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Franco Baldwin and
Elizabeth Webber
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Roger Howarth and Rebecca Herbst as
Franco Baldwin and Elizabeth Webber
General Hospital
Couple nickname Friz
Marriage/relationship dates Jun 23, 2016 (kissed)
Aug 24, 2016 - present (lovers)
Status Engaged
Profile
Age at wedding or meeting Franco (37)
Elizabeth (29)
Gender Male, Female
Couple residence The Brownstone
1424 Elm Street, #12[1][2]

Port Charles, New York

Franco Baldwin and Nurse Elizabeth Webber are fictional characters and a popular couple from the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital.

Casting

Franco has been portrayed by actor Roger Howarth since May 13, 2013. The role was originated by James Franco (2009-12).

Roger was first cast as Kent Winslow on the ABC soap opera Loving in 1992, but the role was short-lived. Later that year, he was cast in what was intended to be another short-lived role, Todd Manning, on ABC's One Life to Live. Roger is best known for his portrayal of Todd, which he played on and off from 1992 until 2003, when he left and moved to CBS' soap opera As the World Turns to play Paul Ryan.

In 1994, Roger won a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series category for her portrayal of Todd.

Roger returned to OLTL and to the role of Todd in May of 2011, and remained with the show until it's finale in January of 2012. During that time, he also played the role of Todd's identical twin brother, Victor Lord, Jr., in two episodes during flashbacks.

Howarth transferred his OLTL role to GH along with fellow OLTL actors Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton and was put on contract with General Hospital in 2012. He left GH on the mandated break with last airing on March 20, 2013 as Todd Manning and used the time to tape scenes for OLTL. He returned to GH to tape his new scenes as his new character, the recast of sinister Franco with a first air date of May 13th and character's identity being confirmed on May 29, 2013.

Actress Rebecca Herbst originally auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. Although she did not get the part, General Hospital created the role of Sarah's sister, Elizabeth for Herbst to play, and she debuted on August 1, 1997.[3]

In 1999, the role earned Herbst the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress, as well as an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in 1999 and a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2007.

Background

Franco is the son of attorney, Scott Baldwin and super villain, Heather Webber and the illegal adoptive son of Betsy Frank. He is also the grandson of one of the shows original characters, the late, Lee Baldwin and a member of the Baldwin family.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Dr. Jeff Webber and his wife, Carolyn[4] Webber. She is also the granddaughter of one of the shows original characters, the late, Dr. Steve Hardy and a member of the Webber family.

Franco and Elizabeth had a tumultuous beginning -- as Franco did with most people in town, but after it was revealed that Franco's former crimes and misdeeds were the results of a tumor affecting his actions and ability to make decisions, Elizabeth became open to learning more about who Franco is as a person now.

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First kiss

In 2015, after her broken off engagement with Drew (then believed to be Jason), Franco began to show some sympathy knowing what it feels to be alone and had decided to help her move on from "Jason"; taking her to the charity ball to help her forget about her pain.

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Franco's first painting of Elizabeth

In early 2016, her interest in him began after Franco offered to treat her son Jake's PTSD with art therapy. Franco and Jake grew close and Franco and Elizabeth became friends, spending more time together and getting to know each other. While dealing with issues in his relationship with his girl friend Nina Reeves, because of his insistance in not wanting a child, in June 22, 2016, Franco and Elizabeth shared their first kiss. Soon afterwards, Nina and Franco broke up after realizing he is beginning to fall for Elizabeth and overtime, he and Elizabeth begin to eventually fall in love with each other.

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Becoming a couple

During their first date in August 1, Franco showed her his painting of her and she was mesmerised by him, and felt enormously flattered that she was his inspiration. She felt something special between them, something she confessed to the day after to Dr. Monroe. They learned that they both share a love of art and painting. At first, Elizabeth was worried of getting involved with him given his past and how unrealistic it is for them to have a relationship. But soon, in August, Jake helped her realise how happy he makes her, and in August 24, she decided to give their relationship a chance. Oddly enough, Franco's mother Heather approves of their relationship, most likely because Elizabeth is the daughter of her old love, Dr. Jeff.

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Making love

In late December, Franco was placed as a suspect in the murder of Elizabeth's rapist Tom Baker. Despite all the evidence pointing at him, Elizabeth continued to believe in him and she soon learned Tom's brother Seth was the real killer. In February 2017, Franco saved her from Seth, when he was about to murder her. In February 3, during his recovery, Franco and Elizabeth confessed their love for each other, and they finally gave into passion and made love for the first time.

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Engagement ring

Franco continued to help Jake when he started to remember his time in Cassadine island and he comforted Elizabeth after she saved Jake from Helena's influence. In August 2017, Franco moved in with Elizabeth and her boys. Franco started off bonding with Jake, but he now has a good relationship with all three of Elizabeth's sons and they live together as a family, often taking outings and celebrating holidays together.

Franco and Elizabeth got engaged on December 4, after Elizabeth proposed to Franco at General Hospital.

On December 7, Franco plans a re-proposal to make the moment more romantic. This time he proposes to Elizabeth in his art studio and presents her with a ring and she passionately says "yes."

The couple have been to two Nurses' Ball's together, 2016 and 2017.

Storylines

Franco and Elizabeth did not have a good relationship or interact much at all when they first crossed paths. In fact, they first came into each other's lives after a deranged Franco kidnapped her newborn son, Aiden Spencer and gave him to his adoptive mother, Betsy Frank, who had always wanted another child. Aiden was eventually rescued by his father, Lucky Spencer and Franco left town to avoid arrest.

