Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (August 16)

On this date in...

1977: Elvis Presley died. Presley was influenced greatly by Mae Axton, who was a former soap opera writer (for two weeks anyway) that wrote his first million-selling hit, "Heartbreak Hotel." Elvis' ex-wife, Priscilla, would go on to star for several years on DALLAS. Former soap star Susan Walters would play Priscilla in one of the television movies about the singer.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Miles (Joel Crothers) tried to soothe a dying Louise.

1991: Jensen Buchanan played the role of Marley on ANOTHER WORLD for the first time. She had already debuted as Vicky.

2007: On GUIDING LIGHT, Josh and Cassie were almost married when Olivia ran over Reva before they could finish the ceremony. Watch the entire episode here.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lesley Ann Warren (ex-Sophie, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 65
Kathie Lee Gifford (ex-Nurse Callahan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 58
Angela Bassett (ex-Leonie, RYAN'S HOPE) - 53
Cam Gigandet (ex-Daniel, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Randy, JACK & BOBBY; ex-Kevin, THE O.C.) - 29
Agnes Bruckner (ex-Bridget, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Heather, PRIVATE PRACTICE) - 26
Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 25
Kevin G. Schmidt (Noah, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 23
Rumer Willis (ex-Gia, 90210) - 23

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