Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (April 11)

On this date in...

1912: John Larkin, an original cast member in THE EDGE OF NIGHT, was born.  He died in 1965 at age 52.

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Danny Fargo (Antony Ponzini) continued to torment Missy in her dreams.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Quentin (David Selby) rushed downstairs to the drawing room looking for Edward but found Laura instead. He was shocked, and insisted that she was dead and couldn't really be there.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) tried to manipulate sympathy from April.

1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, a confident Emily (Melanie Smith) told Susan she figured out that Hal was Adam's father.

1996: The Museum of Television & Radio celebrated 40 years of AS THE WORLD TURNS with an event moderated by television curator Ron Simon. Simon made opening remarks about the series' emphasis on character over plot, and then introduced a screening of clips from the 1950s through 1996. After the screening, the following individuals joined Simon on stage: veteran cast members Helen Wagner, Don Hastings, and Martha Byrne; director Maria Wagner; head writers Henry Stern and Stephen Black; and executive producer John Valente.

2006: On GUIDING LIGHT, Tammy came back to see Jonathan (Tom Pelphrey).

2007: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Jenny Martin was born.

2008: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Ridge (Ronn Moss) told Ashley (Eileen Davidson) not to see Storm.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joel Grey (ex-Lemuel, OZ) - 81
Louise Lasser (ex-Mary, MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN; ex-Jackie, THE DOCTORS) - 74
John Castellanos (ex-John, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Jeff, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 56
Alec Musser (ex-Del, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 40
Brett Claywell (ex-Kyle, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Tim, ONE TREE HILL) - 35
Kelli Garner (ex-Kate, PAN AM) - 29
Alexa Gerasimovich (ex-Kathy, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Natalie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 11

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