Friday, March 14, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (March 14)

1968: Angelique's portrait first appeared on DARK SHADOWS.
1980: EON's Nola confessed her crimes.  1996: AMC's Erica
had a decision to make. 1996: GH's Jason ran into Robin on
the bridge.
"There is no present or future, only the past happening over and over again - now."
- Eugene O'Neill

"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...

1968: On DARK SHADOWS, Natalie DuPres (Grayson Hall) saw the portrait hanging over the fireplace change and become a portrait of Angelique.

1980: On RYAN'S HOPE, Jack (Michael Levin) considered using a medical hypnotist.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Nola Madison (Kim Hunter) confessed to murdering Margo and framing Draper Scott.

1980: On DALLAS, Jock, Miss Ellie, Bobby and Pam visited Amanda, Jock’s first wife. Vaughn Leland told J.R. he was joining the deal with the cartel members who were buying Ewing Oil's Asian wells, not realizing at the time the wells were about to be nationalized. Everyone in the cartel became a suspect after J.R. was shot a week later.

1994: On ANOTHER WORLD, Vicky (Jensen Buchanan) realized Donna (Anna Stuart) and Matt (Matt Crane) were having an affair.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1996: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) had to choose between Dimitri Marick (Michael Nader) and Dr. Jonathan Kinder (Michael Sabatino). A special addiction PSA aired at the end of the episode.

1996: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Jason (Steve Burton) ran into Robin (Kimberly McCullough) on the bridge.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Steve Kanaly (Ray, DALLAS; Charles, DEVANITY; ex-Seabone, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 68
Billy Crystal (ex-Jodie, SOAP) - 66
Season Hubley (ex-Angelique, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 63
Russell Todd (ex-Jamie, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Jordy, CAPITOL) - 56
Tamara Tunie (ex-Judge Weston, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Jessica, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 55
Penny Johnson (ex-Debbie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 53
Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Jade, SANTA BARBARA) - 47
Priscilla Garita (ex-Lupe, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Theresa, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Gabi, SUNSET BEACH; ex-Kathy, ANOTHER WORLD; ex-Anita, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Rita, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 46
Tyler Noyes (ex-C.J., ONE LIFE TO LIVE) - 28

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