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'One Life To Live' Stars Bid Farewell To Fans At Event In NY

First Posted: 01/24/2012 8:55 am Updated: 06/18/2012 3:06 pm

WESTBURY, N.Y. -- Several stars from ABC's recently cancelled soap opera "One Life to Live" met with eager fans at a tribute event Saturday.

The near-capacity crowd was not disappointed by the unscripted event, which included a fan Q&A and trivia contest.

Those in attendance included Jerry VerDorn (Clint Buchanan); Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer); Trevor St. John (Todd/Victor Manning); John Paul Lavosier (Rex Balsom); Kim Zimmer (Echo DiSavoy); Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan); Michael Easton (John McBain); Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer); Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom); and Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans).

The soap stars came from New York and Los Angeles for the gathering, called "Loving Llanview," at the Theatre at Westbury.

"We thank you for your viewership and loyalty," DePaiva said. "We appreciate you so much."

The ABC soap was primarily focused on the Buchanan, Lord and Manning families. The show was set in the fictional city of Llanview, Pennsylvania. The final episode of the show, which ran on weekdays for the last 44 years, aired on Friday, January 13.

"When we said goodbye ... it was kind of weird," Tognoni said, of the last day the cast spent on the set of the soap.

"One Life to Live" was replaced by the ABC talk show "The Revolution," hosted by Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn, Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. While the network was anxious to axe the soap and promote the new show, viewers have been less than welcoming. According to Perez Hilton, the show had a weak premiere, with a 1.9 rating. In comparison, "One Life to Live" had a 2.4 rating in the same time slot. The 35 percent variant makes the talk show seem dull by comparison and likely has network executives regretting the swap.

Fans who missed the Westbury event might still be able to meet their favorite "One Live To Live" actor. According to its sponsors, "Loving Llanview" was a huge success and they are considering additional shows in other cities. Those interested can monitor the website lovingllanview.com for updates.

At the conclusion of the event, the actors held hands on stage and Zimmer was seen wiping tears from Kristen's face.

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Kassie DePaiva played the role of Blair Cramer on ABC's "One Life to Live."

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