Sunday, July 1, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (July 1)

On this date in...

1901: Legendary soap opera creator Irna Phillips was born in Chicago (111 years ago today!). She died in 1973 at age 72.

1923: Future ANOTHER WORLD star Constance Ford (Ada) was born.  She died in 1993 at age 69.

1955: The final episode of ROSEMARY aired in CBS Radio.

1966: NBC Daytime soap operas MORNING STAR and PARADISE BAY aired their final episodes.   The shows were both created by Ted Corday. Watch an episode of MORNING STAR below.

1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, Walter and Lenore were married.

1976: On THE DOCTORS, Nick and Althea reunited.

1982: Diane Sommerfield aired for the final time as Valerie Grant on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1991: Anne Heche's last episode of ANOTHER WORLD aired.

1993: On GUIDING LIGHT, Holly and Michelle arrived at the Cliff House.

2000: Actor Burt Douglas died at age 69.  His soap roles included Ron Christopher on THE EDGE OF NIGHT and Jim Fisk on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2002: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Rae revealed the truth about her past to Keri and Antonio.

2005: Canadian soap opera TRAIN 48 aired its final episode.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Frank Parker (ex-Grandpa Shawn, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Paddy, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 73
Terrence Mann (ex-Jester, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Griffen, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Ted, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Earl, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 61
Nelson Aspen (ex-Albert, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW)
Denice Duff (ex-Amanda, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 47
Ritchie Coster (ex-Nate/Alfred, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Gabe, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 45
Henry Simmons (ex-Tyrone, ANOTHER WORLD) - 42
Henry Simmons (ex-Tyrone, ANOTHER WORLD) - 41
Thomas Sadoski (ex-Jesse, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 36
Hilarie Burton (ex-Peyton, ONE TREE HILL) - 30
Hannah Murray (Gilly, GAME OF THRONES; ex-Cassie, SKINS) - 23
Bryant Jones (ex-Nate, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 20

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