|1973: CBS aired the final episodes of daytime soap operas |
Where the Heart Is and Love is a Many Splendored Thing.
1987: The Bold and the Beautiful premiered on CBS.
2004: All My Children and One Life to Live came together for
a baby switch storyline.
― 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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1955: On Valiant Lady, Mickey wanted an explanation from Bonny.
1955: On The Inner Flame, Portia's former law partner offered her bail money for Walter.
1955: On the Brighter Days, Charlie Garrett told Reverend Dennis how the Garrett Bakery was losing business as a result of Ralston's murder.
|Days' Joseph Mascolo starred in WTHI as|
Ed Lucas, Vicky's father, who ran the
WTHI had a Nielsen rating of 6.8 at the time, or around five million viewers (that would make it No. 1 today). The show supposedly didn't have the type of audience (in terms of age and income) that sponsors preferred.
|LIAMST's Leon Russom (Joey Taylor) and|
Andrea Marcovicci (Dr. Betsy Taylor).
The show, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, originally featured an interracial theme and the initial cast consisted of Nancy Hseuh as Mia Elliott, Len Wayland as Phil Elliott, Grace Albertson as Helen Elliott, and Sam Wade as Mark Elliot. Also, Robert Burr (Tom Donnelly), Judson Laire (Dr. Will Donnelly), Leslie Charleson (Iris Donnelly), Donna Mills (Laura Donnelly), Shawn Campbell (Ricky Donnelly), Nicholas Pryor (Paul Bradley), and Robert Milli (Dr. Jim Abbott).
After a half year, Nancy Hsueh was let go and the interracial theme dropped. The final cast consisted of: Vincent Baggetta (Dr. Peter Chernak), Shawn Campbell, Bibi Besch (Iris Garrison), Diana Douglas (Lili Chernak Donnelly), Barbara Stanger (Laura Elliott), Tom Fuccello (Mark Elliott), Gloria Hoye (Helen Donnelly), Leon Russom (Joe Taylor), Andrea Marcovicci (Dr. Betsy Taylor), Brett Halsey (Spencer Garrison), Suzie Kaye Stone (Angel Chernak), Albert Stratton (Tom Donnelly), Judson Laire, Betty Miller (Mrs. Taylor), Ron Hale (Dr. James Abbott) and Joan McMonagle (Holly McAllistair).
1977: On Another World, Sharlene Frame Matthews left Bay City in the final episode for actress Laurie Heineman. The character of Sharlene would return in June 1988 played by Anna Holbrook. Both actresses won a Daytime Emmy Award for their work in the role.
1979: On Dallas, a drunken Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) fell down the Southfork stairs but neither she nor her unborn child were hurt. J.R. (Larry Hagman), realizing he could no longer ignore his wife's alcoholism, had her committed to a sanitarium. Lucy (Charlene Tilton) was taking drugs, but Bobby (Patrick Duffy) persuaded her to stop.
1983: On General Hospital, Bobbie Spencer (Jacklyn Zeman) ended her relationship with Dr. David Arlin (Kale Browne) after getting a lecture from Ruby.
1987: The Bold and the Beautiful, created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, premiered on CBS. The show replaced Capitol in the CBS daytime lineup.
1987: As the World Turns moved to the 2 p.m. ET time slot where it would stay until it ended its run in 2010.
2004: On All My Children, after drugging Babe, staging a helicopter crash and telling her that her baby died, Paul Cramer (David Tom) gave Babe's son to Kelly (Heather Tom), while leaving Bianca's daughter behind.
2004: On One Life to Live, after receiving the baby boy from Paul, Kelly left Pine Valley and headed back to Llanview and introduced him to Dorian and Todd. (Promo clip here sent in by Heather.)
Thanks to Enrique for sending in the two items above.
2010: On One Life to Live, Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) and Dani (Kelley Missal) both sang "The Climb" at the "Starr X'd Lovers" auditions.
2011: Elizabeth Taylor, who made guest appearances in both General Hospital and All My Children, died at age 79.
Celebrating a birthday today are:
Mark Rydell (ex-Jeff, As the World Turns; ex-Walt, The Edge of Night) - 82
David Milch (Writer/Producer, Deadwood; Luck) - 71
Barbara Rhoades (ex-Irene, One Life to Live; ex-Jessica, Generations) - 69
Terry Alexander (ex-Troy, One Life to Live; ex-Zach, Another World) - 69
Anthony De Longis (ex-Irving, General Hospital) - 66
Roberta Leighton (ex-Casey, The Young and the Restless; ex-Ginger, Days of our Lives; ex-Shirley, General Hospital) - 63
Marc Cherry (Creator, Devious Maids; Desperate Housewives) - 54
Sarah Buxton (ex-Morgan, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Annie, Sunset Beach; ex-Crystal, Days of our Lives) - 51
Richard Grieco (ex-Rick, One Life to Live) - 51
Sandra Robinson (Christine, The Bay; ex-Charlotte, Days of our Lives; ex-Felicia, General Hospital; ex-Amanda, Another World) - 49
Keri Russell (Elizabeth, The Americans; ex-Felicity, Felicity; ex-Chloe, Malibu Shores) - 40
Michelle Monaghan (ex-Maggie, True Detective) - 40
Nicholle Tom (ex-Sue, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 38
David Tom (ex-Billy, The Young and the Restless; ex-Paul, One Life to Live; ex-Paul, All My Children) - 38
Patti Denney (Makeup Artist, The Young and the Restless)
Grant Landry (ex-Mark, The Cavanaughs)
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