List of One Life to Live characters (1968–79)

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This is a list of characters from the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live who significantly impacted storylines and began their run from the years 1968 to 1979.

Becky Lee Abbott[edit]

Becky Lee Abbott
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
  • Jill Voight (1977–78)
  • Mary Gordon Murray (1979–86, 1988, 1996, 1998, 2001)
Duration 1977–86, 1988, 1996, 1998, 2001
First appearance February 1977 (February 1977)
Last appearance November 19, 2001 (November 19, 2001)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases Rebecca Lee Hunt (maiden name)
Occupation Singer

Rebecca "Becky" Lee Abbott Wilde (née Hunt; formerly Buchanan) is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated by Jill Voight in February 1977, a role she played through December 1978. Mary Gordon Murray stepped into the role in August 1979 and played Becky until May 1985. Murray later made several guest appearances in 1986, 1988, 1996, 1998 and from November 15 to 19, 2001.


Richard Abbott[edit]

Richard Abbott
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
  • Luke Reilly (1977–79)
  • Keith Langsdale (1980)
  • Robert Gribbon (1980–81)
  • Jeffrey Byron (1986–87)
Duration 1977–81, 1986–87
First appearance January 1977 (January 1977)
Last appearance January 1987 (January 1987)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation
  • Journalist
  • European bureau chief of The Banner (1979—)
  • Interim CEO of Lord Enterprises (1986)
Residence Paris, France

Richard Abbott is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated on the series in January 1977 by actor Luke Reilly. The sororal nephew of Victor Lord and first cousin to Victor's heroine-daughter Victoria Lord, the role last appears onscreen in January 1987 portrayed by actor Jeffrey Byron.

Casting[edit]

Luke Reilly originated the role of Richard on-screen in January 1977, playing the role through 1979.[1] Robert S. Woods originally auditioned with then-executive producer Joseph Stuart for the recast of Richard Abbott[2] opposite Erika Slezak as fictional cousin Victoria "Viki" Lord Riley, but the role was cast to Keith Langsdale. Langsdale first appeared onscreen February 1980, who was subsequently fired from the coveted role in April[3] and replaced with Robert Gribbon in episodes beginning June 1980. Gribbon went on to play Richard continually through 1981. In January 1986, actor Jeffrey Byron[4] assumed the role and last appeared in 1987.

Character development[edit]

Introduced as the charming son of Victor Lord's sister, Gwendolyn Lord Abbott (Joan Copeland), Richard (Reilly) comes to Llanview and soon begins work in the family business working for Viki's Banner newspaper. Becky Lee Hunt (Jill Voight) arrives in Llanview soon afterward in pursuit of a country music career, falling in love with wealthy Richard. Dr. Dorian Lord (Claire Malis) and Edwina Lewis (Margaret Klenck) both pursue Richard, but he proposes marriage to Becky Lee.[5][6]

Jeffrey Byron, final recast of Richard Abbott

A jealous Edwina travels to Becky Lee's native North Carolina, uncovering her to be married. Edwina returns to Llanview with Luke Jackson (Marshall Borden), her estranged redneck husband. Meanwhile, Richard and Becky Lee marry in the November 7, 1978. Viki's husband and Banner chief editor Joe Riley (Lee Patterson) then offer Richard a job managing the newspaper's European bureau. In October 1979 before leaving for Europe with Becky Lee, Richard is caught in a jealous nighttime confrontation with Luke. Luke severely injures Richard, causing him a fractured skull. Luke is later killed in a shootout with Ed Hall (Al Freeman, Jr.).[7] He undergoes major brain surgery in October 1979, after which the two leave for Paris.

The married couple returns to Llanview in February 1980, with Richard's (Keith Langsdale) marriage to Becky Lee (Mary Gordon Murray) falling apart. Richard enlists reformed prostitute Karen Wolek (Judith Light) to investigate Becky Lee's escapades.[8] Karen soon uncovers Becky Lee becoming romantically-involved with the simmering flame of Tina Clayton (Andrea Evans), Johnny Drummond (Wayne Massey). Richard leaves again for Paris after he and Becky Lee divorce in September 1981.

Back in Llanview in January 1986, debonair Richard (Jeffrey Byron) returns and becomes involved with newly uncovered cousin Tina Lord. After proposing marriage, Tina accepts in June of that year,[4] later reneging in July upon learning friend and crush Cord Roberts (John Loprieno) was the first-born son of Viki's then-husband, Clint Buchanan (Clint Ritchie).

