Today in Soap Opera History (May 14)
Posted by Roger Newcomb
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1979: Tom King's first script as ANOTHER WORLD's head writer aired. King replaced Harding Lemay who left the soap after eight years. David Butler made his first appearance as Ben Campbell, Karen's brother. Also in the episode, Brian (Paul Stevens) shocked Mac (Douglass Watson) and Janice (Christine Jones) when he told them the extortion idea came from Iris.
1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Logan (Joe Lambie) and Deborah (Francis Fisher) confronted Raven (Sharon Gabet).
1981: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, John (Larry Bryggman) fell down the stairs after an argument with Margo (Margaret Colin).
1991: On ANOTHER WORLD, Kathleen (Julie Osburn) hoped she and Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) were back on track, but Cass was off making love with Frankie (Alice Barrett).
1992: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) had a fiery confrontation about Dylan.
2002: Ray Stricklyn, who played Howard Hawkins on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in 1991, died at age 73. Stricklyn had previously played a doctor on both DYNASTY and THE COLBYS.
2003: Kyle Brandt debuted as Philip Kiriakis in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
2004: Legendary British actress Anna Lee died at age 91. She played Lila Quartermaine on GENERAL HOSPITAL for 25 years starting in 1978. Ms. Lee was posthumously awarded a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award a week after her death, on May 21, in New York along with nine other daytime television legends.
2006: NBC aired the final episode of THE WEST WING.
2009: Actress Susan Willis, who played Helga Voynitzheva on ALL MY CHILDREN in the early '90s, died at age 83.
2010: ONE LIFE TO LIVE kicked off its three-episode "Starr X'd Lovers" musical prom special.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Victor Miller (Former writer, ALL MY CHILDREN; GUIDING LIGHT; ANOTHER WORLD; GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 73
Jennifer Billingsley (ex-Polly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 71
Edmund Gaynes (ex-Paul, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 66
Nancy Sorel (ex-Monique, GENERATIONS) - 49
Natasha Ryan (ex-Hope, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 43
Sabryn Genet (ex-Tricia, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 42
Gabriel Mann (Nolan, REVENGE; ex-Arthur, MAD MEN) - 41
Martine McCutcheon (ex-Susan, ECHO BEACH; ex-Tiffany, EASTENDERS) - 37
Justin Klosky (ex-Joey, GUIDING LIGHT) - 33
Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 30
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