Jacklyn Zeman, sometimes credited as Jackie Zeman, is an American
actress and former Playboy bunny. She is best known for portraying
Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer on “General Hospital”
(1977-2010), for which she received four Daytime Emmy nominations. She
played Sofia Madison in the daytime soap opera “The Bay”
from 2010 to 2012. Zeman wrote the book “Beauty On The Go,”
which was published in 1986.
Zeman is the mother of two girls. She currently lives in Malibu,
California and keeps a dog and two cats as her pets. She was close
friends with her late GH co-star Shell Kepler and delivered a eulogy at
her funeral. She enjoys to travel in her spare time and mentions
interior design as her another interest.
Childhood and Family:
Jacklyn Zeman was born on March 6, 1953, in Englewood, New Jersey. She
started studying classic ballet when she was 5 years old. After
graduating from high school, Jacklyn, who was then 15years old,
received a scholarship to study dance at New York University.
Jacklyn has been married three times. She married first husband Murray
Kaufman, a popular DJ known as Murray the K, from February 14, 1979
until 1981. Her second marriage to Steve Gribbin lasted from February
14, 1985 to 1986. She married her third husband, Glenn Gorden, on
February 14, 1988, but they later divorced on June 21, 2007. The latter
marriage produced two daughters, Cassidy Zee (born September 16, 1990)
and Lacey Rose (born July 15, 1992).
Jacklyn Zeman became a Playboy Bunny at the Playboy Club in 1972. Two
years later, she made her film acting debut as an office girl in
“Deep Throat Part II,” a sequel to the highly successful
pornographic movie “Deep Throat” (1972). She later
eventually turned her attention to soap operas.
In 1976, Zeman was cast as Bobbi (the stewardess) in the CBS/ABC soap
“The Edge of Night.” She went on to portray Lana McClain in
the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” from 1976 to 1977.
She also played Samantha in “The Day the Music Died”
(1977), a documentary about the ill-fated Randall's Island rock
festival of 1970.
Zeman's huge breakthrough arrived when she was cast as Bobbie Spencer,
the sister of leading character Luke Spenser, on the daytime drama
“General Hospital” in 1977. She would continue on playing
the role until 2010. During her tenure on the series, Zeman was
nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress
in a Drama Series three times in 1981, 1995 and 1997 and a Daytime Emmy
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series once in 1998.
In 1982, Zeman made a cameo appearance in “Young Doctors in
Love,” a comedy film helmed by Garry Marshall and starring
Michael McKean, Sean Young and Gary Friedkin. Besides, she played the
supporting role of Jane Washburn in the John Hughes written
comedy/horror film “Class Reunion” (1982). In 1987, she
made guest appearances in the TV series “The New Mike
Hammer” and “ Sledge Hammer!.” Early 1990s saw Zeman
appear in the TV film “The Great American Sex Scandal”
(1990, as Samantha), play Julia Morrow Wheeler in the “ABC
Afterschool Specials” episode “Montana Crossroads”
(1993) and make a guest appearance in “Chicago Hope” (1994,
as soap Nurse).
In 2001, Zeman appeared in the TV film “Disney's California
Adventure TV Special.” She returned to features later in 2009
with an uncredited role as Sonja Monia in “Deep in the
After leaving “General Hospital,” Zeman jointed the cast of
the daytime series “The Bay” in the role of Sofia Madison