Today in Soap Opera History (October 28)

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1978: On DALLAS, Lucy (Charlene Tilton) ran away from home and hooked up with bad seed Willie Gust (Greg Evigan).

1980: Actor Leon Janney died at age 63.  He played Eric Barrington in THE EDGE OF NIGHT and the second Jim Matthews in ANOTHER WORLD.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Martin (John Wesley Shipp) almost hit Eden (Marcy Walker) during a confrontation.



1988: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Tom (Scott Holmes) and Margo (Hillary B. Smith) hosted a family gathering.



1991: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Cricket was convinced Dru would make a great model.



1994: Mark Valley debuted as Jack Deveraux in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He had previously played Father Pete in ANOTHER WORLD prior to DAYS. Valley has gone on to quite a successful career in primetime series like BOSTON LEGAL, FRINGE and HARRY'S LAW.

2008: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kate (Lauren Koslow) received her first chemo treatment.



2010: Ron Hale aired for the final time as Mike on GENERAL HOSPITAL before he retired. Hale broke the news of his retirement in an interview with Damon L. Jacobs in July 2010: "I can’t totally go into it. But it’s the way the show is going, and that’s fine. It’s fine because I’m getting to the end of my long run in my own mind. Jill [Farren Phelps] knows this. I’m going to be moving on. Not tomorrow or anything. But I’ve had a great run there, and I’m ready to leave Southern California. I’ve gotta go find me a farm somewhere."



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Annie Potts (ex-Gigi, G.C.B.) - 60
Mark Derwin (George, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER; ex-Ben, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Mallet, GUIDING LIGHT) - 52
Daphne Zuniga (ex-Jo, MELROSE PLACE) - 50
Lauren Holly (ex-Julie, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 49
Sheryl Underwood (ex-Justice of the Peace, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 49
Chris Bauer (Andy, TRUE BLOOD) - 46
Lauren Woodland (ex-Brittany, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Anika, UNDRESSED; ex-Sara, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Janelle, PORT CHARLES) - 35
Matt Smith (The Doctor, DOCTOR WHO) - 30
Finn Wittrock (ex-Damon, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 28
Troian Bellisario (Spencer, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 27
Lexi Ainsworth (ex-Kristina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 20

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