OLTL Star Judith Light Has the Secret to a Successful Marriage!

Robert Desiderio and Judith Light, both of whom starred on One Life to Live.

You might be surprised at what One Life to Live icon Judith Light said is the key to a lasting marriage.

One Heart, Far Apart

Living apart from her husband, Robert Desiderio, for a good part of every year has been the key to their long-lasting marriage, Light told People.

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Light and Desiderio have been married for 32 years.

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“It’s been the best,” Light gushed. “I highly recommend it. He loves California, and I would never ask him to leave there and he would never ask me to leave here.”

Llanview Lovers

Light and Desiderio met on the set of One Life to Live, on which she played Karen Wolek and he played Steve Piermont.

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They began dating, Light said, and Desiderio announced his desire to move to California. They’re now bi-coastal.

Light says that despite living on opposite shores, they get in plenty of in-person time, too.

“Now, mind you, I go back and I shoot Transparent and I’m there four or five months, so I’m there all the time, so then when I’m done there, I come back here and he’s flying here today, so we’re going to be together for a few days and then I’ll go back to California, so it really is this kind of supportive…we’re on each other’s team,” the actress said.

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Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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