Today in Soap Opera History (November 19)

1976: Search for Tomorrow's Eunice died after Jennifer shot her.
1978: Dallas' Sue Ellen told J.R. she was pregnant.
1981: Sid Fairgate died on Knots Landing.
2009: James Franco debuted on General Hospital.

"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
― John W. Gardner

"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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1957: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) Mike convinced DA Thompson to withhold the Harper's involvement with Clayton Pike, so that Mary and Roger Harper could make peace first.

1974: On Another World, Alice Matthews Frame (Jacqueline Courtney) agreed to see Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) after Rachel arrived at the Matthews' home insisting theythey talk.

1976: On Search for Tomorrow, Eunice Wyatt (Ann Williams) died from wounds inflicted when Jennifer Pace (Morgan Fairchild) shot her (see clip below).

1978: On Dallas, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) learned she was pregnant, and couldn't be sure whether J.R. (Larry Hagman) or Cliff (Ken Kercheval) was the father. In the powerful final scene, J.R. realized he may not be the baby's father and slapped Sue Ellen

1979: On As the World Turns, Melinda told Kim (Kathryn Hays) about the party Betsy (Suzanne Davidson) had while Kim was visiting Lisa (Eileen Fulton).

1981: Elizabeth Taylor aired for the final time as Helena Cassadine in General Hospital.

1981: On Knots Landing, as Sid's (Don Murray) friends and family waited for news during his surgery, Karen (Michele) reminisced about giving birth to her children with her husband by her side. The surgery went badly, however, and the doctor emerged to give her the news of his death. The family was devastated, and Karen drove the children home in stunned silence, then listened to Sid's loving final message to her on a tape he recorded just before he went into surgery.

1981: Harley Kozak debuted on Texas as Brette Wheeler.

1984: On Search for Tomorrow, upset by Justine (Leslie Stevens) and Cagney (Matthew Ashford) dancing together, Suzi (Terri Eoff) threatened Justine in front of everyone at Big's. Justine raked Chase over the coals about jilting Adair. Wendy (Lisa Peluso) couldn't believe her eyes when she saw Warren Carter (Michael Corbett). Cagney came to a realization about Suzi. Wendy thought Warren should pay for killing Travis, but Warren had an explanation.

1986: On Guiding Light, the man holding Mindy (Krista Tesreau) and Reva (Kim Zimmer) captive died (Kevin Carrigan) after falling while being chased by Josh (Robert Newman). Carrigan would play at least three other minor roles on GUIDING LIGHT in future years.

1987: On Santa Barbara, Gina (Robin Mattson) and C.C. (Jed Allan) were married.

1987: Julie Harris aired for the final time in Knots Landing as Lilimae Clements. Lilimae and Al (Red Buttons) left town to travel around the country. At the end of the episode, Greg (William Devane) received a phone call telling him Laura had died.

1990: On Santa Barbara, Robert (Roscoe Born) told Cruz (A Martinez) that he had no idea he had a twin brother, and Eden (Marcy Walker) showed Craig a hidden panel where found one of the recordings that Flame made. Meanwhile, Kelly attempted to walk.

2006: Actor Jeremy Slate died at age 80. He played Chuck Wilson in One Life to Live and Locke Walls on Guiding Light.

2008: Actor Wayne Heffley, played Vern Scofield in Days of our Lives, died at age 81.

2009: James Franco debuted in General Hospital as artist Franco.

2010: On All My Children, Ryan (Cameron Mathison) and Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) broke the news to Jack and Erica that Zach's plane exploded.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Charles Bateman (ex-C.C., Santa Barbara; ex-Maxwell, Days of our Lives) - 85
Paul Glass (Former Music Composer, One Life to Live) - 81
Dick Cavett (ex-Oliver, Another World; ex-Moe, The Edge of Night; Himself, All My Children; Himself, Gossip Girl) - 79
Glynnis O'Connor (ex-Margo/Dee, As the World Turns) - 58
Allison Janney (Margaret, Masters of Sex; ex-Ginger, Guiding Light; ex-C.J., The West Wing) - 56
Allan Dean Moore (ex-Kerry, One Life to Live; ex-Raymond, The Young and the Restless) - 55
Meg Ryan (ex-Betsy, As the World Turns) - 54
Erika Alexander (ex-LC, Low Winter Sun) - 46
Nicole Forester (ex-Cassie, Guiding Light) - 43
Aimee Brooks (ex-Sarah, Days of our Lives; ex-Samantha, Port Charles) - 41
Caitlynne Medrek (Claire, Out With Dad) - 26

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1 comment:

  1. My biggest memory of SFT was when Morgan Fairchild went to prison, and was locked in a freezer by fellow inmates. Believe it led to Jennifer's early release?