R.I.P. Claire Labine

Claire Labine in attendance for 64th Annual 2012 Writers Guild of America WGA Awards East, B.B. King Blues Club, New York, NY February 19, 2012. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection

Claire Labine in attendance for 64th Annual 2012 Writers Guild of America 

Today is a sad day, S&Bers! Today, we mourn the loss of our Beloved, Claire Labine. The 1990’s for GH was a spectacular time, full of family, friends, love & loss. She wrote stories that touched our hearts and souls. Claire created Sonny and Brenda. Without Claire, we would never of had S&B or many of our existing friendships today. I can’t even begin to tell you how much her work meant to me… I’m heartbroken.

When Claire Labine and her team of writers took the reigns at GH in the early 1990’s, they created a solid family centered, friendship building era. They told intense stories of Monica’s breast cancer, BJ’s heart, Luke and Laura’s return to Port Charles, reintroduction to the Cassadine Family, Stone and Robin’s story, Ned and Lois, L&B Records, Mary Mae, Jax, and our beloved Sonny and Brenda.

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Many of those stories had lessons written into them as well as being interwoven into other stories on canvas. If something happened to someone, there was a ripple throughout the canvas of stories. Ones actions affected everyone in some way.

One very important story was Stone and Robin’s HIV story. Many of us learned much about the virus from her work bringing HIV/AIDS¬†into the main stream daytime market. Claire understood the importance of girls watching soaps with their mothers and grandmothers. She used this medium to educate millions of young women, young men and the older generations about the facts about HIV/AIDS. It is most likely THE single, most important story ever told in the history of soaps, maybe even tv in general. I say that because the weight of that storyline has stayed with us from that moment through now. We will carry that story and what we learned with us for the rest of our lives. Be safe, protect yourselves and get tested. You never know. Stone taught us the hard way. Thank goodness, Robin still lives to teach us that a positive test doesn’t have to mean death. Thank you, Claire for your vision, ballsy courage and fantastic storytelling to make this story still relevant today and always!

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Sonny and Brenda.

Where do I begin with them? Claire’s vision to put them together was absolute magic! She wove a tale of love, always love between them! Even with the Wire and all the crap, love was never, ever the issue. She wrote a love story that captured the imagination of thousands, if not millions. What Claire didn’t know was while she wrote this, and the internet grew and message boards and Twitter became possible, many, many friendships were created along the way. I know, for myself, there are so many of you I can’t imaging not having in my life, it’s as if we’ve known each other all our lives….

Our common, initial interest was S&B, CL, Wendy Riche and love for GH.. Now, we’ve gotten married, had children, moved all over the place and one thing has always been a constant comfort for all of us—- Our bond all because she wrote one of the greatest love stories ever told! The best triangle– we had so much angst and insanity because of S&B!

I wonder if she ever knew the depth of our love and devotion, not just to S&B but to her? I remember times where groups of us would talk about opening “Claire Labine University.” Heh.. We wanted classes on writing, Sonny and Brenda, Stone and Robin, clip watching, fanfic, the music.. and so on and so forth.. I bet it would have been a wildly successful uni!

As we mourn the loss of this beautiful, giving soul, let’s celebrate Claire’s life, her incredible storytelling and what she meant to us.

I am truly thankful to Claire for our S&B and mostly, bringing all of us together, because I cherish each and every one of you. We may never have met if it wasn’t for Claire Labine, her courageous vision, passionate spirit and endless storytelling.

We salute you, Claire Labine! We thank you, love you and hope you rest easy, collaborating with the best story writers in heaven. R.I.P.

TTFN xoxo~Ro