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Today in Soap Opera History (January 14)

On this date in...

1958: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Mike (John Larkin) wanted to investigate McGinnis.

1972: On ANOTHER WORLD, Steve (George Reinholt) was unhappy when Walter and John made plans to fly Mark Venable in from New York for a meeting. Mark's firm was "Short, Potter, and Trach," an inside joke in reference to Bob Short (a Procter & Gamble executive in charge of AW), Allen Potter (AW's original producer) and Ed Trach (P&G supervisor who had recently been transferred to another soap).

1974: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, the character of Hope Williams debuted. Check out her birth in the first 20 seconds of the 25th anniversary baby montage below.



1979: DALLAS aired for the last time in its Sunday at 10 p.m. ET time slot. Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) moved in with her mother and sister Kristin after seeing J.R. with another woman.

1985: On GUIDING LIGHT, with her sight back, Beth (Judi Evans) claimed she always knew "Lenny" was really Lujack (Vincent Irizarry).



1986: Actress Donna Reed died at age 64.  She played Miss Ellie on DALLAS for one season.

1997: Thyme Lewis aired for the final time as Jonah Carver in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2007: Actress Darlene Conley died at age 72. She was best known to soap fans for her roles as Sally Spectra on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and Rose DeVille on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

2009: Actor Ricardo Montalban died at age 88.  He played Zach Powers on THE COLBYS and DYNASTY.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Barry Jenner (ex-Evan, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Tony, SOMERSET) - 72
Holland Taylor (ex-Jill, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Denise, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Rught, SOMERSET; ex-Trish, LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING) - 70
T-Bone Burnett (Executive Music Producer, NASHVILLE) - 65
Brandon Johnson (ex-Chuck, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 45
Andrew Lawton (ex-Jake, NEIGHBOURS; ex-Logan, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 35
James Scott (EJ, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Ethan, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-EASTENDERS) - 34
Zach Gilford (ex-Matt, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 31
Grant Gustin (Sebastian, GLEE) - 23

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.

1 comment:

  1. I remember Hope as a little girl, about six or eight years old. It was just before she got a nuclear dose of sorasing and morphed into Kristian Alfonso. I can still picture that first scene in the police station when Hope got arrested for running away with that "bad influence" rebel named Bo Brady. What year was that?

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