Pat Ashley[edit]

Pat Ashley
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Jacqueline Courtney
Duration 1975–83
First appearance April 1975 (April 1975)
Last appearance December 1983 (December 1983)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Gordon Russell
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases
  • Patricia Ashley (maiden name)
  • Pat Kendall
Occupation
  • Journalist
  • Reporter for The Banner
  • TV host of The View in Llanview
Residence Chicago, Illinois

Patricia "Pat" Ashley Lord (formerly Kendall and Brewster) is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was played by actress Jacqueline Courtney from the character's inception in April 1975[9] continually through its onscreen departure in December 1983.[10]


Steve Burke[edit]

Steve Burke
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Bernard Grant
Duration 1970–75
First appearance August 1970 (August 1970)
Last appearance 1975 (1975)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation
  • Journalist
  • Editor for The Banner

Steven "Steve" Burke is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated by actor Bernard Grant in August 1970, who played the character continually through 1975.


Herb Callison[edit]

Herb Callison
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Anthony Call
Duration 1978–93
First appearance 1978 (1978)
Last appearance December 1993 (December 1993)
Created by
Introduced by Joseph Stuart
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Lawyer

Herbert "Herb" Callison is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The character was played by actor Anthony Call from its inception in 1978 through its last regular appearance in 1992. Call reprised the role in 1993.

Herb gains notoriety (and a friend in Dorian Lord) upon serving as the Llanview District Attorney during the Marco Dane murder trial against Victoria "Viki" Lord Riley. Viki who was ultimately acquitted, and which resulted in the shocking revelation that Karen Wolek was a prostitute involved with client and actual murderer Talbot Huddleston.

Upon marrying Dorian at Llanfair in 1981, he adopts her daughter Cassie Reynolds, who soon takes her stepfather's surname as he adopts her. Herb and Dorian divorce in 1985, though the two remain close friends. Herb departs fictional Llanview in 1992, returning briefly for Christmas episodes in December 1993.

Jim Craig[edit]

Jim Craig
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
  • Robert Milli (1968–69)
  • Nat Polen (1969–81)
Duration 1968–81
First appearance July 15, 1968 (July 15, 1968)
Last appearance April 1981 (April 1981)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation
  • Physician
  • Chief of Staff at Llanview Hospital

Dr. James "Jim" Craig is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. Robert Milli originated the role on the series debut in July 1968. In 1969, Nat Polen took over the character until his death in April 1981.

Nat Polen as Jim, with Peggy Wood as Kate Nolan, and Amy Levitt as Cathy, in 1970.

At the start of the series, Jim works at Llanview Hospital and soon becomes the supervisor and a mentor to then-resident physicians Larry Wolek and Price Trainor. Jim, a widower, has a young daughter, Cathy Craig. He falls in love with a young patient and aspiring actress, Carla Benari, in October 1968. Dr. Craig soon asks Carla to marry him, and Carla accepts, even though she knows she does love him as much as he loves her. Jim continues to profess his love of Carla, even after learning that the assumed Italian American is actually a light-skinned African American, passing for white, a controversial plot for the era.[2] Nevertheless, Carla returned his engagement ring. Soon afterward, Jim falls in love with Anna Wolek (Doris Belack) in 1969, marrying her on the episode first-run April 10, 1970. Throughout the 1970s, Jim and Anna primarily serve as supporting characters, Jim as a primary town doctor, and Anna as a housewife and socialite who offers wise advise to the more dynamic characters. Jim's daughter, Cathy, however becomes a major troublemaker.

Jim and Anna remain in Llanview and give advice to their friends for the rest of the decade. When actor Nat Polen died of pancreatic cancer in 1981,[12] the character dies a mirrored fate in April 1981. Widow Anna leaves Llanview in December 1982.

Melinda Cramer[edit]

Melinda Cramer
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
  • Patricia Pearcy (1973–74)
  • Jane Badler (1978–81, 1983)
  • Sharon Gabet (1987–89)
  • Nicole Orth-Pallavicini (1997, 2004)
Duration 1973–74, 1978–81, 1983, 1987–89, 1997, 2004
First appearance April 30, 1973 (April 30, 1973)
Last appearance August 2, 2004 (August 2, 2004)
Created by
Introduced by
  • Doris Quinlan
  • Joseph Stuart (1978)
  • Paul Rauch (1987)
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation
  • Pianist
  • Talk show host

Melinda Cramer is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The character debuted April 30, 1973 with leading series antagonist Dr. Dorian Cramer, last appeared onscreen August 2, 2004, and died off-screen February 28, 2010.

Character history[edit]

Sisters Melinda and Dorian arrive in fictional Llanview in 1973. Mentally-disturbed Melinda stabs Dorian's lover, Mark Toland, in 1974, leading to her institutionalization.

