Andrea Evans as Tina Lord Roberts (2008)
|One Life to Live character|
|Duration||1978–81, 1984–97, 2008, 2011|
|First appearance||July 2, 1978|
|Last appearance||November 15, 2011|
|Created by||Gordon Russell|
Krista Tesreau as Tina Lord Roberts
Karen Witter as Tina Lord Roberts
Tina Lord Roberts (adopted Clayton; formerly Rogan, and Vickers) is a fictional character on the American daytime drama series One Life to Live, originally and most notably portrayed by Andrea Evans. The character is daughter to original series patriarch Victor Lord and former wife Irene Manning, and sister to long-running characters Victoria Lord and Todd Manning.
Casting and popularity
The role was originated in 1978 by actress Andrea Evans, whose first stint lasted until 1981. The character was recast with Kelli Maroney in 1984 and then with Marsha Clark in 1985. Evans returned in 1985, in a storyline credited with putting the series "back on course" and ultimately bringing Tina to her height of popularity. Evans appeared on the cover of Soap Opera Digest five times — once every year from 1986 to 1990 — and People magazine called her "Daytime's Diva of Dirt" in 1985. The series itself rose from #5 in the Nielsen ratings in the 1984 to 1985 season to #4 in the following season, soon going to #3 the next year, where it remained until the 1989 to 1990 season. In 1985, then-Executive Producer Paul Rauch noted of Evans, "She makes a tremendous difference to our show ... Her ability makes her go beyond the ordinary viper. In large part, she's responsible for the show's recent success."  In 1988 Evans was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue for the role; she left the series in January 1990.
Tina was recast again on May 10, 1990 with former Playboy Playmate Karen Witter, who was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in 1991 for Outstanding Female Newcomer and played the part for four years until February 14, 1994. Witter was succeeded in the role on July 6, 1994 by Krista Tesreau, known for her Daytime Emmy-nominated portrayal of "Tina twin" Mindy Lewis on CBS ' Guiding Light from 1983 to 1989. "Whirling dervish" Tina was written off the show on June 12, 1996; Tesreau reappeared briefly in September and on December 24, 1996, and finally from January 21 to January 24, 1997 to facilitate the departure of John Loprieno (who played Tina's ex-husband, Cord Roberts).
Over a decade later, ABC.com announced in April 2008 that Evans would soon return as Tina; she reappeared onscreen on June 11, 2008. Executive Producer Frank Valentini noted, "Even though Andrea has not appeared on OLTL since 1990, she has remained among the most requested characters to return to the show ... I welcome her home to OLTL and to the role where she made an indelible mark on our audience."
One Life to Live celebrated its 40th anniversary in July 2008 with the return of several former cast members and by revisiting notable plotlines from its past. The series paid tribute to Tina's famous 1987 plunge over the Iguazu Falls in a storyline in which villain Carlo Hesser sends her daughter Sarah over a waterfall as well. Evans' imminent departure from the series was announced on November 5, 2008. Both Evans and ABC noted that the actress' return was always set to be short-term, as her "life, family and home" are in California while One Life to Live tapes in New York City. Valentini continued in a statement, "The character of Tina is a very important part of the OLTL canvas ... [If] there is an opportunity to have her — Tina and Andrea — return at a future date, the show would be happy to explore it." Evans added, "I had a fabulous time bringing Tina back to the show and certainly hope that the chance to take on the role manifests itself again." Evans' last appearance was on November 25, 2008.
