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 »


Roy Winsor




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2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




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

Also Known As:

L'amore della vita See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS,The Biow Company See more »
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Technical Specs


(1951-1958) | (1958-1980)

Sound Mix:



Black and White (1951-1967)| Color (1967-1980)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Expanded to 30 minutes in 1958 and switched to color in 1967. 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 Masters of Sex: Kyrie Eleison (2014) See more »

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One of the Great TV Daytime Serials
20 August 2005 | by grantchSee 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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