Thursday, December 22, 2011

Today in Soap Opera History (December 22)

On this date in...

1961: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Phil and Louise Capice attempted to extricate themselves from demented heroin smuggler Scofield Kilborn.

1973: Legendary soap opera creator and writer Irna Phillips died at age 72. Just some of her career highlights:

Speech and Drama Teacher (1924–30); Radio Creator, Writer, PAINTED DREAMS (1930–32), TODAY'S CHILDREN (1932–38), THE GUIDING LIGHT (1937–56), THE ROAD OF LIFE (1937–59), THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1938–48), THE RIGHT TO HAPPINESS (1939–60), THE BRIGHTER DAY (1948–56); Television Creator, Writer, THE GUIDING LIGHT (1952–58); Co-creator, Writer, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1956–70; 1972–73), ANOTHER WORLD (1964–66); Co-creator, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1965)

1986: In the final days of SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, Jo had a prophetic dream (watch below).

1995: ANOTHER WORLD aired its 8,000th episode.

1995: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Asa invited Renee out for a drink on Christmas Eve.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Elizabeth Hubbard (ex-Lucinda, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Sair, GOEDE TIJDEN SLECHTE TIJDEN; ex-Althea, THE DOCTORS; ex-Estelle, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 78
Hector Elizondo (ex-Vincento, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Carlos, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 75
Dan Martin (Brad, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 60
Lauralee Bell (Christine, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 43
Amanda Baker (ex-Babe, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Jolene, GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT) - 32
Brooke Nevin (Brooke, IMAGINARY BITCHES) - 29
Alinne Moraes (ex-Monica, COMO UMO ONDA) - 29

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