Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (December 21)

On this date in...

1971: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Julie Jamison died (off-screen) in Santa Lucia Hospital.

1986: DAYS OF OUR LIVES star James Reynolds (Abe) married Lissa Layng.

1987: On GUIDING LIGHT, Johnny was excited to see it snow.

1990: DALLAS aired for the final time in the 10 p.m. ET timeslot (it had gone back there a year earlier). It finished a 14 season run in the 9 p.m. ET hour.

1998: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Bo (Peter Reckell) struggled to come to terms with Hope's "death".

2006: BethAnn Bonner debuted as Talia in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

2007: AS THE WORLD TURNS aired a special Christmas episode featuring toys in a dollhouse coming to life.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Larry Bryggman (ex-John, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 73
Michelle Hurd (ex-Dana, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Laurel, GOSSIP GIRL) - 45
Tamieka Chavis (Mia, ANACOSTIA)

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  1. Wonderful to see the ATWT many terrific actors. Particularly good to see Martha Byrne as Lily...and it always wonderful to see Van Hansis and Jake Silbermann as Luciano and Mayer! ♥♥ Very happy they included this episode on the ATWT Christmas DVD. Happy Birthday, Larry Bryggman!!!

  2. Amen Cheryl!

    I love the ATWT clip, too--yessss!! Happy Fun Birthday To Terrific Larry Bryggman!!

    Brian :-)