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One Life to Live

Character: Shannon McBain
Created by: Agnes Nixon
Directed by: Various
Written by: Various
Produced by: Various
Other cast: Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson, Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Melissa Archer
Premiere date: 15 July 1968
Episodes: Various between 2003/2004
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running time: 60 Mins

One Life to Live premiered in 1968, centering on the lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Llanview, PA. Concentrating on the wealthy Lord family, and the middle-class Woleks and Rileys, the show was one of the first daytime dramas to depict people from all sorts of backgrounds. The show was the first to depict an interracial relationship, and among the first to explore drug addiction. It has also depicted dissociative identity disorder, cultism, out-of-body experiences, international espionage, time travel, and even underground cities!

Character Arc Synopsis

As Danneel appeared in over 60 episodes, not every episode has a full synopsis. For this reason, a brief overview of the character and various storylines have been included below.

Conniving Shannon McBain arrived in Llanview in early 2004. Her mother had died from a long illness and her father had abandoned the family during her mother’s aforementioned illness. Shannon was acting up at her college and rather than deal with expulsion, Shannon’s aunt Eve helped her get a transfer to Llanview University, where Shannon could spend time with her aunt and cousins. Shannon became infatuated with River Carpenter almost immediately, and tried to break up his teen-dream romance with his virtuous girlfriend Adriana. Shannon’s initial attempts went nowhere, so she teamed up with fellow schemer Rex Balsom, who lusted after Adriana. River enjoyed Shannon’s company, but they never got past a few makeout sessions before River reconnected to Adriana and then abruptly moved to New York City to study at Julliard. By this time Shannon was more interested in trying to seduce Rex.

Due to failing a few classes, Shannon was forced to move in to a house with various other poor students (Marcie Walsh, Jen Rappaport, among others) and build a community center in order to get a passing grade. The community center was hit by a series of vandalisms, and all eyes fell on Shannon. While getting support from Rex (whom she was now having a fling with), and the trust of a few housemates like Marcie, she fought to clear her name. As Shannon stopped talking about the vandalism accusations, she was presumably cleared on the matter. Shannon tried to help Rex hide evidence in Paul Cramer’s murder, but left town shortly after without even telling her family where she was going. Her family had to find out from Rex.




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  • She made the decision to leave One Life to Live as she felt her character wasn’t being used properly. After being put on a recurring status, Shannon McBain was written out, with possibility to come back.
    However she didn’t.
  • Danneel’s first appearance was on the 2nd March 2004. Her final appearance on the show was 2nd December 2004.
  • Danneel lived in New York City while filming the show.

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Who Is Danneel?

Danneel Ackles is an American actress and model born on the 18th March 1979 in Louisiana. Born Elta Danneel Graul, she then changed her name to Danneel Harris for the purposes of modelling. Starting of her career, she modelled for brands such as Big Sexy Hair and Juicy Jeans. In 2003 she landed her first big role as Shannon McBain in the American soap drama One Life to Live. The following year she made a brief appearance in the movie short, The Plight of Clownana and left One Life to Live. Read More

Latest Projects
  • Chaos Machine Productions
    Chaos Machine Productions Est. 2020
    In 2020, Danneel and Jensen established their own production company. They currently have some works in the pipeline, of which these shall be reported on here when details become available.
  • The Winchesters
    The Winchesters 2022
    Executive Producer
    Filming S1
    An epic untold love story of John and Mary of how they not only saved their love but also the entire world.
  • The Family Business Beer Company
    The Family Business Beer Company 2018 - Present
    In 2018, Danneel and Jensen opened their new venture, a beer brewery business named after a line in Jensen's TV show Supernatural. Alongside her brother Gino and head brewer Nate Seale, they are based in Texas.
  • Limbo Jewelry
    Limbo Jewelry 2019 - Present
    Available to Purchase
    In 2019 Danneel's collection with Limbo Jewelry, titled the "Link Collection" was released. Since then new items such as earrings, necklaces and rings have been added to the collection.
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