Today in Soap Opera History (February 7)

1980: The Edge of Night's April inherited all of Margo's estate.
1983: General Hospital's Robert & Holly were married.
1995: All My Children's Jason reached out to Hayley for help.
2005: Emme Rylan debuted as Lizzie on Guiding Light.
"All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."
― Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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, Emily (Mona Bruns) reminded Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) that Dr. James told him even if Julie had lived, she would never have left the sanitarium. Emily was thrilled Mike was not considering returning to his home town because he and Hope had found a place with her (The Guiding Light was moving from Selby Flats to Springfield around this time).

1980: On The Edge of Night, April (Terry Davis) learned she was now a wealthy woman following Margo's funeral.



1983: Frank Parker debuted as Shawn Brady in Days of our Lives.

1983: On General Hospital, Robert (Tristan Rogers) and Holly's (Emma Samms) marriage of convenience began when they wed quickly in the mayor's office.



1983: On The Edge of Night, Jody (Lori Loughlin) was surprised when Calvin (Irving Allen Lee) told her that Preacher Emerson had asked about Nora.



1992: On The Young and the Restless, Victor (Eric Braeden) informed Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Jack (Peter Bergman) her tumor was not malignant.

1996: On All My Children, Jason called Hayley (Kelly Ripa) for help when he was tempted to have a drink.



2002: Actress Ellen Demming died. She was best known for her long-running role as Meta Bauer in The Guiding Light.

2006: Emme Rylan (then known as Marcy Rylan) debuted as Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.



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2007: On Passions, Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald (Lindsay Hartley) was ready to tell Ethan that Little Ethan was his son.



Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sally Kemp (ex-Nora, Days of our Lives; ex-Ellen, Knots Landing; ex-Marcia, Dynasty) - 84
James Spader (Red, The Blacklist) - 57
Jason Gedrick (ex-Jerry, Luck) - 52
Victor Webster (ex-Nicholas, Days of our Lives; ex-Roger, Sunset Beach) - 44
Kristi McDaniel (ex-Sarah, Days of our Lives) - 39
Deborah Ann Woll (ex-Jessica, True Blood) - 32
Tina Majorino (ex-Heather, Grey's Anatomy; ex-Molly, True Blood) - 32
Louisa Lytton (ex-Ruby, EastEnders) - 28
Matthew Gumley (ex-Scooter, All My Children) - 20

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a soap history entry for this date or a future date, email editor@welovesoaps.com.Today in Soap Opera History (February 2)

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