One Life to Live’s Stacy Morasco


One Life to Live, beginning in 1968 and currently on hiatus, is the fifth longest running soap opera in American history. Though it wasn’t the first to feature social issues (see Another World and its story arc centering on abortion), it was the first soap to consistently emphasize them in its narratives. The show centered on the Lord family, using the stereotypical wealthy WASP trope, but also included the Grays, an African American family, the Rileys, a family of Irish Catholics, and the Woleks, a working class Polish family, as focal points. The show ended its run on ABC in 2012, but reappeared as a web series in 2013 before going on hiatus pending contractual issues with ABC.

One of the more memorable story arcs late in the series was that of the scandalous stripper, Stacy Morasco, played by Crystal Hunt from 2009 to 2010. Stacy was obsessed with her sister, Gigi, ever since high school, and after spotting her and husband Rex Balsom in Vegas, followed the couple to Llanview with the intention of stealing Rex for herself. After a one night stand with Rex and the resulting pregnancy and miscarriage, Stacy duped Oliver Fish into sleeping with her, becoming pregnant again. Stacy used this pregnancy as leverage against Rex who was unaware of the miscarriage. Following some twists, including a kidnapping at the hands of Mitch Laurence, the revelation of the baby’s father, and her sister Gigi coming to her aid, Stacy died, drowning in Llantano Lake. Stacy Morasco made a couple of posthumous appearances as a ghost and in Clint Buchanan’s vision of hell.

Prior to playing Stacy Morasco, CrunchBase lists that  Crystal Hunt also had a very successful run on Guiding Light, lasting from 2003 to 2006, as Lizzie Spaulding. The role landed her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2005. She also appeared in the Derby Stallion, with Zac Efron, and in Sydney White, featuring Amanda Bynes. More recently, Crystal had a part in Magic Mike XL, and produced her first feature film, Talbot County.