Today in Soap Opera History (December 27)
Posted by Roger Newcomb
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1963: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Emory (William Berger) came closer to realizing his murderous plan.
1979: KNOTS LANDING, a spin-off of DALLAS featuring Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Valene (Joan Van Ark) Ewing, premiered on CBS. The KNOTS concept was actually created before DALLAS but DALLAS made it to the air first. The show was more episodic in the first season before becoming serialized after Abby (Donna Mills) arrived.
EDITOR'S NOTE: KNOTS LANDING star Michele Lee is nominated for the Indie Soap Awards this year for her work in the hit web series FUMBLING THRU THE PIECES.
1983: On RYAN'S HOPE, Johnny (Bernard Barrow) was fighting mad.
1999: Jay Kenneth Johnson debuted as Philip Kiriakis in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
1999: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Janet (Robin Mattson) received a shock when she saw Sophie in the window.
1999: On GUIDING LIGHT, Danny (Paul Anthony Stewart) gave Michelle (Bethany Joy Lenz) a special Christmas gift.
2002: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Eric (John McCook) was disgusted with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) after finding out Hope was Deacon's daughter.
2002: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) learned Craig (Kevin Spirtas) was her biological father.
2004: Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES head writer Peggy Phillips died at age 88.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Amos (ex-Percy, THE WEST WING) - 73
Toni Bull Bua (ex-Tess, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Denny, SOMERSET)
Barbara Crampton (ex-Leanna, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Leslie, SPYDER GAMES; ex-Maggie, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Mindy, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Trista, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 54
Eva La Rue (ex-Marie, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Margot, SANTA BARBARA) - 46
Wilson Cruz (Gabe, HUSTLING; ex-Vincent, SINGLE LADIES) - 39
Emilie de Ravin (Belle, ONCE UPON A TIME; ex-Claire, LOST) - 31
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