General Hospital’s Carolyn Hennesy: author, animal advocate, and real high-flyer

Well-known to daytime television audiences for her decadelong role as the sassy, stylish attorney Diane Miller in ABC’s “General Hospital,” Carolyn Hennesy was drawn to the world of entertainment from age 4.

“That’s when my father took me to my first sound stage, and I remember it to this day,” said Hennesy, from Los Angeles. “It was the movie set for ‘Fantastic Voyage’ where he was the art director. And I became a ‘studio brat!’ For example, in my early teens, I spent the summer at MGM building futuristic tiny model cars for ‘Logan’s Run.’ ”

Those early years witnessing movie production protocol implanted valuable lessons in the impressionable future actress. “I learned about the business from the opposite side of the camera, always knowing I wanted to be in front of it.”

With a 2017 Best Guest Actress Emmy for the digital daytime drama “The Bay” and another nomination for her “General Hospital” role seven years earlier, Hennesy’s film and television credits continue to soar (see

And when she’s not acting, writing best-selling books, supporting animal conservation, or promoting products as an entrepreneur, you may find the actress truly soaring — through the air on a trapeze!

“I’ve been doing it for 16 years now,” said Hennesy, who practices at Gaona’s Trapeze Workshop. Rather than an extreme form of exercise, she says for her “it’s more a form of meditation — you cannot concentrate on anything else when you fly!”

Back on the ground, Hennesy remains focused on developing her “General Hospital” character.

“I couldn’t be happier there — ‘Diane Miller’ never gets old for me. The writers keep her fresh, often confronting her with some hard truths. She has vulnerability and a no-nonsense take-no-prisoners attitude, and now we’re seeing a little more poignancy in the character. And all this is interspersed with nuggets of comedy gold.”


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