Kristen in 2014
July 30, 1952
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Years active||1971 - present|
Ilene Kristen (born Ilene Schatz on July 30, 1952) is an American actress, best known for her role in the ABC soap operas as Delia Ryan on Ryan's Hope (1975–1979, 1982–1983, 1986–1989), and as Roxy Balsom on One Life to Live (2001–2012).
Life and career
Kristen was born in Brooklyn, New York. She made her screen debut in the female lead role in the 1971 comedy film Preacherman. Having acted off and on Broadway for several years, including the musicals Grease and Mayor, Kristen made her television debut in the role of Delia Ryan on the ABC daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope in 1975 and remained with the show until 1979. In January 1982, she returned to television, portraying Georgina Whitman on One Life to Live for a few months before being asked back to Ryan's Hope in March 1982 where she remained for a year and a half. She returned to Ryan's Hope in 1986, remaining there until it was cancelled three years later.
After Ryan's Hope, she joined the cast of ABC soap opera Loving for a year, playing the role of scatterbrained Norma Gilpin, and in 1995 had a role on Another World as the alcoholic Madeline Thompson, before she signed on for the role as neglectful mother and later beautician Roxy Balsom Holden in One Life to Live in 2001 where she appeared until its final episode in 2012. Kristen was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2004 and 2005 for her role in One Life to Live.
Kristen guest-starred in the number of television shows, including Law & Order, The Sopranos, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Unforgettable. In the fall of 2013, she appeared on General Hospital reprising her old role of Delia Ryan from Ryan's Hope who was revealed to be Ava Jerome's natural mother, and has made periodic appearances as the storyline has dictated.
|1979||The Lady in Red||Wynona|
|1980||Family||Lotus||Episode: "Such a Fine Line"|
|1980||Why Would I Lie?||Waitress|
|1982||One Life to Live||Georgina Whitman||Recurring role|
|1985||Desperately Seeking Susan||Party Guest|
|1975–1979, 1982–1983, 1986–1989||Ryan's Hope||Delia Ryan||Series regular
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Comic Performance by an Actress: Daytime (1988)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess: Daytime (1989)
|1990-1991||Loving||Norma Gilpin||Series regular|
|1994||Law & Order||Sandra Krane||Episode: "Blue Bamboo"|
|1995||Another World||Madeline Thompson||Series regular|
|2000||The Sopranos||Smoker||Episode: "House Arrest"|
|2001||Third Watch||Flynn||Episode: "Walking Wounded"|
|2001-2012||One Life to Live||Roxy Balsom||Series regular (2001-2004), Recurring (2004-2012)
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2004-2005)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Return (2003)
|2005||The Signs of the Cross||Mrs. Coyne|
|2007||Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe||Liz|
|2007||The Black Donnellys||Claire||Episode: "The World Will Break Your Heart"|
|2007||Knock Knock||Sexy Librarian|
|2011||Hunting Season||Mrs. Klein|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Evelyn Higgins||Episode: "Father's Shadow"|
|2013||Unforgettable||Naomi McKinnon||Episode: "Line Up or Shut Up"|
|2013||American Hunger||Sydney Fisher||Short film|
|2013–present||General Hospital||Delia Reid Ryan||Recurring role|
- "About OLTL: About the Actors | Ilene Kristen | One Life to Live @". SoapCentral. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- "Ilene Kristen 411". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Jillian Bowe (2013-08-27). "Ilene Kristen Becomes 'Unforgettable'". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Luke Kerr (2014-01-21). "Ilene Kristen Checks Back Into General Hospital". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2014-06-26.