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Today in Soap Opera History (February 3)

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1950: Charita Bauer assumed the role of Bert Bauer on THE GUIDING LIGHT radio program (Ann Shepard was the original radio Bert). She would continue to play the character as the show premiered on television two years later and until December 1984, just before her death. More on Charita Bauer here.

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Lenore (Judith Barcroft) declined to consider it when Helen suggested she and Bill wait until to marry so Bill can get over his butterflies.

1992: On GUIDING LIGHT, Fletcher saved Vanessa before Jack Kiley could rape her.

1992: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Victor reminisced about Nikki, and a tearful Drucilla returns to ask Madame Chauvin for help.



1993: AS THE WORLD TURNS premiered a new theme song, "Jelinda's Theme" (a.k.a."As the World Turns Theme").

1995: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Hayley thought she recognized James Patrick Stuart's Will.



2010: Frances Reid, best known to soap fans as Alice Horton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, died at age 95. Reid's other daytime roles included Grace Baker AS THE WORLD TURNS, Rose Pollock on THE EDGE OF NIGHT and Portia Manning on PORTIA FACES LIFE. Reid worked with Corday on ATWT and he brought her to DAYS.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Blythe Danner (ex-Hillary, TATTINGERS) - 70
Brenda Dickson (ex-Jill, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 64
Morgan Fairchild (ex-Jennifer, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Jenna, DALLAS; ex-Constance, FLAMINGO ROAD; ex-Racine, PAPER DOLLS; ex-Jordan, FALCON CREST; ex-Sydney, THE CITY; ex-Sophia, FASHION HOUSE) - 63
Thomas Calabro (ex-Michael, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Ken, GREEK) - 54
Isla Fisher (ex-Shannon, HOME AND AWAY) - 37
Maitland Ward (ex-Jessica, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 36
Kelly Sullivan (Kate/Connie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 35

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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