Today in Soap Opera History (March 31)

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1965: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat (Susan Trustman) found a seedy motel after running away.

1967: ABC aired the final episode of daytime soap opera THE NURSES. The show was a continuation of a CBS serialized primetime drama originally titled THE NURSES when it premiered in 1962 (later renamed THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES). Mary Fickett and Melinda Cordell were among the stars.

1972: The final episode of NBC's BRIGHT PROMISE, created by Frank and Doris Hursley, aired after a two and a half year run. Dabney Coleman and Anthony Geary were among the stars of BRIGHT PROMISE which was replaced in the lineup by RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) schemed to kidnap Jamey.

1983: The final episode of the Reg Watson-created Australian soap THE YOUNG DOCTORS aired.

2010: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) had an epic fight.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Shirley Jones (ex-Colleen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 79
Christopher Walken (ex-Mike, GUIDING LIGHT) - 70
Ed Marinaro (ex-Leo, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Creighton, DYNASTY; ex-John, FALCON CREST) - 63
Anne Marie Howard (ex-Nicole, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Kimberly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 53
Emma Atkins (ex-Charity, EMMERDALE) - 38
Melissa Ordway (Abby, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; Sydney, 90210; Chloe, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS) - 30

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