Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (April 23)

On this date in...

1616: William Shakespeare died at age 52.

1971: Actor House Jameson died at age 68. During his career, Jameson played roles in ANOTHER WORLD, THE EDGE OF NIGHT and DARK SHADOWS.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Mike (Forrest Compton) hired Cliff to work at his law firm.

1984: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Liz (Gloria Loring) sang ""You Were Always On My Mind" to Neil at their wedding.

1990: ITV daytime soap opera FAMILIES premiered.  Created by Kay Mellor, the show ran until August 24, 1994.

1990: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Brock (Beau Kazer) felt something wasn't right about Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) as he left the country.

1992: Longtime DAYS OF OUR LIVES producer Jack Herzberg died at age 75.

2006: Actress Susan Browning died at age 60. She played roles in LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN.

2007: CBS aired the 13,000th episode of AS THE WORLD TURNS.

2007: On PASSIONS, Theresa (Lindsay Hartley) refused to stop seeing Ethan despite the blackmailer's warning.

2009: ABC began broadcasting GENERAL HOSPITAL in high definition. Here's a portion of that day's episode:

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lee Majors (Ken, DALLAS) - 74
Blair Brown (ex-Nina, FRINGE) - 67
Paulette Breen (ex-Claudette, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 66
Craig Sheffer (ex-Ian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 53
Melina Kanakaredes (ex-Eleni, GUIDING LIGHT) - 46
Daphne Bloomer (ex-Colleen, THE BAY; ex-Marty, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Eugenia, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 40
Barry Watson (ex-Randy, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Matt, 7TH HEAVEN) - 39
Terri Simmons (Parker, PRETTY)
Jaime King (Lemon, HART OF DIXIE) - 34
John Cena (WWE) - 36
Aaron Hill (ex-Beaver, GREEK) - 30
Jesse Lee Soffer (ex-Will, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Max, GUIDING LIGHT) - 29
Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Lisa, EMPIRE; Sarah, VENICE) - 26

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  1. Here's a little soapy nod to Shakespeare as Y&R's very own Benedick & Beatrice (Raul & Brittany) practiced lines from their school's senior play, "Much Ado About Nothing," and began to discover that they too might be falling in love (March 20, 2002):


  2. Thanks, Fox. I was hoping to find some Shakespeare tie-ins.

  3. Robin and Stone did Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Nurse's Ball one year too-- I believe the year before he was diagnosed with AIDS? They were great!