Today in Soap Opera History (January 19)

On this date in...

1944: Future soap opera star Anthony Herrera was born. He passed away June 21, 2011 at age 67.

1981: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Molly fell to her death down a flight of stairs while attempting to kill April.

1989: The final EDGE OF NIGHT rerun aired on USA Network.

1995: On GUIDING LIGHT, Alan-Michael became president of Spaulding Enterprises.

2007: Austin Peck debuted as Brad Snyder on AS THE WORLD TURNS.

2009: On GUIDING LIGHT, Emma gave a speech about her two mommies. Later, Olivia pulled Natalia into a kiss.

2010: Eric Sheffer Stevens debuted as Reid Oliver on AS THE WORLD TURNS.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Tippi Hedren (ex-Helen, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Doris, FASHION HOUSE) - 82
Karen Lewis (Former daytime writers, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ALL MY CHILDREN) - 59
Katey Sagal (ex-Helen, LOST) - 58
Wendy Moniz (ex-Kathleen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT) - 43
Drea de Matteo (ex-Angie, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 40
Erin Sanders (ex-Eden, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 21
Logan Lerman (ex-Bobby, JACK & BOBBY) - 20

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