To accomplish this turnaround, she focused main storylines on younger characters to reach out to younger viewers, particularly the pairing of ingenue Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) and troubled criminal Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary, whom she knew from his stint on her previous series, Bright Promise). She gave the sets a more contemporary look and feel, and employed production techniques once used only in primetime. One major result of the "Monty Revolution" was the faster pace of the show, effectively doubling the number of scenes in each episode.
Under Monty's watch, GH rose to #1 in the ratings, with Luke and Laura's wedding being the highest rated episode in daytime history (about 30 million viewers). The Monty Revolution consisted of couples such as Luka/Laura, Frisco/Felicia, and Robert Scorpio/Holly. She and various Head Writers also created the Quartermaine family, Bobbie Spencer, Luke Spencer, Robert Scorpio, Anna Devane, and Robin Scorpio, and many others who would dominate the show in the 80's and early 90's.
She was also the executive producer of the primetime serial The Hamptons. She employed many former daytime performers for this show. The serial was unusual because it was videotaped rather than being filmed.
Monty left the GH in 1987 but returned in 1990. Although she had always been known for her tough, dictatorial attitude, her ideas no longer seemed in touch with the world of Port Charles and viewer expectations. In early 1991, she lured Anthony Geary back to daytime but went along with his demand to play a brand new character, Bill Eckert. An entire new family, the Eckerts (one member was played by former Broadway star Carol Lawrence, was ushered in, taking up four to five days a week of airtime while the Quartermaines were phased out (Monty wanted to get rid of the Quartermaines ). Monty also fired a popular actress Jennifer Guthrie, who played heroine Dawn Winthrop on the show, and appointed her sister, Norma Monty as Head Writer. The ratings began to erode; this combined with the refusal of stars such as Tristan Rogers, who played Robert Scorpio, to continue working with Monty, left ABC with no choice for firing her in 1992 and replacing her with Wendy Riche.
Monty produced several TV-movies based on friend Mary Higgins Clark's novels, and chaired the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission. She died on March 30, 2006, after a bout with cancer at age 84.
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