Love of Life


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About

Love of Life is a long-running American soap opera which aired on CBS from September 24, 1951 to February 1, 1980. It was created by Roy Winsor, whose previous creation Search for Tomorrow had premiered three weeks before Love of Life, and who would go on to create The Secret Storm two and a half years later.

Production

Love of Life was taped at several studios in New York City, but primarily at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th Street and CBS' Studio 52 behind the Ed Sullivan Theatre. In 1975, the studio was moved to make way for a nightclub that would eventually become known as Studio 54. Until its final show in 1980, Love of Life was taped in Studio 44 at the CBS Broadcast Center.

Format

Unlike most other soap operas, Love of Life was originally not split up into segments dictated by commercial breaks. Because the show was owned by packaged-goods giant American Home Products and merely licensed to CBS, all commercials were for AHP brands, and occurred before or after the show. In the 1960s, one commercial break was allotted around the middle of the program, but this was mostly to allow affiliates to reconnect with the feed after airing local commercials. Love of Life adopted the "five segments per half-hour" standard in the 1970s.

 

Created by Roy Winsor

Starring

Audrey Peters

Ron Tomme

Country of origin United States

No. of episodes 7,315

Production

Running time 15 minutes

(1951–1958)

30 minutes

(1958–1962, 1969–1973, 1979–1980)

25 minutes

(1962–1969, 1973–1979)

Broadcast

Original channel CBS

Picture format Black-and-white

(1951–1967)

Color

(1967–1980)

Audio format Monaural

Original run September 24, 1951 (1951-09-24) – February 1, 1980

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Bonnie Bartlett

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Bonnie Bartlett on mishaps while acting on Love of Life which was broadcast live, and on leaving the show
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Henry Colman

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Henry Colman on producing Love of Life
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Richard Coogan

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Richard Coogan on getting fired from Love of Life
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Richard Coogan on acting in Love of Life
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Richard Coogan on the day-to-day schedule on Love of Life
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Loring Mandel

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Loring Mandel on writing for Love of Life at the behest of Fred Silverman
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Loring Mandel on writing for Love of Life
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Esther Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on writing for the soap opera Love of Life and how it helped them later when creating Dynasty
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Richard Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on writing for the soap opera Love of Life and how it helped them later when creating Dynasty
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