Saturday, February 1, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (February 1)

1954: THE SECRET STORM premiered. 1980: LOVE OF LIFE
ended.  1980: EON's Nola admitted she was Mrs. Corey.
1994: ATWT's Holden and Lily reunited.
"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.

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1954: Daytime soap opera THE SECRET STORM premiered on CBS. Roy Winsor created the show and Gloria Monty was a longtime director.

After 20 years, CBS canceled the show with the final episode airing February 8, 1974. Listen to Joan Crawford's appearance on the show here.

1972: On ANOTHER WORLD, Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) and Steve (George Reinholt) shared their concern about Lenore with Russ and Paula.

1979: On RYAN'S HOPE, Jill (Nancy Addison) faced complications during surgery.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1980: After a run of more than 29 years, CBS aired the final episode daytime soap opera LOVE OF LIFE, created by Roy Winsor in 1951. The original story was the tale of two sisters, Vanessa Dale (Peggy McCay) and Meg Dale (Jean McBride).

Note: CBS aired the final half-hour episode of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. It expanded to an hour the following Monday.

1980: On GUIDING LIGHT, Roger (Michael Zaslow) planned to kidnap Chrissy from the charity bazaar.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, when Steve and Deborah (Frances Fisher) confronted Nola about masquerading as Martha Corey, she admitted it was true.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1994: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lily (Martha Byrne) and Holden (Jon Hensley) reunited in the bell tower.

1995: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Edmund (John Callahan) and Maria (Eva La Rue) danced the night away.

2001: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Vicky's (Jensen Buchanan) ghost appeared and urged Jake (Tom Eplin) not to go near the lion. The Sheriff tells Jake that Cloche the fisherman spent most of his time on his boat - The Sea Lion!

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Stuart Whitman (ex-Mr. Willis, KNOTS LANDING) - 86
Garrett Morris (ex-Mouth, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 77
Tina Sloan (Louise, BEACON HILL; Theodora, EMPIRE; Katherine, VENICE; ex-Lillian, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Patti, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Olivia, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Kate, SOMERSET) - 71
Vasili Bogazianos (ex-Benny, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Al, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Ozzie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Mickey, THE EDGE OF NIGHT) - 69
Kaitlin Hopkins (ex-Kelsey, ANOTHER WORLD) - 50
Noah Blake (ex-Patrick, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 49
Sherilyn Fenn (ex-Anna, GILMORE GIRLS; ex-Audrey, TWIN PEAKS) - 49
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick (ex-Fiona, E STREET; ex-Brooke, PARADISE BEACH) - 47
Brian Krause (ex-Matt, ANOTHER WORLD) - 46
Michael C. Hall (ex-David, SIX FEET UNDER) - 43
Jennifer Lien (ex-Hannah, ANOTHER WORLD) - 40
Rachelle Lefevre (ex-Melinda, SWINGTOWN) - 35
Karl Girolamo (ex-Kevin, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 28
Justin Deeley (ex-Austin, 90210) - 28
Heather Morris (Brittany, GLEE) - 27

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  1. The Secret Storm finale, is that the infamous incident mentioned in Mommie Dearest where Crawford actually played her DAUGHTER'S part?

  2. Joan Crawford's appearance was in the Fall of 1968.