Ilene Kristen

Ilene Kristen
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Ilene Kristen Biography

Ilene Kristen (born Ilene Schatz on July 30, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actress.

Kristen started her career in theater and played Patty Simcox in the original production of Grease. She is best known for her role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope, where she played Delia Reid.

The character of Delia was an extremely insecure woman who destroyed the lives of many around her in her need to stay tied to the Ryan family. Kristen said that she expected fans to hate her, but instead many sympathized with Delia's plight. Kristen played the role from 1975 to 1979, when she then left to try other venues. She returned in 1982 but was fired a year later because ABC felt she was overweight. Kristen claimed she was suffering a bad reaction to medication. In 1986 she returned and lasted until the series finale in 1989. She remains friends with former Ryan's Hope actress Kate Mulgrew and supported her husband Tim Hagan when he ran for Governor of Ohio. Read Full Bio >>


Ilene Kristen Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2005 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series "One Life to Live" (1968). Nominated
2004 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series "One Life to Live" (1968). Nominated
2003 Soap Opera Digest Awards Favorite Return "One Life to Live" (1968). Nominated
1989 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Villainess: Daytime "Ryan's Hope" (1975). Nominated
1988 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Comic Performance by an Actress: Daytime "Ryan's Hope" (1975). Nominated


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    2003 Soap Opera Digest Awards Presented by SOAPnet

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    2003 Soap Opera Digest Awards Presented by SOAPnet

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