The Guiding Light
Daytime Emmy Award-nominating American actress Crystal Hunt is best known as Lizzie Spaulding on the CBS popular drama series “The Guiding Light,” a role she played from February 2003 to January 2006. In addition to popularity, the role brought the Florida native her Emmy nomination and a Soap Opera Digest nomination. Hunt more recently had a recurring role as Stacey Morasco in the ABC daytime series “One Life to Live” (2009). She also has appeared in TV commercials and in films like “The Derby Stallion” (2005) and “Sydney White” (2007).
Hunt is a licensed boater. She is close friends with Brittany Snow, who played Susan Lemay on “Guiding Light” from 1998 to 2001. She is the owner of a high end pet boutique in Clearwater, FL named “ My Pets Dream Boutique.”
On a more personal note, Hunt was engaged to cancer surgeon Philippe Spiess on Christmas Eve 2008. The couple are going to exchange wedding vows in the Fall of 2009 in Florida.
Childhood and Family:
Crystal Clarese Hunt was born on February 5, 1985, in Clearwater, Florida. Her father, Clark Hunt, owns and runs a successful construction company in central Florida. Nicknamed Princess, she embarked on the beauty pageant scene while still a six-month old, and took singing and acting courses as a child. She left Palm Harbor University High School in Palm Harbor, Florida a few months shy of graduation to pursue acting in New York City. She later completed her high school and got her diploma through a correspondence school out of New England.
One Life to Live
Born and raised in Florida, Crystal Hunt participated in beauty pageant contests since she was a baby. Thanks to her endearing looks and acting gifted, she later landed the role of “Daughter” in the popular film “Problem Child 2” (1991), starring John Ritter. Hunt went on to act in several television commercials, most notably a spot for The Walt Disney Company’s 25th anniversary celebration and an anti-drug advertisement with N-sync.
In 2003, at age 18, Hunt got her big breakthrough when she won the role of Lizzie Spaulding on the long-running daytime soap opera “The Guiding Light.” Playing the heavy-laden daughter of the long-suffering super couple, Philip and Beth Raines, she received a 2005 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series and a 2005 Soap Opera Digest nomination for Favorite Villainess. She held the role until January 2006.
In 2005, Hunt made her return to the big screen with the supporting role of Jill Overton on the horse film “The Derby Stallion,” opposite Bill Cobbs and Zac Efron. After her departure from “The Guiding Light,” the attractive actress was cast along side Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Matt Long, Jack Carpenter and Jeremy Howard in “Sydney White” (2007), a modern retelling of Snow White set against students in their freshman year of college in the greek system. The movie was helmed by Joe Nussbaum and penned by Chad Gomez Creasey.
Recently, in February 2009, Hunt had a four-episodic arc in the ABC hit daytime drama series “One Life to Live.” She played Stacey Morasco in such episodes as “Knocked Out Cold,” “ A Day for DNA” and “I Don't Even Know Where to Start.”
Hunt has completed filming “Brooklyn to Manhattan,” a thriller movie directed by Jessy Terrero and scripted by Andrew Klavan and Matthias Visser. Among her costars in the film are Rob Mayes, Arielle Kebbel, Sean Faris and Dania Ramirez.