Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (June 26)

On this date in...

1936: BACKSTAGE WIFE aired its final episode in the 4:15 p.m. timeslot on NBC Blue radio. It would move to mornings for two years before returning to afternoon in 1938.

1939: The short-lived radio soap opera ORPHANS OF DIVORCE aired for the final time.  Margaret Anglin starred as Nora Kelly Worthington.

1946: On ROSEMARY, Rosemary (Betty Winkler) stopped at a drug store to use the telephone to call Dr. Jim (Bill Adams) about Bill's memory return. Listen below.

1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, Sam (Jordan Charney) was suspicious of his niece, the social climbimg Rachel (Robin Strasser).  He smiled when she said they could be friends now that they were traveling in the same high-class circles (Rachel married Russ earlier in 1968 on January 3). Sam moved to SOMERSET in 1970 with his wife, Lahoma.

1978: Stephen Schetzer debuted as Steve Olson in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1983: LOVING premiered on ABC as a two-hour movie.

1987: On GUIDING LIGHT, Rick Bauer (Michael O'Leary) returned to the delight of Phillip (Grant Aleksander) and Chelsea (Kassie Wesley, now DePaiva).

2001: On PASSIONS, Luis, Sheridan, Ethan and Theresa toasted to their impending nuptials.

2003: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Dorian (Robin Strasser) told Starr (Kristen Alderson) she would handle Walker.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Phoebe Dorin (ex-Penny, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Betty, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Angela, HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE) - 72
Pamela Bellwood (ex-Claudia, DYNASTY) - 61
Matt Letscher (Billy, SCANDAL; ex-Alec, BROTHERS & SISTERS) - 42
Chris O'Donnell (ex-Finn, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 42
Nick Offerman (ex-Beau, GILMORE GIRLS) - 42
Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Michelle, GUIDING LIGHT) - 39

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