Monday, February 11, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (February 11)

On this date in...

1972: On ANOTHER WORLD, Mary (Virginia Dwyer) felt Paula (Beverley Owen) wasn't right for Russ since she was more interested in her work than anything else, but Jim (Hugh Marlowe) and Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) felt it was up to Russ (Robert Hover) to decide.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Miles (Joel Crothers) attacked Derek (Dennis Parker).

1987: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) and Eden (Marcy Walker) plotted against Keith (Justin Deas) and Gina (Robin Mattson) to protect Kelly (Robin Wright).

1993: Actress Joy Garrett died at age 47. She was known by soap fans for her roles as Jo Johnson in DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Boobsie Caswell Austin in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. You can catch a brief glimpse of Garrett in Y&R in a June 1984 scene below.

1994: Actor Sorrell Booke, best known for playing Boss Hogg on THE DUKES OF HAZARD, died at age 64.  Before DUKES, he played District Attorney Ira Newton in THE GUIDING LIGHT.

2000: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Asa (Philip Carey) had an offer for Skye (Robin Christopher).

2005: Former EMMERDALE and CORONATION STREET star Stan Richards died ate age 74.

2008: On GUIDING LIGHT, Natalia (Jessica Leccia) admitted to Gus (Ricky Paull Goldin) that she locked Olivia in the bathroom at the Bauer cabin to keep her from ruining their wedding day.

2012: One-time AS THE WORLD TURNS musical guest star Whitney Houston died at age 48.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Tina Louise (ex-Tish, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Julie, DALLAS) - 79
Burt Reynolds (Himself, ARCHER) - 77
Catherine Hickland (ex-Lindsay, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Tess, LOVING; ex-Jenny, CAPITOL; ex-Courtney, Texas)- 57
Bradley Cole (ex-Warren, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Jeffery/Richard, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Jordan, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 54
Jeffrey Meek (ex-Craig, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Thomas, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Quinn, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 54
Ty Treadway (Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Troy/Colin, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 46
Jennifer Aniston (SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 44
Damian Lewis (Nicholas, HOMELAND) - 42
Isaiah Mustafa (ex-Cop, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 39
Matthew Lawrence (ex-Danny, DYNASTY) - 33

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  1. I adored Joy Garrett as Jo on DAYS. She imbued the character with strength and dignity in the face of adversity. She has been missed.

  2. I loved Beverley Owen as the ORIGINAL Marilyn Munster!