In 2012 the end of the 43 year run on U.S. network TV of ‘One Life To Live’ saw an iconic soap opera come to an end, but also saw the end of daytime TV production in New York. ‘One Life To Live’ was the last of a series of television soap operas produced and taped in New York, which had begun in 1950 with the launch of ‘The First Hundred Years’. A short switch to an Online streaming service was ended by a difficult legal action, but the producers of ‘One Life To Live’ hope the show will return to the Online streaming platform after legal problems have been resolved.
A number of the most popular actors in Hollywood saw their careers launched in the New York studio that was home to ‘One Life To Live’ for 43 years. One of the most popular performers in the show during its final years was the soap opera favorite Crystal Hunt, who took on the challenging and difficult role of Stacy Morasco, outlined here on Soaps. This role proved so popular Crystal Hunt’s character was resurrected to appear in the final episodes produced for network TV as a ghost guiding the characters through the final episodes.
Facebook superstar Crystal Hunt has not used her popularity in the soap opera in the usual ways of hopping between daytime TV drama productions. Instead, her bio shows she has looked to develop a number of different roles in movies and reality TV that have pushed her in many different directions. The role of Lauren in ‘Magic Mike XXL’ is perhaps the most famous Crystal Hunt has taken on, but she has also acted as executive producer on the movie “Talbot County’ that allowed her to put her experience as an actress to good use in a behind the scenes role.
The community of Llanview in “One Life To Live’ will remain a part of TV history as the drama changed the rules of soap operas in the U.S. Instead of detailing the lives of the rich and famous like many of its rivals, ‘One Life To Live’ was one of the first to look into the lives of everyday people for its tension to unfold.