Today in Soap Opera History (July 10)

1979: General Hospital's Laura and Scotty were married.
1984: Guiding Light's Bert gave Josh a pep talk.
1985: Santa Barbara's Julia smuggled Amy and Brick onto a train.
2006: All My Children's Annie arrived in Pine Valley.
"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
― John W. Gardner

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1952: On The Guiding Light, Trudy (Helen Wagner) and Meta (Jone Allison) discussed Meta's plans to leave New York and return to California. At home, Papa Bauer (Theo Goetz) and Bill (Lyle Sudrow) played chess as Bert (Charita Bauer) prepared the baby's bottle. Papa told Bill he spent too much time away from home on business trips. Bill received a telegram from Meta announcing her impending return.

1958: Actor Shawn Campbell was born. He is best known for playing Ricky Donnelly on Love is a Many Splendored Thing (Beverlee McKinsey played his mother at one point), and later Billy Aldrich on The Doctors. He died in 1993 at the age of 34.

1974: Actress Nancy Wickwire died at age 48. She played the third Liz Matthews on Another World (and made a crossover appearance on Somerset as the character). She also played Phyllis Anderson in Days of our Lives, Claire English on As the World Turns and Lila Taylor in Guiding Light.

1975: On Another World, Emma (Tresa Hughes) was impressed when she visited Frame Enterprises.

1979: On General Hospital, Laura Webber (Genie Francis) married Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner).

1984: On Guiding Light, Josh (Robert Newman) was completely fed up with his rehab and Bert (Charita Bauer) gave him her memorable "it takes time" pep talk.

1985: On Santa Barbara, Julia (Nancy Lee Grahn) smuggled Brick and Amy aboard the train in two trunks, convincing "Jack Lee" (Joel Crothers) that it was her luggage. Later, they attended a costume party where future GH star John Ingle is a guest. Meanwhile, Kelly (Robin Wright) ate poisonous berries.

1995: On As the World Turns, Lily (Martha Byrne), in a drugged state, tried to get away from Damian (Paolo Seganti) and his family. She told Lucinda (Elizabeth Hubbard) she believed Orlena was out to murder her. Dr. Grodin convinced Lucinda that Lily could not return to the United States in her condition.

1995: Kamar de los Reyes debuted as Antonio Vega on One Life to Live.

1998: On The Young and the Restless, Victoria (Heather Tom) hoped to reveal her pregnancy to Cole (J. Eddie Peck), but he told her he was marrying Ashley before she could.

2002: On Passions, Theresa (Lindsay Hartley) "died" on the execution table.

2006: Popular Spanish telenovela Yo Soy Bea premiered. The show, another adaptation on the Ugly Betty theme, ran for more than three years.

2006: Melissa Claire Egan debuted on All My Children as Annie.

2006: On Days of our Lives, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) took Steve (Stephen Nichols) back to the site of their wedding. Evans and Nichols also appeared on Soap Talk that day to discuss their storyline.

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Celebrating a birthday today are:
Earl Hamner Jr. (Creator/Producer, Falcon Crest) - 92
William Smithers (ex-Jeremy, Dallas; ex-Stan, Guiding Light; ex-David, Peyton Place; ex-Lt. Flagler, Young Doctor Malone) - 88
Robert Pine (ex-Mr. Whitlow, General Hospital: Night Shift; ex-Jim, The Young and the Restless; ex-Stephen, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Walker, Days of our Lives) - 74
Nancy Frangione (ex-Cecile, Another World; ex-Tara, All My Children; ex-Tina, One Life to Live) - 62
Michael Woods (ex-Jay/Alec, As the World Turns; ex-Jim, Guiding Light; ex-Dr. Auckland, Passions; ex-Kent, All My Children; ex-Mark, Texas) - 58
Alec Mapa (ex-Suzuki, Ugly Betty) - 60
Gale Harold (ex-Charles, The Secret Circle; ex-Jackson, Desperate Housewives; ex-Brian, Queer as Folk) - 46
Aaron D. Spears (Justin, The Bold and the Beautiful; Mark, Being Mary Jane; ex-Officer Watkins, General Hospital; ex-Officer Washington, Sunset Beach) - 44
Sofía Vergara (ex-Leonora, Fuego En La Sangre; ex-Sofia, Dirty Sexy Money) - 43
Thomas Ian Nicholas (ex-Young Steven, Santa Barbara) - 35
Haley Pullos (Molly, General Hospital) - 17

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  1. Happy birthday Nancy Frangione ! Please return to daytime, you are so missed.

  2. Yay To Nancy Frangione!

    Memorable Bert & Josh scene from Guiding Light, too. I can't believe that episode was/is from 31 years ago--sigh!

    Thanks, Roger!

    Brian :-)