One Life To Live was a daily soap opera that aired from July 15, 1968 to January 13, 2012 and then from April to August of 2013 online. During its 43 years, there was a consistent focus on controversial topics.
The Early History Of One Life To Live
One Life to Live occurred in Llanview, Pennsylvania. Near Philadelphia, characters included The Lords, a wealthy family who owned the town newspaper and the well-off Riley family. Other pivotal families throughout the early years were the often-struggling Woleks and the similarly challenged African-American Grays.
Reasons For its Continued Popularity
In addition to many issues typically associated with soap operas, One Life to Live focused on other, difficult topics that were typically shied away from on daytime television.
Unique Character Points
Controversy, alone, did not account for the show’s success. Instead, there was a strong focus on liking characters that were theoretically hard to like. Examples include former madams, ex-prostitutes, unrepentant con men and mob bosses. Even characters that lacked the quintessential “heart-of-gold” gained likability and loyal fans.
One unique example of that was seen during the show’s later years. Stacy Morasco debuted in February of 2009 as a stripper who used the death of their parents to reunite with her disowned sister. Soon, Stacy forced her sister to break up with the man she loved, so Stacy could have him. She became pregnant, miscarried and became pregnant by another man, to maintain the romantic relationship. Shortly after giving birth, Stacy fell into a frozen lake and was presumed dead. However, it was later discovered that she survived, although comatose, and had plastic surgery to look like her sister. Stacy eventually died in an accident and her final appearance was near the end of the show, when she accompanied a particularly evil character on the show to hell. Even as a character who did bad things, she was always fun to watch.
Crystal Hunt’s Life Outside One Life to Live
Ms. Hunt has enjoyed a successful career, beginning in a pageants as a child, numerous commercials and a successful run on Guiding Light. Her work on that soap opera earned an Emmy Nomination in 2005 and produced the movie “Talbot County” in 2015. In addition, she owned a pet boutique in Clearwater, Florida and since leaving One Life to Live, was seen in several movies.
In conclusion, One Life to Live was an important show that brought important social problems to the homes of Americans for many years. Ms. Hunt’s work added to the experience for countless viewers.