, royalty, media figures, CEOs, scientists, founders, and many more. Following the completion of her education, she didn’t take to acting immediately, instead becoming a Playboy Bunny, and working primarily at the Playboy Club.

Jacklyn Zeman

Acting Career

In 1976, Zeman began her foray into acting, with her first role being the character Lana McClain in the soap opera “One Life to Live”. The soap aired as a part of ABC programming for 43 years, following the story of the Lord family especially their relationships. She stayed with the show for a year, and around the same time had a guest role in the CBS soap opera entitled “The Edge of Night”. The series was one of the most popular soaps of its time, with numerous popular personalities professing their enjoyment of the show.

In 1977, she had one of her biggest roles, in “General Hospital”, cast as Bobbie Spencer, a character which she would identify with for most of her career. The medical drama holds the Guinness World Record for longest running American soap opera in production, and the second longest drama in US history after ‘Guiding Light”. It airs through the ABC network, and holds the record for Most Outstanding Drama Series Daytime Emmy Award wins. The show is set in a hospital in a fictional city, though would later branch out its story to focus on two core families.

Other Projects

Jacklyn played the role of Bobbie Spencer from 1977 to 2010, before taking a three year break; she returned to the soap in 2013, and has been with the show ever since. She has taken very few acting projects aside from the soap, but with the most notable being “National Lampoon’s Class Reunion” which was released during the 1980s. It is the third film based on the “National Lampoon” magazine, though the second to be released due to “National Lampoon Goes to the Movies” being delayed, leading to a change up in the release schedules.

Thanks to her performances, Jacklyn’s been nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy Award, including three for Outstanding Supporting Actress and one for Outstanding Lead Actress. She also won a Soap Opera Digest award for Favorite Villainess.

Aside from acting, she was the spokeswoman for Excedrin aspirin for most of the 1990s. In recent years she’s been a frequent collaborator on the Home Shopping Network, on which she is often seen presenting a signature line of jewelry. In recent years, she’s been putting all of her focus towards “General Hospital”, and the show remains relevant thanks to its conyinued popularity.

Personal Life

Zeman has been married three times, firstly to Murray Kaufman, a DJ better known as Murray the K. He was highly popular in the New York area from the 1950s to the 1970s, referring to himself as the fifth Beatle. Their marriage lasted from 1979 to 1981. Four years later she married Steve Gribbin, but they lasted just a year. Her last marriage was to Glenn Gorden – they were together from 1988 to 2007, and have two children together.

She is known for being close to many of the cast members and crew of “General Hospital” including a lot of their former cast members. She was a close friend of Shell Kepler who played Nurse Amy Vining, and delivered a eulogy during the actor’s funeral. She was also very close to actress Anna Lee, who played the matriarch Lila Quartermaine in the soap, paying a tribute to her prior to her death, expressing her admiration and love for her in several interviews. Jacklyn’s last known home was in Malibu, California, but in 2012 it was reported to be in foreclosure. It is not known if she continues to reside in the area.

General Info

Full NameJacklyn Zeman
EducationNew York University


SpouseGlenn Gorden, Steve Gribbin, Murray the K
ChildrenLacey Rose Gorden, Cassidy Zee Gorden
ParentsRichard S. Zeman, Rita Zeman-Rohlman


NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
TV ShowsThe Edge of Night

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1[When asked if Anna Lee had been like a 'surrogate grandmother' to her on General Hospital (1963), from 1978 to 2003]: I have great respect and admiration for Anna Lee personally and professionally. She was always a pleasure to spend time with both on and off the set. I still think of her often and I feel blessed to have experienced her friendship and her amazing sense of humor. I miss her beautiful smiling face.
2[Of Anna Lee]: Absolutely, she did! She was so beautiful and funny. Oh, my God, she was funny. She had a bawdy sense of humor. And of how many women, she stayed on that show for so many years, and well, well, well, with an older woman, which she was on, and still, they could shot her so tight with such beautiful close-ups, because, she had such [well, not only], a beautiful face, when she continued to having as she aged, but the beauty and the light within her, in her spirit, it just truly say, 'A Star Shines.' She is the perfect example of that!
3[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Anna Lee, who played Lila Quartermaine]: Anna Lee had the glamour, classiness and refinement that a star should have. I never addressed her other than 'AnnaLee,' all in one word. The biggest surprise about her was her earthy sense of humor. The language didn't match the beauty and the character of her grand dame of the show. Because she played Lila for so long, she felt protective of the character's image, as well as her personal image. Those of us who have been on the show for so long have many mutual memories - a birthday party, a divorce, a baby shower - we would tromp all over someone's house to celebrate and be together, just like a real family. Being Lila Quartermaine was being important to 'AnnaLee.'


1Lived not too far from Jeanne Cooper, who was Anna Lee's best friend.
2Attended Buddy Ebsen's 84th Birthday in 1992.
3Appears in the infomercial, hosted by Jane Seymour, for Jane's "Natural Advantage" anti-aging system.
4Acting protégé of Anna Lee and Rachel Ames.
5Best known by the public for her role as Barbara 'Bobbie' Spencer, R.N., on General Hospital (1963).
6Former Playboy bunny
7Children: Cassidy Zee (16 September 1990) and Lacey Rose (15 July 1992)
8Studied dance on a scholarship at New York University
9Completed her high school studies at 15




Misguided2017TV SeriesMo
The Bay2011-2017TV SeriesSofia Madison
Deep in the Valley2009/IISonja Monia (uncredited)
The Mission2005ShortKathryn
Chicago Hope1994TV SeriesSoap Nurse
ABC Afterschool Specials1993TV SeriesJulia Morrow Wheeler
The Great American Sex Scandal1990TV MovieSamantha
Sledge Hammer!1987TV SeriesReporter Brianne O'Brian
The New Mike Hammer1987TV SeriesAmy Miller
Class Reunion1982Jane Washburn
Young Doctors in Love1982Soap Cameos
The Day the Music Died1977DocumentarySamantha (as Jackie Zeman)
Deep Throat Part II1974Office Girl (as Jackie Zeman)
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesLana McClain (1976-1977) (as Jackie Zeman)
The Edge of Night1956TV SeriesBobbi (the stewardess) (1976)


Battle of the Video Games1983TV MovieHerself - Blue Team Member (as Jackie Zeman)
Dance Fever1982TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1979-1980TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Actress
Dinah!1979TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2013TV Series documentaryHerself
An Affair of the Heart2012DocumentaryHerself
Whatever Happened To?2009TV SeriesHerself
The Florence Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHerself - guest
Catch 212009TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
11th Annual Prism Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
SoapTalk2003-2006TV SeriesHerself
I Wanna Be a Soap Star2005TV SeriesHerself (2005)
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan2004TV SeriesHerself
Daytime's Greatest Weddings2004Video documentaryHerself - Host
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHerself
It's Christopher Lowell2003TV SeriesHerself
TV's Most Memorable Weddings2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Family Feud2002TV SeriesHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998-2002TV SeriesHerself
Lifestyle Magazine2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Disney's California Adventure TV Special2001TV Special
MADtv2000TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares2000TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2000TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter
The 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Crook & Chase1997TV SeriesHerself
The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration1994TV MovieHerself
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself
The Image Workshop1991TV SeriesHost
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself
Donahue1991TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1987-1989TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Now You See It1989TV SeriesHerself
Clipping Coupons for Fun and Profit1989Video shortHerself - Host
Hour Magazine1987-1988TV SeriesHerself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
All Star Blitz1985TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1985TV SeriesHerself


Nominated Awards

1998Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
1997Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
1995Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Drama SeriesGeneral Hospital (1963)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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