Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (January 2)

From an ad that ran during PEYTON PLACE in 1966.
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1913: Anna Lee was born.  The actress, who is best known to soap fans for her work as Lila Quartermaine in GENERAL HOSPITAL, died in 2004.  She would have turned 100 today.

1971: A ban on cigarette advertising on television went into full effect. The details are below:

In 1967, the Fairness Doctrine required that all TV stations broadcast one anti-smoking public service announcement (PSA) for every three cigarette ads that aired.

In 1969, Congress proposed a ban on all cigarette advertising on TV and radio. As expected, the tobacco companies were initially against it. However, they soon realized that a ban on TV commercials would free up funds for other types of advertising, and would also remove the anti-smoking PSA requirement. Rather than fight the inevitable, they decided to cooperate, and the proposal was signed into law by President Nixon in 1970.

The ban took effect on January 2, 1971, in order to give the cigarette companies one final chance to advertise during the New Year's Day bowl games on TV.

The last televised cigarette ad ran at 11:50 p.m. during THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson on January 1, 1971.

Below you can watch a 1966 episode of PEYTON PLACE which features a KOOL cigarettes ad.

1980: Peter Brown aired for the final time as Greg Peters in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, April told Draper she heard their baby's name in her dream.

1984: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS added a brush stroke logo to its opening. The logo was designed by Sandy Dvore who had previous drawn the actor images in the opening. He also designed the opening titles for THE WALTONS (1973-1981) and KNOTS LANDING (1987-1989).

1987: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Duncan (Michael Swan) and Barbara (Colleen Zenk) worried James had broken in.

1990: Actor Robert Perault, who played the third Jeff Martin in ALL MY CHILDREN, died at age 43.  His Jeff returned to Pine Valley during Christmas in 1976 after Mary's death.

1990: ALL MY CHILDREN's "Falling Pictures" opening debuted.

1991: GUIDING LIGHT's "Hold On To Love" theme debuted.

1995: German soap opera VERBOTENE LIEBE (Forbidden Love) premiered.

2004: On PASSIONS, Rebecca (Andrea Evans) and Julian (Ben Masters) were married.

2005: Actor Stan Watt, who played Charles Lamont in LOVE OF LIFE, died at age 74.

2006: Actor Raúl Dávila, who played Hector Santos in ALL MY CHILDREN in the mid-1990s died at age 74.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Considine (ex-Reginald/Vic, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Grant, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Scooter, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Phillip, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Brian, BRIGHT PROMISE) - 78
Wendy Phillips (ex-Lucille, SAVANNAH; ex-Lauren, FALCON CREST) - 60
Gabrielle Carteris (ex-Andrea, BEVERLY HILLS 90210; ex-Tracy, ANOTHER WORLD) - 52
Tia Carrere (ex-Jade, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 46
Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle, GUIDING LIGHT) - 43
Renee Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 42
Taye Diggs (Sam, PRIVATE PRACTICE; ex-Sugar, GUIDING LIGHT) - 42
Kiko Ellsworth (ex-Jamal, PORT CHARLES; ex-Stan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 40
Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie, GENERAL HOSPITAL)
Dax Shepard (Crosby, PARENTHOOD) - 38
Ryan Brown (ex-Billy, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Bill, GUIDING LIGHT) - 38
Paz Vega (ex-Olga, MAS QUE AMIGOS; ex-Luz, COMPANEROS) - 37
Erica Hubbard (ex-Cassie, LINCOLN HEIGHTS; ex-Jenny, UNDRESSED) - 34
Shelley Hennig (ex-Diana, THE SECRET CIRCLE; ex-Stephanie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 26
Danny Miller (Aaron, EMMERDALE; ex-Kyle, GRANGE HILL) - 22

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to [email protected].


  1. Renee Goldsberry was a revelation as Evangeline Williamson on OLTL. She is hugely talented and shared immense chemistry with her every screen partner while on OLTL. I particularly enjoyed her with Michael Easton (McBain) and Trevor St. John (Todd.) The character was written out in poor story and ultimately, senselessly killed off-screen by unimaginative writers. I think the actress/character's popularity was downplayed by OLTL/ABC because of her race.

  2. Renee will be back on THE GOOD WIFE on January 13. :)

  3. Wendy Phillips was also on Homefront.

  4. Apaprently, revamped main titles used to be a trend at the beginning of the new year?! .. I noticed Hollyoaks just re-did theirs a bit: 2013-A:

  5. Anna Lee would have celebrated her 100th birthday today. She was born January 2, 1913.

  6. Thanks, Plum. I'm going to add that in!

    Fox, I can think of more shows that need to do it! :)

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