Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (November 21)

On this date in...

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Billy accidentally overheard Mary's confession that he wasn't Roger's son.

1979: On ANOTHER WORLD, Joey Perrini (Ray Liotta) and Eileen Simpson (Vicky Dawson) were married by Judge Waverly.  Eileen died a few weeks later with a brain tumor.

1980: An estimated 83 million TV viewers in in the U.S. tuned in to the CBS primetime soap opera DALLAS to find out "Who Shot J.R." Ewing (Larry Hagman). Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) figured out that it was her sister, Kristin Shepard (Mary Crosby).  An estimated 350 million watched around the world.

1980: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Rick (Chris Robinson) finagled an invitation to Thanksgiving out of Lesley (Denise Alexander).

1988: On ANOTHER WORLD, Dick Cavett guest starred as a hypnotist who tried to help Felicia.

1989: On ANOTHER WORLD, John Hudson (David Forsyth) and Sharlene Frame Watts (Anna Holbrook) were married.  Frankie (Alice Barrett) caught the bouquet.

1990: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Tom (Macdonald Carey) felt blessed on Thanksgiving, leading to an "Always" musical montage of Tom and Alice (Frances Reid) highlights.

1994: Actor George E. Carey, who played Lamont Corbin in GENERAL HOSPITAL in 1977, died at age 70.

1994: On ANOTHER WORLD, Grant Harrison (Mark Pinter) married Amanda Cory (Christine Tucci) in her hospital room.

1995: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Todd (Roger Howarth) was shot in Ireland.

1997: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, the Milltown Baptist Church burned to the ground.  Several people in the congregation were injured including Lew (Monti Sharp) (who ended up paralyzed) and his wife (who died).

2001: Actress Avril Gentles, who played DuAnn Demerest on ONE LIFE TO LIVE in the early 1990s, died at age 82.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joseph Campanella (ex-Jonathan, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Barry, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Harper, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Hutch, THE COLBYS; ex-Joe, THE GUIDING LIGHT) - 85
Laurence Luckinbill (ex-Frank, THE SECRET STORM) - 78
Juliet Mills (ex-Tabitha, PASSIONS) - 71
Deborah Shelton (ex-Mandy, DALLAS; ex-Juliette, THE YELLOW ROSE) - 64
Cherry Jones (ex-Judith, AWAKE) - 56
Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Edie, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Paige, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Taryn, PAPER DOLLS) - 49
Kellie Overbey (ex-Jenny, GUIDING LIGHT) - 48
Rib Hillis (Matthew, THE BAY; ex-Jake, PORT CHARLES; ex-Ethan, PASSIONS) - 42
Dahlia Salem (ex-Claire, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Sofia, ANOTHER WORLD) - 41
Victoria Gabrielle Platt (ex-Vicky, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Corinne, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 40
Brook Kerr (ex-Whitney, PASSIONS) - 39
Cherie Johnson (Carlina, THE BAY; ex-Latoya, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 37
Kit Paquin (ex-Marina, GUIDING LIGHT) - 31
Carly Rae Jepsen (Herself, 90210) - 27
Samantha Bailey (ex-Summer, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 11

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