Saturday, November 9, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (November 10)

1981: Helena arrived in Port Charles on GH. 1986: AW's Cass
and Kathleen were married. 1986: GL's Maeve interrupted
Reva & Kyle's wedding. 1995: The end of LOVING.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― J. Norman Cousins

"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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1964: On ANOTHER WORLD, Mary Matthews expressed concern to husband Jim over the relationship between Tom Baxter and their daughter Pat -- a relationship that Mary sensed was falling apart; Pat arrived home looking exhausted, and Mary told Jim she thought Pat had been overworking herself since her recent recovery from illness; Laura Baxter, already distraught over Ken's request for a divorce, was further stricken when Ken returned home to inform her that Tom had been killed; and Sergeant Adams arrived at the Matthews house to question Pat about Tom's shooting.

1965: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Ben and Addie tried to understand Julie's actions.

1977: On GUIDING LIGHT, the elevator system at Cedars Hospital went down. Nurses, including Rita Stapleton (Lenore Kasdorf) and Katie Parker (Denise Pence), took the stairs at the end of their shift. Unknown to them, Georgene Granger (Delphi Harrington) took her place on the stairwell & shoved Rita forward. In slow motion, Rita fell down the stairs; Katie tried to break her fall, but failed.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1981: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Helena Cassadine arrived in Port Charles, played by film legend Elizabeth Taylor.

1983: On KNOTS LANDING, Gary (Ted Shackelford) ordered room service at his hotel and was shocked when the waitress (Lisa Hartman) looked exactly like Ciji.

1983: On GUIDING LIGHT, Annabelle (Harley Jane Kozak) realized Eli murdered Bill Bauer (Ed Bryce).

1986: On ANOTHER WORLD, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) and Kathleen (Julie Osburn) were married.

Watch the entire wedding here.

1986: On GUIDING LIGHT, Maeve interrupted Kyle (Larkin Malloy) and Reva's (Kim Zimmer) wedding.

1989: On DALLAS, the Ewing family was shocked by learn James was J.R.'s son.

1995: ABC aired the final episode of LOVING. Spin-off series THE CITY debuted the following Monday.

1998: Mary Millar, who played Joan Garwood in EASTENDERS, died at age 62.

2011: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, the ghost of Irene haunted Todd.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jack Scalia (ex-Chris, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Nicholas, DALLAS; ex-Danny, BERRENGER'S) - 63
Bob Orton (ex-Cowboy Bob Orton, WWE) - 63
David Stenstrom (ex-Neil, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 60
Loanne Bishop (ex-Mrs. Carlisle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Rose, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Rita, SANTA BARBARA) - 58
Mackenzie Phillips (ex-Rachel, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Ellen, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210) - 54
Grant Cramer (ex-Shawn/Adam, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 52
Hugh Bonneville (Robert, DOWNTON ABBEY) - 50
Ellen Pompeo (Meredith, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 44
Jonathan Ryland (ex-Dale, HOLBY CITY) - 40
Heather Matarazzo (ex-Stacy, THE L WORD) - 31

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  1. Its nice to get to see Maree Cheatham work as Marie Horton. I only knew her growing up as Stephanie Wyatt from Search For Tomorrow and later Charlene Simpson from General Hospital.

  2. Grant Cramer also played "Adam Hunter" on Y&R, one of several actors who's had more than one role on the show. This was around 1996. Adam, another chemist at Jabot, was to be a love interest for Ashley Abbott, then being played by Shari Shattuck. None of it really clicked, and the storyline tossed.