When Franco returned to town in 2013, he revealed himself to Elizabeth, Carly Corinthos, Sonny Corinthos, Michael Corinthos, AJ Quartermaine, Sam Morgan, Maxie Jones, and Damian Spinelli in an elaborate party, claiming that he wanted to make amends for his past crimes. No one believes him at first, but eventually it's revealed that his former crimes were the results of a tumor that affected his actions and ability to make decisions. After the revelation, Franco and Elizabeth go their separate ways until circumstances bring them back into each other's lives.

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In December 2015, Elizabeth was reeling from the fallout of keeping Jason's identity a secret from his loved ones. Once it was revealed that she knew Jason was alive and didn't tell anyone to keep him to herself, many in town called her out for her actions. In her frustration, she trashed Franco's art therapy room. Franco stops hers and offers her some advice on how to deal with being the "town pariah."

Franco continued to offer her advice, sometimes unwarranted, but overtime she softened toward him. Franco and Elizabeth became friends and soon she found that she began depending on him. Franco supported Elizabeth when Jake began to suffer from PTSD after his kidnapping by Helena Cassadine. Franco offered to treat Jake with art therapy and to their surprise, the treatment worked and Jake began to improve. Jake also bonded with Franco and began to depend on him.

Jake's father, Jason, had reservations with Franco treating Jake, due to Franco's sordid past. But Elizabeth continually defended Franco, asserting that his crimes were the result of the tumor that was removed and he is now a changed man. Despite Jason's concerns, Elizabeth allowed Franco to continue treating Jake, who continued to show improvement. Franco and Elizabeth attended their first function together when he escorted her to the 2016 Nurses' Ball. They had their official first date at The Floating Rib in July 2016. After some back and forth and uncertainty, Elizabeth and Franco solidify their relationship and commit to each other in August.

In September, Franco was instrumental in discovering that Elizabeth and her then-nemesis Hayden Barnes are paternal half-sisters. He revealed the truth to Liz and Hayden and after a rocky beginning, they were able to form a good relationship as sisters. The revelation came about when Elizabeth needed a blood transfusion after suffering from a ruptured spleen and Franco brought in Hayden to save Elizabeth's life. Franco never left Elizabeth's side the entire time she was in the hospital.

Elizabeth and Franco continued to bond and grow closer to one another. When Tom Baker, the man who raped Elizabeth as a teen, is released from prison. Franco is desperate to keep him away from her. Despite her fear of Tom, Elizabeth asks Franco to stay away from him for her sake. However, after Tom is found dead, and Franco is accused of murdering him, he and Elizabeth worked together to prove his innocence and succeed in getting Franco exonerated. With the latest obstacle behind them, they are free to re-focus on their relationship.

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Elizabeth comforting Franco after learning he was molested

Elizabeth and Franco said "I love you" to each other and made love for the first time in February 2017. Franco and Elizabeth got engaged on December 4. In March, in the day of their wedding, an earthquake hit Port Charles, while Franco was confronting Jim Harvey, his mother's ex-boyfriend on why Drew was sent away during their childhood, while Elizabeth waited for him in church. In March 13, after learning he's been lying to her for months about his past with Drew, Elizabeth temporarily left Franco and told him not to come home.

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Franco and Elizabeth ready to go home

In April 9, it was revealed that Franco was molested by Jim Harvey when he was three and that he saved Drew from suffering the same fate. After saving Elizabeth and Jake from Jim, Franco kidnapped him and held him at gunpoint, confronting him for his crimes. However, Jim broke free of his restraints and disarmed Franco, whom he then strangled unconscious. Before Jim can finish Franco off, Drew shot him dead from behind. When the police arrived, Drew covers for Franco on his kidnapping of Harvey. Elizabeth takes Franco to GH and makes a full recovery. Soon he confesses to Elizabeth and to Dr. Kevin Collins on what Harvey did to him. After talking with Kevin, Franco decided he was ready to go back home to Elizabeth and the boys.

Proposal videos

Franco and Elizabeth got engaged on December 4, 2017, after Elizabeth proposed to Franco at General Hospital. On December 7, Franco plans a re-proposal to make the moment more romantic. This time he proposes to Elizabeth in his art studio and presents her with a ring.

Franco & Elizabeth Get Engaged

Franco & Elizabeth Get Engaged

Franco Proposes to Elizabeth

Franco Proposes to Elizabeth







Photo gallery

  • Elizabeth accepts Franco's proposal
  • Elizabeth watches Franco play video games
  • Franco and Elizabeth make love for the first time
  • "It's a you thing."
  • Franco and Elizabeth celebrating setting their wedding date
  • "It means that I love you more than I've ever loved anyone. And I can't wait to be your wife."
  • "Who's luckier than us?" -Liz
  • Friz reunite at church after the earthquake
  • Friz Church Kiss
  • Franco and Elizabeth making love in GH's shower
  • Elizabeth comforting Franco after learning he was molested
  • Friz's pinky promise
  • Franco and Elizabeth ready to go home
  • Elizabeth comforts Franco when he wakes up from a nightmare
  • Friz Bed Kiss

References

  1. Revealed on July 1, 2014 … http://tvmegasite.net/transcripts/gh/older/2014/gh-trans-07-01-14.shtml ... "Michael: Okay, you know what? Fine. Fine. Have it your way. Yes, I'd like to report trespassers on my property. 1424 elm street. No, nobody's in danger...yet. No, I don't think the offenders are violent."
  2. http://soapcentral.com/gh/whoswho/aiden.php ... House number 12.
  3. Reichardt, Nancy. "Tune In Tomorrow", July 27, 1997. Retrieved on March 10, 2013. 
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyxtqXtIP9Y ... Mentioned at minute 5:06.