Saturday, July 13, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (July 13)

On this date in...

1965: On ANOTHER WORLD, Lee (Gaye Huston) wasn't happy when Dr. Lewis said she could go home at the end of the week.

1966: On THE GUIDING LIGHT, Leslie (Lynne Adams) tried to soothe Ed's (Robert Gentry) anger about his father's affair.  She accused him of becoming a "cold blooded cynic."

1982: Renee Jones taped her first episode as Nikki Wade in DAYS OF OUR LIVES, a part she played until 1983. She left the show in 2012 after many years playing a different role, Lexie Carver.

1983: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Tad (Michael E. Knight) returned to Pine Valley and clashed with Opal (Dorothy Lyman).

1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Ellie (Renee Props) told Brock (Greg Beecroft) she was much happier with Craig (Scott Bryce) than with him.

1989: At the end of that day's GUIDING LIGHT episode, Grant Aleksander (Phillip) did a voice over to go along with the "Christopher Bernau In Memoriam" image displayed before closing credits. Bernau had died on June 14, 1989, at age 49.

1990: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Ernesto (Eric Mason) vanished after an electrical explosion.

1999: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, at the boathouse, Jack (Michael Park) gave Carly (Maura West) a compass so she could always find her way back to him.

2000: Burt Douglas, who played Jim Fisk on DAYS OUR LIVES in its first year, died at age 69.

2005: Mark Raffety aired for the final time as Darcy Tyler in Australian soap NEIGHBOURS.

2006: Red Buttons, who played Al Baker on KNOTS LANDING, died at age 87.

2009: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Phillip (Thom Bierdz) revealed he was gay to his family.

2013: GLEE star Cory Monteith died at age 31.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Patrick Stewart (ex-Fire Officer, CORONATION STREET) - 73
Carmen Thomas (ex-Hillary, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Karen, MELROSE PLACE) - 46
Amy Stewart (ex-Helen, UNDRESSED) - 40
John Colella (Don, VAMPIRE MOB)
Philip Barantini (ex-Danny, DOCTORS) - 33
Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) - 25
Colton Haynes (Roy, ARROW; ex-Jackson, TEEN WOLF; ex-Brett, THE GATES; ex-Jesse, MELROSE PLACE; ex-Alexander, PRIVILEGED) - 25
Matthew Arnett (Devin, GOSSIP BOY) - 24
Dylan Patton (ex-Will, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 21
Hayley Erin (ex-Abby, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 19

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  1. In retrospect, one might now deduce that Phillip was trying to tell Kay he was gay back in 1986:

    They could have used this scene in a flashback .. lol!

  2. Were Robert Calhoun and Ed Trach doing double duty at GL and ATWT? And both shows were still good and running full steam ahead at that time. Wow.

  3. Ed Trach worked for P&G overseeing all their soaps including Another World. Robert Calhoun was the executive producer at ATWT then moved to GL. He was the lifelong partner of ATWT star Farley Granger (Earl Mitchell).