Wolek family

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Wolek family
One Life to Live family
Type Fictional family
Created by Agnes Nixon
Original run July 15, 1968 (1968-07-15) – May 28, 2004 (2004-05-28)
First appearance Episode 1, July 15, 1968
Last appearance Episode 9,174, May 28, 2004

The Wolek family is an original family of fictional characters on the American soap opera One Life to Live when it debuted in 1968. They were created as the working-class reflection of the affluent Lords, with early storylines exploring the ways these families interacted and contrasted.

The Polish American family is formed around the relationships of Dr. Lawrence "Larry" Wolek, a character who appears from the debut episode in July 1968[1][2] through May 2004.[3][4]


  • Only current spouses are listed or those who were married when they died
  • Notable children who are stillborn or die before proper character development are italicized


First generation[edit]

  • Unnamed Wolek descendant
  • Unnamed Wolek descendant

Second generation[edit]

Third generation[edit]

  • Cathy Craig (born 1951; adopted)
  • Daniel Wolek (born November 17, 1971; changed to 1966)
  • Unnamed girl (stillborn; November 17, 1971; changed to 1966)
  • Mary Vernon (stillborn; November 1, 1979)


When the Wolek family is first introduced at the inception of One Life to Live, Dr. Larry Wolek is presented as the youngest of an upwardly mobile clan of siblings who live in a rough-and-tumble west Llanview apartment building directly opposite Llanfair housekeeper Sadie Gray (Lillian Hayman). Larry's siblings are shown to be elders Anna Wolek, sibling matriarch and Llanview Hospital volunteer, and Vince, an auto mechanic. The two older siblings personally and financially sacrifice to enable Larry to pursue his expensive dream of being a doctor; Anna does so selflessly, but Vince is shown as being particularly resentful of the prestige and opportunity a medical career affords Larry, in particular in his romantic relationship with Meredith Lord, the daughter of Llanview media mogul Victor Lord.[5]

After Meredith's death, Wolek distant cousins and siblings Jenny and Karen Wolek arrive in fictional Llanview the mid-1970s. Larry and Karen marry after a whirlwind courtship and romance, but she later cuckolds him when she becomes a prostitute and the two divorce. Jenny engages in a series of romances from the late 1970s through the 1980s.

Family tree[edit]

Wolek ancestor
Unnamed Wolek
Unnamed Wolek
Jim Craig
Anna Wolek
Vince Wolek
Meredith Lord
Larry Wolek
Karen Wolek
Jenny Wolek
Cathy Craig
Joe Riley
Daniel Wolek
Megan Craig Riley


Unknown Wolek (distant relative; deceased)
 Unknown Wolek (deceased)
  c. Anna Wolek
   m. Jim Craig [1969-1981; dissolved]
    ac. Cathy Craig (biological child of Jim and his deceased first wife)
  c. Vince Wolek [deceased 1981]
   m. Wanda Webb [1975-1981; dissolved]
  c. Larry Wolek
   m. Karen Martin [1969; divorced]
   m. Meredith Lord [1970-1973; dissolved] (deceased)
    c. Daniel Wolek [b. 1971]
    c. Unnamed daughter [stillborn 1971]
   m. Karen Wolek [1977-1979; divorced]
   m. Laurel Chapin [1985-1986; dissolved] (deceased)
 Unknown Wolek (deceased)
  c. Jenny Wolek [deceased 1997]
   m. Tim Siegel [dissolved 1976]
   m. Brad Vernon [1978-1981; divorced]
    c. Mary Vernon [stillborn 1979]
   m. Peter Janssen [1981-1982; dissolved] (deceased)
   m. David Renaldi [1984-199?; dissolved] (deceased)
  c. Karen Wolek
   m. Larry Wolek [1977-1979; divorced]


  1. ^ "One Life to Live recap (1968)". ABC. Archived from the original on April 23, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Clip-Out Directory: One Life to Live, ABC-TV". Daytime TV (Popular Library). 1971. Archived from the original on October 26, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "One Life to Live recap (May 2004)". ABC. Archived from the original on April 23, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Episode #9174". TV.com. CBS Interactive. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Ford, Sam; De Kosnik, Abigail; Harrington, C. Lee (2010). The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi. p. 123. ISBN 9781604737165. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 

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