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Marlena De Lacroix

Connie Passalacqua Hayman -- a.k.a. Marlena De Lacroix

Connie Passalacqua Hayman has parlayed a lifelong love for daytime soap operas into a diversified career as a writer, editor and professor. She started her soap journalism career in 1980 as an assistant to newspaper columnist Jon-Michael Reed, the first soap journalist to review soaps as theater and edit soap magazines for intelligent readers. She was editor of Afternoon TV magazine and Soap Opera World and went on to freelance for Soap Opera People, Soap Opera Digest and a host of other soap opera magazines.

In 1989, when she was writing for the ABC network's official soap magazine Episodes, Connie was asked to be the star critic at Soap Opera Weekly. Her insightful, outspoken and humorous column Critical Condition (under the nom de plume Marlena De Lacroix) created a sensation in the soap industry.

During her years at Soap Opera Weekly, she also was an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University and a freelance contributor to the New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, Variety,TV Guide and many other major publications. She was also a longtime syndicated television columnist for United Features and the soap columnist for New York Newsday.

Connie left Soap Opera Weekly in 2001 to earn a master’s degree at NYU. In 2006, Marlena’s column was revived as Savoring Soaps on JackMyers MediaVillage.com. Connie is now a featured contributor to JackMyers.com and recently launched her own Web site, www.marlenadelacroix.com.

Read Marlena's Savoring Soaps Commentary at JackMyers.com.

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