Sunday, September 1, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (September 1)

1966: Burke wanted to know what happened to Bill on DARK
SHADOWS. 1980: Nadine was on to Raven on EDGE OF NIGHT.
1988: The Synder Pond was busy on ATWT. 2006: Alexis had a
request for Sam on GH.
"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...

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Burke (Mitchell Ryan) investigated Bill's disappearance, certain that he had incriminating evidence against Roger and Sam (David Ford).

1975: On ANOTHER WORLD, Alice's (Susan Harney) adoption of Sally (Cathy Greene) was approved.

1977: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Chuck Tyler (Richard Van Vleet) and Donna Beck (Candice Earley) were married by a justice of the peace.

Thanks to Scott for sending in this item.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Nadine (Dorothy Stinnette) confronted Raven (Sharon Gabet) with the information she learned from Mr. Peabody.

1988: On GUIDING LIGHT, Reva (Kim Zimmer) butted heads with Alexandra (Beverlee McKinsey).

1988: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Hal (Benjamin Hendrickson) and Tom (Scott Holmes) figured out where Margo (Hillary B. Smith) had been staying, Spence forced himself on Pam, and the Snyder Pond was the place to be in Luther's Corners.

1989: Young female fans tossed panties and bras on stage during a pop concert by THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS heartthrob Michael Damien in Dubuque, Iowa. Police reported more than 60 people were slightly hurt when some in the crowd of four-thousand toppled barriers.

1993: Jason Brooks debuted as Peter Blake on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1994: "Soap Opera : The Inside Story of Procter & Gamble" was released by Simon & Schuster. Wall Street Journal reporter Alecia Swasy tells the chilling story of life within P&G.

2000: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Marian and Opal (Jill Larson) held a seance to try to contact Stuart.

2003: Judi Evans made her first appearance on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Bonnie Lockhart.

2004: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Ridge surprised Brooke with an impromptu honeymoon celebration in their bedroom by feeding her foods from exotic locations.

2006: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) asked Sam (Kelly Monaco) to promise not to reunite with Jason (Steve Burton).

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joyce Holden (ex-Marie, GUIDING LIGHT) - 83
Bill Moneymaker (ex-Larry, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 75
Lily Tomlin (ex-Roberta, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 74
James Rebhorn (ex-Henry/Angus, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Bradley, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Al, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-John, TEXAS; ex-Tom, THE DOCTORS) - 65
Philece Sampler (ex-Donna, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Lacey, RITUALS; ex-Renee, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 60
Beau Billingslea (ex-Trent, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 60
Sachi Parker (ex-Lucy, SANTA BARBARA) - 57
Kevin McClatchy (ex-Nick, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Evan, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Vinnie, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Brian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 50
Ricardo Chavira (ex-Carlos, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 42
Burn Gorman (Trask, REVENGE; ex-Ben, CORONATION STREET) - 39
Scott Speedman (ex-Sam, LAST RESORT0 - 38
Adrienne Wilkinson (Adrienne, VENICE, ex-Lois, UNDRESSED) - 36
Ashley Holliday (ex-Melissa, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS) - 28

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