Thursday, January 30, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (January 30)

1996: GH's Brenda called Miguel and told him about Lily and Sonny's
upcoming wedding. 2001: ATWT's Rose was sure Holden would
stay with her.  2004: DAYS' Tony died. 2009: AMC's Kendall woke up
from a coma.
"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...

1958: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Bill and Mike tried to convince Dalton there may be mitigating circumstances in the case, but he insisted on moving forward with the prosecution as quickly as possible.

1976: On ANOTHER WORLD, John told Pat he was foolish to believe they ever shared their lives, and insisted Pat never loved him.

1980: On SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, after Sunny's (Marcia McCabe) request to do a story on The Boilermaker was denied, she decided to investigate on her own.

1981: Liz Smith ran side-by-side pictures of Joel Crothers and mustache look-a-like Tom Selleck in her New York Daily News column. "I suggest somebody rustle up a story about two brothers, or two guys who look too much alike, as a feature movie for [them]," she wrote.

1985: On SANTA BARBARA, Peter (Stephen Meadows) managed to sneak in and out of Kelly's (Robin Wright) apartment without anyone knowing.

1996: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Brenda called Miguel to tell him that Sonny and Lily were getting married. Brenda asked him, "What are we going to do about it?"

2001: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Joe (Tony Musante) was afraid Holden (Jon Hensley) would break Rose's (Martha Byrne) heart.

2004: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) "died" following the tiger attack.

2007: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Dixie (Cady McClain) died after eating pancakes poisoned by the Satin Slayer.

2009: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Kendall (Alicia Minshew) woke up from a coma.

2014: Billy Miller aired for the final time as Billy Abbott on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Michael Muhney made his final appearance as Adam Newman.

Today's Birthdays:
Dorothy Malone (ex-Constance, PEYTON PLACE) - 89
Tammy Grimes (ex-Mrs. Haversham, LOVING) - 80
Vanessa Redgrave (ex-Erica, NIP/TUCK) - 77
Barbara Eda-Young (ex-Regine, ANOTHER WORLD) - 69
Randy Brooks (ex-Marshall, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Hayes, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Nathan, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Lucky, RITUALS) - 64
Charles S. Dutton (ex-Benjamin, THE L WORD) - 63
Sheldon Collins (ex-Johnny, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Randy, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 59
Daphne Ashbrook (ex-Kathryn, FALCON CREST) - 51
Tina Malone (ex-Mo, BROOKSIDE) - 51
Norbert Leo Butz (ex-Rowdy, THE DEEP END) - 47
Amanda Saunders (ex-Kirsti, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 36
Zoe Dawson (ex-Louise, DOCTORS) - 35

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