Lynn Herring of 'General Hospital'

She originated the role of Lucy Coe, a key character on "General Hospital"

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When Lucy Coe first came on to the scene in Port Charles on “General Hospital,” she appeared to be little more than a mousy librarian. But only the most longtime viewers of the show will remember that version of Lucy, who grew into one of the show’s most scheming femme fatales, the woman everyone loved to hate.

Lucy has been portrayed by actress Lynn Herring since her debut in 1985. Lucy crossed over into the short-lived “General Hospital” spinoff “Port Charles” and Herring remained with the show until it was canceled in 2003.


She did not return to General Hospital right away, but Herring was eventually invited back and reprised the role of Lucy (much to the relief of longtime fans of the show) in 2012.

Lynn Herring Early Life and Career

Herring was born Sheryl Lynn Herring on September 22, 1958, in Enid, Oklahoma, but her family eventually moved to Virginia. After attending W.T Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia, she graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She was Miss Virginia USA in 1977 and 4th runner-up for the title of Miss USA 1977.

After college, Herring was accepted into several graduate schools, including USC, UCLA and Loyola-Marymount. She was uncertain about what career path she wanted to take, so Herring moved to New York City. There she worked as a model and acted off-Broadway while studying acting.

In 1980, Herring moved to Los Angeles, and while she sought work as an actress she studied at Loyola-Marymount College.

Herring finally began to pursue acting full time and won her first role in the 1979 film "Roller Boogie." Roles on "Ten Speed and Brown Shoe," "Quincy, M.E.," "Tucker’s Witch," "Matt Houston," "The New Mike Hammer," "Hotel," "Airwolf" and several other prime-time series followed.

Lucy Coe Arrives in Port Charles

Although she started off as quiet and meek, over the course of the show, Lucy was married five times: to Tony Jones, Alan Quartermaine, Scott Baldwin, Rex Stanton and Kevin Collins.

In 1992, Herring left “General Hospital” and moved to “Days of our Lives,” in the role of Lisanne Gardner. The part proved disappointing, and Herring asked to be released from her contract. Six months after she left, she returned to “General Hospital.”

Once “Port Charles” was off the air, Herring stayed out of the public eye for a while. Lucy/Herring did make an appearance on “General Hospital” for the 2004 funeral of matriarch Lila Quartermaine.

She returned to daytime television full time in 2009, portraying Audrey Coleman on “As the World Turns.”

Lynn Herring Personal Life

In 1981, Herring married actor Wayne Northrop, best known for his work on “Days of our Lives” as Alex North and Roman Brady from 1982 to 2006, and as Michael Culhane on nighttime drama “Dynasty from 1981 to 1987.

The couple runs a cattle ranch in the Topanga Canyon of Los Angeles and they have two sons, Wayne, born in 1991, and Grady, born in 1993.

Herring enjoys working out, horseback riding, hiking, and skiing. She is very involved in the community of Raymond, in which she lives, including working to restore an old train depot.