Today in Soap Opera History (July 1)
Posted by Roger Newcomb
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1901: Legendary soap opera creator Irna Phillips was born in Chicago. She died in 1973 at age 72.
1923: Future ANOTHER WORLD star Constance Ford (Ada) was born. She died in 1993 at age 69.
1955: The final episode of ROSEMARY aired in CBS Radio.
1966: NBC aired the last episodes of daytime soap operas MORNING STAR and PARADISE BAY. The shows were both created by Ted Corday. Watch an episode of MORNING STAR below.
1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, Walter (Val Dufour) and Lenore's (Judith Barcroft) were married (TRIVIA: Agnes Nixon's daughters per part of the wedding party). The morning of the wedding, the Matthews family had breakfast together (see clip below).
1976: On THE DOCTORS, Steve hatched a plot involving the press and gets personal with Stacy, Nick (Gerald Gordon) and Althea (Elizabeth Hubbard) reunited, and there were strange goings-on with Scott and Eleanor.
1977: The final episode of syndicated soap opera MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN aired. Merle surprised the City Council by making a speech in which he bared his soul -- and his body; George and Martha were joined at the hospital by the rest of the gang to await the outcome of Cathy's kidney transplant; Blumberg used the operation as a media event to generate publicity for Barth; Cathy went into cardiac arrest after the operation and the assembly prayed for her salvation by lifting their voices in song; and Mary came to understand that her life would always be coated with "a waxy yellow build-up."
1982: Diane Sommerfield aired for the final time as Valerie Grant on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
1991: Anne Heche aired for the final time as Vicky Hudson on ANOTHER WORLD.
1993: On GUIDING LIGHT, Holly and Michelle arrived at the Cliff House.
2000: Actor Burt Douglas died at age 69. His soap roles included Ron Christopher on THE EDGE OF NIGHT and Jim Fisk on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
2002: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Rae (Linda Dano) revealed the truth about her past to Keri and Antonio.
2005: The final episode of Canadian soap opera TRAIN 48 aired.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Frank Parker (ex-Grandpa Shawn, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Paddy, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 74
Terrence Mann (ex-Jester, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Griffen, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Ted, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Earl, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 62
Nelson Aspen (ex-Albert, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW)
Denice Duff (ex-Amanda, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 48
Ritchie Coster (ex-Nate/Alfred, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Gabe, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 46
Henry Simmons (ex-Tyrone, ANOTHER WORLD) - 43
Thomas Sadoski (ex-Jesse, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 37
Hilarie Burton (ex-Peyton, ONE TREE HILL) - 31
Hannah Murray (Gilly, GAME OF THRONES; ex-Cassie, SKINS) - 24
Bryant Jones (ex-Nate, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 21
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