Friday, October 11, 2013

Ilene Kristen Will Reprise Delia From RYAN'S HOPE on GENERAL HOSPITAL

Ilene Kristen was nominated for two Daytime Emmys for her work as
Roxy Balson in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
Former ONE LIFE TO LIVE and RYAN'S HOPE actress Ilene Kristen is coming to ABC's GENERAL HOSPITAL for two episodes. She will be reprising her iconic RYAN'S HOPE character, Delia Reid Ryan on October 28 and 29.

RYAN'S HOPE, created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, aired on ABC from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. The character of Delia was married to Frank Ryan when the show premiered, but she later tricked his brother, Pat, into marrying her. She was also married to Dr. Roger Coleridge and businessman Matthew Crane. Roger was played by actor Ron Hale, who later played Sonny's father on GH.

For a short time in 1984, actress Robin Mattson played Delia on RYAN'S HOPE after leaving the role of Heather Webber on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Mattson explained the move in our interview earlier this year:

"It was sort of a political move. They weren't, in my understanding, doing right by me in my job at GENERAL HOSPITAL. So the same network (ABC) said to me, 'Hey, come over and do this half hour show. We want to kind of reinvent Delia Ryan.' And I did. It was a short-term deal and it worked well for me. I liked the show a lot. Business is business."

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  1. From Friday's preview, it looked like any doubt left Ilene would be playing Delia is gone.

    1. The mentions of Ryan's Bar on GH have been great to hear!