Today in Soap Opera History (April 14)

1969: Dark Shadows' Quentin was shocked to see Laura.
1983: Kristian Alfonso debuted as Hope on Days of our Lives.
2009: Guiding Light's Olivia poured her heart out at Gus's grave.
2011: ABC canceled All My Children and One Life to Live.
"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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1939: On Backstage Wife, Mary went to a portrait sitting at Ken Page's studio. Ken's sister Sandra arrived while Mary was in the dressing room very upset with Ken because he did not want her to see Mary's friend, Peter Dillon. At the theater, Larry talked with Katharine Monroe and told her that Mary had made many sacrifices for his career. An explosion was heard from one of Page's tenements.

1955: On Hawkins Falls, Millie visited Gary in the hospital and returned his wallet. Although Gary wanted to get to know Millie better, Millie was reluctant to begin a relationship with him. Meanwhile, Lona suspected that something was wrong with her husband's health and attempted to get him to go to bed early. Mr. Kratz talked to Dr. Corey (Maurice Copeland) about making adjustments in life.

1958: CBS daytime soap opera Love of Life expanded from 15 to 30 minutes. The she premiered in 1951.

1969: On Dark Shadows, Quentin (David Selby) was shocked to see Laura, insisting that he saw her die in a fire in Alexandria.

1970: On Another World, Steve (George Reinholt) woke up after brain surgery and asked Alice why she wasn't wearing her engagement ring. It would later be revealed that Steve didn't remember anything that happened after the summer of 1969.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Dr. Wellman's suggested "Kirk" (Tony Craig) undergo narcosynthesis (drug therapy + hypnosis) to help recall his past.

1983: Kristian Alfonso debuted as Hope Williams in Days of our Lives, a role she had turned down two years earlier.

1988: On General Hospital, Angel told Duke (Ian Buchanan) that Anna (Finola Hughes) planned to surprise him in New York.

1997: Michael Stroka, who played a number of characters on the original Dark Shadows series, died at age 58. He also starred as Dr. Quentin Henderson on The Edge of Night.

1999: On Another World, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) offered Anne (Alice Barrett) a part time job. Note: Schnetzer and Barrett, who previously played Cass' wife Frankie Frame, guest-starred as a married couple on The Following last night on FOX.

2009: On Guiding Light, Olivia (Crystal Chappell) bared her soul at Gus Aitoro's grave.

2011: ABC canceled All My Children and One Life to Live. Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney ABC/Television Group, said in a statement that day: "We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on 'real life' takeaways." Frons was fired from ABC on December 2, 2011, before The Revolution premiered to dead-on-arrival ratings. The Revolution was canceled on April 10, 2012. All My Children and One Life to Live returned April 29, 2013 for one season each on The OnLineNetwork.

2013: Actor John S. Ragin, who played Dr. Grant Jameson on Santa Barbara and Admiral Lovell in Emerald Point, N.A.S., died at age 83.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Clarke (ex-Mickey, Days of our Lives) - 84
Patricia Bruder (ex-Ellen, As the World Turns) - 75
Randy Powell (ex-Tyler, Days of our Lives; ex-Alan, Dallas) - 65
Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, Once Upon A Time) - 54
Catherine Dent (ex-Janice, One Life to Live) - 50
Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Bridget/Siobhan, Ringer; ex-Kendall, All My Children; ex-Sydney, Swans Crossing; ex-Buffy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) - 38
Paul O'Brien (ex-Jack, Home and Away) - 37
Claire Coffee (ex-Nadine, General Hospital) - 34
Nick Choksi (ex-Vimal, One Life to Live) - 34
Christian Alexander (ex-Thayer, The Lying Game; ex-Keifer, General Hospital) - 25
Nick Krause (ex-Adam, Hollywood Heights; ex-Landry, GCB) - 23
Graham Phillips (Zach, The Good Wife) - 22
Skyler Samuels (ex-Andie, The Gates; ex-Chloe, The Nine Lives of Chloe King) - 21

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1 comment:

  1. Arlene Martel passed away a few months ago- look it up!