Would Judith Light Reprise Karen Wolek on One Life to Live?!

For weeks we've been hearing about all the big name stars who or may not pay one, final visit to Pine Valley before All My Children goes off the air this September. Now Tony nominee Judith Light (she's up for Lombardi) is saying she'd welcome the chance to reprise the iconic role of not-so-happy housewife-turned-hooker Karen Wolek on One Life to Live! Says Light to EW.com:

Which of your TV characters would you play again?

Oh, any one of them. I loved them all. I’ve had some incredible roles. I mean, if you’re talking about One Life to Live or Who’s the Boss or Law & Order. There isn’t one that I wouldn’t love to do again. They were written fantastically and I had a great time doing them all. I would happily go back. I was just talking to Vanessa Williams at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards [Light won Best Actress in a Play] about how much we miss our Ugly Betty family. It’s so true.

Now this would be hot. I never watched Light on OLTL ( I was 1-year-old in 1978 when her big story was playing out, so yeah…), but have loved her ever since she played a millionaire who had sex with the help. No, she wasn't in The Arnold Schwarzenegger Story, she was publishing tycoon Angela Bower on one of my fave 80's sitcoms, Who's The Boss? I think it would be awesome-tas-mic to see the actress "Light" up Llanview.

I know, Wishful Storytelling: What if Aubrey (Terri Conn) is Karen Wolek's daughter? She could have grown up hearing her Ma talk about her good friend Viki Lord (Erika Slezak) back in Llanview, and created all sorts of fantasies in her head about becoming a member of Viki's fancy pants family.

Aubrey could have never let on to her boyfriend/patner-in-crime Cutter (Josh Kelly) as to the real reason she targeted Dumbo Joey (Tom Degnan). Can't you just see Mama Wolek scolding Aubrey on her sinful ways, only for Daughter Meanest to bring up her mother's past of doing something strange for a piece of change? Meanwhile, Viki stands there all a' hissing and carrying on in one of her trademark fits of righeous indigestion.  Come on, Frankie V., get on the horn and make this shiz happen! 

Until then, watch the classic clip of Karen Wolek admitting tricks aren't just for kids, they were for turning, after the jump!


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    Make It happen

    I Like The Aubrey Angle But I always thought that maybe she was pregers and gave the bay up cause she was on the run with steve. THat baby a son turned out to be Kyle Lewis.

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    Losing Robin Strasser is going to be a HUGE blow, but if they brought back Judith and wrote a GOOD story for her, that might help alleviate some of the tears. Her courtroom scenes were, in my opinion, the BEST trial scenes ever done on a soap opera!!! She’s a brilliant actress and I love her to death. I hope they can get rid of those newbies and get back to the ROOTS of good storytelling that used to make this show so captivating.

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    Karen’s return would become all about poor Aubrey’s pain and Terri Conn’s generally unconvincing attempts at being the victim, which dragged down ATWT’s last months over and over. Or Karen would have to stand around in the background while Cutter did his usual underwear modeling passed off as characterization.

    I’d rather have Karen return as some sort of story with Larry, Viki, Dan Wolek. Maybe Tess could go on the run and Karen recognizes her from an old photo of Viki and her family and she helps Jessica finally get it together. Karen could still be a fugitive, and ultimately chooses to be arrested if it means helping Viki and her family.

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    How awesome would it be for Judith Light to come back and reprise her role. For me, this would be the perfect bookend for the show. I got “hooked” on the show, as a teenager, right at the time Karen was being blackmailed into being a hooker.
    It was incredible storytelling back then and Judith Light an outstanding actress. I can remember where I was when I watched this courtroom scene. I had watched the show off and on over the years and started again right before Guiding Light ended. It would be wonderful to see her in the final wrap up of the show!

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    I would LOVE :love: to see her back as Karen. LOVE LOVE! And Dr Wolek and Danny.
    Last I heard they were still in Landview!! (not Karen)

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    Larry & Karen have got to return before the end. OLTL cannot end without Michael Storm as Dr. Larry Wolek. For years, Erika Slezak has been the matriarch of OLTL. Well for just as long, Michael Storm was the patriarch and the show cannot sign off without him.

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    There was nothing before nor has there been since as awesome as that Karen on the stand stuff. I was negative three when it originally aired, but thanks to youtube, I have seen it multiple times. It happened 30 years ago and OLTL deserves not to be canceled just because it gave those scenes to the world.

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    I do remember the Siegels, but I cannot really see them returning for a big story, as they never really got one when they were on to begin with. I know Dave & Tim were killed off, and Eileen & Julie moved away and were never mentioned again. They are Joey Buchanan’s aunt & cousin afterall and should have been on for one of his weddings.

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