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Robin Strasser - Actress Profile and Biography


Robin Strasser - Actress Profile and Biography

Actress Robin Strasser who portrays Dr. Dorian Lord Cramer on ABC's 'One Life to Live.'

Copyright, 2011

Character on 'One Life to Live':

Date of First Appearance on OLTL:


Date of Birth and Location:

May 7, 1945 in New York, NY

Full Name:

Robin Victory in Europe Strasser


Martin Strasser (father) Anne Strasser (mother)

Marital Status:

Laurence Luckinbill (1965-1976, divorced)
Richard Hogan (1983-1985, divorced)


Nicolas Luckinbill (born 1971)
Ben Luckinbill (born 1975)

Interesting Facts About Robin Strasser:

  • Robin has won many awards for her role as Dr. Dorian Lord.
  • She has appeared in several soap operas.
  • She is President of L.A. Women in Theatre.
  • Robin has produced three Equity Waiver Productions in which she sold her first teleplay.
  • She formed a video production company to promote women’s health and fitness – (her first being Menopause released in 1999).
  • Robin also produced a CD that features fellow OLTL cast members called One Life Many Voices in which sales were used to provide musical scholarships to those devastated in the Gulf by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Ms. Strasser is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor and has led workshops for mid-life transition.
  • She is a gourmet cook with her own recipes and even has some special ones for her two dogs, Roc-qui and Bisou; (her beloved pooch Scooter passed away after 14 years from lymphoma)
  • She enjoys house and apartment renovation.
  • Awards and Filmography:

    Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in 1982 for her portrayal of Dorian Lord on One Life to Live and was also nominated in 1981, 1983 and 1985. She was nominated for Soap Opera Digest Awards for Dorian in many categories in 1986, 1988, 1994, 1995 and 2005 and won in 1996 for Outstanding Lead Actress. She also won in 2001 for Outstanding Female Scene Stealer as Hecuba on Passions.

    Theatre Roles:

    The Shadow Box
    Chapter Two
    Tale of the Allergist’s Wife


    Another World – Rachel Davis Matthews, 1967-1972
    One Life to Live – Dr. Dorian Lord, 1979-1987; 1993-2000; 2003 – Present day
    All My Children – Dr. Christina Karras Martin, 1976-1979
    Passions – 300 year-old witch Hecuba, 2000-2002

    TV/Recurring Roles:

    Knots Landing
    Dharma & Greg

    Guest Appearances:

    Dear John, Murder She Wrote, The Young Riders, China Beach, Highway To Heaven, Murphy Brown, and MacGyver

    TV Miniseries:

    Baby M
    Blind Faith
    Lady Boss


    She is active in fundraising for The Actor’s Fund, NYC Blood center and Telicare, and Broadway Cares Equity/Fights AIDS. She is a spokesperson for the Osteoporosis Foundation and is on the advisory board for the American Menopause Foundation.

    Robin was made Dame of the Imperial Court of New York in March 2007 and was an Honorary Chair of the Imperial Court of New York’s Annual Charity Coronation Ball “Night of A Thousand Gowns” in March of 2009. She attended “Night of A Thousand Gowns” in 2008.

    Profile and Biography of Robin Strasser:

    Ms. Strasser was born as Robin Victory in Europe Strasser on the same day Germany surrendered in World War II and was raised in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. She attended Yale University School of Drama on full scholarship after graduating from the High School of Performing Arts. Robin started her acting career in the early part of 1960 appearing on Broadway in plays such as The Shadow Box and Chapter Two. Later, Robin met her first husband, Laurence Luckinbill whom she married in 1965. They had two sons together, Nicolas and Ben. In 1976, she and Laurence divorced and Robin later married Richard Hogan in August 1983. They divorced two years later.

    Ms. Strasser appeared in numerous television shows, miniseries and soap operas during her 40-plus year acting career. She is especially known for her award-winning portrayal of Dr. Dorian Lord on One Life to Live. Her most memorable scenes were with Stephen Markle who played her husband, Mel. (This storyline was the most loved in OLTL history!)

    During Ms. Strasser’s many acquired accomplishments, she is also a founding member of the American Conservatory Threatre. She worked with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Café La Mama, The Mark Tapper Forum, The Papermill Playhouse and the Playwrights Horizons. She has many outside interests including charity work and fundraising. She successfully renovates several houses and apartments in her spare time and as a certified yoga instructor, she assists women in health and lifestyle changes.

    Ms. Strasser resides in Manhattan with her two dogs, Roc-qui and Bisou.

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