Friday, October 18, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (October 18)

1988: GH's Julian shared a hotel room with college sweetheart
Cheryl.  1999: Shawn & Belle met on DAYS. 2002: OLTL's
Natalie & Jessica found out they were both Viki's daughters.
2002: GL's Alexandra held an Ex-Wives Club board meeting.
"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...

1966: On DARK SHADOWS, Burke (Mitchell Ryan) urged Sheriff Patterson (Dana Elcar) to search for the pen Roger (Louis Edmonds) lost the night Bill was killed near the cliff.

1973: On ANOTHER WORLD, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) was unhappy to learn Eliot (James Douglas) had enrolled Dennis (Mike Hammett) in Bay City Junior High, but pleased after Louise (Anne Meacham) told her the Eliot admitted he loved Iris on the latest tapes.

1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Betsy's (Suzanne Davidson) friend Lois (Diane Franklin) introduced her to Kirk Simmons. Marcia saw Doug and Annie kissing.

1982: Sammy Davis Jr. made his first appearance as Eddie Phillips on GENERAL HOSPITAL.

1984: Actor Jon-Erik Hexum at age 26. He died as a result of an accidental self-inflicted blank cartridge gunshot wound to the head on the set of the CBS primetime drama COVER UP.

1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Cheryl (Jennifer Anglin) and Julian (Jason Culp) spent the night together in the same hotel room.

1989: Vincent Irizarry aired for the final time as Scott Clark in SANTA BARBARA.

1993: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Carly (Crystal Chappell), Lawrence (Michael Sabatino) and Nicholas (Erik von Detten) left town to begin a new life in France. Chappell returned to DAYS 16 years later, in 2009, for another two year run as Carly. Sabatino briefly returned as well.

1999: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Shawn (Jason Cook) and Belle (Kirsten Storms) met for the first time as teenagers.

2002: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Bo (Robert S. Woods) revealed the DNA test results that Jessica and Natalie were both Viki’s daughters. Kathy Brier debuted as Marcie Walsh.

2002: On GUIDING LIGHT, Alexandra (Joan Collins) held "the first-ever meeting of the ex-wives club" board meeting, featuring the women who had been married to Phillip (Grant Aleksander), in order to take over Spaulding Enterprises.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joe Morton (Rowan, SCANDAL; ex-Daniel, THE GOOD WIFE; ex-Zeke, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Abel/Leo, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-James, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 66
Mark LaMura (ex-Mark, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Douglas, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Vic, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 65
Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/ex-Ryan, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Craig, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Kevin, PORT CHARLES; ex-Brady, RITUALS; ex-Mark, SANTA BARBARA; ex-Paul, GENERATIONS) - 56
Maria Rangel (ex-Rosa/Adela, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 49
Kurt Caceres (ex-Javier, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Mateo, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 41
Chris McKenna (ex-Patrick, 90210; ex-Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 36
Zac Efron (ex-Cameron, SUMMERLAND) - 26
Joy Lauren (Danielle, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 24
Carly Schroeder (ex-Serena, PORT CHARLES) - 23
Tyler Posey (ex-Gabriel, BROTHERS & SISTERS; ex-Andrew, LINCOLN HEIGHTS) - 22

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  1. Funny how the end credits of GH mistakenly list Kin Shriner as Ken.

    1. I noticed that. And they only listed the biggest or longest running stars instead of the whole cast.

  2. Wonder if Julian and cheryl were college sweethearts before or after Alexis. Also this should be the time when Lucas was conceived.

    1. Alexis was very young but how old was Julian supposed to be? He looks a lot younger than her to me now (William deVry seems to get younger all the time!) so I'm not clear on the timeline. I've enjoyed watching old Julian scenes again lately.

  3. Thank you for posting all of these clips from "As the World Turns." I had never seen Suzanne Davidson in the role of Betsy until now. I began watching at the age of 9 in 1984 as Meg Ryan was leaving and Lindsay Frost was taking the role. On the subject of Betsy, why did Lisa Denton not stay in the role for very long?