Today in Soap Opera History (December 20)

"That is the supreme value of history. The study of it is the best guarantee against repeating it."
- John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

"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.

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1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Bebe came back home and told Martin how much she loved him.

1972: On ANOTHER WORLD, Dennis (Mike Hammett) and his live-in nurse Alice (Jacqueline Courtney), using the alias Alice Talbot, talked about how much they missed their mothers as she sat by his bed while he fell asleep.

1982: ON THE DOCTORS, Jean Marc (Jean LeClerc) wondered if Althea (Elizabeth Hubbard) trusted him.



1982: On CAPITOL, Kelly (Jane Daly) felt she was about to go under thanks to Donato and Burgess.



1985: On GUIDING LIGHT, the ghost of Lujack (Vincent Irizarry) gave Beth (Judi Evans) a pep talk.



1993: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, a broken up Roman (Wayne Northrop) sang "Rock-a-bye Baby".



1995: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Blair (Kassie) called Marty (Susan Haskell) a murderer.



2006: On ALL MY CHILDREN, a joint funeral was held for Simone and Erin.



Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

2010: Actress Jacqueline Courtney died at age 64. She was best known for her role as Alice Matthews in ANOTHER WORLD FROM 1964 TO 1975. Her other soap roles included Pat Ashley in ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Diane Winston in LOVING and Ann Lee in OUR FIVE DAUGHTERS. She also appeared in THE EDGE OF NIGHT and THE DOCTORS.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Karen Moncrieff (ex-Gabrielle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Patricia, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Michelle, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Cassandra, SANTA BARBARA) - 50
Iqbal Theba (Iqbal Theba, GLEE) - 50
Hunter Gomez (Joey, PROPER MANORS) - 22

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