Today in Soap Opera History (September 12)

On this date in...

1920: Future Daytime Emmy-winning actress Irene Dailey, best known to soap fans as Aunt Liz Matthews on ANOTHER WORLD, was born. She died in September 2008 at age 88.

1966: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Alice told Tom that knickers were "in" again. Check out the mid-1960s Salem fashion trends by watching the episode below.

1990: Robert Mailhouse debuted as Brian Scofield in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1994: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Luna took her first steps since being paralyzed.

2008: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, the FBI agents arrested Brad.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Linda Gray (Sue Ellen, DALLAS; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 72
Tom Fontana (Producer/Writer, COPPER; OZ) - 61
Mary Kay Adams (ex-India, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Neal, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 50
Amy Yasbeck (ex-Olivia, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Carla, GENERATIONS) - 50
Will Chase (ex-Michael, SMASH) - 42
Paul Walker (ex-Brandon, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 39
Ben McKenzie (ex-Ryan, THE O.C.) - 34
Jennifer Hudson (Veronica, SMASH) - 31
Emmy Rossum (ex-Abigail, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 26

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  1. Oh man is that Tom and Alice clip amazing or what? Love them so much. They were so funny quipping back and forth like a real couple.

  2. I really loved watching Irene Dailey (Dan's little sister! :-)) as Aunt Liz on AW--wow!

    Also, big birthday love for Linda Gray & Mary Kay Adams!

    Brian :-)