Andrea Evans, the beloved veteran star of daytime television, known for her captivating portrayal of troubled teenager Tina Lord on the iconic ABC soap opera One Life to Live, passed away at the age of 66 on Sunday. The news was confirmed by casting director Don Carroll, who revealed that Evans had succumbed to cancer, a battle she had publicly acknowledged while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
She leaves behind her husband, Steve Rodriguez, and their daughter, Kylie, as part of her enduring legacy.
From Local Talent to Soap Opera Star
Hailing from Aurora, Illinois, Evans displayed her early talents in beauty pageants and regional theater before making her official debut in the entertainment industry as an extra in Brian De Palma's 1978 thriller The Fury.
In the same year, she also appeared as an extra in the NBC miniseries The Awakening. However, her breakthrough came when she landed the role of Tina Lord on One Life to Live, propelling her to newfound fame. Evans captivated audiences with her compelling portrayal of the complex character until 1981, after which she ventured into playing Patty Williams on The Young and the Restless.
In 1985, Evans made a triumphant return to One Life to Live, where her character's storyline reached remarkable heights, earning her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Ingenue. However, in 1987, she abruptly departed the series following a terrifying encounter with a stalker in the lobby of the show's Manhattan studio.
Reflecting on the incident years later, Evans admitted that the harrowing experience had forever changed her, leaving an indelible mark on her life. After a period of hiatus, Evans reignited her acting career, appearing in notable feature films such as A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994) and Ice Cream Man (1995).
She continued to make her mark in the soap opera landscape, gracing screens in acclaimed shows like The Bold and the Beautiful, Passions, The Bay, and the web series DeVanity. Throughout her illustrious career, Evans consistently praised the soap opera genre, recognizing its enduring influence in the entertainment industry.
In a 2016 interview, she emphasized the significance of soap operas, noting that they permeate more of our entertainment than people tend to acknowledge. She likened shows like Star Trek to "soaps in outer space" and commended the current crop of soap operas for their strength and success, particularly as they transitioned into the digital media landscape.
Evans firmly believed that soap operas were here to stay. In 2011, Evans made a memorable return to reprise her role on One Life to Live as the series bid farewell to network television. With her captivating performances, she garnered a loyal following among fans of daytime television.
Notably, Evans had recently completed work on her forthcoming memoir, aptly titled My One Life to Live, promising an intimate glimpse into her remarkable journey. Andrea Evans will forever be remembered for her undeniable talent, unwavering passion for her craft, and her enduring contributions to the world of soap operas.
Her loss leaves a void in the hearts of fans and colleagues alike, but her legacy as a beloved television icon will continue to shine brightly.