Ilene Kristen (born Ilene Schatz on July 30, 1952) 1 is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as the troublesome Delia Ryan on the ABC soap opera Ryan's Hope (1975-1979, 1982-1983, 1986-1989), and for her role as malaproping beautician Roxy Balsom on ABC's One Life to Live (2001-2012).
Having acted off and on Broadway for several years, including the musicals Grease and Mayor, Kristen made her television debut in the role of Delia Ryan on the ABC soap opera Ryan's Hope in 1975 and remained with the show until 1979. In 1982, she returned to television, portraying Georgina Whitman #1 on One Life to Live.2 She returned to Ryan's Hope in 1986, remaining there until it was cancelled three years later. She remains friends with former Ryan's Hope actress Kate Mulgrew and supported Mulgrew's husband Tim Hagan when he ran for Governor of Ohio.
After Ryan's Hope ended, she made appearances on several soap operas, including Loving and Another World, before she signed on for the role as neglectful mother and later beautician Roxy Balsom Holden in One Life to Live in 2001 where she appeared until its final ABC Daytime episode in 2012.
Kirsten appeared in The Sopranos episode of the second season, "House Arrest".
She is now appearing on General Hospital reprising the role of Delia Ryan since October 2013.
1971: Preacherman as Mary Lou,
1975 - 1979: Ryan's Hope as Delia Ryan (Role from: (1975-1979, 1982-1983, 1986-1989),
1979: Night-Flowers as Krishna Woman,
1979: The Lady in Redas Wynona,
1980: Why Would I Lie? as Waitress,
1980: Family as Lotus (1 episode),
1982: One Life to Live as Georgina Whitman #1,
1985: Desperately Seeking Susan as Party Guest,
1987: The Shaman as Helen,
1990 - 1991: Loving as Norma Gilpin (unknown episodes),
1994: Law & Order as Sandra (1 episode),
1995: Another World as Madeline Thompson (unknown episodes),
1997: Vivid as Susan,
2000: The Sopranos as Woman Smoker (1 episode),
2001: Third Watch as Flynn (1 episode),
2001: One Life to Live as "Roxy Balsom" Holden (November 2001 - 2012),
2005: The Signs of the Cross as Mrs. Coyne,
2005: Tinsel Town as Attorney,
2007: Knock Knock as Sexy Librarian,
2007: The Black Donnellys as Claire (1 episode),
2007: Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe as Liz,
2008: Manhattanites as Marilyn Marsden,
2012: Law & Order: SVU as Evelyn Higgins (1 episode),
2013: General Hospital as Delia Ryan (October 2013 - present),
In 2004 and 2005, she was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.