Today in Soap Opera History (December 1)

On this date in...

1930: Future soap legend Emily McLaughlin was born. She played Nurse Jessie Brewer in GENERAL HOSPITAL from the show's premiere in 1963 until her death in 1991.

1967: On LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING, Iris (Leslie Charleson) crashed her car while arguing with Mark (Sam Wade).

1975: AS THE WORLD TURNS aired its first 60-minute episode expanding from 30 minutes.

1975: THE EDGE OF NIGHT debuted on a new network, ABC, with a 90-minute special.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Jane (Jane Sibbett) wanted to know why Caroline (Lenore Kasdorf) received a package from a private investigator.

1987: Brian Lane Green debuted as Alan Brand in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1994: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Clint (Clint Ritchie) arrived at the hospital as Viki (Erika Slezak) and Sloan's (Roy Thinnes) wedding began.

1997: On ANOTHER WORLD, Tyrone (Henry Simmons) searched for clues about his father.

1998: Michael Zaslow aired for the final time on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as David Renaldi. He died on December 6.

1998: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Hope (Gina) played the same song on the piano that Greta's mother played when she was 10 years old.

1999: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Michael realized Diane had Victor's sperm. The character of Brittany debuted..

2006: Alley Mills debuted on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL as Pam.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Pat Delaney (ex-Rachel, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Kathleen, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 76
Heather Lowe (ex-Suzanna, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Cynthia, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 61
Charlene Tilton (Lucy, DALLAS; Francesca, DEVANITY) - 54
Candace Bushnell (Producer, LIPSTICK JUNGLE) - 54
Nestor Carbonell (ex-Richard, LOST) - 45
Golden Brooks (Ruby, HART OF DIXIE) - 42
Emily Mortimer (MacKenzie, THE NEWSROOM) - 41
Sandra P. Grant (ex-Rachel, ONE LIFE TO LIVE)

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1 comment:

  1. Leslie Charleson was a stunner even then on LIAMST--Sigh!

    Too bad no color copy of this episode exists! :-(

    Brian :-)