Today in Soap Opera History (January 1)

On this date in...

1985: Former ONE LIFE TO LIVE co-stars Robert Desiderio and Judith Light were married.

1987: The New Year began badly for Sharon on EASTENDERS who found a crasher in her bed and then was stalked while walking through the garden.

1991: Actor Ted Demers, who briefly played Dan Wolek on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, died at age 42. His death was indeed a hypoglycemic seizure due to the type 1 Juvenile Diabetes he suffered throughout his life.

2007: The Greek adaption of BETTY LE FEA debuted, MARIA, I ASCHIMI.

2011: Lucy was born on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

2012: The Year of the Soap began. #yearofthesoap

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sheila Mercier (ex-Annie, EMMERDALE) - 93
Alexia Robinson (ex-Alex, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Claudia, RITUALS; ex-Meg, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 42
Kimberly Page (ex-Kimberly, WCW) - 41
Nina Bott (Julia, VERBOTENE LIEBE; ex-Celine, ALLES WAS ZAHLT) - 33
Eden Riegel (ex-Heather, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 31

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