Today in Soap Opera History (April 22)

On this date in...

1923: Aaron Spelling, the iconic producer of such shows as DYNASTY, SUNSET BEACH and BEVERLY HILLS 90210, was born. He would have been 90 today. Spelling died in 2006 at age 83.

1963: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Nancy (Ann Flood) and Mike (Karr Laurence Hugo) were married.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Judith (Joan Bennett) called Quentin (David Selby) a coward.

1983: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Asa (Philip Carey) admitted he had known Bo (Robert S. Woods) was his son.

1983: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Patricia Devereaux (Caroline Lagerfelt) was strangled to death.

1983: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Susan Lucci) wanted to be "Erica" again.

1985: On GUIDING LIGHT, India (Mary Kay Adams) figured out Floyd killed Andy.

1987: On SANTA BARBARA, Julia (Nancy Lee Grahn) reached out to Cruz (A Martinez) after Eden's "death".

1988: On ANOTHER WORLD, Mary (Denise Alexander) and Vince (Robert Hogan) were remarried.

1992: Joseph Campanella aired for the final time as Harper Deveraux on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1996: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, The Woman in White removed her veil, which was later followed by Kristen (Eileen Davidson) scream.

2005: Addison Hoover debuted as Phoebe Forrester on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

2008: Martha Byrne aired for the final time as Lily Walsh Snyder in AS THE WORLD TURNS.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Steve Bond is 60 today.
Charlotte Rae (ex-Hilda, FROM THESE ROOTS) - 87
Robin Bartlett (ex-Judy, RYAN'S HOPE) - 63
Steve Bond (ex-Jimmy Lee, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Mack, SANTA BARBARA) - 60
Joseph Bottoms (ex-Kirk, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Cal, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 59
Catherine Mary Stewart (ex-Kayla, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Naomi, GUIDING LIGHT) - 54
Robert Montano (ex-Antonio, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Sergio, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 53
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Ike, MAGIC CITY; ex-Denny, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 47
Dana Barron (ex-Michelle, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 47
Sherri Shepherd (Former Daytime Emmy Host) - 46
Sheryl Lee (ex-Laura, TWIN PEAKS; ex-Andrea, DIRTY SEXY MONEY; ex-Ellie, ONE TREE HILL) - 46
Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 42
Eric Mabius (ex-Daniel, UGLY BETTY) - 42
Victor McCay (ex-Doc, PASSIONS) - 41
Cassidy Freeman  (ex-Francis, THE PLAYBOY CLUB) - 31
Michelle Ryan (ex-Zoe, EASTENDERS) - 29
Amber Heard (ex-Maureen, THE PLAYBOY CLUB) - 27
Aaron Kunitz (Johnny, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 8
Griffin Kunitz (Johnny, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 8

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  1. Get jimmy lee back on gh. He was one of the few at the time that was hot. In the league as JWS and michael corbett. Now every soap male star has look like them. ;)

  2. Birthday wishes also to Jay Duffy (Declan Brady, HOLLYOAKS) who's turning 17.