Saturday, April 19, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (April 19)

1983: AMC's Verla Grubbs told Phoebe about her father.
1985: Todd arrived in Salem.  1990: Bo Brady returned to DAYS.
1991: AW's Kathleen unintentionally interrupted Cass &
Frankie's wedding.
"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...

1967: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) spoke to the portrait of Josette, declaring that he had come home to stay.

1971: Patricia Barry debuted as Addie Williams in Days of our Lives.

1973: Corinne Conley made her first appearance as Phyllis Anderson on Days of our Lives.

1978: On Ryan's Hope, Roger (Ron Hale) tried to convince Faith (Karen Morris) to talk to Pat before her wedding to Tom.

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1979: On Another World, Sally (Julie Philips) insisted she had outgrown Bay City. Scott (Paul Tulley) told her the store would drop the charges only if she returned home.

1983: On All My Children, Carol Burnett guest-starred as Verla Grubbs. Verla revealed to Phoebe (Ruth Warrick) that her father was in Pine Valley but didn't want her.

1985: David Wallace debuted as Tod Chandler in Days of our Lives.

1990: Peter Reckell returned to Days of our Lives as Bo Brady after a three year absence. He had taped his first episode exactly seven years earlier (April 19, 1983).

1990: On The Young and the Restless, Paul (Doug Davidson) and Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) argued over Cassandra (Nina Arvesen).

1991: On ANOTHER WORLD, Kathleen (Julie Osburn) showed up just as Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) and Frankie (Alice Barrett) were about to get married.

1991: Lisa Howard aired for the final time as April Ramirez on Days of our Lives.

1991: On Guiding Light, Roger (Michael Zaslow) apologized to Blake.

2002: Julianne Morris aired for the final time as Greta Von Amberg on Days of our Lives.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Sam Schacht (ex-Paul, The Edge of Night) - 78
Elinor Donahue (ex-Marie, The Young and the Restless; ex-Sylvia, Generations; ex-Kate, Days of our Lives) - 77
Ellen Weston (ex-Suzanne, The Young and the Restless; ex-Robin, Guiding Light; ex-Karen, Another World; Former writer at Guiding Light and Capitol) - 75
Tony Plana (ex-Alejandro, Desperate Housewives; ex-Ignacio, Ugly Betty) - 62
Ashley Judd (ex-Becca, Missing) - 46
James Franco (ex-Franco, General Hospital) - 36
Alexis Thorpe (ex-Cassie, Days of our Lives; ex-Rianna, The Young and the Restless) - 34
Ignacio Serricchio (Alex, The Young and the Restless; Manny, THE BAY; ex-Diego, General Hospital) - 33
Ryan Slater (ex-Cody, General Hospital) - 31
Zack Conroy (Oliver, The Bold and the Beautiful; Oliver, The Young and the Restless; ex-James, Guiding Light; ex-Leo, As The World Turns) - 29
Courtland Mead (ex-Phillip, The Young and the Restless) - 27

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