One Life to Live

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Rex Balsom [2002-], played by John-Paul Lavoisier

- Roxanne Balsom (mother)
- Walter Balsom (father; deceased)
- Natalie Vega (adoptive sister)
- Stella Balsom (grandmother)
- Corrine Balsom (aunt)

- Jennifer Rappaport (divorced)
- Lindsay Rappaport
- Shannon McBain
- Adriana Cramer

Rex Balsom, while at a young age, was sent to live with his aunt Corrine in Michigan, away from mother Roxanne and sister Natalie. While growing up in Michigan, Rex always dreamed of living the good life, a life full of wealth and women. In 2002, Jessica Buchanan (part of one of the wealthiest families in Llanview), who had found that Roxanne Balsom was her biological mother, came out to Michigan to meet Rex, whom she believed was her brother. Rex, seeing Jessica as his ticket into the good life, went with her back to Llanview and moved into Llanfair. However, it was soon revealed that Jessica wasn't related to Roxanne or Rex in any way, but Rex decided to stay in Llanview.

Rex began working at The Palace Hotel, and while on duty there, began a "friendship-with-benefits" with young Jennifer Rappaport. The two grew very close, and while working at The Palace Hotel, made a hobby out of burglarizing rooms together. Rex began to fall for Jennifer, but Jennifer was beginning to fall for Joey Buchanan. However, after Joey rejected Jennifer and told her that they could never have a relationship, Rex became Jennifer's shoulder to cry on. Rex proposed to Jennifer, and she accepted. The two were then married.

Jennifer soon found herself unhappy in their marriage, and decided that it had been a mistake. However, when she proposed the idea of a divorce to Rex, he refused to grant her one. Kevin Buchanan, realizing that Jennifer made his brother Joey happy, bribed Rex into granting Jennifer a divorce. Jennifer then married Joey, but soon realized that she was unhappy with that marriage as well, and began to spend time with Rex again. Rex realized that he was still in love with Jennifer, and tried to make her admit that she was still in love with him. When Joey left Jennifer, Jennifer vowed to clean up her life, and decided that Rex was bad for her, and that she should avoid him. While Rex continued to pursue Jennifer, he also began an affair with Jennifer's mother, Lindsay. One day, Jennifer walked in on Rex and Lindsay kissing, which convinced her even more that she had made the right decision in staying away from Rex.

Rex struck a deal with dangerous tycoon R.J. Gannon to open up a new club, called the Ultraviolet. However, Rex made a gigantic mistake when he didn't read the fine print, which said that if Rex was late with payments, he would lose the Ultraviolet. When Rex soon began to become late with payments, R.J. began to press, and Rex turned to Lindsay for the money. However, she refused to help him, and the two soon ended their affair. Rex and Roxanne came up with a dangerous plan to burn down Roxanne's hair salon to collect the insurance money. However, by the time the two realized what they were doing, it was too late, and instead of Roxanne's hair salon, the community center burned down instead. To make matters worse, R.J. took the Ultraviolet from Rex.

No one had been burned or injured in the blaze, but Rex and Roxanne were arrested, charged with arson, and sentenced to community service and a very large fine. Rex and Roxanne decided to sign up to help the Love House, a group of college students, rebuild the community center. Meanwhile, Asa Buchanan, charmed by Roxanne, paid the fine, and the two were set free.

Although Rex was happy to be out of trouble, he was still determined to get the Ultraviolet back. R.J. offered him a job, that required he steal paintings from an armored car. In order to pull the heist off, Rex enlisted Paul Cramer, who told Natalie. Natalie was supposed to act as a diversion, but she botched the operation on purpose to prevent Rex from going to jail.
Network: ABC ( USA)
Type: Scripted
Genres: Soaps
Status: Canceled/Ended
Airs: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 02:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: July 15, 1968
Ended: January 13, 2012
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