Thursday, November 13, 2014

Today in Soap Opera History (November 13)

1985: Santa Barbara's Brick & Amy were married.  1995: The
premiered on ABC. 1998: Guiding Light's Danny met
Michelle. 2003: One Life to Live's Blair married Walker.
"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
― John W. Gardner

"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...

1942: On Clara, Lu and Em, Emma "Em" Krueger (Helen King) threw a party.

1964: On Another World, Mitchell Dru (Geoffrey Lumb) asked John Randolph to take on Pat Matthew's case. Michael M. Ryan and Gaye Huston made their first appearances as John and Lee Randolph.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Julia (Grayson Hall) panicked when Woodard's ghost appeared.

1979: On As the World Turns, Barbara Ryan (Colleen Zenk) and Tom Hughes (Tom Tammi) had an awkward encounter.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Nola Madison (Kim Hunter) prepared to kill Deborah Saxon (Frances Fisher).

1981: On General Hospital, the women of Port Charles celebrated Laura's (Genie Francis) upcoming wedding to Luke Spencer with a bachelorette party.

1984: On Santa Barbara, John Perkins (Robert Alan Browne, in his final appearance) died from injuries after the earthquake. Warren Lockridge (John Allen Nelson) saved Ted, Augusta and Lionel, who were trapped at the bottom of a cliff.

1984: On primetime soap opera Paper Dolls, Julia Blake (Brenda Vaccaro) secretly canceled Taryn's (Nicollette Sheridan) tour plans with John Waite, Meanwhile, David Fenton (Richard Beymer) assured Wesley (Dack Rambo, who would have turned 73 today) that they would get Blair (Mimi Rogers) back, and a mysterious man stalked Laurie Caswell (Terry Farrell).

1985: On Santa Barbara, Amy Perkins (Kerry Sherman) and Brick Wallace (Richard Eden) were married.

1989: On As the World Turns, Emily Stewart (Melanie Smith) was asked on the witness stand if her relationship with Paul Ryan Stenbeck had become sexual.

1989: On Guiding Light, Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander) attempted to dig up the grave of Beth Raines until Rick Bauer (Michael O'Leary) and the cops stopped him.

1990: On The Young and the Restless, Danny (Michael Damian) and Cricket (Lauralee Bell) prepared to leave for their wedding in Hawaii.

1995: Daytime soap opera The City, a spin-off of Loving, premiered on ABC.

1998: On Guiding Light, Michelle Bauer (Bethany Joy Lenz) met Danny Santos (Paul Anthony Stewart).

2003: Actress Kellie Waymire died at age 36.   She played Emily Haynes in One Life to Live and Melissa on Six Feet Under.

2003: On One Life to Live, Blair Cramer (Kassie DePaiva) married "Walker Laurence" (Trevor St. John).

2012: On Days of our Lives, Will Horton (Chandler Massey) apologized to Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) and they reunited.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Madeleine Sherwood (ex-Betty, Guiding Light; ex-Carmen, The Secret Storm; ex-Ann, The Edge of Night; ex-Mrs. Murphy, As the World Turns) - 92
Garry Marshall (ex-Jack, Brothers & Sisters) - 80
Daniel Pilon (ex-Alan, Guiding Light; ex-Max, Ryan's Hope; ex-Gavin, Days of our Lives; ex-Renaldo, Dallas) - 74
Joe Mantegna (ex-Juan, Soap) - 67
Mary Gordon Murray (ex-Becky Lee, One Life to Live) - 61
Tracy Scoggins (ex-Grace, Dante's Cove; ex-Monica, The Colbys; ex-Monica, Dynasty; ex-Dianne, Dallas; ex-Anita, Dallas: J.R. Returns) - 61
Frances Conroy (Myrtle/ex-Moira, American Horror Story; ex-Virginia, Desperate Housewives; ex-Ruth, Six Feet Under) - 61
Chris Noth (Peter, The Good Wife; ex-Dean, Another World) - 60
Whoopi Goldberg (ex-Carmen, Glee; ex-Maris, 666 Park Avenue) - 59
Robert Aberdeen (ex-Greg, Love of Life) - 52
Tari Signor (ex-Margaret, One Life to Live) - 47
Steve Zahn (ex-Davis, Treme; ex-Spence, All MY Children) - 47
Melissa Hayden (ex-Julie, Hollywood Heights; ex-Agnes, The Young and the Restless; ex-Bridget, Guiding Light; ex-Mouse, General Hospital) - 45
Rob Youngblood (ex-Pierce, General Hospital; ex-Robert, Dallas; ex-Dave, Melrose Place) - 45
Cathy Janeen Doe (ex-Simone, Passions) - 44
Jordan Bridges (ex-Oliver, Dawson's Creek) - 41
Marc Brett (ex-Zander, General Hospital) - 40
Kit Williamson (Cal, EastSiders) - 29
Vail Bloom (ex-Heather, The Young and the Restless)
Austin Williams (ex-Shane, One Life to Live) - 18

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