Today in Soap Opera History (July 9)

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1946: Mary-Ellis Bunim was born. She produced daytime soap operas SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, AS THE WORLD TURNS, SANTA BARBARA and LOVING before moving into reality television with THE REAL WORLD. She died in 2004 at age 57.

1968: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Robin Strasser) apologized for not being nice to Ada or Russ.

1981: Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES head writer Ruth Brooks died at age 59.

1984: On GUIDING LIGHT, IQ warned Lujack (Vincent Irizarry) that Darcy (Robin Johnson) was going to come after Beth and Alexandra.

1991: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Jack (Matthew Ashford) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) saw Macdonald Carey's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame while on their honeymoon.

2001: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Chris made a mysterious phone call to reveal Erica was going to be more trouble than he had thought.

2001: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Kate (Terri Conn) was thrilled that Simon (Paul Leyden) said he loved her.

2002: On PASSIONS, Theresa (Lindsay Hartley) begged for her life on the execution table.

2003: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Bianca (Eden Riegel) burned her clothes following the rape.

2007: ABC Family college drama, GREEK, premiered.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Brian Dennehy (ex-Jake, DYNASTY) - 75
Richard Roundtree (ex-Lou, DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM; ex-Oliver, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 71
Suzanne Rogers (Maggie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 70
John Tesh (Himself, SANTA BARBARA) - 61
Jimmy Smits (ex-Matthew, THE WEST WING) - 58
Lisa Banes (ex-Eve, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 58
Jerry Penacoli (ex-Fergus, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jerry, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Christian, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 57
Brian Fitzpatrick (ex-Roscoe, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Kenneth, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Mitch, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 56
Kelly McGillis (ex-Glenda, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 56
Tim Kring (Writer, HEROES) - 56
Raymond Cruz (Memo, LOS AMERICANS) - 52
Nathaniel Marston (ex-Michael/ex-Al, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Eddie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 38
Marco Dapper (Carmine, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 30

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1 comment:

  1. Richard Roundtree was also Dr. Daniel Reubens on Generations.

    Brian Dennehy was also Luther Frick on Dallas and James Cargill on Knots Landing.

    Jimmy Smits was briefly shown in a clip from Guiding Light (not sure what part he played) that was on 60 Minutes when they did their tribute to GL.