Andrea Evans

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Andrea Evans
Born Andrea Lynn Evans
(1957-06-18) June 18, 1957 (age 57)
Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
Spouse(s) Stephen Rodriguez (1998-present)
Wayne Massey (1981-1983)
Website
http://www.AndreaEvans.com

Andrea Lynn Evans (born June 18, 1957, Aurora, Illinois)[1][2]) is an American Emmy-nominated actress. Evans is most recognized for her portrayal of Tina Lord on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, a role she played from 1978-81[2][3][4][5] and 1985–90,[2][4][5] returning from June 11, 2008[6][7][8] to November 25, 2008.,[4][9][10][11] and lastly on September 27, 2011 to November 15, 2011. She also appeared on the soap operas The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Passions.

Career[edit]

As a child, Evans appeared in beauty pageants, and later regional theater and commercials. She graduated early from high school and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While there Evans was cast as an extra in the 1978 Brian De Palma film The Fury, and the same year in the miniseries The Awakening Land.[2] Casting director Mary Jo Slater soon got Evans the role of Tina on One Life to Live,[2] where she stayed until 1981.[2][3][4][5] Evans then went on to portray Patty Williams, Paul Williams' little sister and Jack Abbott's wife, on The Young and the Restless from 1983-84.[2]

Evans returned to One Life to Live in 1985,[2][3][4][5] in a storyline credited with putting the series "back on course"[3] and ultimately bringing Tina to her height of popularity. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1988 for Outstanding Ingenue for One Life to Live,[12] and has appeared on the cover of Soap Opera Digest five times. Evans appeared on the cover of Soap Opera Digest every year from 1986-90.

In January 1990, Evans abruptly quit One Life to Live [4][5] and dropped out of public view for nearly a decade. Years later she revealed that she had left to escape a persistent stalker who had gone as far as breaking into the ABC studios in New York City, intent on killing her. At the time, the stalker incident had been played down heavily in the press. On One Life to Live, the character of Tina moved away to California after her divorce from long-time love interest Cord Roberts. After a short hiatus, the character returned but with former Playboy Playmate Karen Witter in the role.

Evans made two feature films during the 1990s, performing a small part in A Low Down Dirty Shame in 1994 and a major role in Ice Cream Man in 1995. In 1999, Evans returned to television, appearing as Amber Moore's "trashy" mother Tawny on The Bold and the Beautiful until 2000.[2] That year she stepped into the role of Rebecca Hotchkiss Crane on the NBC soap opera Passions[2] (replacing Maureen McCormick, whose ten-episode stint had ended), where she would stay until the series' final episode. Evans' longtime recurring status on Passions and the subsequent cancellation of the series for years fueled rumors of her return to the One Life to Live role of Tina,[13][14] but it was announced in July 2007 that she would stay with Passions for its continued run on DirecTV.[15] The series finished taping in March 2008,[16] though new episodes were broadcast on DirecTV through August 2008.

In the June 26, 2007 issue of Soap Opera Digest, Evans was asked what her favorite role was besides her current one on Passions; she answered "That's an easy one ... Tina Lord Roberts on One Life to Live because in every actor's life, you hope for a role that becomes bigger than yourself and for me, Tina was that role."[17]

ABC.com announced in April 2008 that Evans would soon return as Tina; she reappeared onscreen on June 11, 2008.[7][18]

Executive Producer Frank Valentini noted, "Even though Andrea has not appeared on OLTL since 1990, she has remained among the most requested characters to return to the show ... I welcome her home to OLTL and to the role where she made an indelible mark on our audience."[19] Evans' imminent departure from the series was announced on November 5, 2008.[9]

Evans and ABC noted that the actress' return was always set to be short-term, as her "life, family and home" are in California while One Life to Live, taped in New York City.[9] Valentini continued in a statement, "The character of Tina is a very important part of the OLTL canvas ... [If] there is an opportunity to have her — Tina and Andrea — return at a future date, the show would be happy to explore it."[9] Evans' last appearance was on November 25, 2008.[4][9][11] [20]

