|2009: CBS aired the final episode of GUIDING LIGHT.|
― 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...
1967: Irna Phillips' soap LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING premiered on CBS. The show ran until March 23, 1973.
1968: On PEYTON PLACE, a confused Tom (Robert Hogan) returned home and announced he was divorcing Susan.
1974: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyhdham) told Ada (Constance Ford) that John was the only one who treated her like a human being.
1978: Sitcom WKRP IN CINCINAATI premiered on CBS, with Gary Sandy leading the ensemble cast. Sandy had made the rounds on daytime soaps prior to his WKRP role as Andy Travis, starring in AS THE WORLD TURNS, ANOTHER WORLD, SOMERSET and THE SECRET STORM.
1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lisa (Eileen Fulton) discovered a mysterious painting.
1989: Irish soap opera FAIR CITY premiered.
1992: Vanessa Marcil debuted as Brenda Barrett in GENERAL HOSPITAL.
1992: Lisa Rinna debuted as Billie Reed in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
1994: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Susan Lucci) told Del (Winsor Harmon) that Kendall (Sarah Michelle Gellar) should come with a warning label.
2009: CBS aired the final episode of GUIDING LIGHT after a 72 year run on radio and television.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Patricia Roe (ex-Eileen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Sara, GUIDING LIGHT) - 85
David Forsyth (ex-John, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Burke, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-TJ, TEXAS, ex-Hogan, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Jim, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Priest, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 65
Beth Grant (ex-Sissy, SORDID LIVES) - 64
Anna Deavere Smith (ex-Hazel, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 63
Beth Grant (ex-Sissy, SORDID LIVES) - 54
Aisha Tyler (Lana, ARCHER) - 43
Travis Schuldt (ex-Ethan, Passions) - 39
Barrett Foa (Craig, MY SYNTHESIZED LIFE) - 36
Alison Lohman (ex-Lily, PASADENA) - 34
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