|1970: ALL MY CHILDREN premiered on ABC.|
- 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.
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1953: Ellen Demming made her first appearance as Meta Bauer White Roberts on both the television and radio versions of THE GUIDING LIGHT. Demming played the role until 1974.
1965: On ANOTHER WORLD, Dru (Geoffrey Lumb) assured John (Michael M. Ryan) he had done everything he could for Pat, whose trial was about to begin.
1970: ABC premiered Agnes Nixon's daytime soap opera ALL MY CHILDREN. It ran for over 41 years on on the network, ending after 10,712 episodes on September 23, 2011. Original cast member Susan Lucci stayed with the soap for its entire run. Ray MacDonnell, another original member of the cast, returned for the show's final week on ABC. The rights to ALL MY CHILDREN were licensed by Prospect Park, who brought the show back on April 29, 2013 for one season on Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes (as well as repeats on OWN).
Watch ALL MY CHILDREN clips from 1970 below:
1972: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Ron (Burt Douglas) met with Nicole (Maeve McGuire) to talk about opening his own PR firm. Vic (Ted Tinling) spotted Nicole and Ron and misconstrued their intimate lunch.
1976: Syndicated soap opera parody MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN premiered. The series was produced by Norman Lear and starred Louise Lasser as Mary Hartman.
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1984: On KNOTS LANDING, Mack (Kevin Dobson) had Karen (Michele Lee) admitted to a hospital chemical dependency program even though Karen denied she had a problem. Meanwhile, Greg Sumner (William Devane) won the primary race.
1987: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Frannie (Julianne Moore) was anxious to find Sabrina (Julianne Moore).
|SANTA BARBARA's Rick Edwards.|
1988: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria) congratulated Jason (Chris Robinson) after he bought the Frame farm for $200,000 at an auction.
1996: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Blair (Kassie DePaiva) needed an emergency C-section.
2004: On PASSIONS, Dr. Ackland (Roark Critchlow) arrived at Sheridan's (McKenzie Westmore) to take her back to the psych ward.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ted Lange (ex-Judge, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 66
Pamela Sue Martin (ex-Fallon, DYNASTY) - 61
Jade Wu (ex-Judith, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 61
Ricky Paull Goldin (Andrew, BEACON HILL; ex-Jesse, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Jake, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Gus, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Gary, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Dean, ANOTHER WORLD) - 49
Carl T. Evans (ex-Nick, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Alan-Michael, GUIDING LIGHT) - 46
Shea Whigham (Eli, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) - 45
Marilyn Manson (The Shadow, ONCE UPON A TIME) - 45
Bradley Cooper (ex-Tom, JACK & BOBBY; ex-Aidan, NIP/TUCK) - 39
January Jones (Betty, MAD MEN) - 36
Blanca Soto (ex-Alma, PORQUE EL AMOR MANDA; ex-Camila, EL TALISMAN; ex-Eva, EVA LUNA) - 35
Actress Jane Wyman, who played Angela Channing on FALCON CREST in the 1980s, was born on this day in 1917. She passed away in 2007 at age 90.
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