Monday, August 6, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (August 6)

On this date in...

1928: REAL FOLKS FROM THOMPKINS CORNER, one of the earliest documented radio serials, premiered on NBC Radio.

1946: Charla Doherty, the actress who originated the role of Julie Olson in DAYS OF OUR LIVES, was born.  She died in 1988 at age 41.  Watch her in the very first episode of DAYS here.

1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, Liz (Audra Lindley) cried to Bill and Missy that they would have been happier if she had died of her heart attack.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Nora unwrapped the box and found the smaller box inside.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Louise tried to kill Paige (Margaret Colin).

1980: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Luke and Laura were on the run and spent the night in Wyndham's Department Store.

1981: GUIDING LIGHT's Kathleen Cullen (Amanda) gave birth to a 7-pound 13-ounce baby girl, Alexis. Cullen would return to the show from maternity leave in September.

1983: ANOTHER WORLD's Linda Dano and Stephen Schnetzer (Felicia and Cass) appeared at "Soaps Alive" at the Albany Mall.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Darcy was still on the loose at Cedar's Hospital.

1988: PUSH, the short-lived ABC primetime soap about Olympic hopefuls, aired its third and final episode leaving five episodes unaired.

2010: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens) realized Chris was lying.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Barbara Windsor (ex-Peggy, EASTENDERS) - 75
Louise Sorel (Vivian, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Augusta, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Judith, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 72
Nathan Purdee (ex-Hank, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Nate, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Jake, SANTA BARBARA) - 62
Catherine Hicks (ex-Annie, 7TH HEAVEN; ex-Faith, RYAN'S HOPE) - 61
Valerie Wildman (ex-Fay, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 59
Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-DJ, CAPITOL; ex-Alec, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 53
Jason O'Mara (Jim, TERRA NOVA; ex-Sam, LIFE ON MARS; ex-Stuart, MEN IN TREES; ex-Richard, THE BILL) - 40
Melissa George (ex-Sadie, GREY'S ANATOMY; ex-Angel, HOME AND AWAY) - 36
Josh Schwartz (Executive Producer/Writer, GOSSIP GIRL; THE O.C.) - 36
Ryan Sypek (ex-Ryan, GREEK; ex-Junior, WILDFIRE) - 30
Amie Marzen (Julie, RAGGED ISLE)

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