Thursday, September 12, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (September 12)

1966: Tony prepared to leave town on DAYS. 1985: GH's Josh was
killed. 1994: AMC's Hayley and Alec plotted revenge. 1994: OLTL's
Luna took her first steps since becoming paralyzed.
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."
― Robert Penn Warren

"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, Tony (Richard Colla) told Marie (Maree Cheatham) he was leaving Salem.

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, news of Bill's death spread around Collinsport.

1979: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Cliff watched as Deborah (Frances Fisher) had dinner with Owen.

1985: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Josh Clayton (Jimmy McNichol) was killed by Mr. Wu's men because he was wearing Frisco's jacket.

1990: Robert Mailhouse debuted as Brian Scofield in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1994: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Luna (Susan Batten) took her first steps since being paralyzed.

1994: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Hayley (Kelly Ripa) and Alec (Grant Aleksander) plotted revenge against Adam.

2008: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, the FBI agents arrested Brad.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Anne Helm (ex-Mary, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 75
Linda Gray (Sue Ellen, DALLAS; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 73
Tom Fontana (Producer/Writer, COPPER; OZ) - 62
Mary Kay Adams (ex-India, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Neal, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 51
Amy Yasbeck (ex-Olivia, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Carla, GENERATIONS) - 51
Will Chase (ex-Michael, SMASH) - 43
Paul Walker (ex-Brandon, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 40
Ben McKenzie (ex-Ryan, THE O.C.) - 35
Jennifer Hudson (ex-Veronica, SMASH) - 32
Emmy Rossum (ex-Abigail, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 27
Alfie Allen (Theon, GAME OF THRONES) - 27

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