Overview of One Life to Live
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Hi I'm Lauren Zima for About.com, and today we're profiling ABC's soap opera One Life to Live.One Life to Live's original creator was Agnes Nixon, often referred to as the "Queen" of the modern soap opera. Originally, the show's name was going to be Between Heaven and Hell, but show sponsors felt that name could be too controversial.It premiered in July 1968, starting as a half-hour show. But it ran as a 45-minute show from 1976 to 1978, then expanded to an hour.Set in the fictional city of Llanview, One Life to Live started with four main families: The wealthy Lord family, the less wealthy Siegels, the middle-class families of the Rileys and the Woleks and the African-American Gray family. But the show focused mainly on Victoria "Viki" Lord, portrayed by Erika Slezak since 1971. Slezak won six Daytime Emmy Awards for the role.The character of Viki struggled with dissociative identity disorder, and had been married and divorced several times. During the course of the show discovered she had two long-lost daughters. She weathered widowhood, rape, divorce, stroke and breast cancer.One Life to Live was the first daytime drama to depict an interracial relationship and one of the first soap operas to directly deal with drug addiction. It is also widely credited as the first daytime drama to primarily feature characters of ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.One Life to Live received a March 2005 GLAAD Media Award for its coverage of LGBT issues, but not long after, the married character of Daniel Colson was revealed to have murdered two people to cover up the fact he was secretly gay. GLAAD criticized the plot for "reinforcing the idea that being gay is something to be ashamed of.Citing low ratings and high production costs, ABC announced in April of 2011 One Life to Live would be cancelled. Not long after the show's final scenes were taped, ABC confirmed former executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati would take the same roles on General Hospital.Actors Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson were among former One Life to Live actors who would reprise their characters on General Hospital as well.Thanks for watching our profile of the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. For more, go to About.com.