Love of Life

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Love of Life

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Love of Life, was one of the first two soaps. It aired from 1951 to 1980, when after a hiatus for retooling made the show unviewable. It had a great run on CBS, but over time ratings slipped, and was eventually cancelled. The show was based at first on two sisters, Veronica and Meg. Eventually, other characters were introduced, like Ben (later played as an adult by Christopher Reeve) who was later sodomised. BROADCAST HISTORY 9/24/51 - 4/11/58: 12:15p weekdays (15 minutes) 4/14/58 - 9/5/69: 12:00p weekdays (25 minutes) 9/8/69 - 4/20/79: 11:30a weekdays (30 minutes) 4/23/79 - 2/1/80: 4:00p weekdays (30 minutes)
Douglass Watson

Douglass Watson

Dr. Lloyd Phillips (1972-1973)

Eileen Letchworth

Eileen Letchworth

Sharon Ferris (1966-1967)

Ken Roberts

Ken Roberts

Announcer

Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

Ben Harper (#3) (1974-1976)

Mark Pinter

Mark Pinter

Dr. Tom Crawford (#2) (1979-1980)

Raul Julia

Raul Julia

Miguel Garcia (1969)

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  • Classic soap shouldn't be forgotten

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    I am amazed that this show which ran nearly thirty years (three whole decades!) is rarely ever given a mention anywhere. Even when fans remember the cancelled soaps, this serial is omitted in their reminiscences for the most part. I was almost 12 when the show got cancelled, & often in school, besides which, this was when people were just starting to get cable TV, & Love Of Life aired on Channel 2 (WCBS) out of New York, & we didn't have cable back then, we were close to getting it, but alas the soap was taken off the air at that juncture, so I didn't get the opportunity to get involved in the plots & become aquainted with the characters. I believe because some CBS affiliates didn't broadcast the show & the fact that it was shown at Noon (against the News) was a nail in it's coffin. For example, both Ryan's Hope & Sunset Beach were cancelled after a brief run in that time slot. LOL deserved better & should still be running today.



    Love of Life was the very first soap opera I remember going off Television, I watched the final episode (luckily) & recall Betsy on the witness stand & her fainting (very little else). I'm almost certain that was when the show faded out to it's final commercials before the ending credits & of that being the last scene.



    I used to see Birgitta Tolksdorf (Arlene) in Soap Opera Digest fairly frequently back in the 1970's & thought how beautiful she was. Also, Christopher Reeve got his start in this program, as did many other actors of today... Tony LoBianco, Dana Delany, Ray Wise & the list goes on.



    Sadly, this is one of the soaps that seems all but forgotten.

    I will treasure the bits I knew & recall about Love Of Life & hope there are others who rigidly followed this show who feel as I do & have fond recollections of the denizens of Rosehill as I do. Interestingly enough, in the Christian Soap Opera Another Life, one of the characters was institutionalized at a sanitarium called *Rosehill*. Clearly in honor of LOL, as Roy Windsor was this show's creator as well.



    I implore all LOL fans to go over to http://tvshowsondvd.com, register (it's free) & cast your vote towards getting this show released. I've already voted, so let's all pull together. Afterall, many hands make life work, as much a cliche as that sounds, it happens to be true!

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