Thursday, August 16, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (August 16)

On this date in...

1976: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris said to Therese: "Daddy always loved me until Rachel trapped him."

1977: Elvis Presley died. Presley was influenced greatly by Mae Axton, who was a former soap opera writer (for two weeks anyway) that wrote his first million-selling hit, "Heartbreak Hotel." Elvis' ex-wife, Priscilla, would go on to star for several years on DALLAS. Former soap star Susan Walters would play Priscilla in one of the television movies about the singer.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Miles (Joel Crothers) tried to soothe a dying Louise.

1991: Jensen Buchanan played the role of Marley on ANOTHER WORLD for the first time. She had already debuted as Vicky.

1999: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Dorian found a crying doll on her doorstep.

2001: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Ashley told Traci that Colleen was becoming a bit too attached to Brad.

2002: On PASSIONS, Tabitha was unable to make a martimmy without Timmy.

2007: On GUIDING LIGHT, Josh and Cassie were almost married when Olivia ran over Reva before they could finish the ceremony.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lesley Ann Warren (ex-Sophie, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 66
Reginald VelJohnson (ex-Ed, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 60
Kathie Lee Gifford (ex-Nurse Callahan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 59
Angela Bassett (ex-Leonie, RYAN'S HOPE) - 54
Cam Gigandet (ex-Daniel, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Randy, JACK & BOBBY; ex-Kevin, THE O.C.) - 30
Agnes Bruckner (ex-Bridget, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Heather, PRIVATE PRACTICE) - 27
Shawn Pyfrom (ex-Andrew, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 26
Kevin G. Schmidt (Noah, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 24
Rumer Willis (ex-Gia, 90210) - 24

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