Monday, June 17, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (June 17)

On this date in...

1932: CBS Radio soap opera JUDY AND JANE aired for the final time. It was picked up and continued in October by NBC Radio. After it was finally canceled from radio in 1935, it continued to be distributed through transcription for 12 more years.

1950: HAWKINS FALLS debuted on NBC airing in primetime on Saturday nights as more of a comedy at first. The show later turned into a five-days-a-week soap opera.

1966: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, Bill Bauer (Ed Bryce) was caught drinking by a colleague.

1987: Robert Clary aired for the final time on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Robert LeClair.

1987: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) and 'Eleanor' (Sherilyn Wolter) made a discovery-a ticking time bomb.

1988: Joseph Hardy's last day as executive producer of RYAN'S HOPE. Felicia Minei Behr took over until the show ended its run the following January.

1994: Actress Sarah Hardy died at age 57. Her soap roles included Jill Malone on YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE, Lyddy Benson on FROM THESE ROOTS and Jean Sawyer on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1997: Actress Fran Foster died at age 73.  She played Vera on GUIDING LIGHT, Aunt Bess in ALL MY CHILDREN, Miriam George on RYAN'S HOPE and Grace Trainor in ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

1999: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) was reunited with amnesiac Carl (Charles Keating).

2009: Hal Riddle, who played Max on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the early 1970s, died at age 91.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Frank Ashmore (ex-Corrigan, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Brent, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 68
Daniel McVicar (Clarke, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 55
Tracie Bennett (ex-Sharon, CORONATION STREET) - 52
Kami Cotler (ex-Elizabeth, THE WALTONS) - 48
Sonya Eddy (Epiphany, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Epiphany, GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT) - 46
Brendan Wentworth (ex-Brad, GUIDING LIGHT) - 39
Scott Adkins (ex-Joel, EASTENDERS; ex-Bradley, HOLBY CITY) - 37
Heather Mazur (Isabel, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 37

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1 comment:

  1. Sad to learn of Sarah Hardy's passing. Remember her well as Jill on YDM and Lyddy on FTR. Cute & pert. RIP