A recovered Melinda returns to Llanview in 1978, but soon sabotages Dorian's new relationship with Dr. Peter Janssen, wanting him for herself. Melinda seems to win when she and Peter elope, but her obsessive-compulsive behavior returns. Resuming her career as a concert pianist, Melinda practices day and night, putting a strain on her marriage to Peter. She becomes more unbalanced when a failed audition put a close to her musical ambitions. In 1979, Melinda checks herself into the Compton Clinic. Dorian then has Melinda declared mentally incompetent; by 1980, Peter hopes to marry Jenny Wolek Vernon, but couldn't divorce Melinda until she was mentally stable. After threatening Jenny with a letter opener and sinking further into psychosis, Melinda returns to the clinic in 1981, returning briefly to reveal the truth about Dorian's past with David Reynolds.

Melinda returns again in 1987 after Dorian's departure, and moves into Dorian's penthouse with Cassie, the latter who leaves Llanview in 1988. Melinda has a relationship with Jon Russell, and leaves town herself in 1989. Dorian returns that same year, followed by Cassie in 1991. Much to Dorian's chagrin, Cassie becomes involved with Bo Buchanan. Dorian's machinations (and a failed attempt to kill Cassie by Bo's insane ex, Alex Olanov) did not stop the couple from marrying, but the reappearance of Bo's presumed-dead wife Sarah Gordon ultimately ends the union.

On March 1, 2010, Dorian's daughter Cassie Callison returns to Llanview inform Dorian of Melinda's offscreen death. Although the Cramer family originally believed Mitch Laurence and Allison Perkins to be the culprits of Melinda's death, it was later revealed that Elijah Clarke, the husband of her niece Blair, actually was responsible for her death. According to him, she had recognized him from a photograph in the newspaper, and threatened to warn her niece about his murderous past.

Sadie Gray[edit]

Sadie Gray
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
Duration 1968–86
First appearance July 1968 (July 1968)
Last appearance December 1986 (December 1986)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by
  • Doris Quinlan
  • Joseph Stuart (1978)
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation
  • Maid at Llanfair
  • Head of Housekeeping at Llanview Hospital

Sadie Gray (née Scott) is a fictional character from the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. Sadie is a gifted gospel singer who often sings at special occasions. Lillian Hayman portrayed the role from the show's origin in 1968 through 1986

Sadie is initially a maid in Llanfair, the Lord family manor. She eventually quits to take charge of Llanview Hospital's housekeeping department. She lives across the hall from her good friend Anna Wolek. Sadie is a widow and mentions her daughter Clara, whom she says is "lost to her." A mystery woman named Carla Benari shows up in town, presumably an Italian American woman who becomes Dr. Jim Craig's secretary and dates African American Dr. Price Trainor. Many hospital staffers are shocked at the prospect of a white woman dating a black man. A few months later, it is revealed that Carla Benari is Clara Gray, Sadie's daughter, a lighter-skinned African American woman passing as white.[2] Sadie is furious that her daughter would deny her heritage, but they eventually reconcile, and Clara embraces her roots, taking back her surname "Gray." Sadie remained around even when Carla was off the canvas and her airtime increased when Carla returned in 1983. But after Carla was written out two years later, her airtime once again decreased, and eventually Sadie faded out. Actress Lillian Hayman discovered on the last day she filmed while leaving the studio that she would not be returning.

Josh Hall[edit]

Josh Hall
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
Duration 1973–77, 1985–86
First appearance April 1973 (April 1973)
Last appearance 1986 (1986)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases Joshua West
Occupation Physician

Joshua "Josh" Hall M.D. (born Joshua West) is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated by actor Laurence Fishburne onscreen in April 1973, a character he portrayed through 1976. Todd Davis stepped into the role in 1977. Josh reappeared in fictional Llanview in 1985 as a doctor, played by Guy Davis from 1985 until 1986.


Greg Huddleston[edit]

Greg Huddleston
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Paul Joynt
Duration 1977–79
First appearance 1977 (1977)
Last appearance April 1979 (April 1979)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular

Gregory "Greg" Huddleston is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was played by Paul Joynt from 1977 until his final appearance in April 1979.


Talbot Huddleston[edit]

Talbot Huddleston
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Byron Sanders
Duration 1977–79
First appearance May 1977 (May 1977)
Last appearance April 1979 (April 1979)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Businessman

Talbot Huddleston is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was played by actor Byron Sanders onscreen from May 1977 until April 1979.

A wealthy businessman, Talbot engages in affair with married call girl Karen Wolek. In April 1978 Talbot accidentally ran over and killed Brian Kendall after learned his birth father was not Tony Lord, not Paul Kendall. He is arrested on manslaughter charges and last appears in 1979.


