Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (December 18)

On this date in...

1946: DuMont Television Network's live soap opera FARAWAY HILL aired its final episode.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, two hunters mistook Deborah (Frances Fisher) for a deer in the woods. Watch the episode below:

1987: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Jesse (Darnell Williams) shared his fears about AIDS with Angie (Debbi Morgan).  Meanwhile, Cindy (Ellen Wheeler) prayed for strength.

1989: On ANOTHER WORLD, a mystery man carried an unconscious Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) into the E.R.

1991: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Desiree (Charlayne Woodard) sang "O' Holy Night."

1995: Stephanie Cameron debuted as Jennifer Horton Deveraux in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2006: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, as the was being rushed into surgery Blair (Kassie DePaiva) begged "Todd" (Trevor St. John) to save her baby.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Gillian Spencer (ex-Jennifer, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Daisy, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Lyn, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Leora, THE SECRET STORM; ex-Robin, GUIDING LIGHT, ex-Victoria, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 73
Ray Liotta (ex-Joey, ANOTHER WORLD) - 58
Brad Pitt (ex-Chris, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Randy, DALLAS) - 49
Steve Austin (ex-WWE) - 48
Shawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Brandon, VENICE; ex-Mike, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Ross, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 46
Rachel Griffiths (ex-Sarah, BROTHERS & SISTERS; ex-Brenda, SIX FEET UNDER) - 44
Casper Van Dien (ex-Ty, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 44
Lucy Deakins (ex-Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 41
Katie Holmes (ex-Joey, DAWSON'S CREEK) - 34
Josh Dallas (Prince Charming, ONCE UPON A TIME) - 31
Ashley Benson (Hannah, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; ex-Mia, EASTWICK; ex-Abby, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 23
Bridgit Mendler (ex-GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 20

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