CLASSIC CLIPS: AIDS Comes To Daytime

Here are a few small clips from the early AIDS storylines on daytime soap operas. There isn't much of the Dawn Rollo story online. It wasn't very long or that well written, but it was the first one that started. The Cindy Parker story was fantastic with Ellen Wheeler giving one of the best performances in daytime history. You can find bits and pieces of it online. The Jessica Blair storyline was well done by Bill Bell and only a small portion of it can be found online. The Stone Cates storyline continues to impact to this day (his ghost returned in 2010) on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Look for interview with Michael Sutton later today.

ANOTHER WORLD: A musical montage of Scott and Dawn after Dawn's death from AIDS in March 1988. Barbara Bush played Dawn Rollo. Dawn, who was a virgin, had contracted HIV from a blood transfusion she received from her prostitute mother. Read Scott's tribute speech here.

ALL MY CHILDREN: In 1987, Adam wanted Stuart to break things off with Cindy, who had contracted HIV from her drug using ex-husband. Later, Cindy and Stuart fell in love and got married before she died. Ellen Wheeler won a 1988 Outstanding Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy Award for the role of Cindy Parker.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: In 1988, Cricket's mother, Jessica Blair, who had just married John, announced to the entire Abbott family that she was HIV positive, acquiring the disease while working as a prostitute. She later died. A few years later, in 1992, Nina's mother, Flo, convinces her to ask Ryan to get tested for HIV.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: On November 29, 1995, Stone asked Robin to step into the light and was able to see her one last time before he died. Stone had contracted HIV from a previous girlfriends had been a drug-addict. Michael Sutton was nominated for a 1996 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for the role of Stone Cates.



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