Thursday, March 15, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (March 15)

On this date in...

1913: Longtime soap star Macdonald Carey was born. He died on March 21, 1994 at age 81. Carey's soap roles: Tom Horton, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1965-1994); WOMAN IN WHITE (1937), Dick Grosvenor, STELLA DALLAS; Jonathan Hillery, JUST PLAIN BILL; JOHN'S OTHER WIFE (1937); Hickory, YOUNG HICKORY (1937), THE STORY OF ELLEN RANDOLPH)

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Louise feared that Harry might have murdered Marilyn.

1971: On DARK SHADOWS, in 1841, Brutus' spirit came for James Forsythe's spirit.

1982: Arthur Jackson went to the home of actress Theresa Saldana (Carlotta, SANTA BARBARA; Christina, ALL MY CHILDREN) and when he saw her, he stabbed her 10 times.

Jackson had seen Saldana in the movie Defiance and found himself hopelessly attracted to her. He decided to kill her, get caught, and get the death penalty so he could join her in death. He found her address through a detective agency that got the address from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. A deliveryman intervened during the stabbing and Saldana survived. Jackson was convicted of attempted murder but he continued to send her threatening letters.

1982: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Mr. Big (the late Brent Collins) kidnapped Tom and Margo.

1991: On NBC's DARK SHADOWS primetime remake, in 1790, Victoria Winters' witchcraft trial begins, Angelique's spirit tries to stop Barnabas Collins from making Josette DuPres his vampire bride. In 1991, Angelique possessed Dr. Julia Hoffman.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Brenda Scott (ex-Gina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 69
Craig Wasson (ex-Doug, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 58
Pricilla Garita (ex-Gabi, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Theresa, PASSIONS; ex-Rita, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Anita, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Kathy, ANOTHER WORLD) - 45
Kim Raver (Teddy, GREY'S ANATOMY; ex-Nico, LIPSTICK JUNGLE; ex-Deanne, CENTRAL PARK WEST) - 43
Eva Longoria (Gabrielle, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Isabella, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 37
Kellan Lutz (ex-George, 90210) - 27
Adrianna Léon (ex-Brooklyn, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Colleen, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 24

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