|1994: ALL MY CHILDREN's Erica Kane (Susan Lucci)|
was devastated over the death of her mother, Mona.
-Robert Penn Warren
"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.
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1977: On GUIDING LIGHT, Eve (Janet Grey) was released from Cedars. She would later go blind.
1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Elliott couldn't (Lee Godart) resist Raven (Sharon Gabet) even though he was aghast she left the baby alone.
1980: On ANOTHER WORLD, Cecile (Shana Keith) tore up the letter Pat (Beverly Penberthy) asked her to mail to Mac (Douglass Watson).
1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, H.B. (Larry Gates) announced the merger of Lewis Oil and LTA at the Springfield Founders Day celebration.
1985: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Pete (Michael Leon), Melissa (Lisa Trusel) and Tod (David Wallace) arrived in Dallas.
1989: Elinor Donahue guest-starred on GENERATIONS as Sylvia Furth, a daytime television network executive who wanted to see her friend Jessica Gardner (Barbara Rhoades) return to her role on the fictional soap opera TOMRROW'S ANOTHER DAY.
1990: On ANOTHER WORLD, gossip columnist Shana Barr (played by real life gossip reporter Claudia Cohen) tried to badger Sharlene (Anna Holbrook) and Josie (Alexandra Wilson) for the scoop about her affair with Grant but Vicky (Anne Heche) intervened.
1991: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, back from the dead Marlena (Deidre Hall) reunited with Roman (Drake Hogestyn at the time) on the pier.
1994: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Susan Lucci) held on to Mona's casket and begged her mother not to leave her.
1995: Actor Robert Pickering, whose soap roles included Mike Bauer on THE GUIDING LIGHT and Dr. Goddard in DAYS OF OUR LIVES, died at age 57.
2006: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Patrick (Jason Thompson) bonded after he cut his hand and she helped bandage it.
2006: PASSIONS became the first daytime soap opera to make full episodes available for download and purchase from iTunes.
2007: Bob Hiltermann made his first appearance on ALL MY CHILDREN as Walter Novak, Annie Lavery's (Melissa Claire Egan) estranged father.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Rose Marie (Herself, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 90
Georgann Johnson (ex-Eugenia, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Jane, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Ellen, SOMERSET; ex-Ellen, ANOTHER WORLD) - 87
Abby Dalton (ex-Julia, FALCON CREST; ex-Lydia, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 78
Mike Henry (ex-Rudolph, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 77
Lucille Soong (ex-Yao, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Sally, PASSIONS; ex-Jasmine, CORONATION STREET) - 75
Betsy Franco (ex-Karen, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 66
Tess Harper (ex-Karen, JACK & BOBBY; ex-Mrs. Pinkman, BREAKING BAD) - 63
Zeljko Ivanek (ex-Sammy, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Emile, HEROES) - 56
Nicole Gian (ex-Alice, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 52
Peter Hermann (ex-Davis, CASHMERE MAFIA; ex-Michael, GUIDING LIGHT) - 46
Debra Messing (ex-Julia, SMASH; ex-Sloan, PREY) - 45
Vince Poletto (ex-Tanner, ALL MY CHILDREN ) - 41
Marc Bannerman (ex-Gianni, EASTENDERS) - 40
Natasha Henstridge (ex-Dawn, THE SECRET CIRCLE) - 39
Cassidy Hinkle (ex-Faith, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 16
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