Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (July 27)

On this date in...

1916: Actor Keenan Wynn Picture was born. He would go on to star in dozens of television and film roles including as Digger Barnes on DALLAS.

1975: TOMORROW COAST TO COAST with Tom Synder featured a soap opera lineup of Bryna Laub, Joseph Stuart, Agnes Nixon, and Mary Stuart.

2000: Former soap star Val Dufour (John, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; Walter, ANOTHER WORLD; Andre, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) died at age 73. He won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 1977.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Norman Lear (Executive producer of MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN) - 89
John Pleshette (ex-Richard, KNOTS LANDING) - 69
Rebecca Staab (ex-April, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Elizabeth, PORT CHARLES; ex-Jessie, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Cecilia, LOVING) - 50
Sasha Mitchell (ex-James, DALLAS) - 44
Julian McMahon (ex-Christian, NIP/TUCK; ex-Ian, ANOTHER WORLD) - 43
Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Ethan, PASSIONS) - 40
Martha Madison (Marly, THE BAY; ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 34
Wolé Parks (ex-Dallas, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 29
Blair Redford (Ethan, THE LYING GAME; ex-Ty, SWITCHED AT BIRTH; ex-Oscar, 90210; ex-Miguel, PASSIONS) - 28

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  1. Blair Redford also played Lauren Fenmore's son Scotty on Y&R.

  2. Just a correction: During the time of this episode of the Tomorrow show, it didn't use the additional "Coast to Coast" title--that wouldn't be used till the last 2 years of the show when the late/great TS was paired with Rona Barrett.