Connie Passalacqua Hayman, a.k.a. Marlena De Lacroix
Connie has parlayed a love for daytime soap opera (she was a latchkey kid who started watching soaps as a teenager) 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 every soap magazine ever published including Soap Opera People and Soap Opera Digest.
In 1989, when she was writing for the ABC network’s official soap magazine Episodes, she was asked to be the critical columnist for the new Soap Opera Weekly. Her outspoken, humorous and always well-written column “Critical Condition” (under the nom de plume Marlena De Lacroix) created a sensation in the soap industry.
During her years at SOW, she also was an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. Connie also wrote for the New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, Variety, TV Guide and many other major publications. She was a longtime syndicated television columnist for United Features and the soap columnist for Newsday.
She left SOW in 2001 to earn a master’s degree, also at NYU. In 2006, Marlena’s column was revived as “Savoring Soaps” on the Jack Myers MediaVillage web site. (www.jackmyers.com)
She currently teaches journalism at Marymount Manhattan College.