Former 'General Hospital' star Bobbi Jordan dies at age 75 at Encinitas, Calif.
Actually, Bobbi Jordan was a lot more than Rick and Jeff Webber's older sister on "General Hospital," she starred in "The Rounders" and "Blondie" and appeared in the films "Mame" and "A Guide for the Married Man," among other television, film and stage projects over a 40 year career.
Ms. Jordan died of a heart attack at her Encinitas home on Nov. 9, but details were released today. A memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple, 939 Second St., Encinitas, CA 92024.
She is survived by her son, writer-director Jordan Roberts (March of the Penguins); her grandchildren, Brandon Roberts, a rock musician and songwriter; Cameron Roberts, a high school sophomore and aspiring actor; her sister, Reba Sue Waters; and her stepdaughter, Jessie Jacobson.
Ms. Jordan, born Roberta Carol Bartlett, moved from her hometown of Hardinsburg, Ky., to Chicago, then settled in Los Angeles to study opera. While working as a cocktail waitress, her manager at the club heard her singing in the kitchen and offered her a chance to audition for a musical the place was producing.
Ms. Jordan was cast as the lead in a modern-day telling of the Cinderella story and signed by William Morris. She then landed a role on The Rounders, an ABC Western that debuted in 1966.
Throughout her career, she performed onstage around the country, including a lead role in the first national tour of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company," as well as regional theater productions of "Guys and Dolls," "Damn Yankees" and "South Pacific."
She appeared in films including "A Guide for the Married Man" with Walter Mathhau in 1967 and "Mame" with Lucille Ball in 1974.
Ms. Jordan transitioned into television in 1966, landing a series-regular role on the ABC Western "The Rounders," followed by roles on "Blondie," "Barbary Coast" and "Joe and Sons."
In the 1970s, she did a two-year stint as Terry Arnett on the daytime soap opera "General Hospital." In one memorable story arc on the ABC daytime soap, she crashed her car after the wife of the man she was dating -- just released from a sanitarium -- tampered with her brakes. (Of course, he would operate on her to save her life.)
Terri Arnett (née Webber), left, was a fictional character on the popular ABC soap opera 'General Hospital'. She was portrayed by actress Bobbi Jordan from 1976 to 1977.
Terri came to Port Charles to take care of her younger brother Rick and Jeff After their parents died. She married Dr. David Arnett, but he died soon after. After coming to Port Charles, she dated Dr. Mark Dante, but soon found out that he was married. Jeff later tried to commit suicide, and while he was lying in the hospital, Terri revealed to Steve Hardy that she had a secret. Terri's mother Helene had told her on her deathbed that that there was a letter that was to only be opened if Jeff's life was in danger. Terri and Steve went and got the letter. The letter said that Steve, not Lars, was Jeff's father.
Later, Mark's wife Mary-Ellen was released from a sanitarium, and she wanted to break up Mark and Terri. She had someone tamper with the brakes on Terri's car, and it crashed. Mark performed surgery on Terri and saved her life. Mary-Ellen later went back into a catatonic state. Terri then moved to Hollywood to pursue a singing career.
Lars Webber (father; deceased)
Helene Webber (mother; deceased)
Rick Webber (brother; deceased)
Jeff Webber (maternal half-brother)
Laura Webber (adoptive niece)
Mike Webber (nephew)
Rick Webber Jr. (nephew)
Steven Lars Webber (maternal half-nephew)
Sarah Webber (maternal half-niece)
Elizabeth Webber (maternal half-niece)
Later in the decade, Ms. Jordan had regular roles on the primetime comedies Turnabout, written by Steven Bochco and starring John Schuck and Sharon Gless, and Joe and Sons, with Richard S. Castellano and Jerry Stiller.
She also guest-starred on such series as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, Love, American Style, Ironside, Barbary Coast, The Odd Couple, Charlie’s Angels, Diff’rent Strokes, One Day at a Time, Quincy M.E., Nero Wolfe and Highway to Heaven.