Peter Janssen[edit]

Peter Janssen
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
  • Jeff Pomerantz (1976–79, 1987)
  • Robert Burton (1980)
  • Denny Albee (1980–82)
Duration 1976–82, 1987
First appearance March 1976 (March 1976)
Last appearance April 1987 (April 1987)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Physician at Llanview Hospital

Dr. Peter Janssen is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime serial One Life to Live. The role was originated and notably played by actor Jeff Pomerantz, who appeared in the role March 1976 through 1979 and again in 1987. Robert Burton stepped into the role in January 1980 and was subsequently replaced by Denny Albee. Albee appeared onscreen November 12, 1980 through the character's death May 20, 1982.


Katrina Karr[edit]

Katrina Karr
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Nancy Snyder
Duration 1979–83
First appearance February 1979 (February 1979)
Last appearance 1983 (1983)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Joseph Stuart
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Prostitute

Katrina Karr is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The colleague of fellow prostitute Karen Wolek, role was portrayed onscreen by actress Nancy Snyder from February 1979 until 1983.


Kristine Karr[edit]

Regan McManus (1981–83)
Kristine Karr
One Life to Live character
Duration 1979–83
First appearance November 1, 1979 (November 1, 1979)
Last appearance 1983 (1983)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Joseph Stuart
Classification Former, recurring
Profile
Aliases Mary Vernon

Kristine Karr (née Mary Vernon) is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role appeared onscreen from November 1, 1979 until 1983.

Character history[edit]

Brad Vernon engages in an extramarital affair with prostitute Katrina Karr. Katrina conceives a daughter born the same night as his stillborn daughter to his wife, Jenny Wolek Vernon, onscreen November 1, 1979 at Llanview Hospital. Con man Marco Dane elicits Jenny's sister Karen Wolek to switch Jenny's dead child with Katrina's live baby. Katrina long believes her live-born child died in the nursery of the hospital while Jenny raises a child she and Brad name Mary Vernon. After nearly three years of deception, Karen and Marco tell Jenny the truth about the two children, and Jenny returns Mary Vernon to Katrina. Katrina soon renames the child Katrina Karr, and departs offscreen with the child in 1983.

Con woman Aubrey Wentworth appears in fictional Llanview in 2010, marrying Joey Riley Buchanan, the son of town businesswoman Victoria "Viki" Lord Banks and her deceased former husband Joe Riley born mere months after Kristine Karr. Aubrey reveals onscreen her name, "Aubrey Wentworth," to be an alias for her real name Kristine Karr. As leading Karen Wolek portrayer Judith Light declined to appear on the ABC Daytime finale of OLTL, Aubrey's possible identity as the Kristine Karr born to Katrina and Brad was not divulged onscreen, and Aubrey last appears in December 2011.

Brian Kendall[edit]

Brian Kendall
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Steve Austin
Duration 1975–78
First appearance April 1975 (April 1975)
Last appearance April 27, 1978 (April 27, 1978)
Created by
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, recurring
Profile
Aliases Brian Lord
Occupation Student in Llanview

Brian Kendall is introduced as the eight-year-old son of new Banner reporter Patricia "Pat" Ashley (Jacqueline Courtney) in 1975. Shortly after his introduction, Pat reveals to new boss Victoria "Viki" Lord Riley (Erika Slezak) that her son is, in fact, Viki's nephew and the son of Viki's maternal cousin and newly uncovered brother, Anthony "Tony" Harris Lord (George Reinholt). As Pat and Tony become romantically involved, Brian grows to greatly despise her mother's new beau as he pined for his late father Paul Kendall (Tom Fuccello), who apparently died before Brian and his mother relocated to Llanview.

On the episode first-run April 27, 1978, after years of speculation, mother Pat confirms Brian's worst suspicions — that Tony is his natural father; revealed out in the streets of the busy Llanview town square by Pat and Tony (Philip MacHale), a devastated Brian runs out into the street, where he is accidentally hit in a car driven by married businessman Talbot Huddleston in the company of his call girl, also married Karen Wolek (Judith Light). Panicked that their romantic indiscretions would be uncovered, Talbot and Karen decidedly drive away, leaving a severely-injured Brian on the road to succumb to injuries.

Paul Kendall[edit]

Paul Kendall
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Tom Fuccello
Duration 1977–79
First appearance October 1977 (October 1977)
Last appearance March 1979 (March 1979)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Joseph Stuart
Classification Former, recurring

Paul Kendall is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was played by actor Tom Fuccello from October 1977 until its onscreen departure in March 1979.


Edwina Lewis[edit]

Edwina Lewis
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Margaret Klenck
Duration 1977–84
First appearance July 1977 (July 1977)
Last appearance November 1984 (November 1984)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Joseph Stuart
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases
  • Journalist
  • Reporter for The Banner

Edwina Lewis (formerly Dane) is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was played by actress Margaret Klenck from July 1977 until November 1984.