In 1978, longsuffering heroine Victoria "Viki" Lord Riley takes in 16-year-old goddaughter Tina Clayton as her ward after the death of Tina's mother, Irene Manning Clayton, Viki's best friend from her teenage years and college roommate. As Viki adjusts to the responsibility of raising a teenager, Marco Dane sees the perfect way to get revenge on Viki. In 1979, Marco befriends Tina and opens a modeling agency with a plan to photograph the teen, superimpose her image onto pornographic photos and humiliate Viki by releasing them. Soon Marco grows fond of Tina and changes his plan, but eventually he blackmails Viki with the photos. When Viki stumbles upon Marco's dead body, she takes the photos and flee. She is arrested for his murder, but later exonerated. Tina becomes involved with Greg Huddleston, and by 1980 she is both seducing Mick Gordon (her best friend Samantha Vernon's boyfriend) and pursuing country-western singer Johnny Drummond. Tina's apparent father, Ted Clayton, comes to town under the guise of reuniting with his daughter but with an ulterior motive — to somehow con Viki and Tina out of as much money as he can. Ted pits himself against Clint Buchanan, who had taken more than a professional interest in widowed Viki. When Ted learns that Clint is about to propose marriage to Viki, he arranges to have Tina kidnapped to distract and get close to Viki, and of course get his hands on the ransom. Tina is safely returned home, and Ted proposes to Viki. Flustered but touched by his request, Viki opts for time to consider the offer. Clint drops out of the romantic triangle, but tries to convince Viki that Ted is deceiving her. When Viki realizes that she is in love with Clint, Ted drugs her. He is arrested as the head of a counterfeiting ring but escapes from jail. When Ted is later killed in 1981, a traumatized Tina leaves town.
Tina returns in 1984 after having read in her mother Irene's diary that Ted Clayton had not been not her biological father. In 1985, Tina discovers a secret room under the library in Llanfair, in which she finds Nazi-plundered paintings from World War II and a letter written to Viki from her deceased father Victor Lord. In the letter, Victor admits to a secret marriage with Irene and that Tina is his daughter, which puts Tina and a shocked Viki at odds. Viki suffers a relapse of her multiple personality disorder, which is subsequently believed to have been actually originated by a young Viki stumbling upon Victor and Irene in bed. Viki is further humiliated — and furious with Tina — when Victor's confession becomes public. Tina revels in her newly discovered status as Lord heiress, but is soon manipulated by charismatic schemer Mitch Laurence, who seeks her inheritance. Finding out that Victor's estate would revert to Tina if Viki's illness recurred, Mitch convinces a reluctant Tina to assist him in his plan to do just that. But when Tina realizes that Mitch actually intends to murder Viki's husband Clint Buchanan and frame Viki, she tries to stop him. Mitch accidentally kills Harry O'Neill instead, and Tina herself is accused of the crime; she is later exonerated, but uses Viki's mental illness to gain control of the Lord estate. Tina schemes to bed Clint while Viki's alter ego, Niki Smith, poses as a supposedly cured Viki and plots her own escape from Viki's life. Tina blackmails Niki into divorcing Clint just as Clint discovers Niki's charade. In 1986, Clint ultimately lures Niki to witness a staged sexual encounter between him and Tina, which forces a shocked Viki to reemerge.
With Viki well and the sisters somewhat reconciled, Tina finds herself attracted to the good-natured Cord Roberts in 1986. When she discovers that Cord is secretly Clint's son, Tina races to marry Cord before even he knows he is a Buchanan heir. She succeeds, and Cord's paternity is revealed; he returns a gift of $1 million from his new-found grandfather Asa Buchanan. Tina blackmails Asa (with the knowledge of his secret marriage to Pamela Stuart) into giving the money to her. She secretly buys the Caribbean isle of Devil's Claw, but is kidnapped by terrorists when she and Cord vacation there. Tina is saved, and the island destroyed by bombs. Tina's recurring lies and schemes finally result in their divorce in 1987.
Cord's mother Maria brings her old friend Max Holden to town that year to romance Tina, whom she despises, and keep Tina from reconciling with Cord. Pregnant with Cord's baby and — thanks to Maria's scheming — thinking that Cord knows and does not care, Tina leaves with Max for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Learning Tina is pregnant, Cord follows her to Argentina, but Max and Tina have gotten mixed up in a drug ring and a captive Tina plummets over the Iguazu Falls in a raft. She and her unborn baby are presumed dead.
Tina later turns up alive in April 1987, having been cared for by the native Palupe Indians. She appears in Llanview in May 1987 at Cord's wedding to Kate Sanders, at first passing off Max's infant son with Gabrielle Medina as her own son with Cord. Tina and Maria fight over a vial of poison that Maria is planning to use to kill Viki and frame Tina, and Maria dies when the poison spills on her. Tina is charged with killing her, and the baby's true parentage is revealed during the trial. Tina is later exonerated, and 1988 she and Max find her and Cord's real son alive and being cared for in the Argentine jungle as "Milagro." Max's enemies kidnap the baby and place him in an Italian convent; Tina poses as a nun to retrieve him. Tina and Cord name their son Clinton James Roberts (nicknamed "C.J.") after Clint.
