Today in Soap Opera History (June 27)

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1952: ABC Radio aired the final episode of LONE JOURNEY after a 12 year run on multiple networks with multiple sponsors.

1955: On THE BRIGHTER DAY, Lydia Hamilton (Murial Williams) struggled with her conscience after taking a silver clock.

1966: DARK SHADOWS, created by Dan Curtis, debuted on ABC. Six months into the show's five year run, ghosts were introduced and then other supernatural elements which helped the afternoon soap become a favorite among younger viewers.

1969: NBC aired the final episode of daytime soap opera HIDDEN FACES. The series was created by Irving Vendig and focused on a law firm that was dealing with a high profile murder case throughout its six month run. Some of the show's stars were Conard Fowkes, Louise Shaffer, Tony Lo Bianco, Stephen Joyce and Linda Blair.

1983: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS stars Deborah Adair (Jill) and Terry Lester (Jack) competed on THE NEW $25,000 PYRAMID.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, Bert (Charita Bauer) stood up for the first time after losing her leg.

1995: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Hayley (Kelly Ripa) celebrated her birthday.

2003: One of PASSIONS's famous musical production numbers, "I Ain't Sorry!" aired. It's a full-scale rendition of Chicago's "Cell Block Tango," as Edna Wallace (Kathleen Noone) fantasized what prison life would be like if she, daughter Beth (Kelli McCarty), Charlie (Jordan Baker), and even Precious (BamBam) were to be arrested for kidnapping Sheridan Crane. NOTE: The film Chicago had just won the Academy Award for Best Picture a few months prior to this episode.

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in this item.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Julia Duffy (ex-Karen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Penny, THE DOCTORS; ex-Gerry, LOVE OF LIFE) - 63
Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Kirk, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Prescott, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 55
J.J. Abrams (Executive Producer, LOST; FRINGE) - 47
Yancey Arias (ex-Emilio, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 42
John Driscoll (ex-Chance, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Coop, GUIDING LIGHT) - 32
Ed Westwick (ex-Chuck, GOSSIP GIRL) - 26

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1 comment:

  1. Before Glee there was Passions .. lol! .. And what's also noteworthy about this clip is that it helped win the show two Emmys - one for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction & Composition and the other for Outstanding Original Song ("I Ain't Sorry"). It's unfortunate that NBC took down the HD version they once hosted at their website.