1942: Actor Michael Zaslow was born. The GUIDING LIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING star died in 1998 at age 56. He would have been 70 today. Zaslow also appeared in primetime soaps FALCON CREST and KING'S CROSSING. Watch some classic clips of the Emmy winner's soap work here. Zaslow has appeared in a number of our countdowns including 50 Greatest Actors, 50 Greatest Couples, and 25 Biggest Blunders.
1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Nola (Kim Hunter) wanted the production of Mansion of the Damned to end in a fire.
1979: Former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower died at age 82. She once appeared in radio soap THE STORY OF BESS JOHNSON. Eisenhower was also a devoted fan of AS THE WORLD TURNS who had her staff schedule appointments before and after (but never during) the program. If for some reason she could not watch, she had a Secret Service agent take notes on the episode. Betty Ford and Barbara Bush were also ATWT fans along with President Jimmy Carter's mother, Lillian.
1982: Actor James Broderick died at age 55. He played roles in THE SECRET STORM, THE EDGE OF NIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS but was best known for his role as Doug Lawrence in FAMILY.
1985: On RYAN'S HOPE, Jill (Nancy Addison) was smitten with Dakota (Christopher Durham)
1990: On SANTA BARBARA, Ric Castillo (Peter Love) left town.
1991: Actor Noah Beery Jr. died at age 81. He played Luther Dillard in primetime soap THE YELLOW ROSE.
1999: AS THE WORLD TURNS debuted a new opening sequence.
2006: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) flatlined.
2010: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Blair (Kassie DePaiva) was reunited with Hope and Starr.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Pamela Payton-Wright (ex-Addie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Hazel, ANOTHER WORLD) - 71
Robert Foxworth (ex-Chase, FALCON CREST; ex-Bernard, SIX FEET UNDER) - 71
Joanne Dorian (ex-Viki, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 70
Anna Stuart (Elizabeth, GOTHAM; ex-Mary, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Donna, ANOTHER WORLD/AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Gina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 63
Karen Hensel (ex-Doris, Y&R) - 63
Mike Hammett (ex-Dennis, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Matthew, WHERE THE HEART IS)
Lauren-Marie Taylor (ex-Eleanor, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Stacey, LOVING) - 51
Helene Udy (ex-Frannie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 50
Alla Korot (ex-Allie, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Jenna, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Stacy, GH: NIGHT SHIFT) - 42
Laura Moss (ex-Amanda, ANOTHER WORLD) - 39
Logan Marshall-Green (ex-Trey, THE O.C.) - 36
Penn Badgley (Dan, GOSSIP GIRL; ex-Phillip, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 26
Max Burkholder (Max, PARENTHOOD) - 15
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