Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (August 28)

1968: Barnabas managed to lose track of both Tom and Julia on
DARK SHADOWS. 1984: Alice helped DAYS' Bo & Hope out
of a jam in New Orleans.  1998: James was happy David was alive
on ATWT. 2009: OLTL's Fish woke up in Stacy's bed.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"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...

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Liz (Audra Lindley) was happy to hear that Bill suspected Madge of Danny's murder.

1967: Australian Broadcasting Corporation soap BELLBIRD premiered. It remained on the air until December 1977.

1968: On DARK SHADOWS, Julia (Grayson Hall) protected Tom Jennings (Don Briscoe) from a gun-toting Barnabas (Jonathan Frid). After Tom vanished, Barnabas went to the window to look for him. When he turned around Julia had escaped.

1972: Robert Clary debuted as Robert LeClair in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Paige (Margaret Colin) continued to blindly trust Tobias.

1984: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Alice (Frances Reid) helped Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) out of a jam in New Orleans.

1987: On RYAN'S HOPE, Rick (Grant Show) was upset with Ryan (Yasmine Bleeth) about the amount of time she had spent working on her story.  The clip below begins with an ABC Daytime "Something's Happening" promo.

1998: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Brooke (Julia Barr) considered a plea bargain offer. Junior (Jesse McCartney) was locked in a cage.

1998: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, James (Anthony Herrera) was thrilled David (Daniel Markel) was alive. Later, David showed up at his memorial service as Molly (Lesli Kay) was speaking.

2008: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Ann (Betty White) called Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and warned her Pam had been off her medication for three months.

2009: Lindsay Hartley debuted as Arianna Hernandez in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2009: Actor Wayne Tippit died at age 68. His soap roles included Jerry Ames in THE SECRET STORM, Ted Adamson in SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, and Palmer Woodward in MELROSE PLACE, father of Heather Locklear's character, Amanda Woodward.

2009: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Fish (Scott Evans) woke up in Stacy's (Crystal Hunt) after the two of them spent the night together.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ruby Holbrook (ex-Wilma, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 83
Martin West (ex-Phil, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Don, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Phil, DALLAS) - 76
Ken Jenkins (ex-Pastor Neal, BEVERLY HILLS 90210) - 73
David Soul (ex-Roy, THE YELLOW ROSE) - 70
Debra Mooney (Verna, SCANDAL) - 66
Russell Curry (ex-Tyus, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Carter, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-David, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Vic, SANTA BARBARA) - 57
John Allen Nelson (ex-Warren, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Jack, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Duke, LOVING; ex-Walt, 24) - 54
Jim Fitzpatrick (ex-Pierce, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Dr. Robinson, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Raz, SANTA BARBARA) - 54
Emma Samms (Holly, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Fallon, DYNASTY/THE COLBYS; ex-Elizabeth, HOLBY CITY; ex-Amanda, DOCTORS) - 53
Jennifer Coolidge (ex-Betty, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER) - 52
J. Cynthia Brooks (ex-Taylor, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 51
Amanda Tapping (Helen, SANCTUARY) - 48
Jason Priestley (ex-Brandon, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 44
Daniel Goddard (Cane, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Eric, HOME AND AWAY) - 42
Matthew John Armstrong (ex-Ted, HEROES; ex-Lee, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 40
Rachel Kimsey (ex-Meredith, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Mac, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 35
Kelly Overton (ex-Rain, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 35
LeAnn Rimes (ex-Madison, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 31
Sarah Roemer (ex-Leila, THE EVENT) - 29
Armie Hammer (ex-Gabriel, GOSSIP GIRL) - 27
Kelly Thiebaud (Britt, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Alicia, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)
Samuel Larsen (Joe, GLEE) - 22

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  1. I also loved Daniel Markel as Sam Fowler on Another World, too.

    Also, Jim Fitzpatrick played Pierce Riley on All My Children & Danny Clegg on Capitol.

    Brian :-)