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Today in Soap Opera History (August 2)


On this date in...

1976: On ANOTHER WORLD, Mac (Douglass Watson) complimented Rachel's (Victoria Wyndham) latest sketches.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Louise (Evalyn Baron) managed to get Steve out of the house setting the stage for her to kill Paige (Margaret Colin).



1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Darcy (Robin Johnson) took Rick (Michael O'Leary) hostage at gun point so he could help an injured Lujack. Of Johnson, who is now retired from acting, Courtney Love once said, "I swear to God I've never seen an actress like this. She's Mick Jagger plus Marilyn Monroe."



1984: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Whitney Houston and Jermaine Jackson appeared and performed.



1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, at the arts festival Sean (John Reilly) received a message: "You're supposed to buy the things in here you'd never buy, before it goes bye-bye."



1991: Deidre Hall returned to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Marlena after a four year absence. Hall made appearances on a number of media outlets to promote the return including THE JOAN RIVERS SHOW.



1994: Wayne Nothrup made his final appearance as Roman Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He would return to the show in 1995 but playing a new character, Alex North.



1998: Actor Ralph Bell died at age 82. His soap roles included Brandon Spaulding in GUIDING LIGHT and Roderick Turner on THE EDGE OF NIGHT.

2002: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) promised to never lose sight of their love for each other again.

2004: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Oscar told Amber (Adrienne Frantz) to stay away from Thomas.

2008: Actor Charles H. Gray died at age 86. He played Bill Foster (father of Snapper, Greg and Jill) in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Francine L. Trevens (former soap journalist) - 81
Joanna Cassidy (ex-Katherine, FALCON CREST; ex-Sally, DALLAS) - 68
Lisa Brown (Director, GOTHAM; ex-Nola, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Iva, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Carolyn, LOVING) - 59
Anthony Crivello (ex-Johnny, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 58
Britt Helfer (ex-Lilly, LOVING) - 54
Suzanne Davidson (ex-Betsy, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Lori, HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE) - 50
Mary-Louise Parker (ex-RYAN'S HOPE) - 49
Kathryn Neville Browne (Sandra, EMPIRE)
Angel Boris Reed (ex-Angel, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Emma, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 39
Kevin Smith (Himself, DEGRASSI) - 43
Norma Maldonado (Karina, THE FOSTERS; Valerie, BLOOMERS; Sukie, EAST LOS HIGH; ex-Marina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 39
Christian Pedersen (Frank, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Sven, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 38
Adam Mayfield (ex-Scott, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 37
Nadia Bjorlin (Lara, VENICE; Chloe, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 33
Angell Conwell (Leslie, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 30
Danica Stewart (ex-Jessica, PASSIONS; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 30

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to editor@welovesoaps.com.

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