Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (October 18)

On this date in...

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, after Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) urged Julia (Grayson Hall) to begin the experiment to change him from vampire to human, she started the mechanism.

1973: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) was unhappy to learn Eliot (James Douglas) had enrolled Dennis (Mike Hammett) in Bay City Junior High, but pleased after Louise (Anne Meacham) told her the Eliot admitted he loved Iris on the latest tapes.

1988: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Duncan (Michael Swan) found a beat up Tonio (Peter Boynton) on the floor.

1989: Vincent Irizarry aired for the final time as Scott Clark in SANTA BARBARA.

1993: Crystal Chappell aired for the final time as Carly Manning in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Or so we thought at the time. In the episode, Carly, Lawrence (Michael Sabatino) and Nicholas (Erik von Detten) left town to begin a new life in France. Chappell returned to DAYS 16 years later in 2009 for another two year run as Carly. Sabatino briefly returned as well.

1999: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Shawn (Jason Cook) and Belle (Kirsten Storms) met for the first time as teenagers.

2002: Kathy Brier debuted as Marcie Walsh in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.  On the episode that day, Bo (Robert S. Woods) revealed the results of the DNA tests. Jessica and Natalie were both Viki’s daughters.

2004: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jason (Steve Burton) was arrested for Durant's shooting.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joe Morton (ex-Daniel, THE GOOD WIFE; ex-Zeke, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Abel/Leo, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-James, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 65
Mark LaMura (ex-Mark, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Douglas, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Vic, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 64
Jon Lindstrom (ex-Craig, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Kevin/Ryan, PORT CHARLES/GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Brady, RITUALS; ex-Mark, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Paul, GENERATIONS) - 55
Chris McKenna (ex-Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 35
Zac Efron (ex-Cameron, SUMMERLAND) - 25
Joy Lauren (Danielle, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 23
Carly Schroeder (ex-Serena, PORT CHARLES) - 22
Tyler Posey (ex-Gabriel, BROTHERS & SISTERS; ex-Andrew, LINCOLN HEIGHTS) - 21

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