Pop Culture: One Life to Live

One Life to Live Introduces the Vega Clan to Daytime TV Viewers
Created by Agnes Nixon, One Life to Live was the first daytime drama to primarily feature racially and socioeconomically diverse characters and consistently emphasize social issues. In the mid-90s, the soap introduced viewers to Dorian Grey’s longtime maid and confidante Carlotta Vega and her two sons, including Antonio—a former gang member in Llanview's Angel Square and convicted murderer. Carlotta eventually quit Dorian's employ to run her own diner. Meanwhile, Antonio later proves his crime had been in self-defense and becomes a lawyer and later a police officer. In the end, viewers grew to love the familia—one of the first Hispanic families on a daytime soap opera—who would switch from English to Spanish from time to time without missing a beat and without the use of subtitles!

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.