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Today in Soap Opera History (April 19)


On this date in...

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) began speaking to the portrait of Josette.

1971: Patricia Barry debuted as Addie Williams in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1973: Corinne Conley made her first appearance as Phyllis Anderson on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1979: On ANOTHER WORLD, Sally (Julie Philips) insisted she had outgrown Bay City. Scott (Paul Tulley) told her the store would drop the charges only if she returned home.

1983: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Carol Burnett guest-starred as Verla Grubbs. Verla revealed to Phoebe that her father was in Pine Valley and didn't want her.



1983: Peter Reckell taped his first episode as Bo Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He left the show in 1987 and when he returned in 1990 his first airdate was also April 19.

1985: David Wallace debuted as Tod Chandler in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1990: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Paul (Doug Davidson) and Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) argued over Cassandra.



1991: Lisa Howard aired for the final time as April Ramirez on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1991: On GUIDING LIGHT, Roger (Michael Zaslow) apologized to Blake.



2002: Julianne Morris aired for the final time as Greta Von Amberg on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sam Schacht (ex-Paul, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 77
Elinor Donahue (ex-Marie, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Sylvia, GENERATIONS; ex-Kate, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 76
Ellen Weston (ex-Suzanne, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Robin, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Karen, ANOTHER WORLD; Former writer at GUIDING LIGHT and CAPITOL) - 74
Tony Plana (ex-Alejandro, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Ignacio, UGLY BETTY) - 61
Ashley Judd (ex-Becca, MISSING) - 45
James Franco (ex-Franco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 35
Alexis Thorpe (ex-Cassie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Rianna, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 33
Ignacio Serricchio (Alex, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; Manny, THE BAY; ex-Diego, GENERAL HOSPITAL - 32
Ryan Slater (ex-Cody, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 30
Zack Conroy (Oliver, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL/THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-James, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Leo, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 28
Courtland Mead (ex-Phillip, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 26

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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