Monday, September 16, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (September 16)

1966: DARK SHADOWS' Victoria had questions about a painting.
1979: EON's Jody was harrassed. 1994: GH's Lois made a surprise
entrance. 1994: OLTL's Marty was furious Todd was free.
"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...

1960: On YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE, Jerry drove the shaken Marsha home after her traumatic discovery of her husband Ted with another woman. Marsha was heartened to see Ted's car back at their house, but her dreams of reconciliation were crushed by her errant husband's desire for a divorce.

1960: On THE RIGHT TO HAPPINESS, Carolyn and her husband Lee discussed the sad fate of Ann Braden, whose son Dick had just been sentenced to prison. Mrs. Braden had left her husband, Victor, because his involvement in Dick's trial. Ann returnd home to her daughter Kitty to attempt a reconciliation with Victor, only to reconsider when she saw him coldly smashing a record made by Dick, an aspiring pianist.

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) went to the Evans Cottage to have dinner with Sam (David Ford) and Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott).  Victoria was troubled by the painting of the woman that looked like her.

1977: On GUIDING LIGHT, Ben McFarren (Stephen Yates) told Eve Stapleton (Janet Grey) that he wanted to marry her.

Thanks to Scott for sending in this item.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Elliott continued to sexually harass Jody (Lori Loughlin).

1994: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Lois (Rena Sofer) jumped out of Katherine's (Mary Beth Evans) birthday cake.

1994: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Marty (Susan Haskell) was upset that Todd (Roger Howarth) was "free as a bird."

2005: Kyle Lowder aired for the final time as Brady Black in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2010: On the next to last episode of AS THE WORLD TURNS, Noah (Jake Silbermann) said goodbye to Luke (Van Hansis), Janet (Julie Pinson) and Dusty (Grayson McCouch) were thrilled with their baby, and Carly (Maura West) told Jack (Michael Park) she was pregnant.

2010: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Brady (Eric Martsolf) buried Vivian (Louise Sorel) alive.

2012: GENERAL HOSPITAL star John Ingle died at age 84. In addition to his role as Edward Quartermiane on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Ingle also played Mickey Horton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He also made guest appearances in primetime soaps DALLAS, ,KNOTS LANDING, MELROSE PLACE and BEVERLY HILLS, 90210.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Janis Paige (ex-Minx, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Iona, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 91
Morgan Woodward (ex-Punk, DALLAS) - 88
Ed Begley Jr. (ex-Steve, MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN) - 64
Susan Ruttan (ex-Grace, GIDEON'S CROSSING) - 63
Jolina Collins (ex-Jasmine, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 61
Christopher Rich (ex-Sandy, ANOTHER WORLD) - 60
Peter Francis James (ex-Clayton, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Blake, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 57
Peter Keleghan (ex-Barry, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 54
Kimberly McArthur (ex-Kelly, SANTA BARBARA) - 50
Michael Mosley (ex-Ted, PAN AM) - 35
Alexis Bledel (ex-Rory, GILMORE GIRLS) - 32
Ian Harding (Ezra, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 27

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to [email protected].


  1. "Noah said goodbye to Luke" is a terribly incomplete please allow me to fill in the blanks. Luke's little smile and nod "yes" when Noah spoke of waiting for Luke to be ready and the tender kiss they shared spoke of true love and a definite's just a crime that fans were not allowed to see this on-air. Along the same lines, Holden and Lily also deserved a complete reunion on-air...with Martha Byrne as Lily. Unfortunately Goutman and Passanante didn't care about the show, the actors, the characters or the viewers. They wasted so much precious time when that time should have been given to things that mattered. What a sad and painful thing it was to sit through the horrible final months of ATWT and watch the show die. Cause of death: Goutman/Passanante.

    1. Definitely. .. And ya' know that "hot dog place on La Brea" that they agreed to go to when Luke got to L.A.? Well, it really does exist. It's "Pink's Hot Dogs on La Brea," a local landmark, which likes to remind customers that it began as a love story between it's founders, Paul & Betty Pink. .. I drive this place every day on my way to work, and lo and behold, their sign outside basically says it all! ;-)

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  3. Roger, today is also Robert Scott Wilson's (Pete, AMC) birthday today too, and he turns 24 years old today!

  4. Edward was not JI's only role on GH. he was also on in 1986 as a police comissioner during the Mr Big story!

  5. Oh, just made my heart sing! Thank you so much for sharing - this is priceless! Luke and Noah - forever! P.S. I could not figure out for the life of me how to reply to your reply (LOL)- I clicked on "reply" and nothing happened. goes a brand new comment. Thank you once again for making my day, FoxCrane!

    1. Cheryl, Glad you enjoyed it ;-)

      (And btw - I agree with everything you wrote!)