Sunday, August 25, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (August 25)

1966: DAYS' Julie wanted to stay in Salem. 1975: AW's Alice
had a new face. 1987: ATWT's Holden opened up to Lily.
2009: GH's Jason and Sam made love.
"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times."

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Julie (Charla Doherty) told Alice (Frances Reid) she didn't want to live in Europe.

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Alice and Sally (Cathy Greene) returned from the Ordway Farm with Emma (Tresa Hughes) in tow. Susan Harney debuted as the new Alice Matthews Frame.

1980: Richard Guthrie aired for the final time as David Banning on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1981: On GUIDING LIGHT, Kelly (John Wesley Shipp) and Morgan (Kristen Vigard) began their honeymoon).

1983: On RYAN'S HOPE, Delia (Ilene Kristen) wasn't happy with Jillian and Frank's plans for Little John.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) gave Eden (Marcy Walker) her ring back. Eden met Lily Light (Lynn Clark).

1987: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Holden (Jon Hensley) opened up to Lily (Martha Byrne) in Wyoming.

1996: On ALL MY CHILDREN, trapped in the vault at the mausoleum, Marian (Jennifer Bassey) began to lose hope.

2009: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jason (Steve Burton) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) made love.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Regis Philbin (ex-Malachy, RYAN'S HOPE; Himself, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 82
David Canary (Adam, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Stuart, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Adam, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Steve, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Arthur, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; Warner/Far Wind, THE DOCTORS; ex-Russ, PEYTON PLACE) - 75
Christian LeBlanc (Michael, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Michael, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Kirk, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Italian Gigolo, GUIDING LIGHT) - 55
Tim Burton (Producer of Dark Shadows movie) - 55
Ashley Crow (ex-Beatrice, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Jane, THE SECRET CIRCLE) - 53
Ally Walker (ex-Andrea, SANTA BARBRA) - 52
Billy Ray Cyrus (ex-Judd, 90210) - 52
Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan, GUIDING LIGHT) - 50
Blair Underwood (ex-Bobby, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Simon, DIRTY SEXY MONEY) - 49
David Alan Basche (ex-Officer Tate, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Mike, LIPSTICK JUNGLE) - 45
Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 44
Kathy Tong (ex-Kathryn, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 42
Rhasaan Orange (Victor, SINGLE LADIES; ex-Tek, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Brian, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Joe, UNDRESSED) - 38
Alexander SkarsgÄrd (Eric, TRUE BLOOD; ex-Marcus, VITA LOGNER) - 37
Rachel Bilson (ex-Summer, THE O.C.) - 32
Blake Liveley (Serena, GOSSIP GIRL) - 26
Stacey Farber (ex-Ellie, DEGRASSI) - 26
Kristos Andrews (Peter, THE BAY) - 23

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  1. I remember that day in 1975 like it was yesterday. The announcer said "The role of Alice Frame is now being played by Susan Harney." I almost fell off the sofa. She was a fine actress, but no one could ever replace Jacquie Courtney in that role. The beginning of the end of "Another World" started that day.

    1. I remember days like that. Probably the most famous one in my mind was when Hillary Bailey (Smith) replaced Margaret Colin on ATWT. I was at a friend's house and heard the dreaded announcer voice and my buddy totally didn't get why I was suddenly upset.

  2. My 'OMG moment' came on Jan. 13, 1978, when the announcer said 'The role of Nicole Drake is now being played by Jayne Bentzen.' As a dyed-in-the-wool Edge fan, maeve mcGuire will ALWAYS be Nicole to me. You know how I remember the date so vividly? Later that day, former US Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey lost his valiant battle with prostate cancer at the age of 66.

  3. Both of those threw me, too. Especially Maeve McGuire. Jayne Bentzen was never Nicole to me.

  4. For me, that moment came in 1985 on "Capitol" when the announcer said "The role of Brenda Clegg is now being played by Karen Kelly." I was a huge Ashley Laurence fan, and for a child of 10 years old, I was devastated.