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One Life to Live-related news from 2009
It's impossible to keep up with all of the twists and turns from the world of soaps. Luckily, soapcentral.com has done it for you. Our News Archive has a listing of every news story ever posted on our site.
Here are some of the news stories posted on soapcentral.com during 2009 that focus on One Life to Live or past and present OLTL performers. To read any of the articles listed below, simply click on the appropriate link.


To access articles from other years or to review articles with similar themes, please see the News Archive links below this text to access a specific year. Or to view a listing of all years for which news stories are available, simply click here.

Edward Alderson
January 2009
One Life to Live will now have two Aldersons on contract status. Eddie Alderson (Matthew Rappaport), the younger brother of Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), recently signed a long-term contract with the ABC soap.
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January 2009
There are some minor changes to the soapcentral.com FrontPage this week. While still using the existing format that our readers have come to enjoy, we've incorporated changes that stem from the feedback we've received from you, our readers, over the past few months. None of the changes are jarring, but we've gone back to some of formats used in designs past.
Edward Alderson
January 2009
As previously reported, One Life to Live is crafting a story that will prominently feature Llanview's younger set. To help move the story along, the ABC soap has cast several key recurring roles.
Crystal Hunt
January 2009
Former Guiding Light star Crystal Hunt joins the cast of One Life to Live next month in the newly created role of "Stacy." The Emmy-nominated actress will find her new role a lot different than her previous daytime role -- and her wardrobe may have a lot less clothing. Stacy, it appears, is a stripper.
Clint Richie
February 2009
Former One Life to Live star Clint Richie has died. The 70-year-old actor died in his sleep shortly after undergoing heart surgery. Richie appeared on the ABC soap for more than 20 years.
Phil Carey
February 2009
One Life to Live fans are mourning the loss of another star. Phil Carey, forever known as the feisty Asa Buchanan, has died. The former Marine got his start in feature films before transitioning to television appearances. He joined the cast of One Life to Live in 1979. Carey was 83.
Daphnee Duplaix
February 2009
Former Passions star Daphnee Duplaix joins the cast of One Life to Live this spring in the role of Rachel Gannon. Duplaix will be ushered into the Llanview canvas when her on-screen dad, Hank Gannon returns. Hank will again be played by actor Nathan Purdee. Three other actresses have played Rachel since 1992.
Nathan Purdee
February 2009
Nathan Purdee returns to One Life to Live for the first time since 2003 this spring. Purdee is headed back to Llanview to help usher in the return of his on-screen daughter, Rachel. Daphnee Duplaix has been cast as Rachel, making her the fourth actress to have played Rachel since 1992.
Thorsten Kaye
February 2009
Contract talks between All My Children and Thorsten Kaye have broken down, according to a published report. Kaye, who has been front-and-center in the show's storyline for years, joined All My Children in 2004. There are reports that the three-time Emmy nom is already being courted by One Life to Live.
Erika Slezak
March 2009
One Life to Live viewers have been stunned by recent reports that Emmy winner Erika Slezak might soon be let go from the ABC soap. Though the talk is very much a rumor at the moment, a recent interview posted on her official web site did little to allay fans' fears. Slezak joined the OLTL cast in 1971.
BethAnn Bonner
March 2009
Despite assurances to the contrary, soapcentral.com has learned that BethAnn Bonner will exit One Life to Live in the next few weeks. After losing a guaranteed One Life to Live role through the I Wanna Be A Soap Star competition, Bonner earned the role of Talia Sahid the old fashioned way. Bonner debuted on OLTL in December 2006.
Thorsten Kaye
March 2009
Thorsten Kaye has inked a new deal that will keep him on All My Children. Last month, Kaye and ABC execs had reportedly hit a roadblock and there was a strong possibility that the actor could have left the show. Now, citing the economy and unfinished business, Kaye has confirmed that he's reupped.
Andrea Evans
March 2009
Andrea Evans has kept busy since leaving One Life to Live last year. The actress, who returned to the show last year after nearly 20 years away, has landed a starring role in an upcoming independent feature film.
Kathy Brier
March 2009
One Life to Live is about to be two cast members lighter. Kathy Brier and Chris Stack were both informed last week that their contracts would not be renewed, soapcentral.com has learned. Ironically, Brier, who joined the show in 2002, reportedly wanted out any way. Stack took over as Michael in December 2007.
A Martinez
April 2009
A Martinez and Camila Banus will exit One Life to Live in the upcoming weeks. Their exits will bring about the end of the Montez family's short stay in Llanview. Though there was initial excitement about their arrivals, Martinez and Banus have been with the ABC soap for less than a year.
