|1966: DARK SHADOWS' Victoria had questions about a painting.|
1979: EON's Jody was harrassed. 1994: GH's Lois made a surprise
entrance. 1994: OLTL's Marty was furious Todd was free.
― 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.
On this date in...
1960: On YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE, Jerry drove the shaken Marsha home after her traumatic discovery of her husband Ted with another woman. Marsha was heartened to see Ted's car back at their house, but her dreams of reconciliation were crushed by her errant husband's desire for a divorce.
1960: On THE RIGHT TO HAPPINESS, Carolyn and her husband Lee discussed the sad fate of Ann Braden, whose son Dick had just been sentenced to prison. Mrs. Braden had left her husband, Victor, because his involvement in Dick's trial. Ann returnd home to her daughter Kitty to attempt a reconciliation with Victor, only to reconsider when she saw him coldly smashing a record made by Dick, an aspiring pianist.
1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) went to the Evans Cottage to have dinner with Sam (David Ford) and Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott). Victoria was troubled by the painting of the woman that looked like her.
1977: On GUIDING LIGHT, Ben McFarren (Stephen Yates) told Eve Stapleton (Janet Grey) that he wanted to marry her.
Thanks to Scott for sending in this item.
1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Elliott continued to sexually harass Jody (Lori Loughlin).
1994: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Lois (Rena Sofer) jumped out of Katherine's (Mary Beth Evans) birthday cake.
1994: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Marty (Susan Haskell) was upset that Todd (Roger Howarth) was "free as a bird."
2005: Kyle Lowder aired for the final time as Brady Black in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
2010: On the next to last episode of AS THE WORLD TURNS, Noah (Jake Silbermann) said goodbye to Luke (Van Hansis), Janet (Julie Pinson) and Dusty (Grayson McCouch) were thrilled with their baby, and Carly (Maura West) told Jack (Michael Park) she was pregnant.
2010: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Brady (Eric Martsolf) buried Vivian (Louise Sorel) alive.
2012: GENERAL HOSPITAL star John Ingle died at age 84. In addition to his role as Edward Quartermiane on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Ingle also played Mickey Horton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He also made guest appearances in primetime soaps DALLAS, ,KNOTS LANDING, MELROSE PLACE and BEVERLY HILLS, 90210.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Janis Paige (ex-Minx, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Iona, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 91
Morgan Woodward (ex-Punk, DALLAS) - 88
Ed Begley Jr. (ex-Steve, MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN) - 64
Susan Ruttan (ex-Grace, GIDEON'S CROSSING) - 63
Jolina Collins (ex-Jasmine, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 61
Christopher Rich (ex-Sandy, ANOTHER WORLD) - 60
Peter Francis James (ex-Clayton, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Blake, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 57
Peter Keleghan (ex-Barry, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 54
Kimberly McArthur (ex-Kelly, SANTA BARBARA) - 50
Michael Mosley (ex-Ted, PAN AM) - 35
Alexis Bledel (ex-Rory, GILMORE GIRLS) - 32
Ian Harding (Ezra, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 27
Daren Kagasoff (ex-Ricky, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER) - 26
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