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Today in Soap Opera History (December 9)

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1914: Future soap legend Frances Reid was born (PORTIA FACES LIFE; AS THE WORLD TURNS; DAYS OF OUR LIVES). She died on February 3, 2010.

1949: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, Bert Miller (Ann Shepherd) married Bill Bauer (Lyle Sudrow).

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Dalton blasted DA Thompson on TV for having an affair with Ruth Sherman.

1960: CORONATION STREET, created by Tony Warren, premiered. It is now the longest running active television soap opera in the world. After the first episode, a columnist in the Daily Mirror claimed the series would only last three weeks.  Radio's THE ARCHERS is the current longest running active soap opera.



1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat (Susan Trustman) had a dream about her abortionist, Mr. Alberts.

1980: Dana Kimmell aired for the final time as Dawn Marshall on TEXAS.

1982: On KNOTS LANDING, Karen (Michele Lee) asked Abby (Donna Mills) to be tested as a possible kidney donor match for Diana.

1982: On CAPITOL, Tyler (David Mason Daniels) returned to Washington just as Julie (Kimberly Beck) prepared to walk down the aisle with Lawrence Barrington (Jeff Chamberlain).

1983: On DALLAS, J.R.'s secretary, Sly (Deborah Rennard), was forced by Cliff (Ken Kercheval) into spying for him. Once J.R. (Larry Hagman) found out he turned Sly into a double agent.

1985: Andrew Masset ended a two year run as Larry Welch on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He would return to the show in 2002.

1991: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Jack (Peter Bergman) tried to get Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) into rehab.



2005: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Eric Forrester, played by McCook, crossed over to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS to attend Lauren and Michael's wedding. McCook was a popular actor on Y&R years earlier as Lance Prentiss.

2008: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Phoebe Forrester died following a car accident.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Dick Van Patten (ex-Larry, YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE) - 83
Gyl Roland (ex-Sheila, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 71
Beau Bridges (ex-Nick, BROTHERS & SISTERS) - 71
Michael Nouri (ex-Caleb, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Elliot, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Steve, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Tom, SOMERSET) - 67
Michael Dorn (ex-Ed, CAPITOL) - 60
Joe Lando (ex-Jake, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Macauley, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-John, THE SECRET CIRCLE; ex-Lee, THE BAY) - 51
Felicity Huffman (ex-Lynette, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 50
Allison Smith (ex-Mallory, THE WEST WING) - 43
Kurt Angle (WWE/WWF) - 43
Reiko Aylesworth (ex-Rebecca, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 40
Jesse Metcalfe (Christopher, DALLAS; ex-John, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Miguel, PASSIONS) - 34

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to editor@welovesoaps.com.

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