Thursday, February 6, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (February 6)

"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...

1973: Denise Alexander aired for the final time as Susan Hunter Martin in DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

1976: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Jennifer Rose Horton was born. The character is played today by Melissa Reeves.

1979: On ANOTHER WORLD, Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) was intrigued by Buzz's idea that she pay off Blaine. Buzz encouraged Blaine to bleed Rachel dry.

1989: On ANOTHER WORLD, Jamie Frame (Laurence Lau) married Vicky Hudson (Anne Heche).

1992: On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, a hospitalized Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) finally woke up.

2008: Elizabeth Hendrickson debuted as Chloe Mitchell on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

2009: Longtime ONE LIFE TO LIVE actor Philip Carey (Asa) died at age 83.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Zsa Zsa Gabor (ex-Lydia, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 97
Mike Farrell (ex-Milton, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) - 75
Michael Tucker (ex-Harry, RYAN'S HOPE) - 69
Robert Townsend (Producer, LOS AMERICANS; DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM) - 57
Ben Lawson (ex-Liam, THE DEEP END; ex-Frazer, NEIGHBOURS) - 34
Alice Greczyn (Mads, THE LYING GAME) - 28

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