Evans’ longtime manager, Don Carroll, revealed to PEOPLE that the daytime celebrity passed away on Sunday from cancer. Nick Leicht, who served as her manager at the time of her passing, verified it to PEOPLE, saying: “I’ve known Andrea for the last seven years. She had such amazing skill, and working with her was an incredible delight.
The role of disturbed adolescent Tina Lord on One Life to Live and then Patty Williams on The Young and the Restless made Evans a household name.
According to Carroll, Evans maintained a small group of close friends and treated those who were close to her like family.
People often assume she must be extremely similar to the television personalities she has portrayed, according to Carroll. She really had the best times in Disneyland with her daughter Kylie while wearing a ballcap, pigtails, and no makeup.
The performers as well as Evan’s family also lamented his passing.
The star of OLTL, Melissa Archer, described it as “heartbreaking news.”
On Facebook, Archer praised Andrea as “a kind woman, fun to work with, and such a pro.” “I am so grateful that I got to work with her on OLTL and The Bay the Series,” she said.
On the social networking platform, Kassie DePaiva, who collaborated with Evans on OLTL, also made a post.
DePaiva expressed her sadness after learning of the demise of the outstanding actress. “She contributed to OLTL’s rise to fame. Cancer stinks.
I am very sad to hear of Andrea Evans’ loss, wrote Frank Valentini, the current executive producer of General Hospital and previous executive producer of One Life to Live. When I started working at OLTL, Andrea had already become a tremendous celebrity.
She was always kind, friendly, and a lot of pleasure to work with, he continued. A true midday icon that will be sorely missed. I’m sorry for her friends and family.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Evans’ Passions co-star Eric Martsolf credited Evans with “wildly responsible” for demonstrating to the actor “that working in Daytime doesn’t have to feel like work at all.”
“We lost Andrea Evans,” the post’s first line said. The twinkle she had in her eyes when she smiled—which seemed to be always—is something I’ll miss. Andrea, may you rest in peace and be thanked for all that you did.
Evans received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2015 for best performance in a new approaches drama series for her role as Vivian Price in the online series DeVanity.
She also played Rebecca Hotchkiss on Passions and Patty Walker on The Bay in notable television performances. She has had cameos in a number of TV shows and films including A Low Down Dirty Shame, Ice Cream Man, and Hit List.
In order to take a professional sabbatical, the actress unexpectedly quit One Life to Live in the 1990s. She then mostly disappeared from the public view.
Evans admitted to PEOPLE in 2008 that her encounter with a stalker had had an impact on her choice. She remarked, “I’ve been altered by it forever. No way could it not, I said.
On One Life to Live in the same year, the actress returned to the character of Tina. Before it was fulfilled, executive producer Valentini said to TV Guide in April 2008 that fans’ top requests included her return.
Even though Andrea hasn’t featured on OLTL since 1990, Valentini said at the time that she continues to be one of the most desired characters to return. I warmly welcome her back to OLTL and to the position in which she first captured the attention of our viewers.
The actress also issued a statement of her own on her comeback. “For many years, One Life to Live and my fans have both wanted me to come back,” she remarked. “I’m thrilled to be returning to the role of Tina, which I’ve always held close to and dear to my heart, now that the timing is right,” she said.
Evans is survived by her late husband Stephen Rodriguez and their daughter Kylie. They wed in 1998. She previously wed Wayne Massey, a co-star on One Life to Live, from 1981 to 1983.