Soap opera fans lost another star this week. “One Life To Live” actress Patricia Elliott died Sunday. She was 77.
The Associated Press reports that Elliott died in her home in Manhattan following a battle with cancer. She is survived by her niece, aunt and several cousins.
Elliott had quite a long career. She made her Broadway debut in the original production of Stephen Sondheim's “A Little Night Music” in 1973, and she won a Tony Award for her role as Countess Charlotte. The Colorado native went on to star in several productions on the Great White Way, including “The Elephant Man” and “Hedda Gabbler.” However, her longest role was on “One Life to Live.”
In 1988, Elliott started playing Renee Divine Buchanan on the ABC soap opera. She stayed on “One Life to Live” for over 20 years until 2011. Renee owned the Palace Hotel that so many of the “OLTL” characters frequented, and she had a decades-long love story with Asa Buchanan (Philip Carey).
With so much history in the world of soap operas, plenty of stars mourned the loss of the actress. Several daytime actors went to Twitter to share their sympathies.
RIP Glorious Patricia Elliott #ihatecancer
— Kamar de los Reyes (@kamardelosreyes) December 22, 2015
So sadden to hear the passing of the glorious Patricia Elliott! Such an earth angel. An amazing person!
— Kassie DePaiva (@KassieDePaiva) December 22, 2015
So sad to hear about Patricia Elliot. Rest in Peace_
— Kristen Alderson (@krisalderson) December 22, 2015
RIP #PatriciaElliott what an honor to know and work with such an amazing woman __
— Eddie Alderson (@Eddie_Alderson) December 22, 2015
So saddened to hear of Patricia Elliot's passing.As sweet a ray of light as there was. Perpetual smile, radiant pic.twitter.com/7elpxhHK6F
— Chris McKenna (@ChrisLMcKenna) December 22, 2015
Those who worked behind the camera also shared their condolences. Former “One Life to Live” writer Ron Carlivati and producer Frank Valentini tweeted their reactions.
Patricia Elliott was a tremendously generous Actor and humanitarian. She will be missed. #daytimelegend
— Frank Valentini (@valentinifrank) December 22, 2015
— Ron Carlivati (@carlivatiron) December 21, 2015
Unfortunately, the former cast and crew of “One Life to Live,” which was canceled in 2013, were already grieving the loss of another actor. Nathaniel Marston, who played Michael McBain on the soap, died due to injuries from a car crash in November. He was 40.