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Ilene Kristen Invites You Into Her New York City Home! (EXCLUSIVE)


As a star of many daytime dramas, Ilene Kristen — whose credits include Delia on RYAN’S HOPE and GENERAL HOSPITAL, Roxy on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Madeline on ANOTHER WORLD, Norma on LOVING — has lived in many reel-life soap opera towns. But when it comes to her real-life roots, there’s only one place that the Emmy nominee considers home: the Upper West Side of New York City.

Although she was born in Brooklyn, Kristen moved to Manhattan as a teenager. “I grew up on the Upper West Side; I’ve always loved the neighborhood,” she shared with Soaps In Depth, adding that when she was house hunting for herself as a young adult, there was never even another area of the city to consider. “I’d lived in other neighborhoods and didn’t really like it.”

Conveniently located near the Upper West Side’s shopping and restaurants, Kristen’s apartment is in one of the neighborhood’s classic brownstone buildings. “One of my favorite things is the 12-foot ceilings,” she confessed. “I loved that, as soon as I walked into the apartment.

“I’ve lived here since 1977,” continues the soap-hopper, who currently lives in the apartment with her longtime beau, former OLTL director Gary Donatelli, amid beautiful artwork and sentimental antiques. “I didn’t even think of moving anywhere else.”

Come along as Kristen takes Soaps In Depth on a personal tour of her beautiful Manhattan home!

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