"Maybe if people started to listen, history would stop repeating itself."
- Lily Tomlin
"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...
1937: AUNT JENNY'S REAL LIFE STORIES premiered on CBS Radio. The popular radio soap opera ran until November 16, 1956.
1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Robin Strasser) gave Ada (Constance Ford) some money and told her to take Mary (Virginia Dwyer) out to lunch instead of bringing her to their shabby apartment.
1980: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Luke (Anthony Geary) acted out when he became jealous while watching Laura (Genie Francis) and Scott (Kin Shriner) dancing.
1980: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lisa (Eileen Fulton) met Nick Andropoulos (Michael Forest).
1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Nicole (Jayne Bentzen) was knocked unconscious during a struggle with an out of control Miles (Joel Crothers).
1982: Joseph Mascolo debuted as Stefano DiMera in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Two other actors made their first appearances on the same day: John de Lancie as Eugene Bradford and Catherine Mary Stewart as Kayla Brady.
1984: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Carla (Ellen Holly) had a heart to heart talk with Sadie (Lillian Hayman).
1985: On SANTA BARBARA, Eden (Marcy Walker) was knocked out and kidnapped by Peter Flint (Stephen Meadows), who turned out to be the Carnation Killer.
1988: At the 4TH ANNUAL SOAP OPERA DIGEST AWARDS, actress Brenda Dickson won top honors as Outstanding Daytime Villainess for her role as Jill Foster Abbott on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. More than seven months prior to winning the award, Dickson had been fired by Y&R producers and was no longer on the show.
Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above. He adds: All in all, Dickson appeared rather gracious and had kind words for co-star, Jeanne Cooper, whom she crossed the stage to greet (at the 0:50 mark) before taking the podium to give her acceptance speech.
2006: Adrianne Leon debuted as Colleen Carlton in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.
2008: Debbi Morgan returned to ALL MY CHILDREN as Angie Hubbard.
2007: On GUIDING LIGHT, Jonathan (Tom Pelphrey) and Tammy (Stephanie Gatschet) were married.
2008: Actress Lois Nettleton died at age 80. She played Virginia Benson in GENERAL HOSPITAL, Carly's adoptive mother.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Peter Looney (ex-Buster, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 77
Paul Freeman (ex-Terry, CORONATION STREET) - 71
Mark Rylance (ex-Charlie, LOVING) - 54
Jim Davidson (ex-Alonzo, GUIDING LIGHT) - 51
Jesse L. Martin (ex-Scott, SMASH; ex-Quincy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 45
Brandy Brown (ex-Angela, ANOTHER WORLD) - 38
David Lago (ex-Raul, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 35
Matt Kane (John, ONCE UPON A TIME; ex-Jace, SWITCHED AT BIRTH) - 23
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