Today in Soap Opera History (July 10)
Posted by Roger Newcomb
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1952: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, Trudy (Helen Wagner) and Meta (Jone Allison) discussed Meta's plans to leave New York and return to California. At home, Papa Bauer (Theo Goetz) and Bill (Lyle Sudrow) played chess as Bert (Charita Bauer) prepared the baby's bottle. Papa told Bill he spent too much time away from home on business trips. Bill received a telegram from Meta announcing her impending return.
1958: Actor Shawn Campbell was born. He is best known for playing Ricky Donnelly on LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING (Beverlee McKinsey played his mother at one point), and later Billy Aldrich on THE DOCTORS. He died in 1993 at the age of 34.
1974: Actress Nancy Wickwire died at age 48. She played the third Liz Matthews on ANOTHER WORLD (and made an appearance on SOMERSET as the character). She also played Phyllis Anderson in DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Claire English on AS THE WORLD TURNS and Lila Taylor in GUIDING LIGHT.
1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Emma (Tresa Hughes) was impressed when she visited Frame Enterprises.
1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Josh (Robert Newman) was completely fed up with his rehab and Bert (Charita Bauer) gave him her memorable "it takes time" pep talk. Watch the episode below.
1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Mason (Lane Davies) was upset that Julia (Nancy Lee Grahn) was representing Mark.
1995: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lily (Martha Byrne), in a drugged state, tried to get away from Damian (Paolo Seganti) and his family. She told Lucinda (Elizabeth Hubbard) she believed Orlena was out to murder her. Dr. Grodin convinced Lucinda that Lily could not return to the United States in her condition.
1998: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Victoria (Heather Tom) hoped to reveal her pregnancy to Cole (J. Eddie Peck), but he told her he was marrying Ashley before she could.
2002: On PASSIONS, Theresa (Lindsay Hartley) "died" on the execution table.
2003: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Dillon (Scott Clifton) and Georgie (Lindze Letherman) considered hitting the open road.
2006: Popular Spanish telenovela YO SOY BEA premiered. The show, another adaptation on the UGLY BETTY theme, ran for more than three years.
2006: Melissa Claire Egan debuted on ALL MY CHILDREN as Annie.
2006: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) took Steve (Stephen Nichols) back to the site of their wedding.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Earl Hamner Jr. (Creator/Producer, FALCON CREST) - 90
William Smithers (ex-Jeremy, DALLAS; ex-Stan, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-David, PEYTON PLACE; ex-Lt. Flagler, YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE) - 86
Robert Pine (ex-Mr. Whitlow, GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT; ex-Jim, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Stephen, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Walker, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 72
Nancy Frangione (ex-Cecile, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Tara, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Tina, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 60
Michael Woods (ex-Jay/Alec, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Jim, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Dr. Auckland, PASSIONS; ex-Kent, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Mark, TEXAS) - 56
Alec Mapa (ex-Suzuki, UGLY BETTY) - 48
Gale Harold (ex-Charles, THE SECRET CIRCLE; ex-Jackson, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Brian, QUEER AS FOLK) - 44
Sofía Vergara (ex-Leonora, FUEGO EN LA SANGRE; ex-Sofia, DIRTY SEXY MONEY) - 41
Thomas Ian Nicholas (ex-Young Steven, SANTA BARBARA) - 33
Haley Pullos (Molly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 15
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