Today in Soap Opera History (February 10)

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1897: Dame Judith Anderson was born. Anderson moved to New York from Australia in 1918 and was a hit on Broadway before moving to Hollywood to make films. In 1984 she joined the original cast of SANTA BARBARA as Minx Lockridge. She died in 1992 at age 94.

1966: On ANOTHER WORLD, Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) told Emily that he found he had a lot in common with John, since both their wives died when their daughters were young.

1981: Benjamin Hendrickson began a three month run on TEXAS in the role of Chris Shaw.

1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Reva (Kim Zimmer) and Sonni (Michelle Forbes) began their memorable walk across a suspension bridge.

1992: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Victor (Eric Braeden) continued to think about Nikki even though she was with Jack.

2008: Roy Scheider died at age 75. He played Kenny in THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Jonas Falk in LOVE OF LIFE and Bob Hill in THE SECRET STORM.

2011: THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW aired a soap special featuring Susan Lucci, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams, Michael E. Knight, Anthony Geary, Genie Francis and Jeanne Cooper (plus the actors who played Erica Kane's husbands as a surprise).

2012: Actor Michael Lipton died at age 86. He played roles in multiple daytime soaps including Neil Wade in AS THE WORLD TURNS and Stan Kurtz in SOMERSET.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Roberta Flack (Herself, GUIDING LIGHT) - 76
Jay Pickett (ex-Frank, PORT CHARLES, ex-Chip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-David, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 52
Sarah Aldrich (ex-Courtney, PORT CHARLES; ex-Jill, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 46
Vince Gilligan (Writer/Producer, BREAKING BAD) - 46
Micheal Dietz (ex-Jake, PASSIONS; ex-Mark; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Alan-Michael, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Joe, PORT CHARLES) - 42
Kim Onasch (ex-Jennifer, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 31

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  1. Roger, the youtube link to the 2/10/11 video of the Oprah episode of the soap special is

  2. Sarah also played Victoria on Y and R.