Friday, July 15, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (July 15)

On this date in...

1925: Actor Philip Carey was born. He died on February 6, 2009, but not before leaving his mark as Asa Buchanan on ONE LIFE TO LIVE for many years.

1948: Writer James E. Reilly was born. He died October 12, 2008, after an award-winning run at soaps GUIDING LIGHT, DAYS OF OUR LIVES and PASSIONS, among others.

1949: John Haggart's A WOMAN TO REMEMBER, an early television soap opera on the DuMont Television Network, aired its final episode.

1968: Agnes Nixon creation ONE LIFE TO LIVE premiered on ABC.  The original planned title for the show was BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL.  This was still the plan as of late April, and Don Wallace was expected to be the executive producer.

1977: Soap opera spoof ALL THAT GLITTERS from Norman Lear, aired its last of 65 episodes. Linda Gray, Gary Sandy and Louise Shaffer were among the stars.

1992: Celeste Holm taped her last episode as Isabelle after being dismissed from LOVING.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Terry O'Quinn (ex-John, LOST; ex-Jerry, THE DOCTORS) - 59
Shari Headley (ex-Mimi, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Heather, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Felicia, GUIDING LIGHT) - 47
Kristoff St. John (Neil, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Adam, GENERATIONS) - 45
Brian Austin Green (ex-David, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210; ex-Brian, KNOTS LANDING) - 37
Tristan Wilds (Dixon, 90210) - 22


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  2. Thanks for taking us back in time: I've always thought this was the best soap of all.

  3. Thank you for showing all the wonderful themes this show has had in 43 years!!

  4. Fist 10 years of OLTL were epic TV IMO, changed the face of Daytime Drama forever! Thank you Agnes!