Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (February 11)

1969: Ned Stuart arrived at Collinwood on DARK SHADOWS.
1980: EON's Miles attacked Derek. 1993: GH's was determined
to win custody of Lucas. 2000: OLTL's Nora interrupted Bo
and Lindsay's wedding.
"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...

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Ned Stuart (Roger Davis, in his second role on the show) showed up at Collinwood looking for Chris. He found Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) and Julia (Grayson Hall) at Chris's cottage, and told them that Chris was engaged to his sister implying that she was now dead.

1972: On ANOTHER WORLD, Mary (Virginia Dwyer) believed Paula (Beverley Owen) wasn't right for Russ since she was more interested in her work than anything else, but Jim (Hugh Marlowe) and Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) felt it was up to Russ (Robert Hover) to decide.

1976: The film TAXI DRIVER was released, during which Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) would knock over his television set while watching a scene between Jill Foster (Brenda Dickson) and Brock Reynolds (Beau Kazer) on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above. He adds: "Okay. Have you ever felt like doing this while watching your soap? ;-)"

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Miles (Joel Crothers) attacked Derek (Dennis Parker).

1987: On SANTA BARBARA, Cruz (A Martinez) and Eden (Marcy Walker) plotted against Keith (Justin Deas) and Gina (Robin Mattson) to protect Kelly (Robin Wright).

1993: Actress Joy Garrett died at age 47. She was known by soap fans for her roles as Jo Johnson in DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Boobsie Caswell Austin in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

1993: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Sean (John Reilly) told Tiffany (Sharon Wyatt) she might lose him if she continued to not play fair in her effort to get custody of Lucas.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1994: Actor Sorrell Booke, best known for playing Boss Hogg on THE DUKES OF HAZARD, died at age 64.  Before DUKES OF HAZARD, he played District Attorney Ira Newton in THE GUIDING LIGHT.

1994: Jennifer Gareis represented New York in the Miss USA pageant. She currently plays Donna Logan on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

2000: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Nora (Hillary B. Smith) interrupted Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Lindsay's (Catherine Hickland) wedding. Said Nora: "She changed your results on the fertility test, making you think you couldn't father a child. She changed the results, Bo. You are about to marry the woman who changed all our lives."

2005: Former EMMERDALE and CORONATION STREET star Stan Richards died at age 74.

2008: On GUIDING LIGHT, Natalia (Jessica Leccia) admitted to Gus (Ricky Paull Goldin) that she locked Olivia (Crystal Chappell) in the bathroom at the Bauer cabin to keep her from ruining their wedding day.

2012: One-time AS THE WORLD TURNS musical guest star Whitney Houston died at age 48.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Audrey Peters (ex-Vanessa, LOVE OF LIFE; ex-Lorraine, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; ex-Trish, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Sarah, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Judge Connors, LOVING) - 87
Paul Comi (ex-George, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 82
Tina Louise (ex-Tish, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Julie, DALLAS) - 80
Burt Reynolds (Himself, ARCHER) - 78
Catherine Hickland (ex-Lindsay, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Tess, LOVING; ex-Julie/Jenny, CAPITOL; ex-Courtney, Texas) - 58
Bradley Cole (ex-Warren, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Jeffery/Richard, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Jordan, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 55
Jeffrey Meek (ex-Craig, AS THE WORLD TURNS; ex-Thomas, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Quinn, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 55
Stephen Gregory (ex-Chase, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Timothy, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 49
Ty Treadway (Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Troy/Colin, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 47
Jennifer Aniston (SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) - 45
Damian Lewis (Nicholas, HOMELAND) - 43
Isaiah Mustafa (ex-Cop, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) - 40
Matthew Lawrence (ex-Danny, DYNASTY) - 34

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  1. Roger, you loaded up the wrong Bo and Lindsay wedding clip! That wedding was from 2008 when Nora interrupted Bo and Lindsay's wedding at the Buchanan Mansion to make Lindsay confess to the murder of Spencer Truman! This is the correct clip from Bo and Lindsay's interrupted wedding from 2000 on this date : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JarjvjB3G4s

  2. Was Curious if Crothers and Parker were ever involved or close since both were Gay and died of AIDS?

  3. Catherine Hickland was Julie on Capitol not Jenny.

    1. Yes, of course, Julie. She also played Jenny though in a lookalike story in 1985-86. She was Zed's supposed ex-wife.

  4. Timely GH clip with Lucas back on the show. I miss Sean Donely.

  5. Catherine Hickland played both roles. Jenny was a Julie-look alike. And, no, Crothers and Parker were not involved.

  6. I could just imagine how Travis Bickle would react if he had to iingest some of the drivel soap fans have to sit through with today's daytime dramas. Oof!
    I myself have just had to skip and fast forward practically entire episodes in order to avoid getting to the point where I want to toss my TV!
    We know however, that Travis Bickle was not the most stable of personas.