A Man Among Lead­ing Men

ABC Soaps In Depth - - Feature Interview -

OLTL’s Do­rian went through a lot of men in her life, but none set the bar higher than Mel Hayes, the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning jour­nal­ist she lost to a plane crash less than a year af­ter their 1998 wed­ding. “I adored [Mel’s por­trayer] Stephen Markle. We had enor­mous chem­istry, de­spite the fact that we were only friends,” Strasser re­calls. “You couldn’t touch what we had to­gether on screen. Work­ing with Markle for me was like what it must be like if Fred As­taire asked you to dance.” The ac­tress shares that the two of them had even lived to­gether at one point. “I had rented him my apart­ment [in New York], and I said, ‘Markle, I’ve been asked back [to OLTL] and have no place to stay.’ So we shared a one-bed­room, onebath apart­ment for about four months. But no hanky-panky!“

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