Today in Soap Opera History (February 24)

On this date in...

1921: Douglass Watson was born. The actor, best known for his long run as Mac Cory in ANOTHER WORLD, died on May 1, 1989 at age 68.

1987: On SANTA BARBARA, Mason blamed Gina for ruining Kelly's life.

1993: Deborah Adair debuted as Kate Roberts in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. She played the role until April 24, 1995.

1998: On ANOTHER WORLD, Joe and Paulina separated and he moved out of the Cory mansion.

2000: On PASSIONS, Ivy encouraged Theresa to come clean.

2009: On GUIDING LIGHT, Olivia tried to downplay her feelings about Natalia.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jean Alexander (ex-Hilda, CORONATION STREET) - 87
Barry Bostwick (Jerry, SCANDAL) - 68
Debra Jo Rupp (ex-Edna, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Victoria, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 62
Mark Moses (ex-Paul, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 55
Susan Scannell (ex-Gabrielle, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Roxanne, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Kathy, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Nicole, DYNASTY; ex-Becky, ANOTHER LIFE; ex-Kristin, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 55
Bonnie Somerville (ex-Caitlin, CASHMERE MAFIA; ex-Rachel, THE O.C.) - 38
Jay Kenneth Johnson (Phillip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 36
Wilson Bethel (Wade, HART OF DIXIE; ex-Ryder, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 29
Andrew Trischitta (Jack, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 18

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  1. I loved James Farentino. Liked him in everything he did, especially Dynasty.

    However, he died last year on Jan. 24, 2012 at age 73.

  2. Thanks, James. I'll blame it on the lack of sleep following Indie Soap Awards week. :)