On April 6, 2010, TVGuide.com announced that Evans would be returning to The Young and the Restless, not as Patty Williams, but as Evans' "trashy" The Bold and the Beautiful character Tawny. The one-episode stint aired on May 12, 2010.[21] On November 8 of the same year, it was announced that Evans would be crossing back over to 'The Bold and the Beautiful' with the character of Tawny. This time, Tawny will face off with her daughter Amber Moore once again for the first time in a decade. While still appearing in recurring capacity on The Bold and the Beautiful, Evans reprised the role of Tina on OLTL on September 27, 2011. She couldn't pass up the opportunity to play Tina one last time before the show left the air. her long-time on-screen love interest, John Loprieno also reprised the role of Cord. Her short-term run ended on November 15, 2011, when her character, Tina married Cord.

Evans also recently had a supporting role in Hit List as Diane Murphy, mother of the lead role, Charlotte Murphy, played by Shirly Brener.

Personal life[edit]

Evans was briefly married to One Live to Live costar Wayne Massey (who played Tina's love interest Johnny Drummond) in 1981. Evans married Los Angeles attorney Steve Rodriguez on January 10, 1998; the couple adopted a daughter in 2004.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1978+
1985
One Life to Live Tina Lord
Young Irene Manning
July 1978 – December 1981; February 1985 – January 1990; June – November 2008; September – November 2011
1985
1978 The Awakening Land N/A
1983 - 84 The Young and the Restless Patty Williams 1983 - October 1984
1985 Jenny's War Receptionist
Arch of Triumph
Florence Nightingale
1990 Capital News
1999+ The Bold and the Beautiful Tawny Moore March 1999 - June 2000; December 2010-June 2011
2000 - 08 Passions Rebecca Hotchkiss September 2000 - August 2008
2012 Hit List Diane Murphy Supporting Role (Film)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrea Evans profile at FilmReference.com
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Soap Star Stats: Andrea Evans - SoapOperaDigest.com
  3. ^ a b c d Schemering, Christopher. The Soap Opera Encyclopedia, September 1985, pg. 158-66; ISBN 0-345-32459-5 (1st edition)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Tina Lord profile - Soaps.com
  5. ^ a b c d e One Life to Live cast and credits - SoapCentral.com
  6. ^ "Comings and Goings: Andrea Evans (Tina Lord Roberts)." Soap Opera Digest, Vol. 33, No. 24, June 10, 2008, p. 15
  7. ^ a b One Life to Live recap (6/11/08) - ABC.com
  8. ^ Murray, Jesse. Review in SOAPnet.com, June 6, 2008.
  9. ^ a b c d e Mitovich, Matt (November 6, 2008). "One Life to Live Exit: Tina Won't Be Home for the Holidays". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  10. ^ Branco, Nelson (November 7, 2008). "The Suds Report: Andrea Evans’ exit confirmed". TVGuide.sympatico.msn.ca. Retrieved February 23, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b One Life to Live recap (11/25/08) at http://soaps.sheknows.com
  12. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1988". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  13. ^ "OLTL News: Andrea Evans Returning as OLTL's Tina Lord." SoapCentral.com. April 5, 2008.
  14. ^ "Revolving Door: Back to OLTL!" Soap Opera Weekly, Vol. 19, No. 16, April 15, 2008, p. 3.
  15. ^ Soap Opera Digest, Vol. 32, No. 30, July 24, 2007, p. 17.
  16. ^ Josef Adalian (2008-03-31). "NBC squashes Passions chances". Variety. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  17. ^ Soap Opera Digest, Vol. 32, No. 26, June 26, 2007, p. 57.
  18. ^ "Comings and Goings: Andrea Evans (Tina Lord Roberts)". Soap Opera Digest 33 (24). June 10, 2008. p. 15. 
  19. ^ Mitovich, Matt (April 10, 2008). "Andrea Evans 'Thrilled' to Be Returning to One Life". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  20. ^ One Life to Live recap (11/25/08) - ABC.com
  21. ^ Andrea Evans Goes Back to The Young and the Restless - Michelle Stafford Gossip

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