Strasser in 2008
|Born||Robin Victory in Europe Strasser
May 7, 1945
Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Laurence Luckinbill (1965–1976)
Richard Hogan (1983–1985)
|Parent(s)||Martin and Anne Strasser|
Life and career
Strasser's birth name is Robin Victory in Europe Strasser, as she was born the day Germany surrendered in World War II. She was born in the New York City borough of the Bronx and raised in Manhattan by Martin and Anne Strasser. After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts, on full scholarship, she attended the Yale University School of Drama. She began acting in the early 1960s. Strasser sharpened her acting abilities in theatre, acting on Broadway, where she appeared in The Shadow Box and Chapter Two. Early in her stage career she met her first husband, Laurence Luckinbill; they were married in 1965 and divorced in 1976. They have two sons, Nicholas (born 1971) and Ben (born 1975). Strasser was also married to Richard Hogan from August 27, 1983, until 1985.
She is a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, and began her extensive daytime career in 1964. Her first role was as Iris on The Secret Storm. In 1967, she originated the role of Rachel Davis Matthews on NBC's Another World. After leaving the role of Rachel, Strasser played Dr. Christina Karras Martin on All My Children.
She was offered the role of Cathy Craig on One Life to Live, but ended up joining the show as Dorian Lord in 1979, when Claire Malis left the role. Dorian became a role for which Strasser became well known. Strasser had two stints as Dorian, leaving the show in 1987 and returning to play Dorian again from 2003 to August 25, 2011, and then again in the online revival of the series in 2013.
Strasser won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 1982 for her portrayal of Dorian, and was also nominated for the award in 1981, 1983, and 1985. Strasser has been nominated for Soap Opera Digest Awards for Dorian in various categories in 1986, 1988, 1994, 1995 and 2005, winning in 1996 ("Outstanding Lead Actress" for Dorian) and 2001 ("Outstanding Female Scene Stealer" for Hecuba).
Strasser was an Honorary Chair of the Imperial Court of New York's Annual Charity Coronation Ball, "Night of A Thousand Gowns," on March 21, 2009. She was previously made a Dame of the Imperial Court of New York in March 2007, and attended the 2008 "Night of A Thousand Gowns."
|1964-1966||The Secret Storm||Iris Ocasek||Series regular|
|1970||Somerset||Rachel Cory Hutchins||Recurring role|
|1967-1972||Another World||Rachel Cory Hutchins||Series regular|
|1972||The ABC Afternoon Playbreak||Shelley Carr||Episode: "This Child Is Mine"|
|1973||The Delphi Bureau||Jane||Episode: "The Face That Never Was Project"|
|1973||And the Bones Came Together||Joyce||TV Movie|
|1973||The House That Cried Murder||Barbara|
|1974||The Wide World of Mystery||Gina||Episode: "Murder Impossible"|
|1974||The Rookies||Laura Page||Episode: "Legacy of Death"|
|1974||Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers||Ellen||Episode: "The Groupie"|
|1976-1979||All My Children||Dr. Christina Karras||Series regular|
|1979–87, 1993–2000, 2003–11, 2013||One Life to Live||Dr. Dorian Lord||Series regular
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1982)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama (1996)
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1981, 1983, 1985)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama (1988, 1995)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama (1986, 1994)
|1988||Highway to Heaven||Kathleen Reynolds||Episode: "Time in a Bottle"|
|1988||Baby M||Betsy Stern||TV Movie|
|1988||Glitz||Nancy Donovan||TV Movie|
|1988||Annie McGuire||Terry||Episode: "Annie and the Brooklyn Bridge"|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Sylvia Gagliano||Episode: "The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel"|
|1989||China Beach||Dr. Joan Friedman||Episode: "Women in White"|
|1989||Murphy Brown||Vladia||Episode: "Moscow on the Potomac"|
|1990||The Young Riders||Grace Rollins||Episode: "Fall from Grace"|
|1990||Blind Faith||Felice Richmond||TV Movie|
|1990||Knots Landing||Dianne Kirkwood||Recurring role, 14 episodes|
|1990||Coach||Elaine Tewksbury||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|1990||Dear John||Brooke Collins||Episode: "Matter of Trust: Part 1"|
|1991||White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd||Jewel Carmen||TV Movie|
|1991||MacGyver||Queen Morgana||2 episodes|
|1992||2000 Malibu Road||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1992||Lady Boss||Abigaile Stolli||TV Movie|
|1992||Civil Wars||Episode: "Devil's Advocate"|
|1993||Jack's Place||Lucinda Tremayne||Episode: "An Affair to Vaguely Remember"|
|1993||Bloodlines: Murder in the Family||TV Movie|
|1996||ABC Afterschool Special||Julia||Episode: "Me and My Hormones"|
|1997||Loose Women||Mrs. Hayes|
|2000||Grosse Pointe||Lila Van Guilden||Episode: "Mommy Dearest"|
|2001-2002||Dharma & Greg||Teensy Manhart||2 episodes|
|2002||Shoot or Be Shot||Mrs. Steinman|
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Scene Stealer (2001)
- "SOAP STAR STATS: Robin Strasser (Dorian, OLTL)". SoapOperaDigest.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- "Robin Strasser Biography". Buddytv.com. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
- Flynn, Lauren (2008). "One Life to Live Timelines: Golden Girls". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
- "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1982". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
- "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1981". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
- "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1983". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
- "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1985". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
- "23rd Annual Night of A Thousand Gowns". The Imperial Court of New York. Retrieved March 1, 2009.