Karen Martin[edit]

Karen Martin
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Niki Flacks
Duration 1968–70
First appearance July 15, 1968 (July 15, 1968)
Last appearance 1970 (1970)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Nurse at Llanview Hospital

Karen Martin (formerly Wolek) is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated on the show pilot by Niki Flacks July 15, 1968. Flacks continued in the role until the character's last appearance in 1970.


Gwendolyn Lord[edit]

Gwendolyn Lord Abbott
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Joan Copeland
Duration 1978–79
First appearance 1978 (1978)
Last appearance 1979 (1979)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Joseph Stuart
Classification Former, regular

Gwendolyn Lord Abbott is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime serial One Life to Live. The role was originated and played by actress Joan Copeland from 1978 through 1979.


Lana McClain[edit]

Lana McClain
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Jacklyn Zeman
Duration 1976–77
First appearance September 1976 (September 1976)
Last appearance December 1977 (December 1977)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation
  • Nurse at Llanview Hospital
  • Waitress at Tony's Place

Lana McClain is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The character was the first contract soap role for actress Jacklyn Zeman, who became most recognized for long-playing Bobbie Spencer on sister serial General Hospital. Zeman appeared as Lana onscreen from September 1976 until the character's death December 1977, when she was cast days later for GH by Gloria Monty based on her OLTL performance.[13]

Character history[edit]

Lana first appears as a waitress at Tony's Place, a diner owned by Tony Lord (George Reinholt). She is soon hit on by womanizer Brad Vernon (Jameson Parker), who dated Jenny Wolek (Katherine Glass) at the time. As Brad carried on a relationship with both, Lana becomes a nurse at Llanview Hospital and reveals her pregnancy with his child in November 1977. The following month, a drunk Lana dies after Brad gives her a glass of milk laced with sleeping pills.[2] Brad is soon convicted of manslaughter in Lana's death in January 1978.

Dorothy Randolph[edit]

Dorothy Randolph
One Life to Live character
Duration 1975
First appearance April 1975 (April 1975)
Last appearance May 1975 (May 1975)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, recurring
Profile
Residence San Francisco, California

Dorothy Randolph is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role appeared onscreen in April and May 1975 opposite leading role Mark Toland (Tom Lee Jones).


Eugenia Randolph[edit]

Eugenia Randolph Lord
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Lori March (1987)
Duration 1969, 1987, 1995
First appearance 1969 (1969)
Last appearance 1995 (1995)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, recurring
Profile
Occupation Housewife
Residence Llanfair
1177 Regency Drive
Llanview, Pennsylvania 19100

Eugenia Randolph Lord is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The deceased character exists at the show's inception in 1968, first appearing onscreen in flashbacks in 1969. Lori March assumed the role in 1987, and the character is last shown in 1995.


Eileen Riley[edit]

Eileen Riley Siegel
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
Duration 1968–76
First appearance July 1968 (July 1968)
Last appearance May 1976 (May 1976)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases Eileen Riley (maiden name)
Occupation Housewife
Residence Florida

Eileen Riley Siegel is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated by actress Patricia Roe from its debut in July 1968 through March 1972, when Alice Hirson assumed the role. Hirson played Eileen from March 1972 until the character's departure in May 1976.[14]

Sister of leading protagonist Joe Riley (Lee Patterson), Eileen Riley Siegel is introduced as the Irish American Catholic married to Jewish lawyer David "Dave" Siegel, among the first interfaith marriages featured on American soap operas.[15] When Joe initially marries media heiress and lead protagonist Victoria Lord (first Gillian Spencer, later Erika Slezak) in June 1969, their identical twin children Julie and Tim premiere on the series. David serves as the primary legal counsel for dynamic characters on the series, and Eileen as the familial confidante of Joe.

After Dave dies, Eileen turns to painkillers to get through the ordeal into 1973. Eventually she seeks treatment from Dr. Dorian Cramer (Nancy Pinkerton). Mark has an affair with Dorian unbeknownst to Julie. Eileen briefly romances Ben Farmer, whose wife Rachel Wilson Farmer dies because of a hospital mishap involving Dorian and Mark. Julie strongly objects to Eileen dating anyone and demands she remain utterly devoted to the memory of David. Julie goes so far as trying to seduce Ben in order to break up her mother's relationship with him. Eventually, they leave town together but their relationship does not last long and Julie moves to Florida.

After the death of her deaths of her son and husband and departure of Julie from town, Eileen leaves Llanview in 1976 for Florida to live with her in-laws.[14]

Megan Riley[edit]

Kimaree Beyrent (1974–75)
Megan Craig Riley
One Life to Live character
Duration 1974–75
First appearance December 2, 1974 (December 2, 1974)
Last appearance October 3, 1975 (October 3, 1975)
Created by
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, recurring

Megan Craig Riley is a fictional character from the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. She was played by unnamed infant actors from December 2, 1974 until October 3, 1975. Megan is the daughter of Joe Riley (Lee Patterson) and Cathy Craig (Dorrie Kavanaugh).

