Riley family

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Riley family
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One Life to Live family
Created by Agnes Nixon
Introduced by Doris Quinlan
Duration 1968–2011
First appearance July 15, 1968 (1968-07-15)
Last appearance August 24, 2011 (2011-08-24)

The Riley family is an original family of fictional characters on the American soap opera One Life to Live. An Irish Catholic American clan, the family was created around the relationships and descendants of original male protagonist Joseph "Joe" Riley.

Initially showcased as a working class contrast to the affluent Lords, members of the ensemble appear from the debut episode aired July 15, 1968[1] until August 24, 2011.[2][3] Joe Riley's two sons, Kevin Lord Riley and Joe Riley, Jr., represent their paternal family for most of the series and are adopted into the Buchanan family upon the marriage of Joe's widow Victoria Lord Riley to Clint Buchanan in 1982.


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At the inception of One Life to Live appears journalist Joe Riley, managing editor of the Lord family-owned The Banner newspaper of fictional Philadelphia Main Line suburb Llanview, Pennsylvania. A working-class Irish American, early storylines focus on his budding relationship with Banner executive assistant and heiress Victoria "Viki" Lord and her first bout with multiple personalities. Concurrently introduced at the show's origin is the family of Joe's sister, Eileen Riley Siegel.

Joe and Viki marry in June 1969, a marriage ended at Viki's declaration of his legal death in 1970. He reappears in 1972 as Viki marries Steve Burke. Viki continues with the marriage to Steve, but it eventually falls apart with her continued infatuation with Joe. Viki divorces Steve and remarries Joe in 1974. Eileen leaves Llanview for Florida in 1976, and soon thereafter Viki bears Joe his first son, Kevin Lord Riley. Joe dies in 1979, leaving a pregnant Viki widowed with their second child and his namesake son, Joseph Riley, Jr., born in 1980.

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  1. ^ One Life to Live. Season 1. Episode 1. July 15, 1968. American Broadcasting Company. 
  2. ^ One Life to Live. Season 44. Episode 11,008. August 24, 2011. American Broadcasting Company. 
  3. ^ "Ep. 11008". CBS Interactive. August 24, 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 


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