When Tina says "I take thee, Cord" during her wedding to Max, he calls it off. Tina resumes her pursuit of Cord, who is now involved with Sarah Gordon. Tina and Cord reconcile for time, but Tina is soon pursued by Cord's uncle, Bo Buchanan, who is newly returned to Llanview. It is soon revealed that Tina's suitor is actually a "faux Bo": Kate Sanders' ex Dr. Patrick London, hired by Asa's enemies to get facial reconstruction and infiltrate the family. Patrick, as Bo, hopes to marry Tina and gain control of her money. He is later found out, and killed by his captive, the real Bo. Pregnant with Patrick's child. Tina is kidnapped by Ursula Blackwell, who is obsessed with Patrick and plans to raise his baby. Tina and Ursula survive a fall out of a lighthouse window, but Tina loses the baby. Cord and Tina remarry in November 1988 in a double ceremony with Cord's grandfather Asa Buchanan and Renee Divine. Tina's enemy Ursula Blackwell rigs the wedding cake to explode, but the blast kills Max's brother Steve Holden instead.
In January 1989, Tina and Gabrielle fall into a hole and discover the abandoned underground city of Eterna, built by Victor Lord. Viki, Cord, and others also end up trapped in the city, and the storyline culminates with the reveal that Viki had given birth to a daughter in high school but had been brainwashed by Victor into forgetting it. Throughout the summer of 1989, Tina finds herself in pursuit of the lost Crown Jewels of Mendorra, not realizing her past enemies Jamie and Elizabeth Sanders and an escaped Ursula are also after the jewels. Cord and Tina are held prisoner in Atlantic City but evade death at the hands of the Sanders and Ursula, who are arrested.
In 1989, Tina becomes aware that Gabrielle had switched Brenda Holden's healthy baby with the deceased baby of Michael and Alicia Grande. Gabrielle ultimately confesses. At the trial, Tina is forced to admit that she knew and had not come forward. Both women are sentenced to six months at a halfway house. Tina begins working at the organization Lord Love the Children headed by Serena and Ambrose Wyman, and after discovering that it is actually an illegal adoption ring, Tina teams up with Viki, Cord, and Roger Gordon to stop the Wymans. Meanwhile, Max and Gabrielle's son Al is kidnapped, to be sold by the Wymans. The Wymans try to kill them all on New Year's Eve 1989 and fail, but kidnap Tina. Clint comes to the rescue and the Wymans are arrested. Cord and Tina's is falling apart over Tina's continued lies. The final nail in the coffin comes when Tina accuses Cord of having an affair with Gabrielle's sister Debra; Cord asks for a divorce, and Tina leaves town for San Diego with baby C.J.
In 1990, a pregnant Tina is unsure whether the father of her baby is suave Johnny Dee Hesser, son of mobster Carlo Hesser, or ex-husband Cord. Finding out about the baby and Tina's plans to reconcile with Cord, a distraught Johnny bursts into Llanfair, knocking Tina unconscious and attempting to kidnap her. Viki, incapacitated by a stroke and unable to walk or speak, realizes that Tina's life is in danger; her alternate personality Niki Smith emerges. As Niki, Viki is able to stand — and shoots Johnny to death. Initially, both Viki and Tina have no memory of what happened, and Tina becomes the prime suspect in the murder. However, an audio tape recorded in the room later exonerates her, and proves that Viki had acted in self-defense. Tina flees to Texas as Carlo makes clear his intention to take his grandchild from Tina when it is born. Cord follows with medical proof that the baby is his, and their daughter Sarah is born in a snowstorm in February 1991. Cord and Tina return to Llanview and remarry, but Cord is presumed dead later that year; he turns up alive around a year and a half later to discover that his supposed widow Tina has taken up with Cain Rogan. Unable to reconcile, Cord and Tina divorce for the final time in 1993.
Tina becomes romantically involved with con man Cain Rogan, marrying and leaving town with him in 1994, but soon returning alone after Cain goes back to his ne'er-do-well pursuits.
