Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (September 3)

1951: SEARCH FOR TOMORROW premiered. 1984: Julie Osburn
debuted on ANOTHER WORLD. 1987: Kelly picked a wedding
date on SANTA BARBARA. 2010: Reid face an oncoming
"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach."
― Aldous Huxley

"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...

1945: On radio soap opera PORTIA FACES LIFE, Portia (Lucille Wall) was confused at breakfast when Marie implied it was a "good" day.

1951: Roy Winsor's SEARCH FOR TOMORROW premiered on CBS.  The show, which starred Mary Stuart, ran for 35 years until December 26, 1986.  SFT switched networks from CBS to NBC in 1982.

Check out Nelson Aspen's SFT Scrapbook for some wonderful old photos.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Molly suggested Draper (Tony Craig) go see Emily.

1982: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Euphemia (Grayson Hall) was convinced Drew had been "seduced" by the Buchanans.

1984: Julie Osburn debuted as Kathleen McKinnon in ANOTHER WORLD.

1987: On SANTA BARBARA, Kelly (Robin Wright) "artistically" picked her wedding date with Jeffrey (Ross Kettle).

1988: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Didi Buchanan O'Neill (Barbara Treutelaar) died.

1997: On ANOTHER WORLD, Vicky (Jensen Buchanan) begged Shane (Robert Kelker-Kelly) to save Kirkland after Paulina (Judi Evans) hit him with her car.

1998: Actor William Joyce, who played Kellam Chandler on DAYS OF OUR LIVES from 1980-1981, died at age 67.

2010: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Reid's (Eric Sheffer Stevens) car was trapped on the train tracks as a train quickly approached.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Laurinda Barrett (ex-Bitsy, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Karla, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Rita, WHERE THE HEART IS; ex-Edith, FRIENDS & LOVERS/FOR RICHER, FOR POORER) - 82
Pauline Collins (ex-Sarah, UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS) - 73
Valerie Perrine (ex-Delores, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 70
Shelley Taylor Morgan (ex-Lorena, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Angelica, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 62
Scott Glasgow (ex-Bob, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 50
Trevor St. John (ex-Victor/Todd, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 42
Ashley Jones (Bridget, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Megan, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Daphne, TRUE BLOOD) - 36
Nick Wechsler (Jack, REVENGE) - 35
Chris Fountain (Tommy, CORONATION STREET; ex-Justin, HOLLYOAKS) - 26
Brianna Fischette (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 20
Chalice Fischette (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 20
Haley Evans (ex-Miranda, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 9

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  1. A couple things: Laurinda Barrett portrayed the role of Edith Cushing on FOR RICHER, FOR POORER. Nancy Marchand played the role when the series was titled LOVERS AND FRIENDS, not FRIENDS AND LOVERS. Laurinda also played the memorable role of murderess housekeeper Molly Sherwood on THE EDGE OF NIGHT.

  2. Today would have been the late great Helen Wagner's 95th birthday, how I know it, it's my 40th birthday and she was 55 when I was born. I miss her so very much. I hope she is resting in peace with my grandma and all the other soap stars that are greatly missed.

  3. I can't tell you how much I LOVE this feature on your website!!! It is so much fun to look back although sometimes it is quite shocking how much time has passed LOL