Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (April 10)

"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...

1957: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, Chris (Don MacLaughlin) and Pa (Santos Ortega) discussed John Hughes, who ran away from the Hughes farm 18 years earlier.

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1987: The character of Jack Deveraux debuted on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, played by Joseph Adams.

1989: On SANTA BARBARA, Eden (Marcy Walker) received information about her baby.

1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Alexandra (Beverlee McKinsey) was upset to see Sonni.

1990: On ANOTHER WORLD, John (David Forsyth) sought Dr. Craig's help with psychiatry information after reading about psychological disorders. Meanwhile, Sharly and Grant kissed.

1995: On LOVING, Deborah (Nancy Addison) sang a poignant version of "Hello, Dolly!"

2001: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Hank told Judge Fitzwater that he had motive, means and opportunity concerning Blair's (Kassie DePaiva) attempted murder of Max.

2008: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Jesse (Darnell Williams) told baby Jenny about the original Jenny.

2010: Actress Dixie Carter died at age 70. Carter made her mark in daytime on THE EDGE OF NIGHT as Brandy Henderson. She also appeared on THE DOCTORS and filled for Nancy Pinkerton as Dorian on ONE LIFE TO LIVE in 1974, while Pinkerton was on maternity leave. She also earned an Emmy nomination for her work on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES playing Gloria Hodge.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Liz Sheridan (ex-Greta, SANTA BARBARA) - 85
Milt Kogan (ex-Irv, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 78
Peter MacNicol (ex-Robert, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 60
Charlie Hunnam (ex-Nathan, QUEER AS FOLK) - 34
Laura Bell Bundy (Shelby, HART OF DIXIE; ex-Marah, GUIDING LIGHT) - 33
Michael Pitt (ex-Jimmy, BOARDWALK EMPIRE) - 33
Chyler Leigh (Lexie, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 32
Ryan Merriman (Ian, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 31
Mandy Moore (ex-Mary, GREY'S ANATOMY) - 30
Billy Kay (ex-Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT) - 30
Shay Mitchell (Emily, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) - 27

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