Today in Soap Opera History (May 15)

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1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Pat begged Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) to dip into her savings account to loan her enough money to buy a new bathing suit.

1967: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Susan (Denise Alexander) decided to give David (Clive Clerk) a divorce.

1979: At the 6th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, RYAN'S HOPE (Drama Series, Writing and Directing), Irene Dailey, Al Freeman, Jr., Suzanne Rogers and Peter Hansen all took home awards.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Logan told Geraldine (Lois Kibbee) and Nicole that Raven abducted Jamey.

1984: Original YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS star Tom Hallick made his debut as Maxwell Hathaway on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1985: On the season finale of DYNASTY, the royal wedding of Amanda and Michael took place. This episode is commonly referred to as the "Moldavian Massacre," with the wedding interrupted by terrorists staging a military coup of Moldavia.

1998: At the 25th Daytime Emmys, Susan Lucci lost for the 18th consecutive time (she would finally win in 1999). Winners were ALL MY CHILDREN (Drama Series, Writing), Cynthia Watros, Eric Braeden, Julia Barr, Steve Burton, Sarah Brown and Jonathan Jackson. Watros won an Indie Soap Award earlier this year and made a reference to her Emmy win 15 years earlier.

2007: The final episode of GILMORE GIRLS aired.

2012: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Will (Chandler Massey) told Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas (Bryan Datillo) he was gay.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Peggy Pope (ex-Becky, SANTA BARBARA) - 84
Kristen Vigard (ex-Morgan, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Joy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 50
Katie Rich (ex-Dee, ANOTHER WORLD) - 49
David Charvet (ex-Craig, MELROSE PLACE) - 41
David Krumholtz (ex-Billy, THE PLAYBOY CLUB) - 35
Caroline Dhavernas (Alana, HANNIBAL) - 35
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (ex-Natalie, UGLY BETTY; ex-Meadow, THE SOPRANOS) - 32
Dorothy Cotter (ex-Trina, FAIR CITY) - 32
Alexandra Breckenridge (ex-Young Moira, AMERICAN HORROR STORY; ex-Katerina, TRUE BLOOD) - 31

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  1. Birthday wishes also to Lilibet Stern (Iken) former Patty Williams, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.

    If anyone's interested you can see what she's up to on Facebook at:

    Stunning as ever!

  2. I was watching an earlier episode of Raven on EON when she first returned back from Europe to testify at Draper's trail for murdering his mother-in-law.

    Two great scenes - first Raven goes to Geraldine's to see her infant son Jamey. She wakes him up in her fur then holds him while balancing a scotch in her other hand - totally anachronistic.

    Then, after Raven testified which removed another suspect from suspicion, Draper turns to his lawyer (in front of the jury) and says, "there goes reasonable doubt!" I laughed out loud.

    This is what I loved about soaps, dramatic women and goofy hunks struggling through trials - EON was the best!!!!

  3. The mother of all cliff hangers ever!