One Life to Live: a 43-Year-long Saga

On July 15 1968, the show One life to live was broadcasted on the ABC channel for the first time. It is commonly described as a soap opera, since it featured story lines of several characters, focusing on emotional relationships. It is interesting to note that the term “soap opera” was coined because such serials were usually sponsored by soap manufacturers. In the case of One life to live, the Colgate-Palmolive company was, indeed, the first sponsor of the show.

One life to live takes place in the state of Pennsylvania, in the fictional town of Llanview, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Its plot concentrates on the life of four families: the Lords, the Woleks, the Rileys and the Grays. While the show focuses more on the Lords, a wealthy, white family, it also features characters belonging to the working class. The Woleks are of Polish descent, the Rileys belong to the Irish and catholic middle-class while the Grays are African-American. As a result, One life to live was one of the first American daytime drama broadcasted on TV depicting people from various social groups and ethnicities.

One life to live revolves around the character of Victoria Lord, nicknamed. Saying that her life is eventful is probably an understatement since she is shown on screen falling in love, getting married, receiving a transplant from a dying husband, suffering through a heart disease then a breast cancer, experiencing dissociative identity disorders and being accused of murder. John McBain, Starr Manning, Blair Cramer and Natalie Buchanan are the four other characters seen the most frequently during the show and featured in more than 750 episodes.

Many actors from One life to live were praised for their acting skills and Crystal Hunt is one of them. She played Stacy Morasco from February 2009 until March 2010. Her character, commonly described as a “bad girl”, is the little sister of Gigi Morasco. While Stacy pretends to reconnect with her sister, she is mostly interested in her son, Shane then in her partner, Rex. When she discovers that Shane is sick with leukemia, she pretends to be a matching donor and forces her sister to break-up with her boyfriend in exchange for her blood. Another sub-plot involves Stacy sleeping with Rex then pretending to be pregnant with his baby to make him stay with her. While she is presumed dead after falling through the ice of a frozen lake, her character subsequently reappears later in the show.

Besides One life to live, Crystal Hunt also successfully played in several movies and TV shows all listed on CrunchBase. From 2003 to 2005, she was part of the cast of Guiding Light, another soap opera, where she played the part of Lizzie Spaulding and in 2014 she was chosen for the part of Molly in the movie 23 Blast. More recently, she was seen in Magic Mike XXL with Channing Tatum.  You can find an acting reel on her Vimeo, that showcases everything Crystal has done until now.

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