Today in Soap Opera History (November 16)

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1981: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, the wedding of Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) began, a ceremony that was watched by a record 30 million viewers. They remarried on Nov. 16, 2006 (25th anniversary).

1981: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) agreed to consider Steve's (David Canary) commission to create a sculpture for the Bel Aire Towers.

1981: On TEXAS, Justin (Jerry Lanning) received some surprising news from Dr. Bernard Kirkman (Christopher Goutman). Goutman returned to play George St. John in 1982.

1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Alexandra (Beverlee McKinsey) defended a hospitalized Phillip at a Spaulding Enterprises meeting.

1990: On ANOTHER WORLD, an unconscious Jake (Tom Eplin) suddenly opened his eyes.

1995: Will was born on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Chandler Massey plays the character today.

1997: Actor George Petrie died at age 85. He soap roles included Harv Smithfield in DALLAS, Judge Lowell in GENERAL HOSPITAL, and Dr. Perry in THE SECOND HUNDRED YEARS.  He also two characters in THE EDGE OF NIGHT: Peter and Sgt. Fisk.

2000: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Susan Lucci) visited David (Vincent Irizarry) and wanted to know what happened the night before.

2009: Actor Edward Woodward, who played Tommy in EASTENDERS, died at age 79.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Patricia Barry (ex-Sally, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Addie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Carla, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Peg, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Isabella, LOVING) - 91
Jay Hammer (ex-Fletcher, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Jesse, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Max, TEXAS) - 68
Mary Linda Rapelye (ex-Maggie, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Faith, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 68
David Leisure (ex-Charles, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Roger, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 62
Marg Helgenberger (ex-Siobhan, RYAN'S HOPE) - 54
Maeve Quinlan (ex-Megan, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Betsy, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 48
Tricia Cast (Nina, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Christy, SANTA BARBARA) - 46
Lisa Bonet (ex-Maya, LIFE ON MARS) - 45
Tammy Lauren (ex-Maggie, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 44
Martha Plimpton (Patti, THE GOOD WIFE) - 42
Troy Hall (ex-Tito, ANOTHER WORLD) - 38
James Carlton (ex-Jason, EMMERDALE) - 35
Alexa Havins (ex-Esther, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY; ex-Babe, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 31
Kimberly J. Brown (ex-Marah, GUIDING LIGHT) - 28

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  1. Will NEVER forget Luke & Laura Wedding, I was in High School, my sweat Aunt pick me up on Thur/Friday to watch the wedding!!

  2. Tricia Cast is actually 46, of course, she looks great ;-)

    I only know this, because we were discussing her age in relation to Jeff Branson (age 35) who plays her son on Y&R.