Today in Soap Opera History (October 27)

1982: GH's Luke and Robert searched for Holly in Canada.
1988: GL's Rusty shot Will and tried to save Mindy.
1995: Loving's Gwyneth was revealed as the Corinth Killer.
2009: As the World Turns' Brad Snyder died.
"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: On Dark Shadows, Julia (Grayson Hall) felt guilty about telling Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) to bite Vicky. She instead offered to sacrifice herself to restore Barnabas's appearance. Though touched, he declined, noting that he needed her to continue as his doctor. In the meantime, Carolyn (Nancy Barrett) decided -- over David's (David Henesy) protests -- to go to the Old House and investigate his claims. She snuck into the seemingly deserted basement and discovered the coffin but found it empty. Her relief quickly turned to horror as she came face-to-face with her worst nightmare.

1967: On The Guiding Light, Robin (Gillian Spencer) committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a moving truck.

1981: Tom Wiggin aired for the final time as Joe Foster in Texas.

1982: On General Hospital, Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) and Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) searched for Holly (Emma Samms) in Canada.

1986: Kassie DePaiva (then Wesley) debuted as Chelsea Reardon on Guiding Light.

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1988: Carmen Duncan made her first appearance on Another World as Iris Wheeler. The character of Iris, played by Beverlee McKinsey, was moved from Another World to spin-off series Texas in August 1980, and then written off that show in November 1981.

1988: On the Season 10 premiere of Knots Landing, Bobby and Betsy Ewing found their mother, Valene (Joan Van Ark), unconscious after Jill Bennett forced her to overdose on pills.

1989: On Guiding Light, Rusty Shayne (Terrell Anthony) shot Dr. Will Jeffries (Joseph Breen), who fell over the balcony and tried to take Mindy Lewis (Kimberly Simms) with him.

Another World stars George Reinholt and
Jacqueline Courtney reunited on CBS' 50
Years of Soaps
1994: CBS aired 50 Years of Soaps: An All Star Celebration. This two-hour primetime special promised a "a galaxy of the biggest and brightest stars in the soap opera world" while it saluted a half-century of daytime drama, including clips tracing the origins of soap opera, its creators and evolution.

Taped in August on a Hollywood sound stage, the show brought together past and present cast members of the 10 daytime dramas that were on the air, as well as performers from serials long gone by. Fifty-two daytime stars appeared on stage, with another 100 or so in the audience.

"They surprised me," The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful co-creator William J. Bell told the Los Angeles Times. "They did their homework. And they did what rarely, if ever, has happened before: There was real dignity given to our product, with no potshots or cheap shots that made us look a little dumb."

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1995: On Loving, Steffi (Amelia Heinle) found Tess (Catherine Hickland) slumped over her desk. When she turned on the lights she yelled at "Trisha" to stop before injecting Tess with poison, but it was Gwyneth Alden (Christine L. Tudor) that turned around, revealing herself to be the Corinth Killer.

1995: On One Life to Live, Dorian (Robin Strasser) asked Blair (Kassie DePaiva) to sleep with David (Tuc Watkins). Blair replied, "God! Yuck!"

2009: On As the World Turns, Katie (Terri Conn) returned to Brad's (Austin Peck) room with the baby, but he had already died.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lara Parker (ex-Angelique, Dark Shadows) - 77
Edmund Genest (ex-Vincent, One Life to Live)
Russ Anderson (ex-Christopher, Guiding Light; ex-Steve, One Life to Live) - 53
Deborah Moore (ex-Danielle, Days of our Lives) - 52
Bobby Eilbacher (ex-Mike, Days of our Lives) - 52
Tina Cesa Ward (Writer/Director/Producer, Producing Juliet; Anyone But Me)
Marty West (ex-Shayne, Guiding Light) - 37
Alexis Zibolis (ex-Lara, DeVanity) - 36
Kelly Osbourne (ex-Deborah, Life as We Know It) - 31
Bryan Craig (Morgan, General Hospital) - 24
Eddie Alderson (ex-Matthew, One Life to Live) - 21

Emmy-winning actor James Pritchett , best known for playing Dr. Matt Powers on the NBC daytime soap opera The Doctors, was born 93 years ago today. He died in 2011 at age 88. The Doctors is currently airing on Retro TV.

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