By Lynette Rice
March 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT
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Laura’s mom is back in Port Charles!

EW has obtained an exclusive sneak peek of Denise Alexander’s April 2 return to General Hospital to help celebrate the show’s 56th anniversary. In this clip, Alexander reprises her role as Dr. Lesley Webber, the mother of Laura (Genie Francis). She’s back in town to honor the late Dr. Gail Adams Baldwin (previously played by Susan Brown, who died in August). Gail’s final wish was to have all her friends together, so Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) arranges the big gathering.

While sitting in the hospital chapel, Lesley and Laura realize how Gail’s passing has dredged up good memories about the hospital and their time together.

“I remember when I was a candy striper,” Laura tells her mom. “And I was so proud that my mother was a doctor in the hospital. I was really fortunate to have a role model like you.”

Alexander originated the role of Lesley in 1973. She played the role from 1973 to 1984 and from 1996 to 2009, as well as in 2013 and 2017.

On April 1, General Hospital celebrates its 56th anniversary as the longest-running American soap opera that’s currently in production and the longest-running scripted television drama currently in production.

General Hospital just earned a Best Drama nomination from the Daytime Emmys, which will be awarded Sunday, May 5, in Pasadena, Calif. The daytime sudser airs weekdays on ABC.

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