Today in Soap Opera History (April 16)
Posted by Roger Newcomb
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1945: NBC Radio premiered radio soap opera BARRY CAMERON. Spencer Bentley starred as Barry Cameron, a veteran returning from three years of war. Richard Leonard and Peggy Blake were the the writers of the 15-minute show which lasted until October 11, 1946.
1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Dave told Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) they have a ten-year-old girl in the emergency room whose parents, "Peter R. (35) and Janet (27) Spencer," were just killed in a car crash on Route 43. A month later, Alice began thinking about adopting the girl, Sally Spencer.
1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) was furious to find Calvin and Star babysitting Jamey.
1985: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Don (Conard Fowkes) and Penny (Rosemary Prinz) toasted Bob and Kim at their wedding reception.
1987: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Calliope's dog, Martha, married Reggie, the dog that got her pregnant.
1991: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Bo (Robert S. Woods) wondered what Jessica was doing in the woods.
1993: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Kendall (Sarah Michelle Gellar) blurted out to Myrtle that Erica was her mother.
1993: Miriam Parrish debuted as Jamie Caldwell in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Peter Mark Richman (ex-C.C., SANTA BARBARA; ex-Andrew, DYNASTY; ex-Maynard, DALLAS; ex-Lawrence, BEVERLY HILLS 90210) - 86
Anne Collings (ex-Florence, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 76
Anita Carey (ex-Joyce, CORONATION STREET) - 65
Robin Eisenman (ex-Kelly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; temp-Nikki, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 60
Scott McKinsey (Director, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Former Director: GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT; PORT CHARLES; AS THE WORLD TURNS; GUIDING LIGHT; SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; Indie Soap Award nominee for MISS BEHAVE) - 54
Michael Gill (ex-Dr. Hawkins, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Grant, GUIDING LIGHT) - 53
Claire Beckman (ex-Silver, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Sabrina, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 52
Donna Alexander (ex-Kristen, CORONATION STREET) - 48
Gerardo Mejía (ex-Ramon, SANTA BARBARA) - 48
Toby Poser (ex-Amanda, GUIDING LIGHT) - 44
James Watson (ex-John, FAIR CITY) - 43
Sean Maher (ex-Marcus, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT; ex-Adam, PARTY OF FIVE) - 38
Kelli O'Hara (ex-Leslie, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 37
Nikki Griffin (ex-Jess, THE O.C.; ex-Kelly, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 35
Natalie Blair (ex-Carmella, NEIGHBOURS) - 29
Claire Foy (Lady Persephone, UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS) - 29
Rhiana Griffith (ex-Aimee, HOME AND AWAY) - 28
Neil Haskell (ex-Male Dancer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 26
Lily Loveless (ex-Naomi, SKINS) - 23
Alina Foley (ex-Claire, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 10
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