|1978: ALL MY CHILDREN's Erica Kane married Tom Cudahy.|
― Aldous Huxley
"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...
1948: On radio soap opera CLAUDIA, Claudia (Dorothy McGuire) had opening night jitters.
1976: On ANOTHER WORLD, Sharlene (Laurie Heineman) confessed her sordid past to a devastated Russ (David Bailey), then downed a bottle of pills.
1978: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) married her third husband, Tom Cudahy (Richard Shoberg).
1983: On RYAN'S HOPE, Maggie (Cali Timmons) received a call from her mother.
1985: Kimberly McCullough made her first appearance on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Robin Scorpio.
1986: British drama CASUALTY premiered.
1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Paul (Andrew Kavovit) told the Oakdale PD the story of how and why he shot James.
1996: Krista Allen debuted as Billie Reed in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
2003: Actress Louise Platt, who played Ruth Jannings Holden on THE GUIDING LIGHT in the 1950s, died at age 88.
2011: Carol Burnett returned to ALL MY CHILDREN as Verla Grubbs.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Swoosie Kurtz (ex-Ellie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Alex, SISTERS) - 69
Steven Eckholdt (ex-Robert, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Henry, THE L WORD; ex-Doug, THE WEST WING) - 52
Kelli McCarty (ex-Beth, PASSIONS) - 44
Anika Noni Rose (Wendy, THE GOOD WIFE; ex-Corrine, PRIVATE PRACTICE) - 41
Idris Elba (ex-Stringer, THE WIRE) - 41
Justin Whalin (ex-A.J., GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 39
Natalia Cigliuti (ex-Anita, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Rachel, PACIFIC PALISADES; ex-Chloe, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 35
Lauren Lapkus (Susan, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) - 28
Shawn Carpenter (ex-Will, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 18
Taylor Carpenter (ex-Will, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 18
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