Monday, July 9, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (July 9)

On this date in...

1946: Mary-Ellis Bunim, producer of several daytime soap operas before moving into reality television with THE REAL WORLD, was born.  She died in 2004 at age 57.

1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel apologized for not being nice to Ada or Russ.

1981: Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES head writer Ruth Brooks died at age 59.

1991: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Jack and Jennifer saw Macdonald Carey's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame while on their honeymoon.

2001: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Chris made a mysterious phone call to reveal Erica was going to be more trouble than he had thought.

2001: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Kate was thrilled that Simon said he loved her.

2002: On PASSIONS, Brian and Nick try to stop Diana in her race car before it explodes.

2007: GREEK, the college-set drama starring Spencer Grammer, premiered on ABC Family.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Brian Dennehy (ex-Jake, DYNASTY) - 74
Richard Roundtree (Lou, DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM; ex-Oliver, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 70
Suzanne Rogers (Maggie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 69
John Tesh (Himself, SANTA BARBARA) - 60
Jimmy Smits (ex-Matthew, THE WEST WING) - 57
Lisa Banes (ex-Eve, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 57
Jerry Penacoli (ex-Fergus, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jerry, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Christian, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 56
Brian Fitzpatrick (ex-Roscoe, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Kenneth, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Mitch, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 55
Kelly McGillis (ex-Glenda, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 55
Raymond Cruz (Memo, LOS AMERICANS) -V51
Nathaniel Marston (ex-Michael/ex-Al, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Eddie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 37


  1. Happy Birthday also to Marco Dapper, currently playing Carmine Basco on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS - 29.

  2. Brian Dennehy was also on one of the early eps of Dallas.

    Richard Roundtree was also in the cast of Generations.

    Jimmy Smits was mentioned as having been on Guiding Light in the 60 Minutes special story on GL, even though there isn't a GL listing for him on IMDb.