|1964: ANOTHER WORLD's Pat had an abortion. 1985: C.C.|
collapsed before he could sign his divorce papers on SANTA
BARBARA. 1989: GUIDING LIGHT's Rick made a proposal.
1997: AW's Kirkland was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
― Michael Crichton
"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...
1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) had an abortion. This was the first abortion story told in television history. Irna Phillips and William J. Bell were the writers.
1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Amanda moved into Collinwood.
1985: On SANTA BARBARA, CC's (Charles Bateman) aneurysm burst and he fell into a coma while Gina (Linda Gibboney) moved their divorce papers further and further out of his reach so he couldn't sign them.
1988: Carl Anderson returned to DAYS OF OUR LIVES to sing "Friends and Lovers" for Kim and Shane.
1988: On GUIDING LIGHT, Rick (Michael O'Leary) proposed to Meredith (Nicolette Goulet).
1991: The book "Women and Soap Opera: A Study of Prime Time Soaps" by Christine Geraghty was released.
1993: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Bo (Robert Kelker-Kelly) gave Billie (Lisa Rinna) a pendant.
1997: On ANOTHER WORLD, Kirkland (Sean Rademaker) was hit by a car driven by Paulina (Judi Evans).
1997: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Carrie (Christie Clark) punched Sami (Alison Sweeney).
2010: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Carly (Laura Wright) was not happy that Sonny (Maurice Benard) left to find Brenda (Vanessa Marcil).
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Mary Jo Catlett (ex-Mary, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 75
Millee Taggert (Soap Writer; ex-Janet, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Millie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Geri, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 73
Tom Tammi (ex-Tom, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Mark, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Wade, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Jack, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Logan, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 68
Mark Harmon (ex-Fielding, FLAMINGO ROAD) - 62
Linda Purl (ex-Doreen, THE SECRET STORM; ex-Claire, PORT CHARLES; ex-Betsy, BEACON HILL) - 58
Tuc Watkins (David, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Bob, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Pierce, GENERAL HOPSITAL; ex-Reggie, SANTA BARBARA) - 47
Salma Hayek (ex-Sofia, UGLY BETTY; ex-Juana, EL VUELO DEL AGUILA) - 47
Cynthia Watros (ex-Annie, GUIDING LIGHT; temp-Vicky, ANOTHER WORLD) - 45
Vincent De Paul (Father Leone, THE BAY) - 45
Erin Hershey (ex-Alison, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Alison, PORT CHARLES) - 37
Tiffany Hines (ex-Kat, 90210) - 30
Allison Miller (ex-Teen Tracy, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 28
Yani Gellman (Rafe, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Garrett, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; Diego, 90210; ex-Pete, GREEK) - 28
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