Sunday, April 28, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (April 28)

On this date in...

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Roger (Louis Edmonds) demanded Willie leave Collinwood immediately.

1970: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Robin Strasser) asked Lenore (Judith Barcroft) to draw a picture of Jamie that Russ could hang in his office.

1975: Writer/Producer (THE EDGE OF NIGHT, THE SECRET STORM) George Lowther died at age 62.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) got drunk at the disco.

Nathan Fillion & Robin Strasser
1980: Brett Williams debuted on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Tod Chandler.

1988: Leslie Schofield debuted as Brian Wicks in EASTENDERS.

1989: On DALLAS, Afton (Audrey Landers) told Cliff (Ken Kercheval) that he is not Pamela's father.

1994: Nathan Fillion debuted as Joey Buchanan on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

1995: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Dimitri (Michael Nader) set up a romantic night for Erica (Susan Lucci).

1999: Actor Rory Calhoun died at age 76.  He played Judson Tyler on CAPITOL.

2006: The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held in Hollywood for the first time. Rick Springfield performed and GENERAL HOSPITAL was named Outstanding Drama Series.

2008: BBC One premiered afternoon soap OUT OF THE BLUE. It only lasted one season.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ann-Margret (ex-Aunt Edie, ARMY WIVES) - 72
Pamela Murphy (ex-Marie, DALLAS; ex-Sandra, BRIGHT PROMISE; ex-Emily, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Frannie, OUR PRIVATE WORLD; ex-Doris, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 68
Charles Boswell (ex-Father Martin, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 68
Mary McDonnell (ex-Claudia, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 61
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Denise, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Julia, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Beverly, ONE LIFE TO LIVE)
Cassandra Gava (ex-Cruz, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 54
Eric Morgan Stuart (ex-Chris, ANOTHER WORLD)
Kari Wuhrer (ex-Reese, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 46
Kevin Jubinville (ex-The Shep, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION) - 46
Jorge Garcia (The Giant, ONCE UPON A TIME; ex-Diego, ALCATRAZ; ex-Hurley, LOST) - 40
Elisabeth Röhm (ex-Dorothy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 40
Jessica Alba (ex-Leanne, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 32
Harry Shum Jr. (Mike, GLEE) - 31
Donna Feldman (ex-Gloria, FASHION HOUSE) - 31
Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina, GLEE) - 27

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  1. According to, Nancy Lee Grahn is 57.

    Brian :-D

  2. I remember Nathan as Joey.