Monday, August 20, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (August 20)

On this date in...

1973: Suzanne Rogers debuted as Maggie Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  Amnesiac Mickey Horton stumbled onto Maggie's farm that day.

1974: On ANOTHER WORLD, Alice told Steve she was freeing him from their marriage.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Tobias was the talk of the town, and Paige encountered a masked man with a gun.

1987: On RYAN'S HOPE, on John (Jason Adams) and Lizzie's (Catherine Larson) wedding day, but Ben (James Wlcek) "kidnapped" the bride before she could walk down the aisle.

1989: SAVED BY THE BELL, which launched the careers of Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkeley, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Lark Voorhies, debuted on NBC's Saturday morning lineup.

1999: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jax found Chloe lying motionless on the ground.

2006: ALL MY CHILDREN's Jacob Young gave his final performance as Lumiere in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway after a three month run.

2009: On GUIDING LIGHT, Jonathan returned to check on Reva.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ray Wise (ex-Jamie, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Blair, DALLAS; ex-Hal, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Spiros, THE COLBYS; Leland, TWIN PEAKS) - 66
Don Stark (ex-Ripley, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Frank, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 58
James Marsters (ex-Spike, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER; ex-Brainiac, SMALLVILLE; ex-Barnabas, CAPRICA) - 50
Donn Swaby (ex-Chad, PASSIONS) - 39
Misha Collins (Castiel, SUPERNATURAL) - 38
Michael Rady (ex-Jonah, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Max, GREEK; ex-Doug, SWINGTOWN) - 31
Kai Soremekun (Lisa, CHICK)
Andrew Garfield (ex-Frank, DOCTOR WHO) - 29
Brant Daugherty (Noel, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; ex-Bryan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 27
Demi Lovato (ex-Hayley, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 20

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  1. I was a little girl when The Edge of Night went off the air so I can recall very little of the show but I do remember how what I saw of the show and the theme song used to scare me a little. Now, hearing it, I appreciate it's haunting, sexy quality-- I quite like it!

  2. It's funny how our perspective can change like that over time. I wish we could see soap reruns on a cable channel. When I was a teenager and into college EDGE and SFT aired on USA Network.