|1966: A mystery woman arrived on DARK SHADOWS.|
1979: ATWT's Bob and Lisa made Christmas Eve plans.
1979: EON's Deborah was kidnapped. 2000: Vicky McKinnon
appeared as a ghost during a séance on ATWT.
- Winston Churchill
"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...
1949: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, Mama Bauer (Adelaide Klein) died.
1966: On DARK SHADOWS, a mysterious woman (Diana Millay) visited the diner and asked Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) many questions about the Collins Family.
1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lisa (Eileen Fulton) and Bob (Don Hastings) made a Christmas Eve date.
1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Phil (Sam McMurray) kidnapped Deborah (Frances Fisher).
1981: Former radio soap opera actress Marian Shockley died at age 70.
1981: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, after some reluctance Luke (Anthony Geary) encouraged Laura (Genie Francis) to go all out to land the commercial.
1983: Catherine Mary Stewart aired for the final time as Kayla Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
1991: Lucy Montgomery was born on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Peyton List took over the role exactly 10 years later.
1992: Tracy Middendorf aired for the final time as Carrie Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
2000: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Vicky (Jensen Buchanan) appeared during the séance.
2004: Candice Daly, who played Veronica Landers on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in the late 1990s, was found dead in a rundown Los Angeles apartment.
2006: Heather Tom aired for the final time as Kelly Cramer in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Patty Duke (Jan, GLEE; ex-Ellen, THE BRIGHTER DAY; ex-Molly, KITTY FOYLE) - 67
Elaine Princi (ex-Dorian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Linda, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Miranda, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Kathryn, ANOTHER WORLD) - 67
Celia Weston (ex-Gloria, RYAN'S HOPE) - 62
Cynthia Gibb (ex-Suzi, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 50
Nancy Valen (ex-Melinda, RYAN'S HOPE) - 48
Noelle Beck (Mrs. Kydd; THE CARRIE DIARIES; ex-Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Trisha, LOVING) - 45
Benton Greene (ex-Derek, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 41
KaDee Strickland (ex-Charlotte, PRIVATE PRACTICE) - 38
Tammy Blanchard (ex-Drew, GUIDING LIGHT) - 37
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