Today in Soap Opera History (April 15)

1976: Mary made her Channel R News debut on Ryan's Hope.
1981: Another World's Mac was furious with Rachel.
1993: Bryan Dattilo debuted as Lucas on Days of our Lives.
2009: As the World Turns' Noah was kidnapped.
"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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1966: On Another World, Katherine Corning (Ann Sheridan) left for San Francisco where she planned on packing up and moving back to Bay City to be near her daughter, Missy Palmer (Carol Roux). Actress Ann Sheridan died after a battle with cancer nine months later at age 51.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Dr. Eric Lang (Addison Powell) told Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) that he could have the physical appearance of Jeff Clark (Roger Davis) and be cured of the curse.

1976: On Ryan's Hope, Mary Ryan (Kate Mulgrew) was a success in her debut on the 6:30 Channel R news telecast.

1981: On Another World, Mac Cory (Douglass Watson) told his ex-wife, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham), who wanted Mitch to be Matthew's legal father, that she would pay for the implications of her decision. "You're going to ruin all of our lives!" Mac shouted.

1982: On Knots Landing, Richard Avery (John Pleshette) held his wife, Laura (Constance McCashin), and their son, Jason, hostage at gunpoint.

1983: On General Hospital, Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon) and Rick Webber (Chris Robinson) finally started to realized the nurses at GH had a point.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1993: Bryan Dattilo debuted as Lucas on Days of our Lives.

1999: On Another World, Marley Hudson (Ellen Wheeler) and Tyrone Montgomery (Henry Simmons) bonded, and shared a kiss.

1999: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz) had her first contraction.

1999: On All My Children, Vanessa (Marj Dusay) showed Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) a photo of Erica with her face slashed.

2009: On As the World Turns, Noah Mayer (Jake Silbermann) was held hostage by Zoe and Zac Finn.

2010: Actor Robert Brubaker, who played John Martin on Days of our Lives, died at age 93.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lois Chiles (ex-Holly, Dallas) - 69
Sam McMurray (Frank, The Fosters; ex-Phil, The Edge of Night; The Doctors; Ryan's Hope) - 64
Joseph Kell (ex-Zack, Port Charles) - 56
Lydie Denier (ex-Yasmine, General Hospital) - 52
Mark Mortimer (ex-Nick, Another World) - 49
Susan Ward (ex-Chloe, Make It or Break It; ex-Meg, Sunset Beach; ex-Camille, All My Children) - 40
Maisie Williams (Arya, Game of Thrones) - 19

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1 comment:

  1. Besides Doug Watson's performance, it was great hearing the entire AW theme.