Showing posts with label Beverlee McKinsey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beverlee McKinsey. Show all posts

Today in Soap Opera History (November 30)

1979: Miss Ellie saved Southfork on Dallas.  1981: Texas'
Iris said goodbye. 1981: GH's Rick proposed to Lesley.
1987: Days' Marcus arrived in Salem.
"Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years."
― Will Durant

"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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1965: On Peyton Place, Miss Choate (Erin O'Brien-Moore) mentioned to Betty (Barbara Parkins) that Stella's (Lee Grant) personnel file had gone missing. Miss Choate then caught Betty in the act of returning the file. Later, Miss Choate defended Betty to Mike (Ed Rossi). Note: You'll notice David Canary as Dr. Russ Gehring in the clip below.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 9)

1968: Dark Shadows' Liz lied to protect David. 1984: Guiding 
Light's Alex and Beth were held hostage by Darcy. 1994: All 
My Children's Kendall crashed Mona's funeral. 1994: One Life 
to Live's Todd met Blair.
"To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"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 Dark Shadows, to protect David, Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) lied to Constable Jonas Carter (Michael Currie ) when she told him they had discovered the bleeder valve fell off by itself.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 4)

1980: Another World spin-off Texas premiered on NBC,
starring Beverlee McKinsey as Iris.
"To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"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.

On this date in...

1966: Donald Briscoe assumed the role of Tony Merritt in Days of our Lives. A message appeared on the screen to explain the recast: "The part of Tony Merritt will be played by DONALD BRISCOE." In the clip below, Laura was played Floy Dean. Susan Flannery took over as Laura two months later.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 1)

1980: Another World's Tracey and Russ married. 1984: Santa
Barbara's
Joe spotted his true love, Kelly. 1990: General
Hospital
baby racketeer Clayton had baby Lucas. 2001: Spyder
Games'
Gretel performed.
"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."
- Alexis de Tocqueville

"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.

On this date in...

1966: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) asked David (David Henesy) why he attempted to murder Roger and showed him the bleeder valve. He attacked her and she locked it in a dresser drawer. Later, Victoria went to show the bleeder valve to Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) it was missing.

Today in Soap Opera History (November 30)

1979: Miss Ellie saved Southfork on DALLAS.  1981: TEXAS'
Iris said goodbye. 1981: GH's Rick proposed to Lesley.
1987: DAYS' Marcus arrived in Salem.
"That is the supreme value of history. The study of it is the best guarantee against repeating it."
- John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

"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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1979: On DALLAS, the Ewings discovered J.R. (Larry Hagman) mortgaged Southfork to finance his Asian deal. To stave off foreclosure, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) decided to allow Ewing Oil to drill on the ranch.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 9)


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1935: Future daytime legend Beverlee McKinsey was born. McKinsey was best known for her roles as Iris in ANOTHER WORLD and its spinoff, TEXAS, and Alexandra on GUIDING LIGHT. She passed away in 2008 at age 72.

Before playing Iris on ANOTHER WORLD, McKinsey briefly played Emma Ordway on the show. Two years earlier she starred as Julie in LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING. Check out an episode from August 1970 below which also featured McKinsey and her future husband Berkeley Harris, who played Jim.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 4)


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1913: Actor Wesley Addy was born. His daytime soap opera roles included patriarch Cabot Alden in LOVING, William Price Woodard on RYAN'S HOPE, and Dr. Hugh Campbell in THE EDGE OF NIGHT. He was married to actress Celeste Holm for 30 years until his death in 1996. He would have been 100 today.

1966: Donald Briscoe assumed the role of Tony Merritt in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. A message appeared on the screen to explain the recast: "The part of Tony Merritt will be played by DONALD BRISCOE." In the clip below, Laura was played Floy Dean.  Susan Flannery took over as Laura two months later.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 1)


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1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Victoria told Liz that David tried to hurt her.

1980: Beverlee McKinsey made her final appearance as Iris on ANOTHER WORLD, a Friday and the show's last 90-minute episode (Russ and Tracy's wedding was also happening that day). During her run as Iris on ANOTHER WORLD from 1972 to 1980, McKinsey turned in one of the finest performances in daytime drama history. She played Iris on TEXAS until November 30, 1981.

The following Monday (August 4), Iris would be officially spun off into her own show, TEXAS, and ANOTHER WORLD reverted back to 60 minutes a day.

Actors Who Played Different Roles On The Same Soap: The Good and The Bad

According to a new story in TV Guide Magazine, ONE LIFE TO LIVE actors Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson, who have been playing their OLTL characters on GENERAL HOSPITAL for the past year, will be returning to GH as brand new characters soon. Confusing? It's not the first time this has happened, although it may be the first time it's happened with three major roles around the same time. Check out some good and bad results below when actors returned to a daytime soap as a brand new character.

THE GOOD
1. Beverlee McKinsey played Emma Ordway on ANOTHER WORLD in May 1972. The producers liked her so much they cast her as Iris Carrington six months later. She debuted in December 1972 and Iris became one of the most memorable roles in soap history. NBC even gave the character a spin-off series, TEXAS, in 1980. If producers had worried viewers might remember McKinsey as Emma, we may have never been able to watch her brilliant performance as Iris.