Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (November 14)

1985: GH's Jimmy Lee worked out his frustrations. 1986: SB's
C.C. and Sophia attempted to get hitched. 1995: OLTL's
Todd and Blair were married.  2000: AMC's Erica had sex
with David.
"History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside."
- John F. Kennedy

"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...

1952: Jone Allison aired for the final time as Meta Bauer on THE GUIDING LIGHT.

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Mike (John Larkin) and Marceau (Carl Frank) arrived at the garage, just as Pike (Leon Janney) forced Mary (Anne Sargeant) into the car.

1969: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Robin Strasser) was angry when Steve (George Reinholt) refused to admit the baby was his and threatened to tell Russ everything.  Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) told Steve he couldn't be sure that Russ was the baby's father.

1979: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lisa (Eileen Fulton) told Kim (Kathryn Hays) she wasn't afraid of Hester.

1984: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Asa (Phil Carey) proposed a real old fashioned Western Thanksgiving to Becky Lee (Mary Gordon Murray).

1985: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Celia (Sherilyn Wolter) was unhappy when she found Jimmy Lee (Steve Bond) and Lorena (Shelley Taylor Morgan) working out together at the spa.

1986: On SANTA BARBARA, Gina escaped (Robin Mattson) just in time to arrive at her wedding to C.C. (Jed Allan), but C.C. was busy marrying Sophia (Judith McConnell).

1990: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Cricket (Lauralee Bell), Danny (Michael Damian) and their wedding guests arrived in Hawaii.

1995: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Todd (Roger Howarth) and Blair's (Kassie DePaiva) were married for the second time (the gold balloon wedding).

2000: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica (Suasn Lucci) had sex with David (Vincent Irizarry) while taking libidozone.

2012: Longtime soap writer Barbara Esensten passed away.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Meg Myles (ex-Mavis, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Sid, THE EDGE OF NIGHT; ex-Joanna, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Mrs. Taggert, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Helen, WHERE THE HEART IS; ex-Harriet, THE DOCTORS) - 79
Prince Charles (Himself, CORONATION STREET) - 65
Gary Grubbs (ex-Gordon, THE O.C.) - 64
JoAnna Rhinehart (ex-Jessica, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 55
Elizabeth Keifer (Amber, VENICE; ex-Blake, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Connie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Angela, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Sister Mary, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Amy, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 52
D.B. Sweeney (ex-Carter, THE EVENT; ex-Michael, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT) - 52
Michael Lynch (ex-Connor, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 49
Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 41
Matt Cedeno (Alejandro, DEVIOUS MAIDS; ex-Brandon, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 40
Olga Kurylenko (ex-Vera, MAGIC CITY) - 34

Actress Haila Stoddard (ex-Pauline, THE SECRET STORM) was born on this day in 1913. She passed away on February 21, 2011 at age 97.   Others we've lost who were born on November 13: Don Stewart (1935–2006), Phyllis Avery (1922–2011), Ted Sorel (1936–2010), Mamie Eisenhower (1896–1979) and Sherwood Schwartz (1916–2011).

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to [email protected].


  1. A year ago today Will & Sonny made love.

  2. Yeah you would think the couple that has been number one on your soap poll,WilSon,would get a mention

    1. Feel free to email us any milestones you want us to include.