Monday, August 11, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (August 11)

1986: Another World's Zane died after being hit by a stray
bullet in a police shootout with Herman Ludwig.
Zane had married Felicia Gallant six months earlier.
"To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"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.

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1967: ABC broadcast Dark Shadows in black and while for the final time. The episode was actually the first one shot in color but ABC aired it in black and white (a Friday episode). Having fainted at the sight of Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) began to remember what happened to her. Before she could reveal Barnabas' vampiric activity, she was placed under a hypnotic spell by Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall).

1977: The final episode Australian soap opera Number 96 aired on Network Ten. Among its many claims to fame during a successful five-year run, the series was the first in Australia to feature an openly gay character.

1978: On Another World, Pat (Beverly Penberthy) updated Dennis on Rachel's condition. Rachel Cory (Victoria Wyndham) had just given birth to a baby daughter, Amanda, four weeks before her due date.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1979: On The Edge of Night, a masked man pulled a gun on Miles (Joel Crothers) at his office.

1980: On Another World, Margo (Judy Cassmore) arrived at Blaine's (Laura Malone) and told her that Buzz Winslow was killed when his car went off a cliff into the river. Blaine remembered Buzz and Jordan fighting which made Margo suspect Blaine didn't think it was an accident. Eric Conger aired for the final time in Another World as Buzz Winslow, a role he originated on June 21, 1978.

1980: On Texas, Bart (Joel Colodner) asked Courtney (Catherine Hickland) if it bothered her that Kevin was married. She replied: "Yes, but not half as much at it bothers him." She later added: "A person can't always live by their principles."

1982: On Days of our Lives, Tom (Macdonald Carey) and Alice (Frances Reid) reminisced and danced to their song, "Always."

1986: On Another World, Zane Lindquist (Patrick Tovatt) died with his wife, Felicia Gallant, by his side. His final words: "I love you, Fanny Grady. One classy lady."

1989: On Guiding Light, Phillip (Grant Aleksander) and Holly (Maureen Garrett) clashed over Blake and Roger.

1994: On All My Children, Kendall (Sarah Michelle Gellar) insisted to Dimitri (Michael Nader) that she had every right to be at Mona's funeral.

1997: Talk show The View premiered on ABC Daytime.

2003: On The Bold and the Beautiful, just before Macy's (Bobbie Eakes) wedding to Deacon (Sean Kanan), Sally (Darlene Conley) ordered Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) to get out of Macy's room: "Get out, Brooke, before I drag you out!" Sally reminded Macy that Brooke would say anything to keep her away from Deacon. The ceremony began, and Macy started down the aisle.

2006: Former daytime talk show host Mike Douglas died on his 81st birthday. He appeared as himself on Knots Landing in 1982.

2010: Vanessa Marcil returned to General Hospital as Brenda Barrett.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Charles Cooper (ex-Curley, Dallas) - 88
Hulk Hogan (WWE/WWF; TNA; WCW) - 61
Embeth Davidtz (ex-Rebecca, Mad Men) - 49
Anna Gunn (ex-Skyler, Breaking Bad) - 46
Ashley Jensen (ex-Christina, Ugly Betty) - 45
Chris Messina (Reese, The Newsroom; ex-Ted, Six Feet Under) - 40
Craig Cole (ex-Eric, Prison Break) - 39
Michael Bruno (Judge, I Wanna Be a Soap Star)
Drew Nelson (ex-Robbie, Queer as Folk) - 35
Elisabeth Lund (ex-Lisa, Undressed) - 33
Chris Hemsworth (ex-Kim, Home and Away; ex-Jamie, Neighbours) - 31
Caitlin Harris (ex-Cheryl, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) - 25
Kelsey Robinson (Jesse, Fumbling thru the Pieces)

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