Sunday, March 3, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (March 3)

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1941: Radio soap opera WE ARE ALWAYS YOUNG premiered on the Mutual network. The show told the story of a serious composer who worked as a cab driver while waiting for his big break. Written by Ashley Buck and Nicholas Consentino, WAAY starred William Janney as Gary Haven and Joe Laurie Jr. as Sniffy.

Also premiering on the same day was EDITH ADAMS' FUTURE: "The story of a woman past thirty five, forced to a rude awakening to a world that had passed her by while she played dutiful wife to a domineering husband. Her story proves that beauty and a courageous zest for life are not to the young alone, but belong eternally to the young in heart."

1952: WHISPERING STREETS debuted on ABC radio. The stories were told in a somewhat serial format with the next week's story using a minor character's point of view. It left the audience trying to guess which minor character will be the major character in the next week. The show had a slew of famous narrators over its run such as Cathy Lewis, Ann Seymour, and Bette Davis, who was the show's most dramatic hostess. The show ran until November 25, 1960, known as the day the radio drama died.

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Carol was miffed when Rachel decided not to help her land Robert.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Draper was sentenced to not less than 15 or more than 25 years in prison.

1987: On SANTA BARBARA, Hayley had a nightmare about her rapist.

1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Robert was frustrated by his investigation of Duke and the mob.

1989: Wortham Krimmer debuted as Cal Winters in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1993: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Lauren was furious with Molly, who was actually trying to protect her from Sheila.

1995: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Will was called to the witness stand.

2001: Actor Louis Edmonds died at age 77.  His soap career included multiple roles in DARK SHADOWS, and a long run as Langley Wallingford in ALL MY CHILDREN.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Larry Pine (ex-Tad, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Roger, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Max, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 68
Darnell Williams (Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN; Sarge, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Griggs, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Jacob, THE CITY) - 58
Mary Page Keller (ex-Sally, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Amanda, RYAN'S HOPE) - 52
Denise Pence (ex-Katie, GUIDING LIGHT)
Lauren B. Martin (Detective Bailey, EMPIRE; ex-Camille, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Susan, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Jenkins, ANOTHER WORLD) - 43
Julie Bowen (ex-Sarah, LOST; ex-LOVING) - 43
Carla Bonner (ex-Stephanie, NEIGHBOURS) - 40

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