Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (October 15)

1982: ATWT's Bob married his fourth wife. 1982: SFT's Warren
and Suzi's plane was in serious trouble. 1985: OLTL's Bo forced
Woody to come clean. 1999: Y&R's Nikki battle Diane.
"The man for whom history is bunk is almost invariably as obtuse to the future as he is blind to the past."
― J. Frank Dobie

"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...

1964: On PEYTON PLACE, Betty (Barbara Parkins) was afraid to tell Rodney (Ryan O'Neal) about her pregnancy out of fear he would believe she was trapping him into a relationship.

1970: Actor Herb Holcombe died at age 65. He played Adam Bilodeau in DARK SHADOWS.

1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, when Lisa (Eileen Fulton) tried to show Bennett (Doug Higgins) the mysterious painting had been returned to Ruth's room and slashed, it was gone.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) and Logan's (Joe Lambie) custody battle over Jamey (James Noseworthy) continued.

1982: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) married Miranda Marlowe (Elaine Princi).

1982: On SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, Stu (Larry Haines) said goodbye to Robert. Brian (Jay Acovone) surprised Warren (Michael Corbett) and Suzi (Cynthia Gibb) as a stowaway on their flight to South America. Warren called Ringo (Larry Fleischman) for help but the plane hit an air pocket and two engines were lost.

1985: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Woody (Grant Goodeve) explained to Bo (Robert S. Woods) why he was really in Llanview.

1985: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Holden Snyder (Jon Hensley) jumped out just as Lily (Martha Byrne) and Dusty (Brian Bloom) were entering Lucinda's stables. Check back tomorrow for their first conversation together which happened on the next episode.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Eden (Marcy Walker) and Cruz (A Martinez) argued about Tori at the airport.  Meanwhile, Gina (Robin Mattson) explained to Lily (Lynn Clark) that her mother told her Lily had died after she was born.

1997: On ANOTHER WORLD, during a rooftop confrontation with Alexander Nikos (John Aprea), Carl (Charles Keating) accidentally knocked Felicia (Linda Dano) into the skylight which caused her to fall and injure her face.

1999: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Diane Jenkins (Alex Donnelley) and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) had yet one more catfight over Victor's vasectomy, which had occurred almost a year prior to this altercation at Gina's Place. And within a month's time, the now-infamous "stolen sperm" saga would begin, taking their feud to an even higher (or is that lower?) level for another year or more.

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in this item.

1999: Jason Cook debuted as Shawn Brady in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

2001: Ben Hull aired for the finale time as Lewis Richardson in HOLLYOAKS.   The character of Lewis was seen sexually attacking old flame Ruth before committing suicide by taking an overdose of paracetamol.

2012: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jason (Steve Burton) saved the baby just as Heather (Robin Mattson) jumped off the roof of GH. She was terribly injured but alive, and rushed her to surgery.  Sam (Kelly Monaco) was reunited with her son. Meanwhile, Tea (Florencia Lozano) attempted to see Victor, Jr., but McBain (Michael Easton) forced Todd (Roger Howarth) to tell her the truth: that baby boy was not her son. Her son was dead.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
John Getz (ex-Neil, ANOTHER WORLD) - 67
Linda Lavin (ex-Sophie, ONE TREE HILL; ex-Doris, THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES) - 66
Livia Ginise (ex-Mitzi, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 64
Jere Burns (Jake, BATES MOTEL) - 59
Camilla More (ex-Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Gillian/Grace, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 56
Carey More (ex-Gillian, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 56
Renée Jones (ex-Lexie/Nikki, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Toni, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Robin, KNOTS LANDING) - 55
Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Josie, LIPSTICK JUNGLE; ex-Gina, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 45
Dominic West (ex-Jimmy, THE WIRE) - 44
Zak Orth (Aaron, REVOLUTION) - 43
Paul Logan (ex-Glen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 40
Joy Bisco (ex-Casey, PORT CHARLES; ex-Gabby, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Lisa, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 38
Chaunteé Schuler Irving (ex-Bonnie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 31
Jessica Rey (ex-Marita, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 31
Jeremy Zelig (ex-Luke, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 19
Bailee Madison (Young Snow White, ONCE UPON A TIME) - 14

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  1. I had forgotten about Bob and Miranda.

  2. Wow, I really enjoy these episodes of As The World Turns! Thanks.

  3. Love to the Dells the ATWT! Who played Hester? Did she ever blink?