Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Today in Soap Opera History (November 5)

1985: SANTA BARBARA's Eden broke off her engagement to
Cruz. 1985: DJ agreed to do a favor for Ryan on RYAN'S HOPE.
1985: GH's Sean took a turn for the worse.  1998: GUIDING
LIGHT had a new Michelle.
"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.

On this date in...

1945: On radio soap opera DOCTOR PAUL, "radio's wonderful story of adult love," Victoria reflected on how she once knew Dr. Paul (Russell Thorson) after taking an old photograph Dr. Paul when he was a child. Listen to the episode here.

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Mike (John Larkin) received a telephone call from an Arizona medical examiner that confirmed the real Clayton Pike had been murdered. That meant the man who currently lived in Monticello was an imposter.

1985: On SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, Hogan (David Forsyth) was determined to get into Lloyd's (Joe Lambie) condo.

1985: On SANTA BARBARA, during a party at the Orient Express, a distraught Eden (Marcy Walker) told Cruz (A Martinez) he loved himself more than he loved her. As she walked away Eden announced to the party guests that she and Cruz were planning on announcing their engagement but now it was not going to happen ("The party is over!")

1985: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Sean Donely's (John Reilly) condition worsened when his wound became infected.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For viewers of current GH wondering what happened with Sean's latest ailment (plutonium poisoning), head writer Ron Carlivati shed some light on Twitter: "Luke & Tracy stopped in Ireland on the way home to give Sean Donely as much temporary cure as they could carry. The line got cut."

1985: On RYAN'S HOPE, Ryan (Yasmine Bleeth) asked D.J. (Christian Slater) to take an at-home test that was due the next day. Meanwhile, Dakota and Jillian shared a kiss.

1990: Erin Torpey debuted as Jessica on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

1990: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Traci (Beth Maitland) was upset that Paul (Doug Davidson) continued to investigate Brad (Don Diamont).

1998: On GUIDING LIGHT, Mick tried to attack both Michelle and Drew at the beach so Michelle hit him over the head with a nearby rock. Bethany Joy Lenz (then known as Joie Lenz) made her first appearance as Michelle Bauer.

2007: The Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike.

2008: ALL MY CHILDREN star Susan Lucci was voted off DANCING WITH THE STARS.

2009: Sarah Brown debuted on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL in the role of Sandy (who was actually Aggie).

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Chris Robinson (ex-Rick, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Jason, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Jack, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 75
Patricia Harty (ex-Patti, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Edie, THE DOCTORS) - 72
J. Cynthia Brooks (ex-Taylor, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 62
Kelley Miles (ex-Dana, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 61
Howard McGillin (ex-Greg, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Dr. Cooper, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Colin, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Roy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 60
Robert Patrick (ex-David, THE SOPRANOS) - 55
Andrea McArdle (ex-Wendy, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 50
Famke Janssen (ex-Diane, MELROSE PLACE) - 49
Keith Coulouris (ex-David/Reid, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Keith, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 46
Judy Reyes (Zoila, DEVIOUS MAIDS; ex-Tina, OZ) - 46
Danniella Westbrook (Trudy, HOLLYOAKS; ex-Sam, EASTENDERS) - 41
Craig Lawlor (ex-Adam, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 31
Meghan Benton (Vicki, RAGGED ISLE)

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. Roger, Here is the youtube link for Bethany Joy Lenz's first appearance as Michelle on GL:

  2. Happy Birthday Howard McGillin! Absolutely loved him on Broadway in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Phantom of the Opera!" Great talent! .. And congratulations on your recent marriage! It's about time!. .. lol!