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Daily News New York, New York 25 Jan 1978,


ABC WENT ALL THE WAY to the tune ol $8,760,800 to supply "One Life to Live" with new studio facilities to accommodate the serial's recent expansion to an hour-a-day air format. "OLTL's" ultramodern, three-story new headquarters are located in the former armory building on Manhattan's upper West Side just off Central Park. Bob Cioppa of the architectural firm of Kohn, Peddersen, Fox supervised the renovation of the early 1900 building, which had fallen into extreme disrepair prior to its auction purchase by ABC in 1976. The transformation began in February 1977 and was completed only four weeks ago.

The medieval castle exterior was steam cleaned and preserved but the interior was gutted and altered. The entire structure was sound proofed and to eliminate noise within the building, an insulated subceiling was constructed beneath the original wooden roof. The main floor contains a high-ceilinged filming studio as well as technical lighting and sound control areas which are built on a split level two feet above the studio floor. The basement rehearsal, storage, makeup and dressing rooms are a modern pastiche of mirrors, chrome fixtures and brightly colored cube furniture. The show's cast double up with "roomies"' in 20 oversized dressing looms that include ample closet space, a sitting area and a couch for between-scenes catnapping. The production staff offices are on the second floor and the show's writers have their own permanent quarters which is highly uncommon in the serial world. '

One Life's" new abode bodes well for the show s potential visual splendors. Says producer Joe Stuart. "In our former studio the sets had to be scaled down to nearly a third of their present size for lack of space. Here we were able to expand and rejuvenate the old sets and construct new ones. We can use seven to 10 different sets per day now as opposed to the three to six that were used in the other-length versions of the show. Also, working with five cameras instead of the previous two or three we used in the past will lend a visual feeling of more scope and grandeur.'

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how lgbtqa+ activist and oitnb’s lea delaria stopped giving a f*ck and started changing the world


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An article about OLTL SCENE STEALER and GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST  Lea DeLaria. 

Full profile of her stage and screen can be found in Soap Hoppers.

A little gift for Women's History Month.


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Thanks for the link, @slick jones.

Even though I only watched OLTL daily from 1968 to 1983, and then during the Billy Douglas/AIDS quilt saga, when it was good, I loved the show dearly and have great memories of its golden era. And I'm still interested in its overall history, even the years I was not a regular viewer.

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Not sure how many have been but hoping to visit the Paley Center this year and was reviewing the availability of OLTL, does anyone know if Carla appears in the October 1968 episode available? She’s listed in the credits but not much comes of the description. 

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