While Joe is presumed dead, wife Victoria "Viki" Lord Riley (Erika Slezak) marries Steve Burke in 1972; Viki is overjoyed when Joe returns, but chooses to stay loyal to Steve in 1973. Joe begins a relationship with Cathy, but he and Viki soon reunite. Viki's divorce from Steve is finalized, but Cathy is pregnant with Joe's child. He offers to marry her, but she refuses. Joe and Viki remarry in a simple ceremony in New York City. Cathy gives birth to Megan on-screen on the episode first-run December 2, 1974, but the child has a congenital heart defect that assures she will not live past adolescence. On the episode first-run October 3, 1975, Viki babysits baby Megan and, while in Viki's care, Megan stops breathing. Viki frantically puts Megan in her car to take her to the hospital but gets into a car accident as she drives in a storm. The accident seriously injures Viki, and Megan dies. Viki recovers, but Cathy swears revenge.

Bert Skelly[edit]

Bert Skelly
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
  • Wayne Jones (1969)
  • Herb Davis (1969–72)
Duration 1969–72
First appearance 1969 (1969)
Last appearance 1972 (1972)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Lawyer

Herbert "Bert" Skelly is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated by Wayne Jones in 1969, and subsequently played by Herb Davis from 1969 until the character's last appearance in 1972.


Dave Siegel[edit]

Dave Siegel
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Allen Miller
Duration 1968–72
First appearance July 1968 (July 1968)
Last appearance December 13, 1972 (December 13, 1972)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Lawyer

David "Dave" Siegel is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was played by actor Allen Miller from the series debut in July 1968 through the character's onscreen death December 13, 1972.

Character history[edit]

The Jewish husband of Eileen Riley and brother-in-law to original male protagonist Joe Riley, attorney Dave Siegel is first introduced just after the series debut in July 1968 and provides regular legal defense to more dynamic series character during his appearance. In 1972, Dave manages to get Steve Burke acquitted for the accidental death of his secretary Marcy Wade. Unbeknownst to Dave, the crucial evidence comes from, who was presumed dead. Eileen and close friend Vince Wolek (Antony Ponzini) never give up hope on Joe's impending return, and she is overjoyed when he finally reappears. Dave dies onscreen of heart attack, leaving Eileen devastated.

Julie Siegel[edit]

Julie Siegel Toland
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
  • Lee Warwick (1969–74)
  • Leonie Norton (1974–76)
Duration 1969–76
First appearance June 1969 (1969-06)
Last appearance May 1976 (May 1976)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases Julie Siegel (maiden name)
Residence Florida

Julie Siegel Toland is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated by actress Lee Warwick from June 1969 until 1974, when she was replaced by Leonie Norton. Norton continued in the role until May 1976, when the character was written off the series as moving to Florida.

Niece of male protagonist Joe Riley, Julie first arrives in fictional Llanview in June 1969 for the wedding of Joe to leading heroine Victoria Lord. In 1970, she becomes close friends to Cathy Craig and falls in love with lothario law school student Jack Lawson (David Snell) and moves in with him without marrying, to the chagrin of her socially conservative parents. Julie assumes Jack would marry her upon completion of his law school work, but when she discovers him to be a womanizer and realizes he never intends to tie the knot, she retires to a nervous breakdown. While recovering from this breakdown, Julie meets Dr. Mark Toland, and they fall in love and get married on the May 5, 1971 episode.[16]

Following the death of her father in December 1972, Julie's mother Eileen begins to date again, bothering Julie tremendously. She attempts to seduce her mother's lover, but to no avail. She leaves Llanview months father being widowed by Mark in 1976.

Tim Siegel[edit]

Tim Siegel
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
  • Bill Fowler (1969)
  • William Cox (1970–71)
  • Tom Berenger (1975–76)
Duration 1969–71, 1975–76
First appearance June 1969 (1969-06)
Last appearance April 6, 1976 (April 6, 1976)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases Timmy Siegel
Occupation
  • Construction worker
  • Law school student

Timothy "Tim" Siegel is fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role debuted on the series in June 1969, briefly originated by newcomer Bill Fowler. The role was assumed by William Cox from 1970 until 1971. Actor Tom Berenger stepped in as Tim when the character returns a law school dropout in April 1975. Tim last dies onscreen when Berenger left the series in April 1976.

