Today in Soap Opera History (July 31)
Posted by Roger Newcomb
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1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat (Susan Trustman) admitted to Mary (Virginia Dwyer) that she had kissed Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) in the park before he left Bay City.
1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Logan (Joe Lambie) questioned Emily (Margo McKenna) about the night of the train crash.
1981: On ANOTHER WORLD, Mac (Douglass Watson) walked into the Cory Cabin where Hannah (Madelon Thomas) and Lenny (MODERN FAMILY's Ed O'Neill) were holding Jamie (Richard Bekins) hostage.
1984: Charles Shaughnessy debuted as Shane Donovan in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Reva (Km Zimmer) and Josh (Robert Newman) finished their fiery confrontation at the fountain when H.B. (Larry Gates) arrived and took Reva home.
1984: On SANTA BARBARA, Joe's sister Jade (Melissa Brennan, now Melissa Reeves) and mother welcomed him home from prison.
1990: On ANOTHER WORLD, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) and Frankie (Alice Barrett) were married.
1993: GUIDING LIGHT star Leonard Stabb (Hart Jessup) was injured in a hang gliding accident. Staab remained semi-comatosed for a while. To help defray Stabb's medical costs, his former ONE LIVE TO LIVE co-star Tuck arranged for a benefit screening of Don't Stop Now, a new feature film that starred Tuck, MAD ABOUT YOU's Paul Reiser and Y&R's Doug Davidson.
"Leonard is a great athlete. But I guess the winds can change really quickly and you can get caught in a downdraft (when hang gliding)," Tuck said. With help, "maybe Leonard can soar back up."
In 2012, The Guiding Light Sentinel posted an update on Stabb. "Earlier this year, my good friend Marshall Hilliard (4th Hart) and I set out to find Leonard and we did! Leonard is doing great and living in California with his caretaker. He is able to walk and talk, but unfortunetly, the brain damage will always be there. Leonard faces some challenges, but he is doing very good and is very happy!"
2002: On PASSIONS, Julian (Ben Masters) was surprised when Grace (Dana Sparks) suggested Ethan looked like a Bennett.
2008: Molly Burnett debuted as Melanie on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Don Murray (ex-Sid, KNOTS LANDING) - 84
Victor Mohica (ex-Felipe, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Dr. Borez, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-El Hombre, ex-Ghost of Stefan, DARK SHADOWS) - 80
Geoffrey Lewis (ex-Lucas, FALCON CREST; ex-Uncle Bill, DAWSON'S CREEK) - 78
Susan Flannery (ex-Stephanie, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Leslie, DALLAS; ex-Laura, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 74
France Nuyen (ex-Dr. Chen, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Dr. Carroll, KNOTS LANDING) - 74
Lane Davies (Mackenzie, THE BAY; ex-Cameron, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Mason, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Evan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 63
Dirk Blocker (ex-Chuck, PACIFIC PALISADES, ex-Dan, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 56
Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Ned, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Sam, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 55
Doug Wert (ex-Scott, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Jeff, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Wade, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 52
Jay Bontatibus (ex-Rob, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Andy, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Tony, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Russell, ANOTHER WORLD) - 49
Dean Cain (ex-Rick, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 47
Amanda Stepto (Spike, DEGRASSI) - 43
Annie Parisse (ex-Julia, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 38
Eric Lively (ex-Mark, THE L WORD) - 32
Rebecca Atkinson (Karen, SHAMELESS; ex-Stephanie, CORONATION STREET) - 30
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