Sunday, September 8, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (September 8)

1969: WHERE THE HEART IS premiered. 1983: Y&R's Cindy
died.  1983: Delia refused to give up Little John on RYAN'S HOPE.
2009: GH's Edward passed out at the wheel of his car as it
approached the carnival.
"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.

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1966: STAR TREK premiered on NBC. Among the memorable guest stars in the series that also starred in Daytime were Kathryn Hays, Michael Forest, Marj Dusay, Michael Zaslow, Glenn Corbett, Gary Pillar and Mary Linda Rapelye.

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Walter (Val Dufour) raked Liz (Audra Lindley) over the coals for ruining Missy's life.

1968: The New York Times featured AS THE WORLD TURNS on its front page. Read the article here.

1969: Daytime soap opera WHERE THE HEART IS, set in the fictional town of Northcross, premiered on CBS. The show, which centered on the Hathaway family, was created by Lou Scofield and Margaret DePriest, who were the original head writers. They were replaced by Pat Falken Smith and later Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer before the she ended its run.

1980: ANOTHER WORLD debuted its still-frame end credits.

1981: Linda Borgeson debuted as Alice Matthews Frame in ANOTHER WORLD.

1983: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, in a truly heartbreaking scene, Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) cradled his fiancée, Cindy Lake (Deanna Robbins) in his arms as she died. In reporting this event at the time, soap columnist Tony Rizzo wrote in Soap Opera Digest: Like actor, Joe Taylor (mob boss, Tony DiSalvo), "Deanna Robbins who played Cindy on Y&R was also signed to a contract after being brought in to play a limited role. However, when Tony's storyline ended, it also spelled the end of her storyline, which leaves Paul free to move on to other things and romances. After all, could a wholesome, All-American guy find true love and happiness with a reformed prostitute? Not too often in soapland. In the end, Cindy proved that hookers have a heart of gold, as she threw herself in front of the bullet that was intended for her one true love. Their tearful final scenes were beautiful."

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1983: On RYAN'S HOPE, Delia (Ilene Kristen) refused to accept the idea that Little John would ever live with Frank and Jill.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Eden (Mary Walker) wore Tori's ring at her opening party.

2002: Former AS THE WORLD TURNS star Dennis Cooney died at age 63. He played Jay Stallings from 1973 to 1980.

2009: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Edward passed out at the wheel of his car which quickly approached the carnival.

2011: Actress Mary Fickett died at age 83. Her longest running soap role was Ruth Martin in ALL MY CHILDREN. Her other daytime characters included Sally (and later Katherine) in THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Ruth in THE INNER FLAME and Miss Long in YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE. She also played Liz in THE NURSES.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Alan Feinstein (ex-Mickey, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Jim, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Gregory, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Malcolm, FALCON CREST; ex-Nick, KNOTS LANDING; ex-Max, BERRENGER'S) - 72
Michael Ayr (ex-Eddie, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Stockton, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 60
Clayton Norcross (ex-Thorne, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Steward, THE COLBYS) - 59
David Lee Smith (ex-Tony, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-John, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Brent, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 50
Harrison White (Jamie, VENICE)
Cari Shayne (ex-Karen, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Lauren, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 41
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (ex-Kevin, THE BRADYS) - 32
Gregory Burke (ex-Ben, GUIDING LIGHT) - 32
E.J. Bonilla (ex-Rafe, GUIDING LIGHT) - 23

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