1977: Rolanda Mendels aired for the final time as Molly Ordway Randoph in ANOTHER WORLD. The character never returned but her sister, Mary Frances Ordway aka Frankie Frame, came to Bay City in 1989.
In the episode, Olive (Jennifer Leak) arrived at the new house and found a confused John (Michael M. Ryan). John told her they had to call the police and then Olive found Evan’s (Barry Jenner) body, screaming at John that he killed the only man she ever loved. Barry Jenner left the show but appeared a year later (December 29, 1978) in Olive's dream.
1983: Actor Alan Dexter, who played Frank Ferguson on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in its first year, died at age 65.
1986: On CAPITOL, Kelly (Jess Walton) was upset she wouldn't be with Scotty on Christmas morning but then received good news. Watch below:
1986: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Jack (Terry Lester) was concerned about Ashley (Eileen Davidson).
1997: Constance Towers debuted in GENERAL HOSPITAL as Helena Cassadine.
2003: Actor Les Tremayne, who played Victor Lord in ONE LIFE TO LIVE and once subbed as Edward Quartermaine in GENERAL HOSPITAL, died at age 90. In the 1940s he also starred in radio soap THE ROMANCE OF HELEN TRENT.
2005: On GUIDING LIGHT, Cassie (Nicole Forester), Reva (Kim Zimmer) and Josh (Robert Newman) caught Jonathan (Tom Pelphrey) and Tammy (Stephanie Gatschet) in bed.
2008: ALL MY CHILDREN aired a special episode dedicated to the late Eileen Herlie.
2011: The nominations for the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards were revealed.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Cicely Tyson (ex-Martha, THE GUIDING LIGHT) - 79
Sam Kelly (ex-Bob, CORONATION STREET; ex-Graham, DOCTORS) - 68
Christopher Goutman (Former Executive Producer, AS THE WORLD TURNS/ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Marc, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Matt, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-George, TEXAS; et al) - 60
Alice Barrett (ex-Frankie/Anne, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Dr. Morrison, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 56
Mike Lookinland (ex-Bobby, THE BRADYS) - 52
Scott Cohen (ex-Ray, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Max, GILMORE GIRLS) - 51
Jennifer Beals (ex-Bette, THE L WORD) - 49
Will Kempe (ex-Ian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Donovan, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 49
Amy Locane (ex-Sandy, MELROSE PLACE) - 41
Alyssa Milano (Savannah, MISTRESSES; ex-Jennifer, MELROSE PLACE) - 40
Rosa Blasi (ex-Fernanda, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Ronnie, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT; ex-THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 40
A.J. Lamas (ex-Rafi, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 28
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