Sunday, November 18, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (November 18)

Arthur Peterson, Mercedes McCambridge, Helen Behmiller and
Henrietta Ledro.  Peterson was born 100 years ago today!
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1912: Arthur Peterson Jr. was born. He would go on to play Reverend John Ruthledge when THE GUIDING LIGHT debuted on the radio in 1937. Ruthledge and his congregation at the Little Church of Five Points, Illinois were the main focus of the show. It's title referred to the oil lamp in his character's study window that served as a beacon toward help for anyone seeking comfort.

In April 1944, Peterson enlisted and served in the Third Army in Europe, under the command of General George Patton. To explain his absence from THE GUIDING LIGHT, the writers had Reverend Ruthledge serve in the US Army as a chaplain. Peterson returned from Europe in May 1945 to resume his role on the show.The show's writers "killed off" his character in 1946. Peterson had a recurring role on GH in the late 1960s before playing "The Major" on ABC parody SOAP in the late '70s. He died of Alzheimer's disease in 1996.

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, doctors realized that Mary's (Anne Sargent)coma was a result of a drug overdose, rather than head injuries.

1981: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Scott (Kin Shriner) was bitter following Luke and Laura's wedding.

1986: On ANOTHER WORLD, Reginald (John Considine) vowed to make Brittany (Sharon Gabet) pay for shooting Peter.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Gina (Robin Mattson) was determined to get the tape back from Santana (Gina Gallego).

1993: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Eric (Susan Lucci) was furious after she found out Dimitri (Michael Nader) hired Hayley to help Kendall find her father.

1998: Actress Norma Connolly died at age 71. She was best known for her long-running role as Ruby Anderson in GENERAL HOSPITAL. She also played Lena Karr Gilroy in THE YOUNG MARRIEDS. During her career, Connolly appeared in scores of television specials, movies and miniseries. She was a board member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She was also active in the battle against AIDS, serving on the board of Hollywood Helps. She was responsible for recruiting soap opera performers for such fund-raisers as the "Soap Star Spectacular" staged in 1992 at the Santa Monica Airport.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Anne Sargent (ex-Connie, THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS; ex-Mary, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 89
Brenda Vaccaro (ex-Julia, PAPER DOLLS) - 73
Linda Evans (ex-Krystle, DYNASTY) - 70
Susan Sullivan (ex-Lenore, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Nancy, A WORLD APART; ex-Maggie, FALCON CREST) - 70
Peter Brouwer (ex-Alex, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Brad, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Joe, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Judge Robinson, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 67
Glenn Walken (ex-Mike, GUIDING LIGHT) - 67
Jameson Parker (ex-Dale, SOMERSET; ex-Brad, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 65
Gilles Kohler (ex-Gilles, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 64
Andrea Marcovicci (ex-Betsy, LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING) - 64
Shari Shattuck (ex-Ashley, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Heather, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 52
Paul Korver (ex-Chris, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 41
Chloƫ Sevigny (Shelley, AMERICAN HORROR STORY) - 38
Jake Abel (ex-Adam, SUPERNATURAL) - 25

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