Ilene Kristen (born Ilene Schatz on July 30, 1952) is an American actress, best known for her role in the ABC soap operas as Delia Ryan on Ryan's Hope (1975-1979, 1982-1983, 1986-1989), and as Roxy Balsom on One Life to Live (2001-2012).
Life and career:
Kristen was born in Brooklyn, New York. She made her screen debut in the female lead role in the 1971 comedy film Preacherman. 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 daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope in 1975 and remained with the show until 1979. In 1982, she returned to television, portraying Georgina Whitman on One Life to Live. She returned to Ryan's Hope in 1986, remaining there until it was cancelled three years later.
After Ryan's Hope, she joined the cast of ABC soap opera Loving, and in 1995 had role on 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 episode in 2012. was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2004 and 2005 for her role in One Life to Live.
Kirsten guest-starred in the number of television shows, including Law & Order, The Sopranos, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Unforgettable. From 2013 to 2014 she appeared in General Hospital reprising the role of Delia Ryan.
The Lady in Red
Episode: "Such a Fine Line"
Why Would I Lie?
One Life to Live
Desperately Seeking Susan
1975-1979, 1982-1983, 1986-1989
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Comic Performance by an Actress: Daytime (1988),
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess: Daytime (1989)
Law & Order
Episode: "Blue Bamboo"
Episode: "House Arrest"
Episode: "Walking Wounded"
One Life to Live
Series regular (2001-2004), Recurring (2004-2012),
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2004-2005),
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Return (2003)
The Signs of the Cross
Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe
The Black Donnellys
Episode: "The World Will Break Your Heart"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Episode: "Father's Shadow"
Episode: "Line Up or Shut Up"
Delia Reid Ryan
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