Thursday, June 20, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (June 20)

On this date in...

1953: KNOTS LANDING actor Larry Riley was born. He died in 1992 at age 38 after playing Frank Williams on KNOTS for four years. He would have been 60 today.

1966: ANOTHER WORLD was the first daytime soap opera to make the transition to color broadcasts from black and white.

1969: Audra Lindley aired for the final time as Aunt Liz Matthews on ANOTHER WORLD. She later became best known for her role as Mrs. Roper on THREE'S COMPANY.

1978: On GUIDING LIGHT, Jackie (Cindy Pickett) revealed her feelings to Mike Bauer (Don Stewart) , who told her he only considered her a friend.

1984: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Adam (David Canary) was surprised when Erica (Susan Lucci) knew his first wife's name was Althea.

1988: Joseph Hardy took over as executive producer of LOVING.

2003: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, while speeding by car to stop "cousins" Billy and Mac from getting married, John and Jill Abbott encountered a road obstruction. This delay, however, would not deter Jill (Jess Walton), who decided to take off her heels and run the rest of the way on foot. NOTE: Rare outside footage of the Chancellor Estate is shown in the clip below.

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in this item.

1994: The character of Tom Horton died on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2008: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, "Todd" (Trevor St. John) continued to take care of amnesiac Marty (Susan Haskell).

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Bonnie Bartlett (ex-Miriam, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Vanessa/Ellie, LOVE OF LIFE) - 84
Olympia Dukakis (ex-Barbara, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 82
Brett Halsey (ex-John, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Adam, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 80
John Goodman (ex-Glenallen, THE WEST WING) - 61
Michael Corbett (ex-David,  THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Warren, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Michael, RYAN'S HOPE) - 57
Chuck Wagner (ex-Randall, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Klaus, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Chad, DYNASTY; ex-Reporter, CAPITOL; ex-Dr. Gordon, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 55
Peter Paige (Executive Producer, THE FOSTERS; ex-Emmett, QUEER AS FOLK) - 44
Tika Sumpter (Candace, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS; ex-Raina, GOSSIP GIRL; ex-Layla, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 33
Dreama Walker (ex-Becca, THE GOOD WIFE; ex-Hazel-GOSSIP GIRL; ex-Karen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Janie, GUIDING LIGHT) 27

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