Andrea Evans, renowned for her roles on “One Life to Live,” “Passions,” and “The Bold and The Beautiful,” has sadly passed away at the age of 66. The soap opera star, known for her portrayal of Tina Lord, died at her home in Pasadena, California, following a battle with breast cancer. The news was confirmed by her former manager, Don Carroll, who highlighted Evans’ loving nature and her devotion to her family and friends.
A Talented Actress and Beloved Colleague:
Nick Leicht, Evans’ current manager, expressed his condolences and described her as a remarkable talent and a joy to work with. Evans rose to prominence with her role as Tina Lord on the ABC daytime drama “One Life to Live” from 1979 to 1981. She reprised the role in 1985 and received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination three years later for her portrayal of the troubled character.
Challenges and Personal Struggles:
In the 1990s, Evans abruptly left “One Life to Live” after being confronted by a stalker. The incident took place in a Manhattan studio, and she subsequently received death threats, some written in blood, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The traumatic experience deeply affected Evans, leading her to withdraw from the public eye.
Life Beyond the Limelight:
Following her departure from “One Life to Live,” Evans maintained a private life away from the public spotlight. In 2008, she explained to People magazine that her decision to keep a low profile was influenced by her encounter with the stalker, stating that it had forever changed her and left an indelible impact.
A Lasting Legacy in Soap Opera:
Although she limited her public appearances, Evans made a guest appearance as Tina on “One Life to Live” in 2008. In addition to her iconic role on the show, she played Rebecca Hotchkiss on “Passions” and portrayed Patty Williams in “The Young and the Restless.” Her final acting credit was on the Prime series “The Bay” from 2017 to 2020.
Family and Loved Ones:
Andrea Evans is survived by her husband, Stephen Rodriguez, whom she married in 1998. The couple shared a daughter named Kylie. Prior to her marriage to Rodriguez, Evans was married to her “One Life to Live” co-star Wayne Massey from 1981 to 1983.
The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a talented actress who left an indelible mark on the soap opera genre. Andrea Evans will be remembered for her unforgettable performances and her dedication to her loved ones. May she rest in peace.