Today in Soap Opera History (November 14)

1984: OLTL's Asa wanted to stop Bo from marrying Didi.
1984: Dominic's identity was revealed on Santa Barbara.
1995: The gold balloon wedding of OLTL's Todd and Blair.
2000: AMC's Erica had Libidozone sex with David.
"The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause."
― Henri Louis Bergson

"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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1952: Jone Allison aired for the final time as Meta Bauer on The Guiding Light.

1957: On The Edge of Night, Mike (John Larkin) and Marceau (Carl Frank) arrived at the garage, just as Pike (Leon Janney) forced Mary (Anne Sargeant) into the car.

1969: On Another World, Rachel (Robin Strasser) was angry when Steve (George Reinholt) refused to admit the baby was his and threatened to tell Russ everything. Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) told Steve he couldn't be sure that Russ was the baby's father.

1979: On As the World Turns, Lisa (Eileen Fulton) told Kim (Kathryn Hays) she wasn't afraid of Hester.

1983: Genie Francis returned for a brief stint as Laura Spencer on General Hospital. Francis and co-star Anthony Geary (Luke) appeared on Good Morning, America earlier in the day to promote her return.

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1984: On One Life to Live, Asa (Phil Carey) was determined to stop Bo and Didi's upcoming wedding.

1985: On General Hospital, Celia (Sherilyn Wolter) was unhappy when she found Jimmy Lee (Steve Bond) and Lorena (Shelley Taylor Morgan) working out together at the spa.

1984: On Santa Barbara, Dominic's identity was revealed to be Sophia (Judith McConnell).

1985: Jon Lindstrom made his first appearance as Dr. Mark McCormick on Santa Barbara.

1986: On Another World, Reginald Love (John Considine) interrupted Michael (Kale Browne) and Donna's (Anna Stuart) wedding. Meanwhile, when Peter and Brittany faced off with loaded guns, it was Brittany (Sharon Gabet) that fired the first shot.

1990: On The Young and the Restless, Cricket Blair (Lauralee Bell), Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) and their wedding guests arrived in Hawaii.

1995: On One Life to Live, Todd (Roger Howarth) and Blair's (Kassie DePaiva) were married for the second time (the gold balloon wedding).

1995: On General Hospital, Robin (Kimberly McCullough) received another visit from Anna's (Finola Hughes) spirit. Robin was afraid to tell Mac that she was HIV-positive, and Anna reminded her that Mac had always come through for her in the end. Robin told Kevin she was confused about whether to tell Stone.

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2000: On All My Children, Erica (Suasn Lucci) had sex with David (Vincent Irizarry) while taking Libidozone.

2005: Guiding Light debuted a new opening theme. Click here to watch the GL opening sequences from the show's history.

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2007: On General Hospital, Emily Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston) was killed at the Black and White Ball.

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2012: Longtime soap opera writer Barbara Esensten passed away.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Meg Myles (ex-Mavis, Search for Tomorrow; ex-Sid, The Edge of Night; ex-Joanna, All My Children; ex-Mrs. Taggert, Guiding Light; ex-Helen, Where the Heart Is; ex-Harriet, The Doctors) - 81
Prince Charles (Himself, Coronation Street) - 67
Gary Grubbs (ex-Gordon, The O.C.) - 66
JoAnna Rhinehart (ex-Jessica, As the World Turns) - 57
Elizabeth Keifer (ex-Amber, Venice; ex-Blake, Guiding Light; ex-Connie, One Life to Live; ex-Angela, The Young and the Restless; ex-Sister Mary, General Hospital; ex-Amy, Days of our Lives) - 54
D.B. Sweeney (ex-Carter, The Event; ex-Michael, Life as We Know It) - 54
Michael Lynch (ex-Connor, General Hospital) - 51
Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo, All My Children) - 43
Matt Cedeno (Alejandro, Devious Maids; ex-Brandon, Days of our Lives) - 42
Olga Kurylenko (ex-Vera, Magic City) - 36

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1 comment:

  1. What ever happened to Jone Allison? I can't find a death date or obituary for her. I know she went on to play Claire Lowell #2 but after that, she just disappears.