|One Life to Live|
|Portrayed by||Lea DeLaria|
|Duration||1999, 2008–09, 2011|
|Last appearance||December 30, 2011|
|Introduced by|| Jill Farren Phelps (1999) |
Frank Valentini (2008)
Madame Delphina is a fictional character from the ABC Daytime soap opera One Life to Live. Lea DeLaria first played the role in 1999, then again from June 30 – August 28, 2008, January 15, 2009, July 27, 2009, and August – December 2009. In 2011 she reprised the role starting on May 26, 2011 and appeared sporadically until December 30, 2011. She also portrayed Delphina's counterpart Professor Delbert Fina Jr in 2008 and from On December 20–23, 2011.
Dorian Lord consults psychic Madame Delphina in 1999 following the death of Dorian's husband, Mel Hayes. Through Delphina, Mel's spirit chastises Dorian for accidentally running over Jessica Buchanan and fleeing the scene, and advises Dorian to make peace with her longtime nemesis Viki Lord Carpenter.
On June 30, 2008, Dorian schemes to break up David Vickers' marriage to her sister Addie Cramer by paying Delphina to predict misfortune should the couple stay together. Her plan backfires when Delphina instead predicts happiness in their future. Delphina also channels Mel, who again scolds Dorian for her recent deeds. Making her way around town, Delphina senses others' secrets and makes further cryptic predictions; one of which leads District Attorney Nora Hanen to evidence incriminating Lindsay Rappaport for the murder of Spencer Truman. His wedding to Lindsay aborted, a devastated Bo Buchanan leaves town, and Delphina gives Rex Balsom clues to find him. In Texas, Bo and Rex are struck by lightning and travel back to 1968. Seeking a way to return to the present, they find Professor Delbert Fina, a supposed expert on the subject and Delphina's psychic counterpart in 1968. While Delphina helps Gigi Morasco find Rex in 2008, Professor Fina aides Bo and Rex in 1968, and another bolt of lightning sends Bo home but pulls Gigi back to 1968. Later, Professor Fina watches as Rex and Gigi are transported back to 2008. Back in the present, Delphina tells Dorian's orphaned foster daughter Langston that she has a blood relative still alive somewhere.
In search of ex-husband David Vickers, Dorian summons Delphina on January 15, 2009, and the psychic reappears on January 23, 2009. She returns on July 27, 2009 to help Renee Buchanan communicate with her deceased husband Asa Buchanan, and Jessica Buchanan visits Delphina on August 19 and August 20, 2009 seeking information about her own dead husband Nash Brennan. Delphina visits Jessica at Llanfair on October 14, 2009. Delphina is revealed to be the ex-girlfriend of Dorian's new lesbian partner Amelia Bennett on December 16, 2009, and when the women reconcile, Dorian agrees to tear up the marriage certificate that she and Amelia had gotten as a stunt to help Dorian's campaign for mayor of Llanview. Madame Delphina returns in early 2011 to tell Natalie Buchanan where her son Liam might be, and drops hints on getting him back. She returns in August 2011 to help Rex with Gigi's "ghostly" problem.
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