Today in Soap Opera History (August 9)
Posted by Roger Newcomb
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1935: Future daytime legend Beverlee McKinsey was born. McKinsey was best known for her roles as Iris in ANOTHER WORLD and its spinoff, TEXAS, and Alexandra on GUIDING LIGHT. She passed away in 2008 at age 72.
Before playing Iris on ANOTHER WORLD, McKinsey briefly played Emma Ordway on the show. Two years earlier she starred as Julie in LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING. Check out an episode from August 1970 below which also featured McKinsey and her future husband Berkeley Harris, who played Jim.
1938: Actor Clint Ritchie, who starred for many years as Clint Buchanan on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, was born. He died in 2009 at age 70.
1966: On DARK SHADOWS, to protect David, Elizabeth lied to Constable Carter when she told him they had discovered the bleeder valve fell off by itself.
1970: CBS summer show COMEDY TONIGHT aired a soap opera spoof titled, STRANGEST SHADOWS. Jerry Lacy (Reverand Trask from DARK SHADOWS) appeared as Count Drago and bit Tonya the witch, played by Madeline Kahn. Watch it below:
1974: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) encouraged it when Mac (Douglass Watson) invited Liz (Irene Dailey) on the hike he was taking with Dennis (Mike Hammett) and Jamie (Robert Doran).
1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Alexandra (Beverlee McKinsey) begged Lujack (Vincent Irizarry) to let Beth (Judi Evans) leave the hostage situation, and he agreed, but Darcy (Robin Johnson) wanted Alexandra leave instead.
1993: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Bo (Robert Kelker Kelly) had memories of Carly (Crystal Chappell).
1994: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, at Rodi's bar, Todd (Roger Howarth) met Blair (Kassie DePaiva) for the first time.
1996: On ANOTHER WORLD, Michael (Kale Browne) recruited a construction guy, Bobby Reno (Robert Kelker-Kelly), to do work on Vicky's house. Vicky fainted when she met Bobby. This was Kelker-Kelly's first appearance on ANOTHER WORLD since May 15, 1990, when he finished a three-year run as Sam Fowler.
2011: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Will (Chandler Massey) and Gabi (Camila Banus) professed their love and went to a hotel room, where they had sex for the first time.
2012: Actor Al Freeman Jr., who played Ed Hall in ONE LIFE TO LIVE for many years, died at age 78. Freeman's longtime OLTL co-star was one of the speakers at a Howard University tribute to the actor last fall.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Micheal Storm (ex-Larry, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 74
Melanie Griffith (ex-Brandie, NIP/TUCK) - 56
Amanda Bearse (ex-Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 55
Joshua Cox (ex-Daniel, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 48
Pat Petersen (ex-Michael, KNOTS LANDING) - 47
Gillian Anderson (ex-Scully, THE X-FILES) - 45
Mark Povinelli (ex-Wally, PASSIONS) - 42
Liz Vassey (ex-Emily Ann, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 41
Kevin McKidd (Owen, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 40
Jessica Capshaw (Arizona, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 37
Rhona Mitra (ex-Claire, THE GATES; ex-Kiva, SGU; ex-Kit, NIP/TUCK; ex-Holly Marie, PARTY OF FIVE) - 37
Texas Battle (Marcus, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 37
Charlie David (ex-Toby, DANTE'S COVE) - 33
Bill Skarsgård (Roman, HEMLOCK GROVE) - 23
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