Sunday, May 25, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (May 25)

"The whole past is the procession of the present."
- Thomas Carlyle

"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...

1964: On Another World, Mary (Virginia Dwyer) pleaded with Pat (Susan Trustman) to get a chaperone for her weekend with Tom.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) accused Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) of trying to leave him.

1984: On Ryan's Hope, Maggie (Cali Timmons) revealed her feelings to Frank (Geoffrey Pierson).

1988: On The Young and the Restless, the Abbotts celebrated Traci's (Beth Maitland) pregnancy.

1992: New Zealand primetime soap Shortland Street premiered and would eventually become the country's longest running soap opera.

1994: At the 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included All My Children (Drama Series), Michael Zaslow, Hillary B. Smith, Justin Deas, Susan Haskell, Roger Howarth and Melissa Hayden.

Watch the wins by One Life to Live's Haskell and Howarth in the clip below:

1999: The entire cast of Another World assembled on May 25 to tape the show’s final episode, set to air on June 25.

2004: On Days of our Lives, Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Alice (Frances Reid) were found alive on Melaswen.

The show debuted a special opening that day.

2005: On One Life to Live, during a political press conference, Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods) arrested Daniel Colson (Mark Dobies) for the murder of Paul Cramer. As questions regarding motivation arose, Rex Balsom (John-Paul Lavoisier) outed Daniel to everyone assembled, including his wife, Nora (Hillary B. Smith), with Daniel's secret lover, Mark Solomon (Matt Cavenaugh) also stepping forward.

Thanks to FoxCrane for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Ian McKellen (ex-Mel, Coronation Street) - 75
Erica Fitz (ex-Leona, Dark Shadows) - 72
Barbara Stanger (ex-Mary, Days of our Lives; ex-Gail, The Edge of Night; ex-Laura, Love is a Many Splendored Thing; ex-Barbara, As the World Turns) - 65
Patti D'Arbanville (ex-Selena, Guiding Light; ex-Christy, Another World) - 63
Hillary B. Smith (Ellie, Fumbling Thru The Pieces; Guya, Venice; ex-Nora, One Life to Live; ex-Margo, As the World Turns; ex-Stacy, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Kit, The Doctors) - 57
Susan Diol (ex-Emmy, Days of our Lives; ex-Alexis, General Hospital; ex-Angela, One Life to Live) - 52
Marie-Alise Recasner (ex-Lynn, Days of our Lives; ex-Ellen, Port Charles; ex-Alice, Santa Barbara) - 52
Matthew Borlenghi (ex-Anthony, Days of our Lives; ex-Ziggy, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Brian, All My Children) - 47
Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) - 45
Erinn Hayes (ex-Racquel, Parenthood) - 38
Esmé Bianco (ex-Ros, Game of Thrones) - 32
Hunter Canning (ex-Jack, The Outs)


  1. Roger, here's the link to the 1967 episode of "Dark Shadows" that aired back in this date!:,p25,s1,d0

    1. Can somebody please ban this guy from making comments here, because he is always harassing me!

  2. And Roger, here's the clip of Hillary B. Smith winning her Daytime Emmy for Best Actress at the 21st Daytime Emmy Awards!: