Thursday, February 21, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (February 21)

On this date in...

1949: John Haggart's television soap opera A WOMAN TO REMEMBER premiered on the Dumont network. The main focus of the soap-within-a-soap series was the backstage drama of a radio serial. Radio soap opera star Christine Baker (Patricia Wheel) was the central heroine who had to spend much of her time dealing with malicious Carol Winstead (Joan Catlin), who fought against her both at work and in Christine's relationship with Steve Hammond (John Raby).

1979: On ANOTHER WORLD, Karen met Dan and Alice when Michael brought her to the party at the Matthews house.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Cliff called Deborah and Elliott to the stand.

2005: DAYS OF OUR LIVES aired its 10,000th episode.

2011: The 2nd Annual Indie Soap Awards were held at Alvin Ailey Studios in New York, hosted by Martha Byrne.

2012: The 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards were held at New World Stages in New York. RAGGED ISLE was named Best Web Series (Drama) while PRETTY was named Best Web Series (Comedy).

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Larry Pennell (ex-Hank, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 85
Tyne Daly (ex-Caroline, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 67
Christine Ebersole (ex-Maxie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Lily, RYAN'S HOPE) - 60
Kelsey Grammer (ex-Dr. Canard, ANOTHER WORLD) - 57
Jack Coleman (Bill, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES; ex-Steven, DYNASTY; ex-Jake, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 55
Christopher Atkins (ex-Peter, DALLAS) - 52
William Baldwin (William, GOSSIP GIRL; ex-Gordon, PARENTHOOD; ex-Patrick, DIRTY SEXY MONEY) - 50
Bronwen Booth (ex-Andrea, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 49
Jennifer Love Hewitt (ex-Sarah, PARTY OF FIVE) - 34
Ashley Greene (Amanda, PAN AM; ex-Renata, DESIRE) - 26

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