Monday, September 9, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (September 9)

expanded to a half hour.  1985: GH's Robert tried to figure out who
Robin was.  2009: Andrea died at the carnival on GH.
"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...

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Sam (David Ford) thought Bill Malloy was the one man who could help him until the sheriff (Dana Elcar) told him Malloy's body had been found.

1968: THE GUIDING LIGHT and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW each expanded from 15 minutes a day to a half hour.

1985: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Robert (Tristan Rogers) tried to figure out who Robin (Kimberly McCullough) was, while Anna (Finola Hughes) revealed Robin was her daughter with Robert.

1991: ON ANOTHER WORLD, Ryan (Paul Michael Valley) asked Vicky (Jensen Buchanan) to go work for Grant.

2009: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Andrea Floyd (Martha Byrne) was struck and killed by Edward's (John Ingle) car at the carnival.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Barry Cutler (ex-Logan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 66
Robert Desiderio (ex-Antonio, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Orson, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Steve, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Ted, KNOTS LANDING) - 62
Tom Wopat (ex-Hank, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 62
John Novak (ex-Keith, SANTA BARBARA) - 58
Gil Brenton (ex-Alan, SANTA BARBARA) - 49
Constance Marie (Regina, SWITCHED AT BIRTH; ex-Nikki, SANTA BARBARA) - 48
Charles Esten (Deacon, NASHVILLE) - 48
Brenda Epperson (ex-Ashley, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Crystal, PASSIONS) - 48
Jocelyn Seagrave (ex-Julie, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Tanya, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Rita, SAVANNAH; ex-Jessica, PACIFIC PALISADES) - 45
Scott DeFreitas (ex-Andy, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 43
Ryan Quan (Writer, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 36
Michelle Williams (ex-Jen, DAWSON'S CREEK) - 33
Julie Gonzalo (Rebecca, DALLAS) - 32
Damian McGinty (ex-Rory, GLEE) - 21

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  1. Roger, the youtube video link of Robert finding out who his daughter Robin was on 9/9/85 is

    1. Thanks, Chris. I just noticed I had left out the video right before I saw your comment. Love that so much of that time on GH is online. :)

    2. You're welcome Roger, and I agree that it's great that most of 80's GH are on youtube, too! ;-)

  2. As a little girl I remember that scene where Dylan is watching Jocelyn Seagrave's character twirling, dancing and practically floating around for the first time on Guiding Light and I couldn't help but think how gorgeous is she?!

    I suspect, because I was so young at the time, I didn't remember the actual name of the actress (until today reading this blog, thanks, WLS!) nor could I, for the life of me, remember what character she played (I had her confused for an early Dinah!) but seeing the name, instantly jogged my memory (but I did Google it, just to be sure).

    You guys are a font of information, WLS!