Adrienne Barbeau

If you can hold your own against Maude, those mobsters in Port Charles should be a cinch! Adrienne Barbeau is joining ABC's General Hospital as a tough-as-nails broad called Suzanne Stanwyck (best soap name ever!) who runs a charity agency for children in Italy.

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Suzanne will be closely involved with Vanessa Marcil's Brenda. GH head writer Bob Guza says we'll first see the women working together in Rome — Marcil hits the air August 11; Barbeau on August 12 — and they will eventually make their way to Port Charles together.

"Despite her hard edge, Suzanne has a lot of love for others, including Brenda — she's her confidante, so to speak," Guza says. "As we get to know Suzanne better, she'll have a surprising feminine side."

Barbeau will be around for several weeks at least, maybe longer if that "feminine" thing works out. In fact, the ball-busting Ms. Stanwyck sounds like a perfect match for that louse Luke Spencer!

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