Rae Cummings

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Rae Cummings
Commercial bumper of Linda Dano as Rae Cummings
One Life to Live character
Portrayed byLinda Dano
  • 1978–80
  • 1999–2004
First appearance1978
Last appearanceMarch 12, 2004
Created byGordon Russell
All My Children
General Hospital
Port Charles
  • Psychologist
  • Former newspaper columnist and radio talk show host
  • Former advisor at Llanview University
  • Former profiler for Llanview Police Department
  • Former Psychologist at St. Ann's and Llanview Hospital
  • Marriage counselor/relationship expert

Rae Cummings is a fictional character on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live. Dano played the role from 1978 to 1980, June 28, 1999 to November 1999, and May 2000 to March 12, 2004.

Casting and awards[edit]

Gretel was originated by Linda Dano from 1978 to 1980.[3][4] Dano went on to appear on CBS's As the World Turns and on NBC's Another World until that series' cancellation on June 25, 1999,[5] On June 28, 1999, Dano returned to One Life to Live as Gretel.[3][5] Anna Stuart filled in for Dano in the role on April 25, 2002.[4] Dano was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Supporting Actress in 2003 for her portrayal of Gretel,[6] and left One Life to Live on March 13, 2004.[4][5]

ABC crossovers[edit]

In a move of network synergy designed to "entice viewers to tune into soap operas that they might not have usually watched," in 2000 then-President of ABC Daytime Angela Shapiro orchestrated Dano's concurrent appearance as Gretel on the three other ABC daytime dramas at the time — All My Children, General Hospital, and Port Charles — in an extended crossover storyline which was the first time a daytime character had ever appeared on four series.[3][7][8]


  1. ^ Stated on-air on All My Children on February 23, 2000.
  2. ^ http://oltl68.tripod.com/Cummings.html
  3. ^ a b c Kroll, Dan J. (December 29, 2003). "OLTL News: Dano's Run as ABC's Rae About to End". SoapCentral.com. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Who's Who in Llanview: Rae Cummings". SoapCentral.com. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Angulo, Sandra P. (June 25, 1999). "Soap Dish". Entertainment Weekly. EW.com. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  6. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 2003". SoapOperaDigest.com. Archived from the original on May 27, 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2009.
  7. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (April 1, 2002). "Angela Shapiro to Leave ABC Daytime Post". SoapCentral.com. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  8. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (November 12, 2003). "AMC News: ABC Plans AMC, OLTL Crossovers". SoapCentral.com. Retrieved February 19, 2009.

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