Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (May 22)

On this date in...

1953: On LOVE OF LIFE, Vanessa's (Peggy McCay) attempt to help her nephew, Beanie (Dennis Parnell), nearly backfired.

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) explained the origins of Josette's music box, which he brought back with him from the Orient.

1967: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Susan (Denise Alexander) shot David (Clive Clerk).

1981: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) were married again.

1981: At the 8th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included GENERAL HOSPITAL (Drama Series, Directing), Douglass Watson, Judith Light, Larry Haines and Jane Elliot.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Beth (Judi Evans) and Lujack (Vincent Irizarry) grew closer.

1985: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) and Eden's (Marcy Walker) wedding turned into a nightmare and things looked bleak for Channing Capwell.

1986: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Gloria Loring (Liz) and Carl Anderson sang "Friends and Lovers" (Shane & Kim's song).  The second part of the clip below is of the following episode where Liz sang Bo & Hope's song, "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love."

1990: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Susan Lucci) and Travis (Larkin Malloy) enjoyed their wedding night.

1996: CBS aired a special prime time episode of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS before the 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, building to the "Who Shot Victor Newman?" story. In the stellar scene below, Jill (Jess Walton) had a war of words with Victor (Eric Braeden) over his meddling in her ensuing divorce and custody battle over Billy with John Abbott. Jill, of course, would go on to become a prime suspect in the attempt on Victor's life.

Thanks to FoxCrane for this item.

1996: At the 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included GENERAL HOSPITAL (Drama Series), Charles Keating, Erika Slezak, Jerry verDorn, Anna Holbrook, Kevin Mambo and Kimberly McCullough.

1998: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jake (Tom Eplin) was devastated when he heard Marley say in her delirium that Vicky slept with Shane.

2004: Actor Richard Biggs died at age 44. He played Marcus Hunter on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Clayton Boudreau on GUIDING LIGHT.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Barbara Parkins (ex-Betty, PEYTON PLACE) - 71
Victoria Wyndham (ex-Rachel, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Charlotte, GUIDING LIGHT) - 68
Thomas Schlamme (Former Executive Producer, PAN AM; THE WEST WING) - 63
Beau Kazer (ex-Brock, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Bunny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 62
Ed Fry (ex-Larry, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Adam, ANOTHER WORLD) - 54
Linda Emond (ex-Kara, ONE LIFE TO LIVE ) - 54
Michael Kostroff (ex-Francis, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Johnny, PORT CHARLES) - 52
Brooke Smith (ex-Erica, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 46
A.J. Langer (ex-Erica, PRIVATE PRACTICE) - 39
Tom Chambers (ex-Max, WATERLOO ROAD) - 36
Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret, ONCE UPON A TIME) - 35
J.D. Williams (ex-Bodie, THE WIRE; ex-Bricks, OZ) - 35
Maggie Q (Nikita, NIKITA) - 34
Nazanin Boniadi (ex-Leyla, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 33

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  1. Happy Birthday To Vicky Wyndham--Yay!

    Brian :-)

  2. Beau Kazer actually played a character named Bunny on General Hospital? Did he lose a bet or something?

  3. I will always be bitter that Michael Sutton was robbed of the emmy in 96. So was Maurice. Glad Kimberly won though. Whats funny is the stories that the others won for have long since been forgotten, but Stone and the AIDS story are still remembered to this day, almost 20 years later.

  4. @ David J.

    As I recall, "Bunny" was one of those old-school, socialite-fratboy-type nicknames. In this case, it was short for "Bernard" with the character's full name being Dr. Bernard Willis. .. "Bunny" had been a very close, longtime friend of the real Dr. Grant Putnam, and he became suspicious of the imposter (Grant Andrews, a Russian spy?). It was a very brief role for Kazer; something like a week or two, before Bunny ended up in a rabbit hole, six-feet under.