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: On GUIDING LIGHT, mistakenly thinking that he was having an affair with his wife Janet (Caroline McWilliams), an increasingly paranoid Ken Norris (Roger Newman) shoots Dr. Ed Bauer (Mart Hulswit).

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

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

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