SOAP DISH

AFTER 15 YEARS ON DAY­TIME TV, EMMY-WIN­NER RISTEN ALDER­SON IS GET­TING A FRESH START BACK IN PHILLY.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY SHELLY COURTNEY

After 15 years on day­time TV, Emmy-win­ner Kris­ten Alder­son is get­ting a fresh start back in Philly.

While most of her friends were busy col­or­ing at 6 years old, Kris­ten Alder­son was learn­ing her lines for a lead role on One Life to Live. After a 15-year run with the iconic day­time soap opera, Alder­son (who got her start on lo­cal va­ri­ety show The Al Al­berts Show­case) de­cided it was time to wash her hands of soaps for good and re­turn home to Philadel­phia. But not be­fore win­ning an Emmy for a stint on Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. “It was crazy,” she re­calls, “I was 20 years old. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it at all.”

Alder­son is now tack­ling a dif­fer­ent role as a Philly real­tor with Berk­shire Hath­away’s Rosen­thal Group. “Work­ing in the city has al­ways been a dream of mine,” she says, “There’s an en­ergy here that makes you want to work hard and be suc­cess­ful.” This new gig also al­lows her to pur­sue her first love, singing. At 11 years old she sang her first Na­tional An­them at a sold-out Phillies game—she has since per­formed at Dodger Sta­dium, Univer­sity of Phoenix, and the Linc.

Phi­lan­thropy was also part of the rea­son for her to re­turn to Philly. Her con­nec­tion with the Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety goes deeper than ap­pear­ing at char­ity events and auc­tion­ing off soap-opera swag. “My 22-year-old brother Ed­die was di­ag­nosed with Hodgkin’s lym­phoma,” she says. Now, she ded­i­cates her free time to fundrais­ing and rais­ing aware­ness for blood can­cer. “My mis­sion is to help oth­ers go­ing through the same thing as our fam­ily.”

Sec­ond act: After stints in New York and LA, Kris­ten Alder­son is back in Philly for her next big role as Philadel­phia real­tor.

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