Today in Soap Opera History (January 20)

On this date in...

1936: Radio soap opera DAN HARDINGS' WIFE premiered. It ran until on NBC Radio until February 10, 1939. Isabel Randolph starred as Rhoda Harding.

1958: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Roy Benson called Fitzsimmons and told him trouble was brewing.

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Liz (Audra Lindley) encouraged Danny to take Missy and split, even though she couldn't get Fred to help her unlock the trust fund.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) told Carolyn (Nancy Barrett) it wasn't possible for anyone to come back from the dead.

1988: On SANTA BARBARA, Mason (Lane Davies) moved in with Julia (Nancy Lee Grahn).



1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Lucy (Lynn Herring) was appointed Director of the Tanya Jones Childcare Center. Robin (Kimberly McCullough) tried to speak when Tom (David Wallace) showed her pictures of Robert, Anna and Duke.



1992: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Sally (Darlene Conley) was excited about Clarke's (Daniel McVicar) latest designs.



1990: Actress Barbara Stanwyck died at age 82.  She played Constance Colby in THE COLBYS.

1995: Amber Tamblyn debuted on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Emily.

2000: SOAPnet launched. It was one of two possible soap opera channels vying to get on the air at the time along with Soap City, whose cable network never came to fruition.

2010: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Oliver (Scott Evans) and Kyle (Brett Claywell) wanted to know who was the father of Stacy's baby.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
David Lynch (Creator, TWIN PEAKS) - 67
Geno Silva (ex-Domingo, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 65
Colleen Zenk (Agnes, THURSTON; ex-Barbara, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Nurse, RYAN'S HOPE) - 60
Lorenzo Lamas (ex-Hector, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Lance, FALCON CREST; ex-Burt, SECRETS OF MIDLAND HEIGHTS) - 55
Tammy Taylor (ex-Hope, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Rosemary, RITUALS; ex-Patty, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 55
James Denton (ex-Mike, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 50
Rainn Wilson (ex-Casey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 47
Stacey Dash (ex-Val, SINGLE LADIES) - 46
Lisa Vultaggio (ex-Hannah, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 40
Deborah Kellner (Pamela Rebecca, DALLAS: J.R. RETURNS) - 36
Evan Peters (Tate, AMERICAN HORROR STORY; ex-Jack, ONE TREE HILL; ex-Jesse, INVASION) - 26
Avery Phillips (ex-Young Quinn, GLEE) - 8

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1 comment:

  1. ^^ Colleen Zenk looks incredible! Fantastic actress.

    Evan Peters plays Kit Walker on the current season of American Horror Story: Asylum. Fun fact: Actor Matt Bomer is the father of three children with two of them named Kit and Walker. I wonder if that's a coincidence?

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