An actress who first broke into national prominence in the 1960s, Toni Bua starred on the CBS daytime drama "Love of Life" as Tess Krakauer opposite her real-life love and husband, Gene Bua.
As the years went by, Toni and Gene left New York and came to Burbank, where they made their mark by teaching and showcasing new talent through their Acting for Life Theater. They also worked with at-risk youth — work for which they were recognized by elected officials on federal, county and local levels.
The past few years have been rough ones for Toni Bua. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she continued to place her focus on caring for Gene, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease, while also carrying on his legacy by teaching master classes at Acting for Life.
In November 2012, Gene Bua lost his battle with the disease, and, just a short time after his death, Toni Bua also lost her Siberian husky, Anushka, to old age and learned her cancer had spread and that she would be in need of continued and ongoing treatment.