Timothy D. Stickney
April 2009
While One Life to Live pares several members from its cast, the show is also boosting its cast member total. Image Award nominee Timothy D. Stickney returns as R.J. Gannon this week. It's been nearly a year since the actor was last spotted on the ABC soap. Stickney debuted as R.J. in 1994.
Nathan Fillion
April 2009
In an exclusive interview with soapcentral.com, Nathan Fillion talks about his time as Joey Buchanan on One Life to Live. In part one of our interview, Fillion proudly claims his daytime roots and shares memories of his former co-stars, the late Clint Richie and Phil Carey. In the second part, he discusses his primetime projects: Desperate Housewives, Castle, and more.
BethAnn Bonner
April 2009
BethAnn Bonner made her on-screen farewell on One Life to Live just last week -- and she's already on to her next role. The six-time Daytime Emmy "pre-nominee" has been signed to a short-term role on Guiding Light. The actress makes her GL debut in June.
Nicole Scherzinger
May 2009
One Life to Live executives have landed another high-caliber musical act to perform on the show. Pop group, the Pussycat Dolls, will sing at Llanview High's prom on May 13. The group will sing the English version of the Academy Award-winning song, "Jai Ho."
Terrell Tilford
May 2009
Guiding Light veteran, Terrell Tilford, is joining the cast of One Life to Live. Tilford has been cast for a newly created role, one for which at least one other big name star apparently tested. Tilford's new role may be a love interest for Rachel. He'll debut in June.
Catherine Hickland
May 2009
Catherine Hickland returns to One Life to Live in June, more than eight months after her last appearance on the ABC soap. Hickland made her debut as Lindsay Rappaport 11 years ago this month. Prior to joining OLTL, Hickland appeared on The City, Capitol, and several other soaps.
Kristen Alderson
May 2009
One Life to Live viewers have literally watched Kristen Alderson grow up before their eyes. The actress has spent eleven of her nearly 18 years playing the precocious Starr Manning. Now, some online rumors question if the young actress will soon be bidding farewell to daytime television.
Forbes March
May 2009
Forbes March will join the cast of As the World Turns later this year in the newly created role of Luke's professor, Mason. Fans are wondering if Mason will be part of a love triangle storyline. March has previously appeared on ABC's All My Children and One Life to Live.
A Martinez
June 2009
A Martinez bids farewell to One Life to Live this week, though there is always a chance that Ray Montez could pop up again in the near future. Though there was initial excitement about his arrival, Martinez's time in Llanview was cut short by a personal decision.
Gina Tognoni
June 2009
While Guiding Light's future has not officially determined, Gina Tognoni appears to be hedging her bets. The two-time Emmy winner reportedly has several job offers -- including one from Y&R -- in the event that GL isn't picked up by another network. Before joining GL, Tognoni appeared on ABC's One Life to Live.
Crystal Chappell
June 2009
Crystal Chappell will return to Days of our Lives later this year. The Emmy-winning actress, who currently stars as Olivia Spencer on CBS's Guiding Light, will return to DAYS at the conclusion of Guiding Light's run on CBS in September. Chappell last appeared on DAYS in 1993.
Gina Tognoni
June 2009
One Life to Live is reportedly out of the running to sign Gina Tognoni. The actress, who currently appears on Guiding Light, was in talks to return to OLTL after Guiding Light ends in September. However, contract talks seem to have hit a snag -- money.
Scott Evans
June 2009
One Life to Live has become the latest soap to feature a same-sex storyline. If you haven't figured out who it is yet, that might be because one of the characters involved hasn't come to terms yet with his sexuality. The show is keeping many of the details under wraps, but we've got the scoop on what you'll see.
Tuc Watkins
June 2009
Tuc Watkins is a busy man. In addition to his recurring gig on One Life to Live and his role as one-half of a gay couple on Desperate Housewives, the actor recently found time to star in a video parody of cop shows. OLTL fans will also get to see Watkins when David returns to Llanview this summer.
Nicholas Rodriguez
June 2009
One Life to Live is preparing to add new characters to the canvas that will be involved in the storyline revolving around Fish and Kyle storyline. A former Broadway star has been named to help push these two characters together and a former AMC star will bring back another role.
Patricia Mauceri
June 2009
Another gay, another holler. One Life to Live has not yet delved fully into its new gay storyline and already there's controversy. 14-year vet Patricia Mauceri was reportedly booted from the role of Carlotta Vega when she expressed concerns over her character's behavior. The role has been recast.
