Saturday, December 8, 2012

Today in Soap Opera History (December 8)

On this date in...

1953: On VALIANT LADY, Helen (Nancy Coleman) told Jane (Helen Wagner) about her experience with the pilot. Watch the episode below.

1975: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, "Josie" (Louise Shaffer) learned she might spend her life in prison for the murder of Mark Faraday.

1981: Wayne Northrop debuted as Roman Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1985: German soap opera LINDERSTRA├čE ('Linden Street') premiered.

1988: Actress Anne Seymour, who played Cornelia Exiter in ANOTHER WORLD and Beatrice Hewitt in GENERAL HOSPITAL, died at age 79.

1994: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Joey (Nathan Fillion) wanted Dorian (Robin Strasser)to apologize to Viki.

1996: Howard E. Rollins Jr. (Ed Harding, ANOTHER WORLD, FBI Agent, ALL MY CHILDREN) died at age 46 due to complications from the AIDS virus. Check out our recent World AIDS Day tributes here.

1998: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Viki (Erika Slezak) and Clint (Clint Ritchie) were at odds over Jessica's pregnancy.

2009: AS THE WORLD TURNS was canceled. CBS aired the final episode of the 54 year old soap on September 17, 2010.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Michael Levin (ex-Jack, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-John, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Tim, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 80
Billy Hufsey (ex-Emilio, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Bartender, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 54
Teri Hatcher (ex-Susan, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Angelica, CAPITOL) - 48
Dominic Monaghan (ex-Simon, FLASHFORWARD; ex-Charlie, LOST) - 36
Ian Somerhalder (Damon, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES; ex-Boone, LOST) - 34
AnnaSophia Robb (Carrie, THE CARRIE DIARIES) - 19

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  1. Wow, Jack Fenelli is 80? He is only 6 years younger than Maeve? The actress playing Mary was 22 years younger than Levin. Sure he isn't 60 or 70?

  2. Nope Kate Mulgrew has said that he was older many times in interviews.