Ilene Kristen Bio

(Roxy, OLTL)


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HAILS FROM: Brooklyn, NY
YEARS ON SHOW: 2001-present

Eager to jump-start her performing career, Brooklyn native Ilene Schatz left home at age 16. While she actively pursued dancing, singing and comedy, she became a soap star along the way. Dancing was her first love, but when that was sidelined by a thyroid condition, she shifted her focus to acting. She took on the role of cheerleader Patty Simcox in the original production of Grease, which opened on Valentine’s Day, 1972, and created the memorable role of Delia Reid on RYAN'S HOPE when it debuted in 1975.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. Kristen's first OLTL stint — as a mechanic named Georgina — lasted three months while she was on a hiatus from RH.
  2. In the late '70s, she produced a 30-minute film starring Karen Allen called The Aftermath.
  3. Kristen has never married, and split from fiancé Brian Sheridan in late 2007.
  4. It wasn't until 1971 when Kristen was appearing in the film Preacherman that she changed her last name from Schatz. The name was recommended by a director after several people told her she looked Swedish.
  5. During her junior year of high school, she traveled with a comedy troupe called The Six New Happenings.
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Ilene Kristen

Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL) is coming back to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Delia, the character she...

Ilene Kristen To GH As Delia!   Oct 28, 2013

Ilene Kristen, last seen as OLTL's Roxy, will reprise her RYAN'S HOPE role of Delia Reid...

Three More OLTL Faves Join TAINTED DREAMS   Jul 24, 2013

James DePaiva (ex-Max, OLTL), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al...

Kristen On LAW & ORDER: SVU   Feb 6, 2012

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Soap Stars To Guest on "My Big Gay Italian Wedding"   Apr 4, 2011

Five soap actresses — Ellen Dolan (ex-Margo, ATWT), Kristen Alderson (Starr, OLTL), ...

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Other Roles

Former Soap Roles
RYAN'S HOPE (Delia Reid, 1975-78, 1982-83, 1986-89)
ONE LIFE TO LIVE (Georgina Whitman, 1982)
LOVING (Norma Gilpin, 1990-91)
ANOTHER WORLD (Madeline Thompson, 1995)

Guest-Starring TV Roles
THIRD WATCH (Flynn, 2001)
THE SOPRANOS (Woman in Restaurant, 2000)
LAW & ORDER (Sandra Krane, 1994)
FAMILY (Lotus, 1980)

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