Andrea Evans, a beloved daytime television star known for her roles on “One Life to Live” and “The Young and the Restless,” has passed away at the age of 66. Her former manager, Don Carroll, confirmed that Evans died on Sunday after battling cancer. Her current manager, Nick Leicht, expressed his sorrow and described her as a tremendous talent and a joy to work with.
Evans gained fame for her portrayal of troubled teenager Tina Lord on “One Life to Live” and later as Patty Williams on “The Young and the Restless.” In 1988, she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for outstanding ingenue in a drama series for her performance as Tina.
Known for her kindness and genuine nature, Evans cherished her close circle of friends and treated them like family. Carroll revealed that she found her greatest joy in simple moments, such as spending time at Disneyland with her daughter Kylie, wearing no makeup, with her hair in pigtails and a ballcap.
Upon hearing the news, fellow actors and colleagues expressed their grief and paid tribute to Evans. Melissa Archer, who worked with Evans on “One Life to Live,” described the news as heartbreaking and highlighted her kindness and professionalism. Kassie DePaiva, another co-star from the same show, expressed her sadness and credited Evans with helping elevate the series. Frank Valentini, the former executive producer of “One Life to Live,” remembered Evans as a legendary figure in daytime television and conveyed his sympathies to her friends and family.
Eric Martsolf, Evans’ co-star from “Passions,” praised her as a responsible and joyful person who made working in daytime television a delight. He recalled her sparkling eyes and constant smile and expressed his gratitude for all that she gave.
Evans’s talent extended beyond daytime dramas. Her role as Vivian Price in the web series “DeVanity” earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2015 for outstanding performer in a new approaches drama series. She also appeared in films such as “A Low Down Dirty Shame,” “Ice Cream Man,” and “Hit List,” as well as various TV movies.
Evans briefly stepped away from her acting career in the 1990s after being stalked, an experience that profoundly affected her. However, she made a triumphant return to “One Life to Live” in 2008, responding to the fervent requests of fans. Her reappearance delighted audiences and allowed her to reprise the role that had left an indelible mark on viewers.
Andrea Evans is survived by her husband Stephen Rodriguez, whom she married in 1998, and their daughter Kylie. She was previously married to her “One Life to Live” co-star Wayne Massey from 1981 to 1983. Her passing leaves a void in the entertainment industry, but her legacy as a talented and beloved actress will continue to be remembered.