Sunday, June 2, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (June 2)

On this date in...

1940: Actor Christopher Bernau was born.  Known for his roles on THE GUIDING LIGHT and DARK SHADOWS, Bernau died in 1989 at age 49.

1969: The final episode of primetime soap opera PEYTON PLACE aired on ABC. Dr. Michael Rossi (Ed Nelson) was charged with murder and thrown into the local jail. There were 514 episodes of PEYTON PLACE in total.

1972: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Robin Strasser) and Steve (George Reinholt) spent time with Jamie.  Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) thought Steve was in Somerset.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) grabbed her letter from April and dropped it off the balcony.

1995: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Nora (Hillary B. Smith) objected at the their own wedding.

1997: PORT CHARLES, a spinoff of GENERAL HOSPITAL, made its daytime debut on ABC. The show had premiered in primetime (Sunday) the night before.

2012: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL and THE WEST WING actress Kathryn Joosten died at age 72.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Maree Cheatham
Al Ruscio (ex-R.J., SANTA BARBARA; ex-Miguel, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Simon, FALCON CREST) - 89
Sally Kellerman (ex-Marla, 90210) - 76
Stacy Keach (ex-Senator Potter, FLAMINGO ROAD) - 72
Maree Cheatham (ex-Marie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Stephanie, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Mary, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Mona, PASSIONS; ex-Charlene, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 71
Joan Pringle (ex-Ruth, GENERATIONS; ex-Patrica, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Roberta, MODELS INC.) - 68
Joanna Gleason (ex-Jordan, THE WEST WING) - 63
Dennis Haysbert (ex-Ron, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 59
Pip Torrens (ex-Prosecution Q.C., CORONATION STREET) - 53
Liam Cunningham (Davos, GAME OF THRONES) - 52
Norm Lewis (ex-Keith, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 50
Anthony Montgomery (ex-Aaron, GENERAL HOSPITAL)  - 42
Wentworth Miller (ex-Michael, PRISON BREAK) - 41
Wayne Brady (Himself, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; Former Daytime Emmy Awards Host) - 41
Leah Cairns (ex-Emily, KYLE XY) - 39
Zachary Quinto (ex-Sylar, HEROES) - 36
Nikki Cox (ex-Gina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 35
Mark Jude Sullivan (ex-Reg, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 34
James Ransone (ex-Ziggy, THE WIRE) - 34
Morena Baccarin (ex-Anna, V) - 34
Jewel Staite (Raquel, THE  L.A. COMPLEX) - 31
Erik Moody (Dan, RAGGED ISLE)
Sterling Beaumon (Young Ben, LOST) - 18
Madison Leisle (ex-Jamie, THE WALKING DEAD) - 14

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  1. Sterling was recently on Red Widow!

  2. That's great! I hope he keeps working for a long time.

  3. Thank you for that picture taken on the Horton Family living room set. I haven't seen it in a long time. How marvelous that you love soaps so much. This is quite thrilling! Many thanks.
    xoxoxoMaree Cheatham