Friday, March 23, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (March 23)

On this date in...

1973: LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING aired its finale episode. Below is a an episode of the Irna Phillips soap which features Michael Zaslow and Beverlee McKinsey.

1977: On ANOTHER WORLD, Sharlene left town and Laurie Heineman left the show. Sharlene would return in June 1988 played by Anna Holbrook. Both actresses won an Emmy for the role.

1979: On DALLAS, J.R put Sue Ellen, against her wishes, in a sanitarium.

1987: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL aired its first episode. Look for episodes of WE LOVE SOAPS TV celebrating the 25th anniversary today and all weekend here.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Mark Rydell (ex-Jeff, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Walt, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 78
David Milch (Writer/Producer, DEADWOOD; LUCK) - 67
Barbara Rhoades (ex-Irene, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jessica, GENERATIONS) - 65
Anthony De Longis (ex-Irving, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 62
Sarah Buxton (ex-Morgan, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Annie, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Crystal, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 47
Richard Grieco (ex-Rick, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 47
Sandra Robinson (Christine, THE BAY; ex-Charlotte, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Felicia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Amanda, ANOTHER WORLD) - 45
Keri Russell (ex-Chloe, MALIBU SHORES) - 36
Nicholle Tom (ex-Sue, BEVERLY HILLS 90210) - 34
David Tom (ex-Paul, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Billy, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 34
Grant Landry (Mark, THE CAVANAUGHS)

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