Join us in singing a verse or two of "The Birthday Song" and/or "Starr X'd Lovers" to One Life to Live, because today is the iconic soap's 43rd birthday! OLTL premiered on July 15, 1968 on ABC Daytime. Originally titled Between Heaven and Hell, creator Agnes Nixon breathed life into the fictional world of Llanview, PA specfically to tell a saga of class struggles and issues pertaining to diversity, involving the WASP Lords, the Jewish American Siegels, the working class Rileys, the African American Grays and the Polish American Woleks.
Today, under the guidance of executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, OLTL is still the most diverse, hip soap opera on daytime, showcasing a mxiture of white, black, Latino, Indian and Jewish characters and actors of all ages. In 1971, a young thespian by the name of Erika Slezak joined the serial as a recast for the role of Victoria Lord, originated by actress/writer Gillian Spencer (Daisy, All My Children). Slezak has been with the series ever since, winning a record six Daytime Emmys for her portrayal of the troubled, romantic heroine with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
While ABC made the boneheaded decision to cancel OLTL this past spring, The Little Soap Opera That Could, along with it's younger sister All My Children, were recently afforded an online reprieve, courtesy of production company Prospect Park. Here's hoping we'll be celebrating another 43 years in Llanview.com! Watch a clip of OLTL's original opening credits after the jump!