As Dr. Dorian Lord is on trial for the 1976 murder of her former husband (and Tina's father) Victor in 1994, a man named David Vickers comes forward with the diary of Tina's mother Irene. The diary exonerates Dorian and reveals the existence of Victor and Irene's second child — a son, who would stand to inherit a fortune hidden for him by Victor himself. David claims to be that son. Tina returns to town, and despite their connection as full brother and sister, David and Tina find themselves attracted to each other. They sleep together, but David immediately reveals to Tina that he is only pretending to be the missing Lord heir. The couple conspire to take the inheritance, even marrying in 1995 to secure their claim. Eventually town pariah Todd Manning is revealed to be Victor and Irene's son, and David is arrested. With Viki again under the influence of her dissociative identity disorder, her icy alternate personality Jean Randolph forces David to divorce Tina in exchange for his freedom.
On June 12, 1996, Tina moves with C.J. and Sarah to Baltimore, Maryland to become a professional shopper for Logan's Department Store. She reappears briefly in September 1996, and again on Christmas 1996 and finally from January 21 to January 24, 1997 as Cord leaves town.
1997–2008: The Missing Years
In 2003, Tina and Cord's daughter Sarah (now calling herself "Flash") returns to Llanview. It is noted that Viki, Cord and the Buchanan family had lost all track of Tina and the children since they had moved to Baltimore and had not heard from them for years. Sarah reveals that during Tina's hiatus from town, she had taken back up with Cain; Sarah claims that Tina and Cain had forbidden her from pursuing her musical dreams, and that Tina's parenting had driven both Sarah and C.J. to run away. Though Sarah had come back to Llanview looking for her missing brother, she discovers that C.J. had joined the Navy, deploying into the Indian Ocean and out of contact. In 2004, Cord returns to collect an injured Sarah who was attacked and almost killed by the Music Box Killer, and vows to Viki and Asa Buchanan to find Tina.
When Sarah returns again in 2007, she notes that her mother is "off doing one of her things" and that Tina rarely corresponds but sends her money from time to time. Sarah says that Viki and Clint would have a hard time finding Tina, adding "she's where I got my run and hide genes." Clint confirms that he and Cord cannot locate Tina.
The Crown Jewels of Mendorra are stolen in May 2008 upon their arrival in Llanview for display, and Tina reappears in town on June 11, 2008 as the Crown Princess of Mendorra. She meets with corrupt Llanview Police Commissioner Lee Ramsey, who has stolen the jewels at her request, but soon Ramsey is gunned down and Tina is on the run with the jewels from the sinister U.S. Ambassador to Mendorra Jonas Chamberlain, who apparently wants them for himself. Tina finds refuge with her estranged daughter Sarah and Sarah's boyfriend Cristian Vega; soon Cristian and his brother, Llanview Police Detective Antonio, discover that Jonas has abducted Sarah and her roommate Talia Sahid, Antonio's lover and fellow police officer. Tina and the Vegas agree to accompany Jonas back to Mendorra in order to make an exchange: the women for the Crown Jewels.
In Mendorra, Tina gets the royal treatment from her palace staff and is reunited with her husband, Crown Prince Helmut Krakoff — really Cain Rogan in yet another disguise. Meanwhile, the real mastermind behind the kidnappings reveals himself to his daughter Talia: Carlo Hesser. Cain is anxious to keep the jewels they have worked so hard for, but Tina is desperate to exchange them for Sarah. She bemoans her lot in life, saying, "I should have gone back to Cord!" Carlo, bent on revenge for Tina's part in Johnny Dee's death, exposes her and Cain's fraud publicly and reveals Jonas as the true heir to the throne; he adds that, per Mendorran law, Cain and Tina will be beheaded for their treason. Carlo and his minions first drag Tina, Sarah and Cristian to the river above the treacherous Hohenstein Falls. Tina is horrified as Carlo reveals his intent to send Sarah over the Falls to her death, deliberately echoing Tina's own nearly-fatal plunge over the Iguazu Falls in 1987. Cristian manages to escape Carlo's guards and swim to Sarah's raft; Tina watches history repeat itself as Sarah and Cristian go over the Falls on July 22, 2008. Cristian turns up alive but Sarah is presumed dead. Cristian saves Tina and Cain from the executioner's axe, but not before Tina responds to Cain's declaration of love with a thoughtless "I love you too, Cord!" — a mistake she had also made in 1988 while at the altar with Max Holden. Sarah reappears alive, just in time to join the others in their escape. A duplicitous Cain later parachutes from the plane with the Crown Jewels — not knowing that Tina has already switched the gems with fakes — and in Llanview, Tina is soon reunited with Viki, and then with Cord. After Cord hears about the drama in Mendorra, Tina is devastated when he tells her that she has not changed, and they can never be together.
