Saturday, July 21, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (July 21)

On this date in...

1932: Kaye Stevens, who played Jeri Clayton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the 1970s, died last December at age 79.

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Carolyn found out about Roger's accident but refused to believe Burke was involved.

1972: Victoria Wyndham debuted in the role of Rachel in ANOTHER WORLD. She replaced Robin Strasser in the role (Margie Impert had replaced Strasser originally but didn't work out so Strasser returned for a few months.) In the story, Strasser's Rachel was torn between Steve and Ted so she decided to take Jamie out of town for a week. In Wyndham's debut, Steve came to Washington to see Jamie. Rachel returned to Bay City a few days later. Wydham would play the role until the show went off the air June 25, 1999.

Charles Durning debuted the same day as Wyndham as a recast Gil McGowan.  He played the role four months and then Dolph Sweet took over.

1978: Rita Lloyd debuted as Lucille Wexler in GUIDING LIGHT.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, "Kirk" and Emily were in danger at Playland Amusement Park.

1980: TEXAS actors Jerry Lanning and Lisby Larson debuted on ANOTHER WORLD as Justin and Paige Marshall.  Stephen D. Newman aired for the final time as Mike Marshall.  Mike called his children (he only got Paige's voice mail) before he shot himself.

1986: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Frannie broke down over Chris's death.

1987: James Acheson debuted Jack Deveraux in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  He lasted three months in the role.

1989: Sherry Stringfield debuted as Blake Lindsey in GUIDING LIGHT.

1997: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Laura tried to convince Marlena that the man with Kristen was not Roman.

2008: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Clint and Rex found themselves in 1968.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Patricia Elliott (ex-Renee, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 70
Jordan Clarke (Colonel, VENICE; ex-Billy/Tim, GUIDING LIGHT) - 62
John Martin (ex-Bill, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Hank, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Frederick, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Jon, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 61
Jack Stehlin (ex-Davis, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 46
Ali Landry (ex-Amur, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Kenzie, SUNSET BEACH) - 39
Chrishell Stause (ex-Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 31

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  1. I really miss Vicky Wyndham & her wonderful performances!

    Brian :-)

  2. You mean Bo and Rex was in 1968