Today in Soap Opera History (December 14)

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas faced off with Jeremiah.
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.
"Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years."
― Will Durant

"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 radio soap opera The Guiding Light, Mama Bauer (Adelaide Klein) died.

1967: On Dark Shadows, in a duel, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) shot his uncle, Jeremiah (Anthony George).

1979: On As the World Turns, Dr. Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) made a Christmas Eve date with his ex-wife, Lisa Shea Colman (Eileen Fulton).

1979: On The Edge of Night, Phil (Sam McMurray) kidnapped Deborah Saxon (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.

1984: On Santa Barbara, Mr. Bottoms (Ray Walston) taught his class about safe sex and the importance of planning for children. His students included Ted Capwell, Laken Lockridge and Jade Perkins.

1991: Lucy Montgomery was born on As the World Turns.

1992: Tracy Middendorf aired for the final time as Carrie Brady in Days of our Lives.

2000: On As the World Turns, Jake's dead wife, Vicky McKinnon (Jensen Buchanan), appeared during a séance.

2001: Peyton List debuted as Lucy Montgomery on As the World Turns.

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 (ex-Jan, Glee; ex-Ellen, The Brighter Days; ex-Molly, Kitty Foyle) - 68
Elaine Princi (ex-Dorian, One Life to Live; ex-Linda, Days of our Lives; ex-Miranda, As the World Turns; ex-Kathryn, Another World) - 68
Celia Weston (ex-Gloria, Ryan's Hope) - 63
Cynthia Gibb (ex-Suzi, Search for Tomorrow) - 51
Nancy Valen (ex-Melinda, Ryan's Hope) - 49
Noelle Beck (ex-Mrs. Kydd; The Carrie Diaries; ex-Lily, As the World Turns; ex-Trisha, Loving) - 46
Benton Greene (ex-Derek, As the World Turns) - 42
KaDee Strickland (ex-Charlotte, Private Practice) - 39
Tammy Blanchard (ex-Drew, Guiding Light) - 38

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  1. One correction on the 1967 DS episode- Jeremiah was Barnabas' UNCLE, not cousin!

  2. Kevin, you have Heather Tom playing a role in her own show in 2006 -- then Elaine Princi playing a role in Heather Tom's show also (lol).