Kristen Alderson

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Kristen Alderson
Born
Kristen DeAnn Alderson

(1991-05-29) May 29, 1991 (age 28)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1998–present
Known forOne Life to Live/General Hospital as Starr Manning, General Hospital as Kiki Jerome
Home townDoylestown, Pennsylvania
Partner(s)Chad Duell (2013–15)
Parent(s)
  • Richard Alderson
  • Kathy Alderson
RelativesEddie Alderson (brother)

Kristen DeAnn Alderson (born May 29, 1991) is an American actress and occasional singer, best known for her fifteen-year portrayal of Starr Manning on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live, and for originating the role of Kiki Jerome on General Hospital.

Early life[edit]

Alderson was born on May 29, 1991 in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, to Richard and Kathy Alderson, she has a younger brother, actor Eddie Alderson.

Career[edit]

At six years old, Alderson auditioned for the One Life to Live role of Starr Manning in February 1998 and portrayed the character starting on March 20, 1998.[2] and was put on contract with the series in April 2001.[3] She has appeared in television commercials for JC Penney, Citgo and Soap Network.

Alderson received the 2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Teen for her work in One Life to Live. Alderson's younger brother, Eddie, portrayed Matthew Buchanan on One Life to Live until its cancellation. After One Life to Live finished filming on November 18, 2011, Alderson relocated with her brother to Los Angeles.[4] On April 14, 2011, ABC announced the cancellation of both All My Children and One Life to Live, leaving General Hospital as the last remaining soap opera airing on the network after January 13, 2012.[5]

On January 11, 2012, it was announced that Alderson, along with former co-stars Kassie DePaiva, Michael Easton, and Roger Howarth, would reprise her One Life to Live role on ABC's sole remaining soap opera General Hospital, she debuted on the series on February 24, 2012 and left on March 20, 2013. Prospect Park currently owns the rights to all One Life to Live characters; TV Guide reported that because ABC does not want to risk any further legal disputes with Prospect Park concerning the characters, the only way to avoid such disputes may be to have the former One Life to Live actors portray "characters that in no way resemble the current ones" in order to stay on General Hospital.[6] Alderson returned to General Hospital as Kiki Jerome. In 2013, she received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Starr on General Hospital in 2012.[7]

On September 24, 2013, Kristen Alderson was honored as "The Star of Tomorrow" by the ZEPHRA Magazine Recognition Awards and the City of West Hollywood issued a proclamation for the actress. On January 10, 2015, Soap Opera Digest reported that Alderson decided to depart General Hospital, opting to not renew her contract with the series, her role of Kiki Jerome was recast.[8] On October 26, 2014, Alderson performed The Star-Spangled Banner at the University of Phoenix Stadium where the visiting Philadelphia Eagles faced the Arizona Cardinals,[9] she began starring in the Off-Broadway play, The Marvelous Wonderettes, in the role of Cindy Lou in April 2018.[10] In June 2018, Alderson expressed her wishes to return to General Hospital as Starr Manning.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Alderson dated her General Hospital co-star Chad Duell beginning in 2013.[12] In October 2015, she confirmed she and Duell had split, following her decision to relocate back to the east coast.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998–
2012
One Life to Live Starr Manning Main role; March 20, 1998 to January 13, 2012
2012–
15
General Hospital Starr Manning
Kiki Jerome
Main role; February 24, 2012 to March 20, 2013
Main role; May 13, 2013 to February 16, 2015
2018 Mélange Abigail Collins Episode: "Pilot"

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Venue Dates Ref.
1997 Annie Molly (Replacement) Martin Beck Theatre July 28, 1997 – October 19, 1997 [14][15]
2018 The Marvelous Wonderettes Cindy Lou Theatre Row April 28, 2016 – November 18, 2018 [10][16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
2003
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actress Age Ten or Younger One Life to Live Nominated
[17]
2005
Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Teen One Life to Live Won
[18]
2008
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV series - Recurring Young Actress One Life to Live Nominated
[19]
2009
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress One Life to Live Nominated
[20]
2009
Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Eddie Alderson, Camila Banus, Carmen LoPorto and Austin Williams)
One Life to Live Nominated
[20]
2013
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[7]
2014
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[21]
2015
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/article-1/Celebrity-Corner-Kristen-Alderson/14000a97-8a8f-4636-a37e-c4897ab3eccf
  2. ^ Soaps SheKnows. "Kristen Alderson profile". Soaps.com. United States: SheKnows Media. Retrieved December 24, 2008.
  3. ^ Starr Manning profile - SoapCentral.com Retrieved December 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "Alderson's moving to LA not Prospect Park"
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 14, 2011). "ABC Daytime Shakeup: Network Cancels BOTH "All My Children" & "One Life To Live", Replaces Them With Lifestyle Series". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Logan, Michael (March 25, 2013). "Breaking News: One Life to Live Stars Head Back to General Hospital". TV Guide. New York City: CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation). Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. emmyonline.org. June 16, 2013. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  8. ^ SOD (January 10, 2015). "GH'S KRISTEN ALDERSON OUT!". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  9. ^ Fairman, Michael (October 27, 2014). "WATCH: GH's Kristen Alderson Sing National Anthem At Cardinals Vs. Eagles Game!". Michael Fairman TV. United States: The Michael Fairman Company. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Clement, Olivia (April 12, 2018). "Emmy Winner Kristen Alderson to Join Marvelous WonderettesOff-Broadway". Playbill. New York City: TotalTheater. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Eades, Chris (June 14, 2018). "Kristen Alderson Would Love to Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL — as Starr! (EXCLUSIVE)". ABC Soaps In Depth. United States: Bauer Media Group. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Fairman, Michael (May 8, 2013). "General Hospital's Kristen Alderson Interview: Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, New GH Character & OLTL Revival!". On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  13. ^ SOD (October 29, 2015). "REAL-LIFE GH COUPLE SPLITS". Soap Opera Digest. United States. American Media, Inc. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  14. ^ "Kristen Alderson". Internet Broadway Database. United States: The Broadway League. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "Annie". Playbill. New York City: TotalTheater. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  16. ^ BWW News Desk (May 8, 2018). "Photo Flash: Emmy Winner Kristen Alderson Joins The Cast Of Off-Broadway's THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES!". Broadway World. United States: Wisdom Digital Media. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  17. ^ "24th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  18. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 2005". Soap Opera Digest. soapoperadigest.com. Archived from the original on February 25, 2008. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  19. ^ "29th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  20. ^ a b "30th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  21. ^ "The 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 1, 2014. Archived from the original on June 23, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  22. ^ "The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 31, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 31, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015.

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