Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (May 1)

On this date in...

1937: Jackie Ormes, the first African American female cartoonist created her earliest cartoon. It was an action, romance, and soap opera comic featuring a Black heroine named Torchy Brown.

1939: Radio soap opera LOS JASMINES DEL '80 debuted in Argentina.

1968: On DARK SHADOWS, Joe ordered Willie to stay away from Maggie.

1972: Susan Sarandon debuted as Sarah Fairbanks on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.

1973: The character of Mackenzie Cory debuted on ANOTHER WORLD.  Mac was played for the first year by Robert Emhardt and then by Douglass Watson (see below).

1989: Soap veteran actor Douglass Watson, best known as Mackenzie Cory from ANOTHER WORLD, died at age 68. He won two Daytime Emmys for the role.

1992: Roberta Flack performed at Hamp and Gilly's wedding reception on GUIDING LIGHT.

2004: PASSIONS co-stars Lindsay Korman and Justin Harley marry in real life. Lindsay later starred on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and ALL MY CHILDREN.

2010: Legendary actress Helen Wagner passed away at age 91 after 54 years on AS THE WORLD TURNS.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Judy Collins (ex-Judith, THE DOCTORS) - 74
Stephen Macht (ex-Trevor, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Joe, KNOTS LANDING) -70
Joanna Lumley (ex-Elaine, CORONATION STREET) - 66
Chris Henry Coffey (Connor, DOWNSIZED; ex-Rex, GUIDING LIGHT) - 41
Julie Benz (ex-Robin, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 40
Bailey Chase (ex-Chris, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 40
Darius McCrary (ex-Malcolm, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 36
Ben Easter (ex-Carl, UNDRESSED) - 33
Farah Fath (ex-Gigi, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Mimi, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 28


  1. That clip of Hamp and Gilly being serenaded by Roberta Flack is so BEAUTIFUL! Great memories of GL. Loved Gilly and Hamp and his friendship with Billy Lewis. Loved David and Kat. Great times for GL back then. Thanks for the memories!

  2. I loved the Gilly & Hamp Wedding scenes on GL--Yay!

    Brian :-)