Sunday, March 24, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (March 24)

A big moment for Kay in 1975. Watch it in today's
Soap History column.
On this date in...

1955: On THE INNER FLAME, Walt (Karl Swenson) was unwilling to accept Murray's help.

1955: On GOLDEN WINDOWS, Carl told Charles (Eric Dressler) he would confess his crimes.

1955: On ONE MAN'S FAMILY, Hazel and Bill returned from their honeymoon.

1955: On CONCERNING MISS MARLOWE, Barbara finally met Belle Mere in Boston.

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Liz (Joan Bennett) was surprised to see Jason McGuire in the drawing room.

1975: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) begged Phillip not to leave her after he told her their marriage was over.

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1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Emily told amnesiac Draper (Tony Craig) that she new him.

1981: Gregg Marx debuted as David Banning in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Dick Billingsley also made his first appearance as Scotty Banning.

1987: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Viki (Erika Slezak) had a vision of what heaven was like while in a coma and hooked up to life support machines after an operation.

1987: Susan Flannery made her first appearance as Stephanie Forrester in THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's second episode.

1989: Shelley Taylor Morgan aired for the final time as Angelica in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2004: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Sonny (Maurice Benard) invited Sam to his island.

2005: On GUIDING LIGHT, Gus (Ricky Paull Goldin) went back to the courtroom to support Harley despite having a bleeding ulcer.

2008: Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison aired for the final time as Shawn Brady and Belle Black Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Donna Pescow (ex-Lynn, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Gertrude, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 59
Kim Johnston Ulrich (ex-Ivy, PASSIONS; ex-Diana, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 57
Terrell Anthony (ex-Rusty, GUIDING LIGHT) - 54
Star Jones (Herself, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 51
Lisa Lord (ex-Maureen, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Grace, PORT CHARLES; ex-Antoinette, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 49
Kirk Geiger (ex-Kevin, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Chad, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 44
Lara Flynn Boyle (ex-Donna, TWIN PEAKS) - 43
James Napier (ex-Glen, SHORTLAND STREET) - 31
Courtney Chase (ex-Sarah, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 25

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  1. Question: How long was Y&R in development prior to their March 26, 1973 premiere?

  2. @GroverCleveland - I believe the story is that Bill and his wife Lee developed the bible for the show over a three-week period during the Summer of 1972 when they locked themselves up in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In any event, the 65-page outline they presented to CBS execs to green-light the project was dated September 25, 1972.