Winning Daytime Emmy just another day of drama for Calabash restaurateurs' daughter

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

She was born Laura Sisk, which is a cool name, especially the “Laura” part.

Then she got married and became Laura Wright, the name more famously connected with Wright’s eventual stardom playing villainous Carly Corinthos-Jacks on ABC-TV’s “General Hospital.”

On June 19, Wright won the Outstanding Lead Actress award at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. It was her first Daytime Emmy Award.

Meanwhile, back in Calabash right here on the other side of the country, her proud parents are Rector and Betty Sisk, famous in their own right as the outgoing owners of Sand Trap Restaurant and Bar.

They tune in daily to catch the drama their daughter has been a part of since joining the “General Hospital” cast five-and-a-half years ago. Prior to that, Wright, who’s been acting since eighth grade, had roles on other soaps including “Guiding Light” and “Loving.”

Back in the suburb of Clinton, Md., where they used to live, Rector Sisk recalls their daughter acted in big theatrical productions at Surrattsville High School. He also remembers driving her into Washington, D.C., to tape a TV program about teen suicide. He describes it as a “little skit thing” that aired on Saturday mornings.

The acting gigs obviously paid off for dad and daughter.

Now she’s a famous soap star, and he gets bragging rights about a daughter he says is as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.

Unfortunately, I’m not savvy about the storyline of “General Hospital,” aside from what the Sisks have told me. But I’m thinking about asking the boss if I can go home early from now on to do research when it airs promptly at 3 p.m. EST weekdays, as long as there’s not a tennis match or Obama speech to interfere. It’s for work, right?

According to Soaps.com, which tunes into the daily “stories” when we can’t, Carly is currently married to Jasper “Jax” Jacks.

With soap opera characters, you have to say “currently” when writing about their assorted marital statuses, which tend to fluctuate daily.

Carly “currently” also owns and operates the Metro Court Hotel with Jax and someone named Nicholas in Port Charles, N.Y. It’s a fictional place as most soap-opera settings are, especially when you consider “GH” is taped in Los Angeles.

More info about Carly:

“Luck with men hasn’t been her strong suit. Her most consuming love has been with mobster Sonny Corinthos, but that’s been tumultuous at best. Her children have been kidnapped, she’s been held hostage for the child she carried, and she’s been at death’s door more than once. After her son Michael was shot by a bullet intended for Sonny, she finally looked to the future. She recommitted to her husband Jax and coerced Sonny to sign away all rights to his sons.”

According to the website www.lauraaddicts.com, Wright’s “GH” character has been married and divorced six times, three of those to Sonny. That doesn’t even include the list of assorted “flings and relationships.”

Anyone with that much drama deserves an Emmy.

And now I’m hooked as to what happens next.

Maybe I can get TiVo.


Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.