The Woman Behind the Fan Club
Debbie Morris has a long and successful history as president of the Official General Hospital Fan Club, having served in that capacity since 1988. She will first and foremost describe herself as an avid fan of ABC soap operas and it is with great enthusiasm and pride that she brings her rich and extensive experience to All My Children.
She began working as the president of the Official John Reilly (ex-Sean Donely – GH) Fan Club more than three decades ago, smilingly referring to him as her “first soap star crush.” Her friendship with John and his wife Liz continues and her professional relationship with the couple led to Windy Riche, then the Executive Producer of General Hospital, asking her if she would take over as President of the General Hospital Fan Club upon the upcoming retirement of the founding president. After carefully considering the time and energy it would take to back the endeavor, Debbie, a single mother, accepted the position.
Some time later, when the General Hospital spin off “Port Charles” began airing, Debbie was offered and accepted the presidency with that official fan club as well. It was while working in this capacity that Debbie began her professional relationship with Julie Hannan Carruthers, who was then the Executive Producer of “Port Charles” and is now the Executive Producer of “All My Children.”
Debbie has been instrumental in pioneering the Fan Club Weekend premise and is excited to bring that idea to All My Children as well. The General Hospital Fan Club Weekend each July has long been an eagerly awaited annual event that is very well attended and tremendous fun for fans, stars and staff alike.
A year’s worth of planning and work goes into each of these extended fan-centric days, involving coordination of all of the individual parties associated with the event, the hugely popular “Kick Off Party” and the “Main Luncheon,” which is the jewel in the crown of the weekend. Debbie schedules actors for fan club events, sets up photo opportunities, press, stuffs envelopes, writes the official newsletter, corresponds directly with fans both by email and snail mail and acts as a liaison between the show studio and the fans, promoting a variety of events through the remainder of the year.
Debbie has been a devoted fan of All My Children since its first airing and is tremendously excited to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to All My Children and the Official All My Children Fan Club.
She is committed as the Official AMC Fan Club President to making the fans happy in whatever capacity she is able to do so. Years ago, before she was in any way affiliated with soap operas in an official capacity, Debbie flew to Los Angeles with a friend in the press who was interviewing an actor in the General Hospital studio. Because she wasn’t press, Debbie had to wait outside at the gate and she determined then and there that if she ever had access to a place like the General Hospital Studio, she’d make sure she shared the privilege with as many others as possible. With that mindset, over the years she’s arranged innumerable studio tours and “meet and greets” between fans and actors. With security becoming a greater issue, studios have been forced to limit public access, but Debbie continues her question to create events where fans are able to mingle with the daytime stars.
A busy, dedicated woman, Debbie makes herself available to the legions of daytime fans seeking information ranging from how to contact their favorite stars to studio policies. If she doesn’t know the answer, she knows who to ask. Her greatest asset as a Fan Club President is in understanding the mind and needs of the fan, mostly because she, herself, is a proud and dedicated fan of ABC Daytime.