Fri, 12/08/2023

Remembering Ellen Holly

Ellen Holly

We are so sad to learn that actress Ellen Holly has passed away at the age of 92. She began her career in the theater, including a run on Broadway before going on to be cast as “Carla Gray” on One Life to Live - a groundbreaking role which made her the first Black actress with a continuing daily lead role on a soap opera.

Below are some selections from her 2018 interview:

On the importance of her early One Life to Live storyline:

On her New York Times article “How Black Do You Have to Be?”:

On her greatest takeaway from her time on One Life to Live:

Watch Ellen Holly’s full interview and read her obituary in Variety.