Today in Soap Opera History (September 13)

1977: ABC's serialized comedy series Soap premiered.
1979: The Edge of Night's Raven clashed with Elliot.
1985: Days of our Lives' Marlena & Richard made love.
1985: GH's Anna told Robert that Robin was his daughter.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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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1969: Susan Lucci and Helmet Huber were married. Lucci joined All My Children for its debut a few months later playing ambitious teenager Erica Kane. The Hubers are celebrating their 46th anniversary today.

1971: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) visited her mother, who was recovering from a stroke.



1977: Primetime comedic serial Soap premiered on ABC. The show told the story of two families, the affluent Tates and their working-class relatives, the Campbells. In the first episode, Burt fought with his stepson, Danny, over Danny's mob connections; and Jessica committed her first act of infidelity with her daughter's lover, tennis-pro Peter Campbell.



1977: On Guiding Light, Ben McFarren (Stephen Yates) told Eve Stapleton (Janet Grey) that he loved her for the first time.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Elliot Dorn (Lee Godart) asked Raven (Sharon Gabet) how she could love someone else when she didn't even like herself.



1984: On Another World, Marley Love (Ellen Wheeler) and Ben McKinnon (Richard Steen) shared a kiss after she told him she believed he wasn't responsible for the vandalism at school. Meanwhile, Alice Frame (Jacqueline Courtney) had a romantic dinner with Mark Singleton (Robin Thomas).



Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1985: On General Hospital, Anna (Finola Hughes) admitted to Robert (Tristan Rogers) that Robin (Kimberly McCullough) was his daughter. Frisco (Jack Wagner) learned Josh Clayton (Jimmy McNichol) had died.



1985: On Days of our Lives, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) and Richard Cates (Rod Arrants) made love for the first time.

1990: In the Season 12 premiere of Knots Landing, Kathleen Noone and Stacy Galina debuted as Claudia and Kate Whittaker.

1999: On All My Children, Trevor (James Kiberd) body slammed Adam (David Canary) during a fight about Hayley and Mateo.



2000: On Passions, Rebecca (Andrea Evans) warned Gwen (Liza Huber) that Theresa still had a week before the wedding to work her wiles on Ethan.



2001: Actress Dorothy McGuire died at age 85.  She played Victor Newman's mother, Cora Miller, on The Young and the Restless.

2004: Julie Pinson debuted as Billie Reed in Days of our Lives.

2009: CBS Sunday Morning aired a segment on the end of Guiding Light after more than 75 years on television and radio.



2009: Actor Tom O'Rourke, best known for playing Dr. Justin Marler on Guiding Light, died at age 65. He also appeared on One Life to Live and Santa Barbara.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Gene Dynarski (ex-Jed, General Hospital) - 84
As the World Turns legend Eileen Fulton.
Eileen Fulton (ex-Lisa, As the World Turns; ex-Lisa, Our Private World) - 83
Joe E. Tata (ex-Rudy, General Hospital; ex-Nat, 90210; ex-Nat, Beverly Hills, 90210; ex-Warren, Days of our Lives) - 80
Jacqueline Bisset (ex-James, Nip/Tuck) - 72
Jean Smart (ex-Martha, 24) - 65
Randy Jones (ex-Cowboy, Texas) - 64
Geri Jewell (ex-Rose, The Young and the Restless) - 60
Roger Howarth (Franco/ex-Todd, General Hospital; ex-Todd, One Life to Live; ex-Paul, As the World Turns; ex-Jory, Guiding Light; ex-Kent, Loving) - 48
Tyler Perry (Creator, The Haves and the Have Nots; If Loving You Is Wrong) - 47
Dominic Fumusa (ex-Gray, As the World Turns) - 47
Jason Cook (ex-Matt, General Hospital; ex-Shawn, Days of our Lives) - 36
Taylor Gildersleeve (ex-Sydney, All My Children; ex-Leah, One Life to Live) - 25

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

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