Monday, May 27, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (May 27)

On this date in...

Susan Flannery
1940: Radio soap opera LONE JOURNEY, sometimes billed as "the distinguished American radio novel," debuted on NBC radio. Sandra Michael wrote the show in collaboration with her brother, Peter. The Montana setting was a place she had lived and the show was based on real people and incidents.

1968: On DARK SHADOWS, Adam (Robert Rodan) picked up Carolyn's body and carried her off.

1975: Susan Flannery aired for the final time as Laura Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, "Kirk" (Tony Craig) and Emily's announced they wanted to move to Monticello and start a new life.

1993: On ALL MY CHILDREN, an injured "Tad" (Michael E. Knight) showed up at Dixie's (Cady McClain) door.

2000: Actress Meg Gallagher, who played Louella Lee on DALLAS, died at age 49.

2007: Actress Gretchen Wyler died at age 75.  Her soap roles included Libby Carnes on FALCON CREST, Judge Larson on SANTA BARBARA, Dr. Dagmara Conrad in DALLAS, and Doris Hiller on SOMERSET.

2009: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Ashley (Eileen Davidson) saw a vision of John and talked with her father as a snooping Adam wondered what was going on.

2010: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Eric (John McCook) promised his family that the dinner party would remind them of the glory days of Forrester Creations.

2011: Actor Jeff Conaway died at age 60.  He played Mick Savage on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and John Higgins in BERRENGER'S.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 78
Bruce Weitz (Barry, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Anthony, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Benjamin, RYAN'S HOPE) - 70
Richard Schiff (ex-Toby, THE WEST WING) - 58
Peri Gilpin (ex-Kim, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT) - 52
Paige Rowland (ex-Kit, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Linda, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 46
Dondre Whitfield (ex-Terence, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Jesse, ANOTHER WORLD) - 44
Mark Collier (ex-Mike, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-David, SUNSET BEACH) - 43
Marissa Tait (ex-Becky, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 34
Ben Feldman (Michael, MAD MEN) - 33
Bella Heathcote (ex-Amanda, NEIGHBOURS)
Chris Colfer (Kurt, GLEE) - 23

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