Robin Strasser
July 2009
Robin Strasser has a sizeable decision to make. The actress has been presented with a new contract by One Life to Live executives. Published reports say the actress would have to agree to a massive paycut. Strasser, meanwhile, hints that she's not sure what decision she'll make.
Robin Strasser
July 2009
Robin Strasser has promised her fans that they'll be the first to know what's going on with her One Life to Live status. The actress had no way of knowing just how many fans would flood her hotline for updates -- or how many would take up her cause. Now, the actress has said she needs to step back.
Daniel Cosgrove
July 2009
Guiding Light star Daniel Cosgrove reportedly will join the cast of One Life to Live later this year. He'll take on the role of Joey Buchanan. Cosgrove previously appeared on All My Children. He may also be joined by one of his GL co-stars if all goes well.
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August 2009
One Life to Live will move to a new studio next year being vacated by All My Children. Production of AMC will move to Los Angeles. The moves will allow both soaps to begin broadcasting in high-definition.
Tuc Watkins
August 2009
Tuc Watkins returns to One Life to Live this week when David Vickers shows up in Llanview with another idea of how to make a little cash. David's idea, however, is met with resistance from his friends and family… and it could end tragically for him.
Erika Slezak
August 2009
Six-time Emmy winner Erika Slezak has signed had her stay in Llanview extended. The actress' contract was recently renewed by ABC, ending months of speculation about her possible exit from the show. Slezak joined One Life to Live in 1971.
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September 2009
One Life to Live has welcomed another top recording act into its studio. The All-American Rejects performed two songs of their latest album. The performance will span two episodes that will air in December.
Patricia Mauceri
September 2009
Earlier this month, One Life to Live fans witnessed a new Carlotta Vega on their television screens. As previously reported, Patricia Mauceri and the show parted ways due to differing opinions on how a storyline should play out. Mauceri is now talking about possible legal action for her dismissal.
Gina Tognoni
September 2009
Gina Tognoni will return to One Life to Live in the role of Kelly Cramer, a role she originated in 1995. Since leaving the ABC soap in 2001, Tognoni has appeared as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light, a role that won her two Daytime Emmys. Another Emmy winner, Heather Tom, most recently portrayed Kelly.
Crystal Chappell
September 2009
As soap operas struggle in the ratings, some stars have turned to creating their own soaps -- online. Emmy winner Crystal Chappell is entering the fray with Venice: The Series. Chappell says the series was inspired by her work on the now-canceled CBS soap, Guiding Light. One Life to Live's Hillary B. Smith is slated to be a cast member.
John Brotherton
September 2009
After just two years with One Life to Live, insiders are saying that John Brotherton has been let go. Brotherton's work on OLTL marked his daytime in daytime television. Prior to 2007, Brotherton appeared in a primetime series as well as several movies.
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September 2009
Is One Life to Live in danger of cancellation? It depends on who you ask. According to a popular soap columnist, the show is very much in danger. An ABC rep says OLTL's only move is to a new studio. Meanwhile, one of the show's stars says she hopes it's all just one big rumor.
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October 2009
ABC has shelved plans to broadcast One Life to Live in high-definition... for now. Due to the still-soft economy, the network's requests for funding for the upgrade were denied. But fear not, friends of Llanview, ABC will make another request to broadcast One Life to Live in HD next year.
Scott Evans
November 2009
While some soaps are currently facing backlash from viewers over their gay storylines, One Life to Live has been quietly continuing on its "journey" of telling the story of Kyle and Oliver's relationship. Now, there's word that the ABC soap is going to take this pairing to the next logical destination -- the bedroom.
Laura Bonarrigo
December 2009
One Life to Live fans already know that they'll soon be welcoming Kelly Cramer home to Llanview. Now, viewers can also look forward to the return of Adriana and Cassie as well. A show rep confirms that Laura Bonarrigo and Melissa Fumero will be back in February.
Stephen Markle
December 2009
Is Dorian in for a visit from one of her dearly departed loves -- or a flesh-and-blood look-alike? That's the question fans will be asking now that Stephen Markle (ex-Mel Hayes) is returning to the show. Markle appeared last year as a ghostly image that helped guide Dorian to do the right thing.
Crystal Hunt
December 2009
For many fans, Crystal Hunt's time on One Life to Live has been dubbed a "fiasco." It isn't necessarily that fans dislike the actress, but many do have strong feelings about her character, Stacy Morasco. Soon, Stacy may be nothing more than a memory: Hunt has been let go from the show.
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