Saturday, February 2, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (February 2)

On this date in...

1955: On THE ROAD OF LIFE, Conrad (Charles Dingle) asked Byron if his daughter had a claim on the estate.

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Lee squirmed when John told Mike (Gary Pillar) he could always come back to work for him if things don't work out. This was Pillar's final appearance on ANOTHER WORLD as Mike. The character would later return to Springfield and GUIDING LIGHT played by Robert Pickering then Don Stewart. Pillar (now using his birth name Gary Carpenter) returned to ANOTHER WORLD in 1977 replacing Ted Shackelford in the role of Ray Gordon.

1993: Renee Jones made her first appearance as Lexie Carver in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Also debuting that day was Thyme Lewis as Jonah Carver.

1995: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Dorian (Robin Strasser) and Viki (Erika Slezak) had an emotional confrontation.

1998: On GUIDING LIGHT, Vanessa gave birth to Maureen Bauer Reardon.

1998: Australian soap BREAKERS premiered. It ran for a year on Network Ten.

2006: Elena Goode made her first appearance in AS THE WORLD TURNS as Jade Taylor.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Elaine Stritch (ex-Wilma, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 88
Robert Mandan (ex-Sam, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-David, FROM THESE ROOTS; ex-Nathan, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Maxwell, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Jonesy, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 81
Bo Hopkins (ex-Matthew, DYNASTY) - 71
Jean Rogers (ex-Dolly, EMMERDALE) - 71
Geoffrey Hughes (ex-Eddie, CORONATION STREET) - 69
Kim Zimmer (ex-Echo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Reva, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Nola, THE DOCTORS; ex-Jodie, SANTA BARBARA) - 58
Michael T. Weiss (ex-Mike, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Peter, DARK SHADOWS) - 51
Cady Huffman (ex-Paige, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 48
Jennifer Westfeldt (ex-Jen, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 43
Emily Rose (ex-Lena, BROTHERS & SISTERS) - 32
Chris J Handley (Lance, EMPIRE) - 30
Evan Alex Cole (ex-Hunter, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 28

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  1. Mandan was also Chester on Soap (They even covered this sitcom in SOD)

  2. Sadly Geoffrey Hughes (ex-Eddie, Coronation Street) passed away last July aged 68 . RIP :(