Virginia Robinson Dead at 99

Actress Virginia Robinson passed away in June, She was 99.

In the 1950s, she played Judith Lodge Raven on CBS soap opera Love of Life.

In the episode below from February 8, 1955, Robinson's Judith receives a warning from Ben (played by future General Hospital legend David Lewis).

Today in Soap Opera History (September 18)

2009: CBS aired the final episode of Guiding Light.
"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

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1967: Love is a Many Splendored Thing premiered on CBS. The network, which hadn't premiered a soap in seven years, enlisted Irna Phillips in adapting a serial very loosely from a famous novel and movie. Love is a Many Splendored Thing concerned the in-laws of the book's protagonist Mark Elliot, who intermarried with other surrounding families in San Francisco. A stylish and refreshing story, it was a fabulous stepping stone for David Birney, Donna Mills and Leslie Charleson, all beautiful and talented young performers. Other established serial veterans on the series included Judson Laire, Gloria Hoye, Jane Manning, Albert Stratton and Paula Trueman. Its most popular producer was John Conboy, who brought his special stylish magic to The Young and the Restless.

Its head writer regimes included: Jane and Ira Avery, Don Ettinger, James Lipton, and finally Ann Marcus. After numerous cast changes alienated viewers, it was canceled and the series finale aired on March 23, 1973, after five and a half years. In its final months, Linda Fidler Wendell took over as executive producer.

'The Bay' Adds Vivica A. Fox and Sean Patrick Flanery for New Season

Sean Patrick Flanery and Vivica A. Fox have joined Amazon Prime soap The Bay as special guest stars in the show's upcoming season.

Flanery will play Ty, the young brother of Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans), who's been left out of the family fortune. A man with no filter, expect Ty to voice his opinion on this and other issues he faces this season.

Flanery is best known for his motion picture roles in classics such as The Boondocks Saints and Powder. He also played recurring roles in the hit primetime series Dexter and The Dead Zone, in addition to a slew of other primetime episodic guest appearances. Daytime fans may remember Flanery for his role as Sam Gibson on CBS's The Young and the Restless.

"I've heard so many wonderful things about Sean that when he was brought to me to play the part of Ty Garrett on the show, I knew he was the perfect fit," stated The Bay creator, writer, and director Gregori J. Martin. "I'm excited to see this stellar actor bring the character of Ty Garrett to life."

Fox will appear as Dr. Angela Foster, a tough as nails psychiatrist at Bay University Hospital who helps walk a fan fave Bay City resident off the ledge. Vivica recently played Candace on FOX-TV's Empire and is known for her roles in blockbuster hits such as Independence Day and Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2. Her soap opera credits include The Young and the Restless (as Stephanie Simmons), Days of our Lives (as Carmen Silva) and Generations, where her Maya Reubens was part of one of the greatest catfights in television history opposite Jonelle Allen's Doreen Jackson.

"Vivica and I have crossed paths on several projects, but I've yet to have the opportunity to work with her on a director-to-actor capacity,” Martin noted. “She's such a talented actress and I'm very much looking forward to this. I've been a fan of her work for years."

Today in Soap Opera History (September 17)

2010: CBS aired the final episode of As the World Turns.
"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

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1959: On The Right to Happiness, Carolyn Allen's (Claudia Morgan) husband Lee needed (Les Damon) to make a sudden business trip to New York, which fed into her insecurity that Lee's priority was his beautiful widowed client, Sharon (Claire Niesen).

1962: Rex Ingram became the first African American featured on a daytime soap opera in a contract role when he appeared as an ordained minister named Victor Graham in The Brighter Day. Sadly, the soap aired its final episode 11 days later on September 28.

Today in Soap Opera History (September 16)

1966: Dark Shadows' Victoria had questions about a painting.
1979: The Edge of Night's Jody was harassed.
1994: General Hospital's Lois made a surprise entrance.
1994: One Life to Live's Marty was furious about Todd's freedom.
"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

"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...

1960: On Young Doctor Malone, Dr. Jerry Malone (William Prince) drove the shaken Marsha home after her traumatic discovery of her husband, Dr. Ted Powell (Peter Brandon), with another woman. Marsha was heartened to see Ted's car back at their house, but her dreams of reconciliation were crushed by her errant husband's desire for a divorce.

1960: On The Right to Happiness, Carolyn Allen (Claudia Morgan) and her husband Lee discussed the sad fate of Ann Braden, whose son Dick had just been sentenced to prison. Mrs. Braden had left her husband, Victor, because his involvement in Dick's trial. Ann returned home to her daughter Kitty to attempt a reconciliation with Victor, only to reconsider when she saw him coldly smashing a record made by Dick, an aspiring pianist.

1966: On Dark Shadows, Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) went to the Evans Cottage to have dinner with Sam (David Ford) and Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) Evans. Victoria was troubled by the painting of the woman that looked like her.

Peter Donat Dead at 90

Peter Donat, who played roles in both daytime and primetime soap operas, died on September 7 at his home in California. He was 90.

His wife, Maria, confirmed the news to The New York Times, citing the cause of death as complications with diabetes.

Born Pierre Collingwood Donat on January 20, 1928, in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Donat's primtime television credits included Flamingo Road (as Elmo Tyson), Dallas (Dr. Miles Pearson) and Hill Street Blues (as Schuster). Donat played William Mulder, father of David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder, on six episodes of The X-Files opposite Rebecca Toolan as Teena Mulder.

On the big screen, he appeared in The Godfather Part II, War of the Roses, The Game, and Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

Donat's soap opera roles included Stephen Markley in The Brighter Day (1958), Bert Stanton on As the World Turns (1959) and Vince Conway in Moment of Truth (1965).

He also performed through organizations like the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he would get to know director Francis Ford Coppola, and the Stratford Festival in Canada.

In addition to Maria, Donat is survived by sons Caleb, Christopher, and Lucas; stepdaughters Barbara Park Shapiro and Marina Park Sutton; stepson Malcolm Park; 11 grandchildren; and brother Richard.