Law student Tim briefly appears in fictional Llanview in June 1969 with sister Julie (Lee Warwick) for the wedding of his maternal uncle Joe Riley (Lee Patterson) to media heiress and heroine Victoria Lord. He returns in 1970 when Joe is presumed dead, a fate he, his mother Eileen, and family refused to believe. After briefly engaging in a relationship with Cathy Craig, Tim returns to school. Tom Berenger steps into the role as Tim returns in April 1975 as a law school dropout. He becomes a construction worker and falls in love with novitiate nun Jenny Wolek (Katherine Glass). Jenny gives up the cloistured life for Tim, and the two get engaged. Her cousin Vince, outraged that Tim is stealing Jenny from the church, gets into a fight that exacerbates a latent brain aneurysm in Tim. When it becomes apparent that Tim was dying, Jenny arranges for a hasty wedding ceremony in Tim's hospital room, and with Joe, Eileen, and Julie looking on, the two marry on the April 5, 1976 episode. Tim dies shortly after the marriage is officiated on the following April 6 episode.

Price Trainor[edit]

Price Trainor
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
  • Peter DeAnda (1968–70)
  • Thurman Scott (1970)
Duration 1968–70
First appearance July 15, 1968 (July 15, 1968)
Last appearance December 1970 (December 1970)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Physician at Llanview Hospital

Dr. Price Trainor is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated on the pilot July 15, 1968 by actor Peter DeAnda, who played the role through 1970. Thurman Scott played the role through the character's last appearance in December 1970.


Naomi Vernon[edit]

Naomi Vernon
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Terri Keane
Duration 1976–77
First appearance June 1976 (June 1976)
Last appearance September 30, 1977 (September 30, 1977)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Housewife
Residence Llanview, Pennsylvania

Naomi Vernon is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated and played by Terri Keane from June 1976 until the character's onscreen death September 30, 1977.


Samantha Vernon[edit]

Samantha Vernon
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
Duration 1976–84, 1987
First appearance June 1976 (June 1976)
Last appearance April 1987 (April 1987)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases Samantha Vernon (maiden name)
Residence Llanview, Pennsylvania

Samantha "Sam" Vernon Garretson (formerly Buchanan) is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated and Julia Montgomery June 1976 until January 1981, briefly reprising the role in April 1987. Dorian Lopinto assumed the role in January 1981, playing Samantha through the character's onscreen death November 16, 1984.

Character history[edit]

Brad's little sister, Sam is introduced onscreen in June 1976 as resentful her neglectful workaholic father Dr. Will Vernon. Sam soon chases much older Tony Lord around town in 1978. Tony soon loses his temper and tells Samantha off, devastating her into recklessly driving and causing a disfiguring accident which left her father's new fiancée dead and her disfigured.[17] After leaving town for corrective plastic surgery, Samantha returns to Llanview and soon marries much older Asa Buchanan in 1981. Unbeknownst to Sam, Asa's believed-to-be-dead first wife Olympia Buchanan appears in Llanview alive and refuses to grant Asa a divorce. Asa soon imprisons Olympia and invalidly marries Samantha. Olympia escaped several times and attempted to kill either Asa and Samantha, but her plans are repeatedly foiled and she returned to her imprisonment. Finally, the truth about Olympia comes out and Samantha divorced Asa. Samantha soon falls in love with Asa's nephew Rafe Garretson and married him in 1984. Samantha becomes pregnant, but is later discovered lifeless floating facedown in a pool. Declared brain dead in November 1984, the child she was carrying was artificially implanted into her friend Delilah Ralston and Rafe makes the painful decision to remove her from life support. The baby Delilah surrogates is born and named after Samantha. Samantha reappears in 1987 when friend Viki Lord Buchanan briefly dies and goes to Heaven.

Will Vernon[edit]

Will Vernon
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
Duration 1976–84
First appearance June 1976 (June 1976)
Last appearance November 1984 (November 1984)
Created by Gordon Russell
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Psychotherapist
Vernons, from left clockwise: Julia Montgomery as Sam, Farley Granger as Will, Teri Keane as Naomi, and Jameson Parker as Brad, 1977

Dr. William "Will" Vernon is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime serial One Life to Live. The role was originated by film actor Farley Granger from June 1976 through early 1977. Bernie McInerney briefly assumed the role from March 1977 until late 1977. Anthony George last played Will from November 1977 through the character's last appearance in 1984.

Character history[edit]

Llanview Hospital psychotherapist Dr. Will Vernon first arrives in fictional Llanview in June 1976. Before arriving in town, he'd already had one mistress, prompting his neurotic wife Naomi to take pills to numb her pain. Will was genuinely remorseful over his cheating ways, but passive-aggressive and manipulating Naomi never let him forget his sins. Naomi grows furiously jealous at the close relationship Will shares with secretary Jenny Wolek. Fearful that Will might leave her, Naomi concocted a fake suicide attempt in order to elicit her husband's sympathy. Her plan went awry and she actually did die as a result of taking too many sleeping pills. Will spends the duration of his time in Llanview psychoanalyzing dynamic series characters and guilty over his wife's death. Burying his time in work and neglecting his children, Dr. Vernon last appears onscreen when his daughter Sam dies in November 1984.

