Today in Soap Opera History (April 27)

1983: RH's Pat bonded with Faith. 1984: GL's Alan attempted
to escape from San Rios. 1990: Hope returned to DAYS.
2011: OLTL's Viki battled with her alters.
"The whole past is the procession of the present."
- Thomas Carlyle

"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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1961: On The Edge of Night, Mike (John Larkin) spared with District Attorney Austin Johnson (Larry Weber) at Judith Marceau's (Joan Harvey) murder trial.

1967: On Dark Shadows, at the Blue Whale, Willie (John Karlen) refused to tell Jason (Dennis Patrick) where he had been. Jason noticed blood on Willies sleeve.



1979: On Another World, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) dragged Janice along with her to crash Ted's party.

1981: On General Hospital, Laura (Genie Francis) refused to do Alex Quartermaine's (Renee Anderson) bidding when Alex suggested she get closer to Robert.



1983: On Ryan's Hope, Pat (Malcolm Groome) and Faith (Karen Morris-Gowdy) bonded during a thunderstorm.



1984: On Guiding Light, Alan Spaulding (Christopher Bernau) attempted to make a daring escape in San Rios.



1988: On All My Children, Jeremy (Jean LeClerc) suspected Silver (Claire Beckman) was lying about her rape.



1990: Kristian Alfonso returned to Days of our Lives as Hope after a three year absence. Hope "died" a few months later but would return for good in 1994.



1993: Barbara Crampton debuted as Mindy Lewis on Guiding Light.

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1994: Roark Critchlow debuted Mike Horton in Days of our Lives.

1998: Another World debuted its post-opening theme follow-up scene.

2011: Actress Marian Mercer died at age 75.

2011: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Viki (Erika Slezak) battled with her alters. She informed them that, despite all her losses, she was stronger than any of them.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Maura West
Doug Sheehan (ex-Ben, Knots Landing; ex-Joe, General Hospital) - 65
Paul O'Keefe (ex-Dan, As the World Turns) - 63
Kevin McNally (Frank, Supernatural; Mr. Bryant, Downton Abbey) - 58
Schae Harrison (Darla, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 52
Cali Timmons (ex-Paulina, Another World; ex-Maggie, Ryan's Hope) - 51
Russell T. Davies (Producer/Writer, Torchwood; Doctor Who; Queer as Folk) - 51
Lisa Wilcox (ex-Kay, General Hospital; ex-Ellen, Knots Landing) - 50
Matt Reeves (Creator, Felicity) - 48
Christopher Corwin (ex-Michael, Another World) - 46
Kylie Travis (ex-Rachel, Central Park West; ex-Julia, Models Inc.) - 44
Hayley Barr (ex-Courtney, As the World Turns; temp-Harley, Guiding Light) - 43
Maura West (Ava, General Hospital; ex-Diane, The Young and the Restless; ex-Carly, As the World TurnsS) - 42
Taylor Anne Mountz (ex-Kay, Passions) - 32
Ari Graynor (ex-Rachel, Fringe; ex-Caitlin, The Sopranos) - 31
Ashleigh Sterling (ex-Sami, Days of our Lives) - 31
Jenna-Louise Coleman (ex-Jasmine, Emmerdale; ex-Lindsey, Waterloo Road) - 28
Rebecca Ryan (ex-Carly, Emmerdale; ex-Vicki, Waterloo Road) - 23
Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma, General Hospital) - 8

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