"If it's a judge, I asked if he could say her law degree was from WVU," she said.
She and Valentini talked several times throughout their stay at the Costa Rica resort. One morning at breakfast, he supplied her with the answer to a New York Times crossword puzzle that had a clue about the soap opera.
While chatting at the pool, Valentini gave her the scoop on what her favorite characters' actors were like in reality. And she was able to fill him on story lines that extended back to her junior high school days, when she got hooked on "One Life to Live."
"I don't watch it every day. But if I'm in the house, I'll turn it on. You can miss three weeks and still catch up," she said.
Burdett would be the second person in her family to have a soap opera character named after them. A cousin had a friend who wrote for "All My Children."
"He was a doctor and fell down an elevator shaft five or more years ago," Burdett said about the character with her cousin's name.
According to Wikipedia, "One Life to Live" debuted in July 1968. "Created by Agnes Nixon, the series was the first daytime drama to primarily feature racially and socioeconomically diverse characters and consistently emphasize social issues," the entry said.
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