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Lynn HerringLynn Herring first joined the cast of General Hospital
in March of 1986, originally for a stint that would last as long as the prevailing storyline. But Ms. Herring has made the character of Lucy Coe distinctively her own and has remained on board as a key element in the show's success. Her popular character is featured in Port Charles, a spin-off of General Hospital, which premiered June 1, 1997. Lucy is alluring, endearing, unpredictable and devious -- a combination that's hard for soap opera fans to resist.

Ms. Herring was an Air Force child, born in Enid, Oklahoma. But she calls Jennings, Louisiana, her home because all of her close relatives live there now. She attended 15 different schools -- including four high schools -- in ten states and Puerto Rico. That was the result of her father's numerous transfers in the service.

Ms. Herring graduated from Wooden High School in Fairfax, Virginia, and from Louisiana State University with a degree in psychology. She took an acting class during her senior year in college, but with no occupational intent. In her sophomore year, Ms. Herring won the 1977 Miss Virginia beauty contest, and in 1978 was runner-up in the Miss USA pageant.