Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (April 25)

On this date in...

1941: NBC Radio soap opera GIRL ALONE aired its final episode after nearly six years.  Betty Winkler starred at Patricia Rogers.

1959: TV Guide magazine ran a feature on the ingenues of detergent dramas featuring THE SECRET STORM's Joan Hotchkis (Myra Lake), FROM THESE ROOTS star Sarah Hardy (Lyddy Benson), YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE's Kathleen Widdoes (Jill Malone), THE GUIDING LIGHT's Joan Gray (Anne Benedict) and AS THE WORLD TURNS actress Wendy Drew (Ellen Lowell).

1967: The character of Carolyn Stoddard uttered the famous line: "Do I look like the village idiot?"

1969: BBC radio soap MRS. DALE'S DIARY aired its final episode after a 21 year run.

1977: ALL MY CHILDREN expanded to an hour on a full-time basis.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Jaimey was rushed to the hospital

1985: On EASTENDERS, Sharon was exposed as the anonymous caller who was driving Sue to the edge of sanity.

1988: Jane A. Rogers debuted as Heather Donnelly on SANTA BARBARA.

1992: Non-soap fun fact - WHO'S THE BOSS? and GROWING PAINS aired their final episodes.

2011: Indian soap opera SASURAL SIMAR KA premiered.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lynn Hamilton (ex-Alice, PORT CHARLES; ex-Selita, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Vivian, GENERATIONS; ex-Mae, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 82
William Roache (Ken, CORONATION STREET) - 80
Denny Miller (ex-Max, DALLAS) - 78
Katherine Bruce (ex-Sandy, DARK SHADOWS) - 71
Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale, THE WALKING DEAD) - 65
Neil Tadken (ex-Don, PORT CHARLES) - 52
Heather Rattray (ex-Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Wendy, GUIDING LIGHT) - 47
Gina Torres (ex-Magdalena, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 43
Damon L. Jacobs (Host, WE LOVE SOAPS TV; Reporter, IMAGINARY BITCHES; Bartender, EMPIRE) - 41
Emily Bergl (ex-Beth, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 37
Marguerite Moreau (ex-Monica, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT) - 35
Sara Paxton (ex-Raina, THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE; ex-Young Sheridan, PASSIONS ) - 27
Casey Jon Deidrick (Chad, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Gabe, EMPIRE) - 25

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