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Betsy Lou Franco

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15, 1947
Cleveland, OH
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15, 1947 (age 75)
Cleveland, OH


Writer, actress, and mother to James, Dave, and Tom Franco. She is best known for being on General Hospital in 2010, 2013, and 2014, where she played the on-screen mother of her real-life son, James, when he was on the show.

Before Fame

She raised her three sons while also writing poetry, screenplays, plays, and novels, including You Hear Me: Poems & Writing by Teenage Boys, Things I Have To Tell You: Poems & Writing by Teenage Girls, Counting Our Way to the 100th Day, Naked, and Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers. She encouraged her sons to be as creative as possible.


She studied fine art at Stanford and says that she learned so much about creativity there that she was able to transfer it from painting to writing without any difficulty.

Family Life

She was married to Douglas Eugene Franco until his death in 2011. She is an avid cat-lover, a trait she has passed to all of her sons.

Associated With

She gained television actress Alison Brie as part of her family, when her son Dave became engaged to her 2015.