Today in Soap Opera History (August 11)

1986: Another World's Zane Lindquist died after being shot.
1998: Guiding Light's Dolly the clone after taking an aging formula.
1999: Sunset Beach's Ricardo vowed to get revenge.
2010: General Hospital's Brenda returned.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
― Maya Angelou

"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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1967: ABC broadcast Dark Shadows in black and while for the final time. The episode was actually the first one taped in color but ABC aired it in black and white (a Friday episode). Having fainted at the sight of Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) began to remember what happened to her. Before she could reveal Barnabas' vampiric activity, she was placed under a hypnotic spell by Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall).



1977: The final episode Australian soap opera Number 96 aired on Network Ten. Among its many claims to fame during a successful five-year run, the series was the first in Australia to feature an openly gay character.



1978: On Another World, Pat (Beverly Penberthy) updated Dennis on Rachel's condition. Rachel Cory (Victoria Wyndham) had just given birth to a baby daughter, Amanda, four weeks before her due date.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1979: On The Edge of Night, a masked man pulled a gun on Miles (Joel Crothers) at his office.

1980: On Another World, Margo (Judy Cassmore) arrived at Blaine's (Laura Malone) and told her that Buzz Winslow was killed when his car went off a cliff into the river. Blaine remembered Buzz and Jordan fighting which made Margo suspect Blaine didn't think it was an accident. Eric Conger aired for the final time in Another World as Buzz Winslow, a role he originated on June 21, 1978.



1980: On Texas, Bart (Joel Colodner) asked Courtney (Catherine Hickland) if it bothered her that Kevin was married. She replied: "Yes, but not half as much at it bothers him." She later added: "A person can't always live by their principles."



1982: On Days of our Lives, Tom (Macdonald Carey) and Alice (Frances Reid) reminisced and danced to their song, "Always."

1983: On Guiding Light, Nola Reardon (Lisa Brown) had another old movie fantasy, this time with a "Murder on the Orient Express" theme. Quint's (Michael Tylo) Poirot made Nola realize that Bill Bauer might not have committed suicide.

1986: On Another World, Zane Lindquist (Patrick Tovatt) died with his wife, Felicia Gallant, by his side. His final words: "I love you, Fanny Grady. One classy lady."



1997: Talk show The View premiered on ABC Daytime.

1998: On As the World Turns, Molly (Lesli Kay) and David (Daniel Markel) began exchanging vows on The Valetta, and Holden (Jon Hensley) figured out there was a problem with the ship.

1998: On Guiding Light, Dolly the clone died in Reva's (Kim Zimmer) arms.



1999: On All My Children, Myrtle (Eileen Herlie) was floored when Becca revealed that she saw Erica and David kissing at the boathouse.



1999: On Sunset Beach, a hospitalized Ricardo (Hank Cheyne) was fueled to get better by his anger over Gabi and Antonio's deception. Watching them together, Ricardo vowed to himself that he would make them pay.



2003: On The Bold and the Beautiful, just before Macy's (Bobbie Eakes) wedding to Deacon (Sean Kanan), Sally (Darlene Conley) ordered Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) to get out of Macy's room: "Get out, Brooke, before I drag you out!" Sally reminded Macy that Brooke would say anything to keep her away from Deacon. The ceremony began, and Macy started down the aisle.

2006: Former daytime talk show host Mike Douglas died on his 81st birthday. He appeared as himself on Knots Landing in 1982.

2010: Vanessa Marcil returned to General Hospital as Brenda Barrett.



2014: Gina Tognoni debuted as Phyllis Summers Newman on The Young and the Restless.



Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Millette Alexander (ex-Sara, Guiding Light; ex-Gail/Laura/Julie, The Edge of Night; ex-Maggie, The Doctors; ex-Sylvie, As the World Turns; ex-Sylvie, Our Private World; ex-Gloria, From The Roots) - 82
Hulk Hogan (WWE/WWF; TNA; WCW) - 62
Viola Davis (Annalise, How to Get Away with Murder) - 50
Embeth Davidtz (ex-Rebecca, Mad Men) - 50
Anna Gunn (ex-Skyler, Breaking Bad) - 47
Ashley Jensen (ex-Christina, Ugly Betty) - 46
Chris Messina (ex-Reese, The Newsroom; ex-Ted, Six Feet Under) - 41
Craig Cole (ex-Eric, Prison Break) - 40
Michael Bruno (Judge, I Wanna Be a Soap Star)
Drew Nelson (ex-Robbie, Queer as Folk) - 36
Elisabeth Lund (ex-Lisa, Undressed) - 34
Chris Hemsworth (ex-Kim, Home and Away; ex-Jamie, Neighbours) - 32
Caitlin Harris (ex-Cheryl, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) - 26
Kelsey Robinson (Jesse, Fumbling thru the Pieces)

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

2 comments:

  1. Also, celebrating a birthday, today is Millette Alexander. She has the distinction of having played three roles on 'The Edge of Night.' Gail Armstrong, Laura Hillyer and Julie Jamison Hillyer. She went on to play Dr. Sara McIntyre on The Guiding Light.

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  2. This key episode from the 1978 Another World is fascinating because that day Mac in joyful forgetfulness blurted out to Iris he finally a had a daughter. Until that moment Iris thought SHE was his daughter. This triggered a few months of story where Iris tried to find her real parents. Other major backstage fact: Having two major storyline events like this happened because it was taped on the last day before a month long vacation for Beverlee McKinsey (Iris)

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