Monday, April 23, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (April 23)

On this date in...

1971: Actor House Jameson died at age 68.  He played roles on ANOTHER WORLD and DARK SHADOWS.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Mike hired Cliff to work at his law firm.

1990: ITV daytime soap opera FAMILIES premiered.  Created by Kay Mellor, the show ran until August 24, 1994.

1992: Longtime DAYS OF OUR LIVES producer Jack Herzberg died at age 75.

2006: Actress Susan Browning died at age 60.  She played roles on LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN.

2007:  AS THE WORLD TURNS aired its 13,000th episode.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Blair Brown (Nina, FRINGE) - 66

Craig Sheffer (ex-Ian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 52
Melina Kanakaredes (ex-Eleni, GUIDING LIGHT) - 45
Daphne Bloomer (Colleen, THE BAY; Marty, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Eugenia, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 39
Barry Watson (ex-Randy, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Matt, 7TH HEAVEN) - 38
Terri Simmons (Parker, PRETTY)
Jaime King (Lemon, HART OF DIXIE) - 33
Aaron Hill (ex-Beaver, GREEK) - 29
Jesse Lee Soffer (Will, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Max, GUIDING LIGHT) - 28
Molly Burnett (Melanie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Lisa, EMPIRE; Sarah, VENICE) - 25

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  1. April 23, 2008. On As The World Turns, Luke and Noah's kissing ban ended when the supercouple locked lips in Old Town!

  2. Craig Sheffer also played Keith on OTH.

  3. I'm really loving watching both the ATWT & GL Classic DVDs--Yay!

    Brian :-)