Today in Soap Opera History (December 20)

1982: The Doctors' Kit and Mike were stranded during a snow storm.
1985: Ghost Lujack visited Beth on Guiding Light. 1996: All
My Children's
Adam and Liza were married. 2007: General
Dillon returned and found out about Georgie's death.
"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.

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1957: On The Edge of Night, Bebe came back home and told Martin how much she loved him.

1965: On Peyton Place, Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) met Martin Peyton (George Macready).

1967: On The Doctors, Liz Wilson (Pamela Toll) told Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) she hoped the two of them could get along.

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 Gauthier (Jean LeClerc) and Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) continued to get acquainted. They ran into Maggie Powers (Lydia Bruce), who was moving toward a reconciliation with her husband, Matt Powers (James Pritchett). Meanwhile, Mike Powers (Stephen Burleigh) and Kit McCormick (Hillary Bailey-Smith) were stranded during a blizzard.

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, Roman (Wayne Northrop) held a stuffed animal and sang "Rock-a-bye Baby" while thinking about the missing Belle, who had been taken by Sami (Alison Sweeney).

1995: On One Life to Live, Blair (Kassie) called Marty (Susan Haskell) a murderer.

1996: On All My Children, Adam Chandler (David Canary) married Liza Colby (Marcy Walker). Adam was hoping Brooke would interrupt the wedding, and Liza was supposed to stop it herself if Brooke didn't.

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2006: On All My Children, a joint funeral was held for Simone and Erin.

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2007: Kristina Wagner returned to General Hospital as Felicia, who found out about Georgie's murder from Maxie (Kirsten Storms). Mike (Ron Hale) and Lulu (Julie Marie Berman) told Dillon (Scott Clifton) what happened to Georgie.

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Jacqueline Courtney
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, returning in 1984-1985 and visiting in 1989. 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) - 51
Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins, Glee) - 51
Bob Morley (Bellamy, The 100; ex-Aidan, Neighbours; ex-Drew, Home and Away) - 30
Tommy Savas (Dashiell, State of Affairs) - 30
Vanya Asher (Ethan, Scandal) - 29
Hunter Gomez (Joey, Proper Manors) - 23

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