Friday, October 11, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (October 11)

1984: Johnny & Maeve Ryan didn't want to believe their son
was dead. 1985: GH's Anna & Robert set up a "game" with
Robin and Frisco. 1988: SANTA BARBARA's C.C. & Mason
were trapped in a wine cellar. 2000: AMC's Leo & Greelee were
stuck in an elevator.
"We should always be aware that what now lies in the past once lay in the future."
― F.W. Maitland

"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, after Liz (Joan Bennett) told David (David Henesy) to never say Burke's name in the house again, he walked to the stairs and said to himself with an evil glare, "BURKE DEVLIN, BURKE DEVLIN, BURKE DEVLIN!"

1973: On ANOTHER WORLD, Sykes (Stefan Gierasch) revealed that he had made secret tapes of Iris and Louise's conversations.

1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Nancy (Helen Wagner) told Bob (Don Hastings) she was worried about Penny, and Sheila kissed Tom (Tom Tammi).

1984: On RYAN'S HOPE, word spread that Frank, Maggie and Max were dead after their plane exploded.

1985: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Robert (Tristan Rogers) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arranged a "game" with Robin (Kimberly McCullough) in which Frisco (Jack Wagner) would kidnap her.

1988: On GUIDING LIGHT, Fletcher (Jay Hammer) agreed to stay with Ed (Peter Simon) and Maureen (Ellen Parker) after he suffered a major anxiety attack at the hospital.

1988: On SANTA BARBARA, Gina locked C.C. and Mason in the wine cellar.

1999: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Ridge (Ronn Moss) blasted Thorne (Winsor Harmon) and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) for being the cause of Stephanie's stroke.

2000: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) and Leo were trapped in an elevator.

2001: Justin Melvey debuted as Colin Murphy in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2001: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Blair (Kassie DePaiva) gave birth to baby Jack Manning, and Natalie told Viki that she was her daughter, not Jessica.

2005: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Julia shot and killed Garret Williams (Lamman Rucker).

2012: Eileen Davidson returned to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Kristen Dimera having last appeared in 1998.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Earle Hyman (ex-Mr. Patterson, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Baliff, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 87
Gail Brown (ex-Clarice, ANOTHER WORLD) - 66
Brad Maule (ex-Reverend Palmer, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Dr. Abel, PASSIONS; ex-Tony, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 62
Sean Patrick Flanery (ex-Jacob, DEXTER; ex-Sam, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 48
Luke Perry (ex-Dylan, BEVERLY HILLS 90210; ex-Ned, LOVING; ex-Kenny, ANOTHER WORLD) - 48
Jane Krakowski (ex-T.R., SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Tonya, ANOTHER WORLD) - 45
Stephen Moyer (Bill, TRUE BLOOD) - 44
Constance Zimmer (Taylor, THE NEWSROOM; Alana, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 43
Matthew Bomer (ex-Ben, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Ian, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 36
Trevor Donovan (Dashiell, THE CLIENT LIST; ex-Teddy, 90210; ex-Jeremy, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 35
Michelle Trachtenberg (ex-Georgina, GOSSIP GIRL; ex-Lilly, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 28

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  1. Earle Hyman, is perhaps best know for playing Russell Huxtable, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable's Dad on The Cosby Show. Last time I saw him being interviewed he still looked great!

    1. I saw Mr. Hyman last week on an early Cosby Show rerun. He sang with Claire and it was heaven!

  2. Additional birthday wishes to Gemma Merna (Carmel McQueen Valentine, HOLLYOAKS) - 29.

  3. Roger I hope you can help me? I read that former soap writer Peggy Sloane died in 2009 and was wondering if you had any info on this? Any help you can provide is most appreciated, Thank you.

  4. Oh, that trouble-maker Melinda! And how virtuous her sister Barbara was then! And how boring were Don and Mary!