She starred on Days of our Lives as Diana Colville from 1987 to 1989 and on All My Children as con artist and incest victim Ceara Connor Hunter from 1990 to 1992.She reprised her role as Ceara on Loving in November 1991. In 1994, when Francis became pregnant with her first child, the pregnancy was written into the show and she took six weeks off for maternity leave.Francis' best-known role, that of Laura Baldwin on General Hospital, would bring her instant stardom in the late 1970s.The television supercouple Luke and Laura wed on November 17, 1981, with 30 million viewers tuning in to make the episode the highest-rated hour in soap opera history. Her father, Ivor Francis, a Canadian actor of English descent, died in 1986 from the effects of multiple strokes.
Francis abruptly left General Hospital in 2002 due to contractual issues.She returned to General Hospital in 1983 for a limited run, to coincide with the departure of Luke when Anthony Geary decided to leave the series.Through the years, Francis has appeared on numerous other daytime soaps.Her mother, Rosemary Daley, is a former actress/model of Lithuanian descent.
She has an older brother, Ivor Jr.; a younger brother, Kenneth; and an older half-sister, Shelley, from her father's first marriage.In June 2006, Francis began negotiating with the casting directors on the show to return to the role of Laura Spencer for a limited run through November.