Today in Soap Opera History (December 15)

1966: David found Victoria on Dark Shadows but left
without helping her.  1982: Holly's preliminary hearing got
underway on GH.  1988: GL's Ben wanted to know if "Aunt Mo" was
his new mommy. 1999: AMC's Alex had big news for 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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1964: On Another World, on the night before Pat Matthews' (Susan Trustman) murder trial was to begin, she still refused to take the truth serum despite a last-minute plea from her father, Jim (Shepperd Strudwick).

1966: On Dark Shadows, David Collins (David Henesy) discovered Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) in the secret room but was afraid he might get into trouble so he ran away and left her there still tied up.

1971: On The Edge of Night, Liz (Alberta Grant) received a telegram that said her father, Orin Hillyer, and stepmother, Julie Jamison, had been critically injured in a plane crash.

1982: On General Hospital, a hearing was held to determine if Holly Sutton (Emma Samms) would stand trial on charges she was very closely linked to the murders of Frank Van Geldin and Albert Barker, and the attempted murder of Dan Rooney.



1987: On Days of our Lives, Kim (Patsy Pease) and Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) brought Eve (Charlotte Ross) home to live with them permanently.



1988: On Guiding Light, Ben Reade asked his father, Fletcher (Jay Hammer), if Maureen Bauer (Ellen Parker) was his new mommy.



1993: Rena Sofer debuted as Lois Cerullo on General Hospital.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1999: Valerie Wildman debuted as Fay Walker in Days of our Lives.

1999: On All My Children, Alex Devane (Finola Hughes) told Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) that she was staying in Pine Valley and they would be working together as co-directors of the foundation.



1999: On Passions, Ethan Crane (Travis Schuldt) had an unwelcome surprise for Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald (Lindsay Korman, now Lindsay Hartley).



2004: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Jackie Marone (Lesley-Anne Down) named Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) the new Vice President of Jackie M Designs.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Thaao Penghlis (Andre/ex-Tony,Days of our Lives; ex-Victor, General Hospital; ex-Micah, Santa Barbara) - 69
Kipp Whitman (ex-Hank, As the World Turns; ex-Chip, The Edge of Night) - 68
Melanie Chartoff (ex-Nancy, Search for Tomorrow) - 66
Felicity LaFortune (ex-Laurel, All My Children; ex-Leigh, Ryan's Hope; ex-Nora, One Life to Live) - 60
Terry Donahue (ex-Connie, One Life to Live) - 54
Helen Slater (ex-Kristin, The Lying Game) - 51
Michael Shanks (ex-Carter, Smallville) - 44
Geoff Stults (ex-Dale, Undressed) - 37
Adam Brody (ex-Seth, The O.C.) - 35
Michelle Dockery (Mary, Downton Abbey) - 33
Charlie Cox (ex-Owen, Boardwalk Empire) - 32

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

1 comment:

  1. That Edge episode from December 1971 began the final appearance of Lester Rawlins as Orin Hillyer and within months introduced the world to the delicious Elly Jo Jamison played by Dorothy Lyman (later known as Opal Gardiner on All My Children). Master head writer Henry Slesar with this elaborate Elly Jo tries to kill both Orin and daughter Liz story the show's only Emmy win as Best Daytime Drama in 1973. It was truly edge of your seat kind of story the entire time.

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