Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The 411 on "One Life to Live"
Since July 15, 1968, "One Life to Live," which is located in the fictional community of Llanview, is responsible for many "firsts" in Daytime television. It's storylines addressed interracial romance, split personalities, overcoming illiteracy, medical misdiagnosis, racial prejudice, lupus, and gang violence. The show also received mass critical acclaim for it's 1992 homophobia storyline, which captured national headlines when it introduced a gay teen, which was played by Ryan Phillippe, combined with the emotional display of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 1994, the show, again, received high praise, with four Daytime Emmy Awards, for it's riveting fraternity gang rape storyline. In 2002, the show won it's first Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Drama Series category. In 2000, OLTL received the first CDC Sentinel for Health Award for the story of Viki's, played by Erika Slezak, breast cancer.