Today in Soap Opera History (July 7)
Posted by Roger Newcomb
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1947: On LORA LAWTON, Lora (Jan Miner) continued to worry about Peter. The Frank and Anne Hummert radio soap opera ran from 1943 to 1950 on NBC.
1954: On PORTIA FACES LIFE, Portia (Frances Reid) was busy taking non-stop phone calls.
1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Collins Fishing Fleet Manager Bill Malloy warned Elizabeth that Burke wanted to take everything the Collins family owned.
1971: On ANOTHER WORLD, Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) returned to Bay City, and Steve (George Reinholt) was the first to greet her at the airport.
1975: Daytime soap opera RYAN'S HOPE premiered on ABC. The show was created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer and ran until January 13, 1989.
1978: Sarah Felder debuted as Siobhan Ryan in RYAN'S HOPE.
1983: On ALL MY CHILDREN, a pregnant Angie (Debbi Morgan) weighed her options.
1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Cheryl (Jennifer Anglin) confessed to Robert (Tristan Rogers) about what Scott had been planning with Meditech and how he had been blackmailing her.
1992: Patrick Muldoon debuted as Austin Reed in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
2003: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Nick (Jack Wagner) revealed to Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) that Massimo was his father.
2003: On ALL MY CHILDREN, just as Erica (Susan Lucci) was having memories of her rape, Bianca (Eden Riegel) was grabbed by Michael Cambias (William deVry) at Myrtle's. Michael raped Bianca in the next episode.
2011: ABC formally confirmed Prospect Park's plans to license ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE and air them on the web.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Carmen Duncan (ex-Iris, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Lisa, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 71
Jean LeClerc (ex-Jeremy, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Jeremy, LOVING; ex-Peter, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Antoine, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Jean Marc, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Gui, THE DOCTORS) - 65
Jill Farren Phelps (Executive Producer, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; Former EP of HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS; GENERAL HOSPITAL, GUIDING LIGHT, SANTA BARBARA, ANOTHER WORLD, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 61
Cindy Eilbacher (ex-April, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 55
John J. Dalesandro (ex-Mr. Trask, GENERATIONS) - 55
Billy Campbell (Darren, THE KILLING; ex-Carter, THE O.C.) - 54
Amy Carlson (ex-Josie, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Harley, GUIDING LIGHT) - 45
Jorja Fox (ex-Gina, THE WEST WING) - 45
Christian Camargo* (ex-Mark, GUIDING LIGHT) - 42
Kirsten Vangsness (Meredith, PRETTY) - 41
Jamie Johnston (ex-Peter, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) - 24
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