Friday, April 11, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (April 11)

"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...

1966: On PEYTON PLACE, Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) married her second husband, Steven Cord (James Douglas).

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1967: On ANOTHER WORLD, Danny Fargo (Antony Ponzini) continued to torment Missy in her dreams.

1969: On DARK SHADOWS, Quentin (David Selby) rushed downstairs to the drawing room looking for Edward but found Laura instead. He was shocked, and insisted that she was dead and couldn't really be there.

1980: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Raven (Sharon Gabet) tried to manipulate sympathy from April.

1985: On GENERAL HOSPITAL, Ginny (Judith Chapman) slept with Derek.

1986: Lynn Herring debuted on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Lucy Coe.

1989: On AS THE WORLD TURNS, a confident Emily (Melanie Smith) told Susan she figured out that Hal was Adam's father.

1989: On GUIDING LIGHT, Rick (Michael O'Leary) was faced with a difficult decision regarding Meredith's baby.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the item above.

1996: The Museum of Television & Radio celebrated 30 years of AS THE WORLD TURNS with an event moderated by television curator Ron Simon. Simon made opening remarks about the series' emphasis on character over plot, and then introduced a screening of clips from the 1950s through 1996. After the screening, the following individuals joined Simon on stage: veteran cast members Helen Wagner, Don Hastings, and Martha Byrne; director Maria Wagner; head writers Henry Stern and Stephen Black; and executive producer John Valente.

2007: On ALL MY CHILDREN, Jenny Martin was born.

2008: On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Ridge (Ronn Moss) told Ashley (Eileen Davidson) not to see Storm.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Joel Grey (ex-Adam, DALLAS; ex-Lemuel, OZ) - 82
Louise Lasser (ex-Mary, MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN; ex-Jackie, THE DOCTORS) - 75
John Castellanos (ex-John, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; ex-Jeff, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) - 57
Alec Musser (ex-Del, ALL MY CHILDREN) - 41
Brett Claywell (ex-Kyle, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Tim, ONE TREE HILL) - 36
April Hong (ex-Gee, GENERAL HOSPITAL) - 36
Kelli Garner (ex-Kate, PAN AM) - 30
Alexa Gerasimovich (ex-Kathy, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Natalie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) - 12

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to [email protected].

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