Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (July 3)

On this date in...

1939: Radio soap opera THE MAN I MARRIED premiered on NBC Radio. Van Heflin starred as Adam Waring.

1967: On DARK SHADOWS, Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) heard the voices of the widows calling to her.

1969: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Robin Strasser) tried to convince Russ (Sam Groom) and Mary (Virginia Dwyer) that she wasn't the right person to throw an engagement party for Steve and Alice.

1987: GUIDING LIGHT concluded its 50th Anniversary week with a tribute to the Charita Bauer and the Bauer family introduced by Ed Bryce (ex-Bill). It featured the song "Don't Stop Dreaming" sung by Kassie DePaiva (then Kassie Wesley).

2008: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, there was a Gay Pride celebration in Oakdale and Cyndi Lauper performed and sang to the Oakdale University crowd, including Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann).

2008: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Antonio (Kamar de los Reyes), Cristian (David Fumero) and Tina (Andrea Evans) arrived in Mendorra.

2009: Antony Alda, who played Johnny Corelli on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the early 1990s, died at age 52. He also appeared as Rick Elliot in KNOTS LANDING.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Tim O'Connor (ex-Jack, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Thomas, DYNASTY; ex-Elliot, PEYTON PLACE) - 86
Betty Buckley (Regina, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS; ex-Suzanne, OZ; RYAN'S HOPE) - 66
Montel Williams (ex-Clayton, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Judge Pearson, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 57
Hunter Tylo (Taylor, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Marina, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Robin, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 51
Thomas Gibson (ex-Sam, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Derek, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Peter, GUIDING LIGHT) - 51
Amy Van Horne (ex-Carla, LOVING) - 46
Jeff Phillips (ex-Matthew, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Hart, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Kevin, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 45
Mykel Shannon Jenkins (ex-Charlie, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 44
Amy Weber (ex-Lark, PORT CHARLES) - 43
Ryan McPartlin (ex-Hank, PASSIONS) - 38
Andrea Barber (ex-Carrie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 37
Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESSS; ex-Lizzie, IMAGINARY BITCHES; ex-Maggie/Frankie, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 34
Justin Torkildsen (ex-Rick, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 32

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  1. First, love that you include Dark Shadows in the moments of history. Oh, those widows.....!
    Second, so happy the delicious scene after Cyndi's song is included in your ATWT clip. Cyndi was absolutely magnificient - and Jake and Van totally brought Luke and Noah's deep love to life. Luke and Noah - and this episode - will be in my heart forever!

  2. Cheryl, it's been a year so I think it's okay to say we were thisclose to releasing this episode on DVD along with 9 other Nuke classics. :(

  3. Oh, Roger - I was so hoping for that collection! I echo your :-( Honestly, I have been recently thinking about contacting Telenext and inquiring about what it might take to make this collection happen! If there is ever anything the fans can do to make this a reality - just say the word! Thanks for the message!

  4. Yes, I love me some Cyndi Lauper too, and I definitely think of her as Nuke's Muse!

  5. Carla was on the City not loving.