Today in Soap Opera History (April 11)

1966: Peyton Place's Steven married Betty.
1978: Ryan's Hope's Tom was drunk and angry.
1986: Lynn Herring debuted as Lucy Coe on General Hospital.
2007: All My Children's Krystal gave birth.
"Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature."
― David Hume

"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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1966: On Peyton Place, Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) married her second husband, Steven Cord (James Douglas). Later, Steven showed Betty their new house. Note: Betty's first marriage to Rodney Harrington was annulled.



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1967: On Another World, Danny Fargo (Antony Ponzini) continued to torment Missy in her dreams.

1969: On Dark Shadows, Quentin (David Selby) rushed downstairs to the drawing room looking for Edward but found Laura instead. He was shocked, and insisted that she was dead and couldn't really be there.

1978: On Ryan's Hope, when Faith consulted Maeve (Helen Gallagher) about marrying Tom, Maeve thought it would be the wrong thing to do. Later, Tom angrily told Jack (Michael Levin) that that the only reason that he did not have Faith's love was because of Pat.



1980: On The Edge of Night, Raven (Sharon Gabet) tried to manipulate sympathy from April.



1986: Lynn Herring debuted on General Hospital as Lucy Coe. In the episode, District Attorney Brett Madison called his star witness to the stand in Kevin O'Connor's trial: librarian Lucy Coe.



1989: On As the World Turns, a confident Emily (Melanie Smith) told Susan (Marie Masters) she figured out that Hal was Adam's father.



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1996: The Museum of Television & Radio celebrated 30 years of As the World Turns with an event moderated by television curator Ron Simon. Simon made opening remarks about the series' emphasis on character over plot, and then introduced a screening of clips from the 1950s through 1996. After the screening, the following individuals joined Simon on stage: veteran cast members Helen Wagner, Don Hastings, and Martha Byrne; director Maria Wagner; head writers Henry Stern and Stephen Black; and executive producer John Valente.

2006: On Guiding Light, Tammy asked Jonathan (Tom Pelphrey) if he would take her back.



2007: On All My Children, Krystal Carey (Bobbie Eakes) gave birth to a baby girl, Jenny.



2008: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Ridge (Ronn Moss) told Ashley (Eileen Davidson) not to see Storm.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joel Grey (ex-Adam, Dallas; ex-Lemuel, Oz) - 83
Louise Lasser (ex-Mary, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; ex-Jackie, The Doctors) - 76
John Castellanos (ex-John, The Young and the Restless; ex-Jeff, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 58
Alec Musser (ex-Del, All My Children) - 42
Brett Claywell (ex-Kyle, One Life to Live; ex-Tim, One Tree Hill) - 37
April Hong (ex-Gee, General Hospital) - 37
Kelli Garner (ex-Kate, Pan Am) - 31
Alexa Gerasimovich (ex-Kathy, All My Children; ex-Natalie, As the World Turns) - 13

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a soap history entry for this date or a future date, email kevin@welovesoaps.com.

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