Saturday, July 30, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (July 30)

On this date in...

1984: NBC soap opera SANTA BARBARA, created by Bridget and Jerome Dobson, debuted. The show lasted 2,137 episodes before finishing its run in the U.S. in 1993. The show continued to air around the world and became an international hit.

2001: Mexican telenovela AMIGAS Y RIVALES debuted on Televisa.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ilene Kristen (Liza, THE BAY; Roxy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Delia, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Norma, LOVING; ex-Madeline, ANOTHER WORLD) - 59
Richard Burgi (ex-Chad, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Karl, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Philip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Glenn, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Randy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 53
Laurence Fishburne (ex-Josh, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 50
Vivica A. Fox (ex-Maya; GENERATIONS; ex-Carmen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 47
Lilly Melgar (Janice, THE BAY; ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Claudia, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 42
Simon Baker (ex-James, HOME AND AWAY) - 42
Ben Jorgensen (ex-Chris, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Kevin, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 42
Victor Alfieri (ex-Giovanni, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Gianni, PASSIONS; ex-Franco, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 40

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  1. The SB clip brought so many memories. I remember seeing the pilot eps and the love of Joe and kelly. When Joe died (within a year) I didn't watch very often.

  2. I remember that clip so well from that day. I was 14.

  3. I'm pretty sure Ben Jorgensen is actually 42 (born in 1969). I miss seeing him onscreen.