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