Marcy Wade[edit]

Marcy Wade
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Francesca James
Duration 1970–71
First appearance August 1970 (August 1970)
Last appearance December 31, 1971 (December 31, 1971)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Occupation Secretary at The Banner
Residence Llanview, Pennsylvania

Marcy Wade is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated and played by actress Francesca James from August 1970 until the character's onscreen death December 31, 1971.[18][19]


Wanda Webb[edit]

Wanda Webb Wolek
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
Duration 1972–94
First appearance February 1972 (February 1972)
Last appearance 1994 (1994)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases Wanda Webb (maiden name)
Occupation
  • Bookstore owner
  • Waitress
  • Owner of Wanda's Place diner
Residence Seattle, Washington

Wanda Webb Wolek is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was originated by actress Marilyn Chris in February 1972, a role she played through 1977. Lee Lawson stepped into the role between 1977 until 1979, and Chris reprised the role from 1980 until Wanda's final appearance in 1994.

Character history[edit]

Waitress Wanda Webb first appears in fictional Llanview in February 1972. She soon becomes romantically involved with Vince Wolek, who she marries Valentine's Day 1975. Vince dies in 1981, leaving Wanda widowed.

Wanda is concurrently revealed to be a second cousin to Asa Buchanan, and remains in Llanview to run a restaurant. Offering her no-nonsense advice and delicious food, Wanda became a neighborhood friend to Llanview residents throughout the 1980s. Besides Wanda dating various men after Vince's death, She also took in her nephew, Jason Webb, who eventually left town to go to Texas with LeeAnn Demerest. She engaged in a serious confrontation with Dorian Lord when Dorian had Sloan Carpenter attacked outside her restaurant, and with Marty Saybrooke when Marty slept with newly engaged Jason, preparing to marry LeeAnn. Her restaurant, called Wanda's Place, was in the same Angel Square location which would later become home to Vega's café, and later the Buenos Dias Café. Wanda leaves town in 1994 when she remarries and moves to Seattle to open a bookstore.

Rachel Wilson[edit]

Rachel Wilson Farmer
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Nancy Barrett
Duration 1974
First appearance Early 1974 (1974)
Last appearance July 1974 (July 1974)
Created by
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, recurring
Profile
Aliases Rachel Wilson (maiden name)

Rachel Wilson Farmer is a fictional character on the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. The role was played by actress Nancy Barrett from early 1974 until the character's notable onscreen death months later at the negligent hands of Drs. Mark Toland and Dorian Cramer in July.


Anna Wolek[edit]

Anna Wolek Craig
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by
Duration 1968–82
First appearance July 15, 1968 (July 15, 1968)
Last appearance December 1982 (December 1982)
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Classification Former, regular
Profile
Aliases Anna Wolek (maiden name)
Occupation Housewife
Residence Florida

The fictional elder sister to Vinnie and Larry, matriarchal Anna Wolek (Doris Belack) is introduced in the debut episode of the ABC Daytime serial One Life to Live in July 1968.[20] In 1969, Dr. Jim Craig (Pat Nolen) and Anna fall in love, and marry April 10, 1970.[21] Leading up to nuptials and more obvious afterward, Anna soon clashed with Jim's rebellious teen daughter, Cathy. Cathy soon started abusing drugs, eventually persuading Jim to take her to Odyssey House in New York City for treatment. Anna leaves fictional Llanview in 1982 to live in Florida, following the heart attack death of husband Jim and murder of brother Vince.

References[edit]

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  10. ^ (in English) One Life to Live. Season 16. December 1983. American Broadcasting Company.
  11. ^ Though Victor Lord "died" in 1976, he appeared alive (and then died again) in 2003. At that time, it was noted on-air that Victor and Dorian's marriage would have been dissolved anyway seven years after his "legal" death (1983), making her marriage to Herb Callison invalid but subsequent marriages legal.
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  13. ^ Zeman, Jacklyn. "Spencer Quotes and Anecdotes". Retrieved April 24, 2013. When I auditioned for the part [on GH], Bobbie was a little vixen. I got the role because the producer had liked my work as bad girl Lana McClain on One Life to Live. 
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  19. ^ (in English) One Life to Live. Season 4. December 31, 1971. American Broadcasting Company.
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  21. ^ (in English) One Life to Live. Season 2. April 10, 1970. American Broadcasting Company.

Notes[edit]

1. ^ Esther Rolle temporarily assumed the role for Hayman in 1971.

See also[edit]