Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (November 13)

On this date in...

1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Dru (Geoffrey Lumb) asked John to take on Pat's case.  Michael M. Ryan and Gaye Huston made their first appearances as John and Lee Randolph.

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Julia (Grayson Hall) panicked when Woodard's ghost appeared.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Nola (Kim Hunter) prepared to kill Deborah Saxon.

1981: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, the women of Port Charles celebrated Laura's (Genie Francis) upcoming wedding to Luke with a bachelorette party.

1987: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) visited Eden (Marcy Walker) in jail.

1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Emily (Melanie Smith) was asked on the witness stand if her relationship with Paul had become sexual.

1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Phillip (Grant Aleksander) dug up Beth's grave until Rick (Michael O'Leary) and the cops stopped him.

1990: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, as Danny and Cricket (Lauralee Bell) prepared to leave for their wedding in Hawaii , they flashed back to their first meeting.

1995: THE CITY premiered on ABC.

1998: On GUIDING LIGHT, Michelle (Bethany Joy Lenz) met Danny (Paul Anthony Stewart).

1999: Hong Kong soap opera A KINDRED SPIRIT aired its final episode.

2003: Actress Kellie Waymire died at age 36.   She played Emily Haynes in ONE LIFE TO LIVE and Melissa in SIX FEET UNDER.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Garry Marshall (ex-Jack, BROTHERS & SISTERS) - 78
Daniel Pilon (ex-Alan, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Max, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Gavin, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Renaldo, DALLAS) - 72
Joe Mantegna (ex-Juan, SOAP) - 65
Mary Gordon Murray (ex-Becky Lee, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 59
Tracy Scoggins (Grace, DANTE'S COVE; ex-Monica, THE COLBYS/DYNASTY; ex-Dianne, DALLAS; ex-Anita, DALLAS: J.R. RETURNS) - 59
Frances Conroy (Moira, AMERICAN HORROR STORY; ex-Virginia, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Ruth, SIX FEET UNDER) - 59
Chris Noth (Peter, THE GOOD WIFE; ex-Dean, ANOTHER WORLD) - 58
Whoopi Goldberg (Maris, 666 PARK AVENUE; Carmen, GLEE) - 57
Robert Aberdeen (ex-Greg, LOVE OF LIFE) - 50
Tari Signor (Margaret, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 45
Steve Zahn (Davis, TREME; ex-Spence, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 45
Melissa Hayden (ex-Julie, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS; ex-Agnes, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Bridget, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Mouse, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 43
Cathy Janeen Doe (ex-Simone PASSIONS) - 42
Jordan Bridges (Oliver, DAWSON'S CREEK) - 39
Vail Bloom (ex-Heather, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS)
Austin Williams (ex-Shane, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 16

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  1. That whole arc was one of the better ones in EoN's entire run. Great stuff!

  2. I just read the Melanie Smith interview and enjoyed it. Thanks WLS. Ms. Smith was a great Emily Stewart. I love Kelly Menighan-Hensley as an actress but she never received the excellent writing Melanie Smith received in the role, so Emily was largely unlikeable for me.

  3. wow! You guys remembered Kellie Waymire! *smile* She was a talented hilarious actress! And still missed... *cheers Kellie*