Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (March 13)

On this date in...

1967: THE GUIDING LIGHT moved from black and white to color broadcasts. It still ran for only 15 minutes at that time.

1972: Australian soap NUMBER 96 premiered. The show had a successful run, including spawning a feature film, and aired its final episode on August 11, 1977.

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, a distraught Liz pinned Rachel against the wall and warned her to stay away from Mac, but Richard Gavin and Russ restrained her. Roy Poole played Richard. He returned to AW in the early '80s as Mayor Stein when Mac ran against him. Mac bowed out of the mayoral race after Mayor Stein published photos of Sandy and Blaine.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Deborah produced Margo's stolen wig and accused Nola of the murder: "Nola, you wore this wig the night you murdered Margo Dorn!"

1994: Claire Bloom joined the cast of AS THE WORLD TURNS in the role of Orlena Grimaldi.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joseph Mascolo (Stefano, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Massimo, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Nicholas, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Carlo, SANTA BARBARA) - 77
Robert S. Woods (ex-Bo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Paul, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 64
Dana Delany (ex-Katherine, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Hayley, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Amy, LOVE OF LIFE) - 56
Annabeth Gish (ex-Anne, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; ex-Elizabeth, THE WEST WING) - 41
Common (Elam, HELL ON WHEELS) - 40
Molly Stanton (ex-Charity, PASSIONS) - 32

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