When Viki leaves town to tour Africa as a goodwill ambassador, Tina takes it upon herself to move back into Llanfair and install herself as the de facto "lady of the manor." Upon reuniting with Viki's daughters, Jessica and Natalie, Tina is eager to play den mother in her sister's absence. She makes fast friends with Natalie, a relative newcomer and former fellow "black sheep of the family," but Tina's once-loving relationship with Jessica is now fractious and antagonistic. Stunned by Jessica's cold and rude behavior, Tina is unaware that Jessica is actually "Tess," her dangerous alternate personality, who has secretly emerged from Jessica's psyche to take control and seek revenge on Natalie and her lover Jared Banks, whom Tess blames for the death of Nash Brennan, Jessica's husband and the love of Tess's life. As Tina settles into Llanfair, she takes care to hide the stolen Mendorran Crown Jewels in Viki's wall safe, fearing she will be apprehended by international authorities. Tina grows increasingly suspicious of "Jessica's" strange actions when she discovers her niece has ordered construction to be done in the Llanfair basement. "Jessica" claims the construction work is a surprise for the family, but when Tina and her beloved shih tzu "David Vickers" go snooping in the basement, they discover the soundproofed secret room Tess has built below the house. Tina reflects on her memories of her father Victor Lord's own secret room, and its significance to Viki and her own alternate personalities, one of whom had imprisoned Dorian Lord below Llanfair. Remembering her own complicated relationship with Viki's alters such as Niki Smith, Tina realizes that Tess has emerged. Before Tina can alert the family, Tess traps her in the secret room. Tess discovers the jewels in the safe and threatens to not only tell the authorities, but a vengeful Carlo as well. Fearing for herself and especially Sarah, Tina begrudgingly agrees to not only stay quiet, but to help Tess drag a drugged Natalie down into the secret room. A guilty Tina tries to thwart Tess several times, but is always caught; Tina sends Jared down to the basement to find Natalie, but Tess traps him as well. Viki returns to town in time to realize that Tess is on the loose. With a bomb set to go off, Tina leads Viki and Jared's father Charlie Banks down to the secret room in time to save Natalie and Jared. On November 14, 2008, Tina comes clean to a furious Viki, who tells Tina to leave and never return. Tina says goodbye to a disappointed Sarah on November 25, 2008, too ashamed to explain why she is leaving town. Tina next peers into Jessica's hospital room, sadly watching Viki, Clint and Natalie surrounding Jessica and her daughters — the family Tina may never be a part of again. Finally, Tina goes to the crypt of her father Victor, curses him for the damage he has done to Viki and the rest of the family, and vows to return to Llanview someday.
Goodbye Llanview, I'm gonna miss you ... but, you have not seen the last of Tina Lord Roberts. That, I promise you.
