Today in Soap Opera History (April 9)

On this date in...

1953: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, Dick (James Lipton) looked for reassurance from Dr. Keeler.

1978: On DALLAS, Pam took Lucy under her wing.

1979: Lanna Saunders made her first appearance as Marie Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES

1980: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Lesley (Denise Alexander) treated children from the bus accident.

1981: Charles Bateman aired for the final time as Maxwell Jarvis in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1992: On the season finale of KNOTS LANDING, as Paige (Nicollette Sheridan) got in her car to go to Greg's, suddenly Pierce popped up from her back seat.

1992: Karen Moncrieff aired for the final time as Cassandra Benedict on SANTA BARBARA.

1996: Writer Robert Soderberg died at age 80.  During his career Soderberg wrote for ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ANOTHER WORLD and GUIDING LIGHT.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Michael Learned (ex-Katherine, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Shirley, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Judge Turner, ALL MY CHILDREN/ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 74
Caryn Richman (ex-Nora, THE BRADYS; ex-Elena, TEXAS) - 57
Christopher Durham (ex-Silas, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Dakota, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Matt, CAPITOL) - 54
Lisa Guerrero (ex-Francesca, SUNSET BEACH) - 49
Paulina Porizkova (ex-Clarissa, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 48
Austin Peck (ex-Rick, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Brad, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Austin, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 42
Leighton Meester (ex-Blair, GOSSIP GIRL) - 27
Jesse McCartney (Tim, ARMY WIVES; ex-J.R., ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Andy, GREEK; ex-Brian, SUMMERLAND) - 26
David Jones-Roberts (Xavier, HOME AND AWAY) - 23

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  1. Speaking of birthday girl Caryn Richman, does anyone remember when she was enlisted to fill-in for Tracey Bregman when Bregman went on maternity leave from Y&R in 1991? It was during the famous Sheila baby switch story, during which Bregman was pregnant in real life as well. Here's a clip from almost 22 years ago (next week) with Richman as Lauren.

  2. Loved the Guiding Light episode with James Lipton as Dick Grant and Susan Douglas as Kathy. Irna Phillips was queen of SORASing. The child Kathy was carrying when born was named Robin who by 1957 (4 years later) was 12 or so and ran away from home, and by 1960 was a college student.