Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (January 21)

1980: A fire started at The Wade Bookstore on ATWT.
"Maybe if people started to listen, history would stop repeating itself."
- Lily Tomlin

"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 ANOTHER WORLD, John and Lee argued which led to a devastating car crash.

1967: Actress Ann Sheridan died at age 51. She played Kathryn Corning in ANOTHER WORLD.

1980: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Melinda (Ariane Munker) was trapped in the bookstore as it burned.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, a hospitalized Nicole told April that Miles (Joel Crothers) was really sick.

1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Grant Putnam (Brian Patrick Clarke) held Anna (Finola Hughes) hostage.

1997: Beth Ehlers returned to GUIDING LIGHT after more than three years away.

1997: On SUNSET BEACH, Annie (Sarah Buxton) pulled a gun on Ben (Clive Robertson).

2005: John Reilly took over the role of Alistair Crane on the NBC soap PASSIONS.

2009: NBC aired the 11,000th episode of DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Barbara Rodell (ex-Joyce, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Leslie, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Judge Wallace, LOVING; ex-Linda, A FLAME IN THE GIRL; ex-Girl, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Jill, THE SECRET STORM; ex-Mrs. Weston, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Realtor, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 73
Charles Walker (ex-Rev. Phillips, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 69
Robby Benson (ex-Bruce, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 58
Joe Marinelli (ex-Sorel, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Pauly, GUIDING LIGHT) - 57
Charlotte Ross (Oliva, HIT THE FLOOR; ex-Judy, GLEE; ex-Eve, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 46
Matthew Willig (ex-Tank, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) - 45
Ken Leung (ex-Miles, LOST) - 44
Jerry Trainor (ex-Eric, UNDRESSED) - 37
Luke Grimes (ex-James, TRUE BLOOD; ex-Ryan, BROTHERS & SISTERS) - 30
Paige Kettner (ex-Abby, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Erin, BEVERLY HILLS 90210) - 23
Ryanne Kettner (ex-Abby, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Erin, BEVERLY HILLS 90210) - 23
Logan O'Brien (ex-Lucas, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 22

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  2. Roger, here's the clip of John Reilly's first episode as Alistair Crane on "Passions" back on 1/21/05: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4l9Nks5TDM

  3. Marinelli also played Bunny on SB!

  4. Re the ATWT clip:
    -Does anybody know if this is when Nick Andropolous was introduced to the canvas? (he's the dark haired guy on the street in front of the burning Wade Book Shop)

    -I distinctly remember that Jay Stallings was involved in another fire a couple of years before this, maybe involving Natalie? Does this ring a bell for anybody?

    1. Check out our January 18 Soap History column. Nick (Michael Forest) appeared in that episode as well. That's the first time I saw him.

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