Initially set in fictional Barrowsville, New York, this serial tells the story of extremely disparate siblings: long-suffering Vanessa Dale and her bitchy sister Meg. After Meg was written ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
 Vanessa Dale (1 episode, 1953)
Jean McBride ...
 Meg Harper (1 episode, 1953)
Ken Roberts ...
 Announcer (uncredited) (1 episode, 1953)
Dennis Parnell ...
 Beanie Harper (uncredited) (1 episode, 1953)
Tirrell Barbery ...
 Carol Raven (1 episode, 1956)
Audrey Peters ...
 Vanessa Sterling (1 episode, 1980)
Ron Tomme ...
 Bruce Sterling (1 episode, 1980)
 Aunt Carrie (1 episode, 1967)
Lois Holmes ...
 Mrs. Rahlson (1 episode, 1967)
Peg Murray
(1 episode, 1980)
Birgitta Tolksdorf ...
 Arlene Lovett (1 episode, 1980)
Tudi Wiggins ...
 Meg Dale (1 episode, 1980)
Chandler Hill Harben ...
 Ben Harper (1 episode, 1980)
 Mia Marriott (1 episode, 1980)
 Dr. Andrew Marriott (1 episode, 1980)
Ann McCarthy ...
 Bambi Brewster (1 episode, 1980)
Ted Le Plat ...
 Elliot Lang (1 episode, 1980)
Margo McKenna ...
 Betsy Crawford (1 episode, 1980)
Woody Brown ...
 Wes Osbourne (1 episode, 1980)
Valerie Cossart ...
 Sarah Dale (1 episode, 1980)
 Amy Russell (1 episode, 1980)
 Hal Carson (1 episode, 1980)
 Timothy McCauley (1 episode, 1980)
Irene Yah-Ling Sun ...
 Kim Soo Ling (1 episode, 1980)
 Dr. Tom Crawford (1 episode, 1980)
Christopher Wyatt ...
 Joel Stratton (1 episode, 1980)


Initially set in fictional Barrowsville, New York, this serial tells the story of extremely disparate siblings: long-suffering Vanessa Dale and her bitchy sister Meg. After Meg was written out of the series in the late 50's, the serial's setting moved to Rosehill, New York, where Van settled down with college professor Bruce Sterling and endured the usual soap opera maladies (murder, amnesia, incurable illness). In 1974, writers resurrected the character of Meg, as the serial once again focused on the internecine struggles between two sisters. Written by Mark Faulkner <>

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Drama | Romance





Release Date:

24 September 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'amore della vita  »

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Technical Specs


(1951-1958) | (1958-1980)

Sound Mix:


(1951-1967)| (1967-1980)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When CBS decided to cancel the series in late 1979, the series' producers decided not to resolve all the story lines. This was done in part because the producers claimed there simply wasn't enough time to re-write proper conclusions for all the story lines. Another reason was that the producers were hoping that another network would pickup the series, but this was not the case. Consequently, the final airing of the series, ended on a cliffhanger that was never resolved. Longtime fans were shocked and outraged that the story lines were left unresolved. See more »


[title sequence]
Announcer: "Love of Life": the exciting story of Vanessa Dale and her courageous struggle for human dignity.
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Referenced in Mad Men: A Night to Remember (2008) See more »

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One of the Great TV Daytime Serials
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Love of Life back in the early '50's aired at 12:15 EST Monday through Friday on CBS. Roy Windsor, who also produced Secret Storm (4:15 p.m. Monday - Friday) knew how to create interesting character-driven stories. Bad sister Meg and good sister Van with their various conflicts and romantic interests were welcome daily visitors into the homes that had television sets. In 1958 Love of Life expanded to a half-hour show, now starting at noon for a weekday half hour, transplanting Vanessa to New York City and introducing many new characters, particularly actress Tammy and the widowed Bruce Sterling along with his meddlesome in-laws the Carlsons, who owned a paper mill in Rosehill, a suburb of New York. Stories and melodramatic conflicts continued to enthrall the daily audience. Since I was unable to watch the serial after the mid-60's, I can't vouch for what it became, but it left a positive image on daytime drama for those of us who followed the show on a regular basis. Both Love of Life and Secret Storm were giants of daytime when TV was in its infancy.

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