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,[1] 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 January 1982, she returned to television, portraying Georgina Whitman on One Life to Live for a few months before being asked back to Ryan's Hope in March 1982 where she remained for a year and a half. 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 for a year, playing the role of scatterbrained Norma Gilpin, and in 1995 had a role on Another World as the alcoholic Madeline Thompson, 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. Kristen 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.[2]

Kristen guest-starred in the number of television shows, including Law & Order, The Sopranos, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Unforgettable.[3] In the fall of 2013, she appeared on General Hospital reprising her old role of Delia Ryan from Ryan's Hope who was revealed to be Ava Jerome's natural mother, and has made periodic appearances as the storyline has dictated.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Preacherman Mary Lou
1979 The Lady in Red Wynona
1979 Night-Flowers Krishna Woman
1980 Family Lotus Episode: "Such a Fine Line"
1980 Why Would I Lie? Waitress
1982 One Life to Live Georgina Whitman Recurring role
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Party Guest
1987 The Shaman Helen
1975–1979, 1982–1983, 1986–1989 Ryan's Hope Delia Ryan Series regular
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Comic Performance by an Actress: Daytime (1988)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess: Daytime (1989)
1990-1991 Loving Norma Gilpin Series regular
1994 Law & Order Sandra Krane Episode: "Blue Bamboo"
1995 Another World Madeline Thompson Series regular
1999 Vivid Susan
2000 The Sopranos Smoker Episode: "House Arrest"
2001 Third Watch Flynn Episode: "Walking Wounded"
2001-2012 One Life to Live Roxy Balsom 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)
2005 Tinsel Town Attorney
2005 The Signs of the Cross Mrs. Coyne
2007 Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe Liz
2007 The Black Donnellys Claire Episode: "The World Will Break Your Heart"
2007 Knock Knock Sexy Librarian
2008 Manhattanites Marilyn Marsden
2011 Hunting Season Mrs. Klein
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Evelyn Higgins Episode: "Father's Shadow"
2013 Unforgettable Naomi McKinnon Episode: "Line Up or Shut Up"
2013 American Hunger Sydney Fisher Short film
2013–present General Hospital Delia Reid Ryan Recurring role


  1. ^ "About OLTL: About the Actors | Ilene Kristen | One Life to Live @". SoapCentral. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Ilene Kristen 411". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  3. ^ Jillian Bowe (2013-08-27). "Ilene Kristen Becomes 'Unforgettable'". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  4. ^ Luke Kerr (2014-01-21). "Ilene Kristen Checks Back Into General Hospital". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2014-06-26.