Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History

On this date in...

1966: Edward Mallory debuted as Bill Horton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1976: Deidre Hall debuted as Marlena Evans on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  Mickey Horton was in a sanitarium and Marlena was the psychiatrist that treated him.

1993: DAYS OF OUR LIVES debuted a new opening sequence.

2009: AS THE WORLD TURNS began using a title card instead of a full opening theme. The show would continue with this until its final episode.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Mariette Hartley (ex-Claire, PEYTON PLACE; ex-Mary, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 71
Meredith Baxter (Kathryn's Mother, SWITCHED AT BIRTH) - 64
Michael Gross (ex-River, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 64
Leigh McCloskey (ex-Damian, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Kurt, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Mitch, DALLAS; ex-Drake, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Zach, SANTA BARBARA) - 56
Blake Gibbons (Coleman, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 51
Carrie Preston (Arlene, TRUE BLOOD) - 44
Maggie Siff (ex-Rachel, MAD MEN) - 37
Tom Chroust (Writer, ALL THAT MATTERS aka Alles was zählt) - 34
Erica Durance (ex-Lois, SMALLVILLE) - 33
Chris Pratt (ex-Ché, THE O.C.) - 32

1 comment:

  1. Leigh McClosky has the unique distinction of playing two roles back to back on both on two different soaps.

    On Santa Barbara, he played Dr. Zach Kelton, then came back almost immediately as Ethan Asher.

    On General Hosptial, he played Dr. Michael Baranski for a while, then came back a few months later as Damien Smith.