One Life To Live: Happy Birthday Hillary B. Smith (Nora)

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Many happy returns of the day to Hillary B. Smith who celebrates a birthday on May 25. "Smith originated the role of Nora Buchanan in September 1992, a headstrong attorney whose quick wit has kept her smiling through some difficult times. Ms. Smith received the Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress in 1994 for her portrayal of the incredibly charming, irrepressible Nora, and was nominated again for the award in 2000." (From her "official" ABC Daytime bio)

After Nora apsed into a coma Hillary's fans were afraid that her days in Llanview, PA were over but Nora made a soap-fast recovery and is now in a romance with ex-brother-in-law Clint Buchanan, owns the magnificent Buchanan estate (per patriarch Asa's will) and is the legal guardian of run-away, father-to-be Cole Thornhart.

Nora's ongoing war with cougar Lindsay Rappaport and trivails raising Bo's son while dating his brother continue to entertain. Here's hoping RC and Company can get the verbally brilliant character back on track now that they are burning up the screens with their revamped and soap-a-licous revisions that are turning One Life to Live in to the "must see" dayitme hour at ABC.

Happy Birthday, Hillary!