Today in Soap Opera History (July 22)
Posted by Roger Newcomb
On this date in...
1946: On radio soap opera ROSEMARY, Rosemary and Brad's train arrived at Penn Station.
1965: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat (Susan Trustman) remembered her days in Bedfordtown.
1968: Percy Rodriguez debuted in PEYTON PLACE as Dr. Harry Miles.
1987: On ALL MY CHILDREN, a drunk Skye (Robin Christopher) crashed her car.
1988: On SANTA BARBARA, Eden (Marcy Walker) found Tori's number at the clinic, but when Cruz (A Martinez) called it turned out to be a drug rehab facility.
1988: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla's (Mary Beth Evans) wedding began.
1994: DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Deidre Hall appeared on LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN. Hall discussed being on DAYS for eighteen years, whether soap opera fans were crazier than fans of other television shows, how she met her husband and the long process of finally getting married, and her ability to cry at will which she tried to demonstrate with O'Brien's help.
2000: Eric Christmas, who played Father Francis during Marlena's devil possession storyline in DAYS OF OUR LIVES, died at age 84. Watch a clip of Mr. Christmas in DAYS below:
2002: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Barbara Ryan (Colleen Zenk) stood trial for kidnapping Carly, Rose and Emily, and had a terrible dream featuring her evil ex, James Stenbeck (Anthony Herrera).
2008: The second season of GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT premiered.
2009: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Fish (Scott Evans) denied it when Layla (Tika Sumpter) asked if he was gay.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Orson Bean (ex-Roy, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVE; ex-Harrison, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Reverend Brim, MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN) - 85
Jennifer Bassey (Nancy, GREY'S ANATOMY; ex-Marian, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Abby, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Dorothy, SOMERSET; ex-Jennifer, LOVE OF LIFE) - 71
Danny Glover (ex-Isaac, BROTHERS & SISTERS) - 67
Christine L. Tudor (ex-Gwyneth, LOVING)
Joanna Going (ex-Lisa, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Evie, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Victoria, DARK SHADOWS) - 50
Rob Estes (ex-Harry, 90210; ex-Kyle, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Glenn, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 50
Alex Fernandez (Pablo, DEVIOUS MAIDS; Roy, DALLAS) - 46
Terrell Tilford (Sean, SINGLE LADIES; ex-Greg, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Bob, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-David, GUIDING LIGHT) - 44
Keegan Allen (Toby, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 24
Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Lola, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 23
Chelsey Cuff (ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 23
Christopher Tavani (ex-Luke, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 20
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