Tina returns to Llanview with her dog David Vickers for her brother's will reading on September 27, 2011. However, she is shocked to see that her mother, Irene is alive and well and she also learns that the brother that has just died is not Todd, but actually Todd's secret twin brother, Victor Lord, Jr. Tina and the rest of the Lord family are shocked to learn that Victor left everything to Irene in his will. Tina then convinces her sister Viki to let her spend the night at Llanfair. When Tina arrives in at Llanfair though, she sees her ex-husband Cord with her former brother-in-law Clint. Tina then tries to welcome Cord with a big hug, but Cord pushes her away and confronts Tina angrily with the crazy schemes she involved her family in a few years ago. Tina tries to apologize to Cord, but to no avail. Tina then discovers that her dog David Vickers is missing and enlists Cord's help to find her dog. When their search comes up empty, a distraught Tina then embraces Cord to find comfort in his arms. On October 6, 2011, Tina went to her former sister-in-law's Tea Delgado's house to try to get her help to look for her missing dog since she was last seen discovering a bomb Irene planted outside the house. Tea had no clue about where the dog was, but they also confided in each other to form a friendship with each other since Tea was once married to her brother Victor Jr. Tina then went back to Llanfair to talk to Cord and ask him if he found her dog yet, but Cord said she hasn't turned up yet. Tina exclaimed that her dog going missing was the worst thing that happened in her life. Cord then chided Tina for implying her dog going missing was worse than what happened to their daughter Sarah at Mendorra a few years ago. Tina then apologized and said that she was just exaggerating because she was very upset about her missing dog. Tina also reminisced with Cord about their past together. Tina and Cord nearly kissed until they were interrupted by Clint. Tina then left Llanfair to meet her sister Viki at her office at the Banner. Tina and Viki talked about their troubled relationship, and all of Tina's past mistakes that led to their starined relationship as sisters. Tina and Viki decided to reconcile with each other and David Vickers came into Viki's office, so Tina had a good day.
On October 19, Tina and Cord nearly get intimate with each other again after they babysit Jessica and Robert Ford's son Ryder Ford, but Natalie interrupts them both. After Cord leaves the room, Natalie confronts Tina for being partly responsible for having her locked in the basement by Jessica's DID alter Tess. Tina apologizes to Natalie, even offering to be a wedding planner for Natalie's upcoming nuptials with police officer Brody Lovett as a way to ask for forgiveness. Natalie accepts her offer, and Tina is overjoyed by her accepting her apology and being a part of her wedding. On October 26, Tina is greeted at the door by a woman claiming to be Gigi Morasco. Tina then asked Jessica if she knows who Gigi is, and Jessica tells her that Gigi was Rex's fiance who died last summer. Tina then goes back to find the mystery woman, only to find out that she's gone. Tina is then greeted at the door again by Cutter Wentworth, who is looking for the woman that's calling herself Gigi, and shows her a picture of the woman on his cell phone. Tina recognizes the woman as the one she saw earlier at the door. Cutter then left to find the mystery woman. On October 28, Tina decides to dress up in Viki's old wedding dress for Brody and Natalie's costumed themed engagement party on Halloween at the Buchanan Mansion, and plans for Cord to dress up in the suit that Clint wore at his wedding. Viki tells Tina that she's pushing too hard to rekindle things with Cord by both of them dressing up in the clothes that she and Clint wore on their special day. Tina and Cord decide to dress up as a cowgirl and cowboy instead. When Tina arrives at the engagement party, she sees a picture of the girl she saw that thought she was Gigi on the top of the fireplace mantle in the Buchanan Mansion. Cord then reminds Tina that it's the picture of Rex's dead fiance Gigi. Rex then talks to Cord and Tina, and tells them that he's been named Brody's best man at his wedding. Tina then says that she thought Cord was going to be Brody's best man. Tina then went with Cord to the stables to hash out their problems but ended up making love instead! Rex discovers Tina and Cord at the stables when he thought Cutter was hiding out there. Cord then told Tina that despite what happened, he doesn't know if he could trust her again yet, but Tina told him that she would prove to him that she could regain his trust.
Tina blames Clint for Cord's inability to trust her and again she declares she intends to change. Her statement is tested when she inherits all of Victor Jr., and all of Irene's money as well as The Sun. Filthy rich at last, Tina is elated but recalls her intentions to not be fueled by greed and hands over both fortunes and The Sun over to Todd, the rightful owner. She surprises both Todd, Viki and Tea with her actions. Upon their returns home, Cord is informed of Tina's actions. Impressed, the two declare their love and share a passionate kiss to Viki's delight and Clint's indifference. On November 15, 2011, Tina interrupted Brody and Natalie's wedding by revealing the missing paternity test results she obtained from her dog that said that Natalie's ex-boyfriend John McBain, not Brody, is the father of Natalie's baby Liam. Once the results were revealed Natalie and Brody's wedding was called off immediately. Cord, as romantic as ever and not wanting all of Tina's decorations and preparations to go to waste, proposed; Tina happily accepted; and Tina and Cord married for the fourth time.
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