Sunday, January 26, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (January 26)

1988: Betty White appeared on DAYS. 1988: GH's Anna stabbed
Grant with a fork. 1996: AMC's Taylor took the witness stand.
2006: DAYS' Tony was covered in blood with a tiger on the loose.
"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...

1967: Jordan Charney debuted as Sam Lucas, Ada's brother, on ANOTHER WORLD. Sam married Lahoma Vane (Ann Wedgeworth) in 1969 and the two of them moved to ANOTHER WORLD spin-off SOMERSET in 1970.

1972: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Nancy (Ann Flood) planned an engagement party for Laurie (Emily Prager) and Vic (Ted Tinling).

1984: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, David (Michael Zaslow) unlocked a treasure while playing piano.

1988: Betty White made her first appearance on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as part of NBC's "Where's Betty?" contest.

1988: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, as Grant (Brian Patrick Clarke) leaned in to kiss Anna (Finola Hughes), she stabbed him in the hand with a fork. She ran up the stairs but Grant caught her.

1990: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Frisco (Jack Wagner) and Felicia (Kristina Wagner) were married for the second time.

Thanks to Kellie for sending in the above item.

1996: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Taylor Roxbury Cannon (Kelli Taylor) took the witness stand at Noah Keefer's (Keith Hamilton Cobb) murder trial.

2006: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, a garbage bin of blood was poured on Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) just as he was about to announce the name of the killer.

Today's Birthdays:
Anne Jeffreys (ex-Amanda, PORT CHARLES; ex-Amanda, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Sylvia, BRIGHT PROMISE; ex-Amanda, FALCON CREST) - 91
Walt Willey (Edmund, THURSTON; ex-Jackson, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Joe, RYAN'S HOPE; ex-Jim, ANOTHER WORLD) - 63
Paul Johansson (ex-Dan, ONE TREE HILL; ex-John, BEVERLY HILLS, 90210; ex-Greg, SANTA BARBARA) - 50
Allison Hossack (ex-Olivia, ANOTHER WORLD) - 49
Michael O'Hearn (ex-Luke, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 45
Tracy Middendorf (ex-Babette, BOARDWALK EMPIRE; ex-Laura, BEVERLY HILLS 90210; ex-Carrie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 44
Gilles Marini (Angelo, SWITCHED AT BIRTH; ex-Luc, BROTHERS & SISTERS; ex-Jean Claude, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 38
Kelly Stables (ex-Teenage Bobbie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 37
Sara Rue (ex-Penny, EASTWICK) - 35
Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook, ONCE UPON A TIME; ex-Emmett, FAIR CITY) - 33
Kelli Barrett (ex-Maddie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 30
Rebecca Ritters (ex-Hannah, NEIGHBOURS; ex-Jules, CORONATION STREET) - 30
Edwin Hodge (ex-Marcus, JACK & BOBBY) - 29

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