One Life to Live premiered in 1968, centering on the lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Llanview, PA. Concentrating on the wealthy Lord family, and the middle-class Woleks and ...
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One Life to Live premiered in 1968, centering on the lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Llanview, PA. Concentrating on the wealthy Lord family, and the middle-class Woleks and Rileys, the show was one of the first daytime dramas to depict people from all sorts of backgrounds. The show was the first to depict an interracial relationship, and among the first to explore drug addiction. It has also depicted dissociative identity disorder, cultism, out-of-body experiences, international espionage, time travel, and even underground cities! Written by
Robin Strasser (the actress most closely associated with the character Dorian Lord) almost joined the series in an entirely different role earlier than she did. On the rival soap "Another World" during the early 1970s - actors George Reinholt, Jacqueline Courtney and Robin Strasser were arguably the most popular stars on daytime television, and the love triangle between them was the most popular storyline of the day. Strasser left "Another World" in 1972. By 1975, because of backstage politics, George Reinholt and Jacqueline Courtney were fired (both had reputations as uncooperative divas). Since Reinholt and Courtney were still very popular with viewers, the producers at "One Life to Live" (which was trailing "Another World" in the ratings at that time) quickly hired them and created new roles for them on the show; they became Tony Lord and Pat Ashley respectively and were quickly put into a new love triangle situation with a character called Cathy Craig. The "Live" producers hoped to entice Strasser to take over the role of Cathy, in order to re-create the wildly popular triangle situation from their competitors. Strasser declined, stating that she did not want to take over a role from another actress. By the time Strasser did take over the role of Dorian in 1979, George Reinholt had already left "One Life to Live." See more »
Do you know what an evil, lying tramp Shawna is?
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I have been watching this soap since it first came on and only ran for half an hour. I have become very fond of all of the characters in Llanview and the actors who portray them with such emotion, humor, and believability! I cannot fathom that ABC has actually canceled this Soap. It is the best on TV! The writing is fantastic, the story lines keep you on edge of your seat, and the acting is superb! Soap actors are the hardest working in the business. I will not know what to do when this goes off the air, in what...about a week or so? Why has no other channel picked up this show? What happened to it becoming an internet soap? Is there really no one out there with the money to invest who believes in these characters anymore? I just cannot imagine the day when there is no more Viki Lord Buchanan, no more Jessica and Natalie, no more Starr, Todd, Blair or Tea, no more John McBain or Bo Buchanan, or David Vickers Buchanan. Sadly, Dorian (Robin Strasser) has already left the show. I truly never thought the day would come when this happened. So, reality TV is cheap to produce. I despise reality TV and I do not and will not watch it. I shall miss One Life To Live for as long as I live!
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