Sunday, September 2, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (September 2)

On this date in...

1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat had an abortion.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Amanda moved into Collinwood.

1985: On SANTA BARBARA, CC's (then Charles Bateman) aneurysm burst and he fell into a coma while Gina (then Linda Gibboney) moved their divorce papers further and further out of his reach so he couldn't sign them.  Watch below:

1988: Carl Anderson returned to DAYS OF OUR LIVES to sing "Friends and Lovers" for Kim and Shane.

1991: The book "Women and Soap Opera: A Study of Prime Time Soaps" by Christine Geraghty was released.

1997: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Carrie punched Sami.

1997: On ANOTHER WORLD, Kirkland was hit by a car driven by Paulina.

2010: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Carly was not happy that Sonny left to find Brenda.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Mary Jo Catlett (ex-Mary, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 74
Millee Taggert (Soap Writer; ex-Janet, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Millie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Geri, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 72
Mark Harmon (ex-Fielding, FLAMINGO ROAD) - 61
Linda Purl (ex-Claire, PORT CHARLES; ex-Betsy, BEACON HILL) - 57
Tuc Watkins (ex-Bob, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-David, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Pierce, GENERAL HOPSITAL; ex-Reggie, SANTA BARBARA) - 46
Salma Hayek (ex-Sofia, UGLY BETTY; ex-Juana, EL VUELO DEL AGUILA) - 46
Cynthia Watros (ex-Annie, GUIDING LIGHT; temp-Vicky, ANOTHER WORLD) - 44
Vincent De Paul (Father Leone, THE BAY) - 44
Erin Hershey (ex-Alison, PORT CHARLES) - 36
Allison Miller (ex-Teen Tracy, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 27
Yani Gellman (Rafe, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; Garrett, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; Diego, 90210; ex-Pete, GREEK) - 27

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to [email protected].

Thanks, Ryan, for today's SANTA BARBARA clip!


  1. Tuc is 46 wow!

    Yani and his 3 roles are 27! ;)

  2. Tuc Is A Very Sweet Guy, Too!

    Brian :-)

  3. I remember seeing that Carrie/Sami scene when it originally aired. It was such wonderful payback for the months we had endured Carrie and Austin being separated by Lucas and Carrie. I am glad that nearly 20 years later, that storyline is still playing out. Good job DOOL!