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Today in Soap Opera History (April 18)


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1961: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lisa (Eileen Fulton) wanted to discuss baby names with Bob (Don Hastings).



1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) asked Russ (David Bailey) to marry her.

1975: NBC aired the final episode of the Anne Howard Bailey-created daytime soap opera HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE after 335 episodes.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) tried to seduce Derek (Dennis Parker).



1997: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Carly (Sarah Brown) and Tony (Brad Maule) continued to fight about Bobbie.

1998: Liam Sullivan, who played roles in THE SECRET STORM, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, and several primetime soaps, died at age 74.

1994: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) reminisced on the anniversary of her wedding to Victor.



1998: DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Peter Reckell (Bo) married Kelly Moneymaker.

2012: Former Daytime Emmy Awards producer Dick Clark died at age 82.

2013: Prospect Park filed a $25M lawsuit against ABC for breach of contract.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Bob Hastings (ex-Burt, GENERAL HOSPITAL)  - 88
Richard A. Colla (ex-Tom, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 77
Cindy Pickett (ex-Jackie, GUIDING LIGHT) - 66
Dorothy Lyman (ex-Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Gwen, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Naomi, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Margaret, ONE LIFE TO LIFE; ex-Elly Jo, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Julie, A WORLD APART) - 66
Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 57
John James (ex-Jeff, DYNASTY/THE COLBYS; ex-Tom, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Jeff, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Rick, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 57
Anna Kathryn Holbrook (Carol, FAR FROM THE BAY; ex-Sharlene, ANOTHER WORLD) - 57
Eric Roberts (ex-Vance, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Ted, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE) - 57
Robert Kelker-Kelly (Stavros, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Sam/Bobby, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Bo, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 49
Doug Prinzivalli (Executive Producer, PRETTY) - 49
Sonia Blangiardo (Supervising Producer, ALL MY CHILDREN)
Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Jocelyn, THE CITY) - 43
Tamara Braun (ex-Reese, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Ava/Taylor, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 42
David Tennant (The Doctor, DOCTOR WHO) - 42
Derek Phillips (ex-Billy, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 37
Sean Maguire (ex-Aidan, EASTENDERS) - 37
Kevin Rankin (ex-Herc, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) - 37
Bryce Johnson (Darren, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; ex-Cliff, UNDRESSED) - 36
Kourtney Kardashian (ex-Kassandra, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 34
Ethan Cohn (ex-Glenn, GILMORE GIRLS) - 34
Kristina Sisco (ex-Abigail, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Charity, PASSIONS) - 31
America Ferrera (ex-Betty, UGLY BETTY) - 29
Britt Robertson (ex-Cassie, THE SECRET CIRCLE; ex-Lux, LIFE UNEXPECTED) - 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.

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