Sunday, July 8, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (July 8)

On this date in...

1935: Radio soap opera GIRL ALONE premiered.  Betty Winkler starred as Patricia Rogers.  Macdonald Carey was among the stars.

1949: The radio version of THE BRIGHTER DAY aired its final episode on NBC Radio. It moved to CBS Radio the following Monday. Typical of an Irna Phillips soap, the show opened with an epigraph: Our years are as the falling leaves -- we live, we love, we dream, and then we go. But somehow we keep hoping, don't we, that our dreams come true on that brighter day.

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Carolyn came home with Burke

1980: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel told Ada it would break Mac's heart if he knew the baby was Mitch's.

1992: Aaron Spelling's MELROSE PLACE, a spin-off of BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, premiered on FOX.

1997: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Brenda and Sonny narrowly escape the police.

2002: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Belle and Shawn rescued two 'aliens' from their space pod.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Anjelica Huston (Eileen, SMASH) - 61
Kevin Bacon (ex-Tim, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Todd, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 54
David Elliott (ex-Billy, THE DOCTORS) - 53
Valarie Pettiford (ex-Shelia, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Courtney, ANOTHER WORLD) - 52
Michael Weatherly (ex-Cooper, LOVING/THE CITY) - 44
Milo Ventimiglia (ex-Peter, HEROES; ex-Jess, GILMORE GIRLS) - 35
Eve Myles (Gwen, TORCHWOOD) - 34
Sophia Bush (ex-Brooke, ONE TREE HILL) -30
Jake McDorman (ex-Evan, GREEK) - 26