Today in Soap Opera History (December 14)

On this date in...

1949: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, Mama Bauer (Adelaide Klein) died.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Phil (Sam McMurray) pulled a gun on Deborah (Frances Fisher).

1983: Catherine Mary Stewart aired for the final time as Kayla Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1991: Lucy Montgomery was born on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Peyton List took over the role exactly 10 years later.

1992: Tracy Middendorf aired for the final time as Carrie Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2000: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Vicky (Jensen Buchanan) appeared during the seance.

2004: Candice Daly, who played Veronica Landers on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in the late 1990s, was found dead in a rundown Los Angeles apartment.

2006: Heather Tom aired for the final time as Kelly Cramer in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

2009: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Billy (Billy Miller) and Daniel (Michael Graziadei) shared a jail cell.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Patty Duke (ex-Ellen, THE BRIGHTER DAY; ex-Molly, KITTY FOYLE) - 66
Elaine Princi (ex-Dorian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Linda, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Miranda, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Kathryn, ANOTHER WORLD) - 66
Celia Weston (ex-Gloria, RYAN'S HOPE) - 61
Cynthia Gibb (ex-Suzi, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 49
Noelle Beck (ex-Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Trisha, LOVING) - 44
Tammy Blanchard (ex-Drew, GUIDING LIGHT) - 36

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  1. I believe Elaine Princi passed away.

  2. TV News, I haven't heard that. Her sister, Carla, died a couple of years ago.