Friday, March 15, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (March 15)

Macdonald Carey with Frances Reid
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1913: Longtime soap star Macdonald Carey was born (100 years ago today!). He died on March 21, 1994 at age 81. Carey's soap roles: Tom Horton, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1965-1994); WOMAN IN WHITE (1937), Dick Grosvenor, STELLA DALLAS; Jonathan Hillery, JUST PLAIN BILL; JOHN'S OTHER WIFE (1937); Hickory, YOUNG HICKORY (1937), THE STORY OF ELLEN RANDOLPH).

Watch the PURE SOAP tribute to Carey below:

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Louise feared that Harry might have murdered Marilyn.

1971: On DARK SHADOWS, in 1841, Brutus' spirit came for James Forsythe's spirit.

1978: On THE DOCTORS, Matt (James Pritchett) told his pregnant daughter, Greta, to let her mother know about her condition.

1978: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Amanda saw Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) outside Larry Atwood's house. After she entered the house, she found that he had been murdered.

1982: Arthur Jackson went to the home of actress Theresa Saldana (Carlotta, SANTA BARBARA; Christina, ALL MY CHILDREN) and stabbed her 10 times.

Jackson had seen Saldana in the movie Defiance and found himself hopelessly attracted to her. He decided to kill her, get caught, and get the death penalty so he could join her in death. He found her address through a detective agency that got the address from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. A deliveryman intervened during the stabbing and Saldana survived. Jackson was convicted of attempted murder but he continued to send her threatening letters.

1982: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Mr. Big (the late Brent Collins) kidnapped Tom and Margo.

1991: On NBC's DARK SHADOWS primetime remake, in 1790, Victoria Winters' witchcraft trial begins, Angelique's spirit tries to stop Barnabas Collins from making Josette DuPres his vampire bride. In 1991, Angelique possessed Dr. Julia Hoffman.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Brenda Scott (ex-Gina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 70
Craig Wasson (ex-Doug, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 59
Pricilla Garita (ex-Gabi, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Theresa, PASSIONS; ex-Rita, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Anita, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Kathy, ANOTHER WORLD) - 46
Eva Longoria (ex-Gabrielle, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; ex-Isabella, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 38
Kellan Lutz (ex-George, 90210) - 28
Adrianna Léon (ex-Brooklyn, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Colleen, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 25

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  1. I cried when I watched that video clip of Tom & Alice Horton."And these are thed Days of our Lives". RIP Tom & Alice Horton.

  2. Priscilla was GH in 2011. She played a Prostitute that was befriended by Luke and Lulu.