|One Life to Live|
|Portrayed by|| Trish Van Devere|
|First appearance||July 1968|
|Cause/reason||Seen when Viki died and went to heavan|
|Created by||Agnes Nixson|
|Born||December 1, 1950|
|Died||August 8, 1973 (aged 22)|
|Occupation||Volunteer at Llanview Hospital|
Meredith Wolek was one of the original characters on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. She was in the show from 1968-1973 and was seen again in heaven in 1987 when her older sister, Victoria Lord, had an out of body experience and went to heaven. She was at first played by Trish Van Devere, but Lynn Benesch is more identified with the role.
‘Merrie’ as she was lovingly known suffered a tragic and short life. She was born right before her mother died as a result of sustaining a head injury from a fall down a flight of stairs during a violent argument with her father, Victor Lord. She also suffered from a blood disorder that could have could killed her. And after she found out how serious her condition really was, she fled to San Francisco for a time before returning upon learning that Larry Wolek's face had been badly burned in a fire at the hospital
As an adult, her father pushed her to become engaged to Ted Hale even though she loved another man, Larry Wolek. Another woman, Karen Martin, wanted Larry Wolek for herself. Since Larry was from the "wrong side of the tracks" Victor Lord did not approve of him. Ted was then accidentally killed during an argument with Larry Wolek. Later, Tom Edwards, a stranger whom Merrie had met in the park, fell in love with her and she was also pushed into an engagement with him. Eventually, Tom saw that it was Larry Wolek whom she was in love with. Finally, Larry and Merrie married.
Merrie wanted to have children, so after a difficult pregnancy she had twins. However, one of the twins was stillborn which caused her to fall into a postpartum depression that was treated by Dr. Joyce Brothers.
She resided at 1177 Regency Drive at the Lord Llanfair mansion in the fictional city of Llanview, Pennsylvania a suburb of Philadelphia until she married Larry Wolek and then they moved into a garage apartment on the Llanfair estate.
Meredith was killed when thieves broke into her home, taking her, her baby, and her brother-in-law hostage in the process. During the situation, one of the gunmen shoved her away from the phone causing her to fall and hit her head. She was rushed to the hospital but suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage.
- ↑ Though Victor questioned Meredith's paternity, it was never confirmed that that he wasn't her father.