Today in Soap Opera History (November 30)

1979: Miss Ellie saved Southfork on Dallas.  1981: Texas'
Iris said goodbye. 1981: GH's Rick proposed to Lesley.
1987: Days' Marcus arrived in Salem.
"Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years."
― Will Durant

"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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1965: On Peyton Place, Miss Choate (Erin O'Brien-Moore) mentioned to Betty (Barbara Parkins) that Stella's (Lee Grant) personnel file had gone missing. Miss Choate then caught Betty in the act of returning the file. Later, Miss Choate defended Betty to Mike (Ed Rossi). Note: You'll notice David Canary as Dr. Russ Gehring in the clip below.

1979: On As the World Turns, Betsy (Suzanne Davidson) encouraged Kim (Kathryn Hays) to not delay her trip to Norwich for Lisa's (Eileen Fulton) wedding because of her.

1979: On Dallas, the Ewings discovered J.R. (Larry Hagman) mortgaged Southfork to finance his Asian deal. To stave off foreclosure, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) decided to allow Ewing Oil to drill on the ranch.

1981: Beverlee McKinsey aired for the final time as Iris Wheeler in Texas.

1981: On General Hospital, Rick (Chris Robinson) proposed to Lesley (Denise Alexander).

Thanks to Tricia for sending in the item above.

1983: On The Edge of Night, Heinrich Kraus (Gunter Meisner) was strangled by Spencer Varney (Richard Borg).

1987: Richard Biggs debuted as Marcus Hunter in Days of our Lives.

1989: Joseph Hardy was credited for the final time as executive producer of Loving. Mary-Ellis Bunim took over the following Monday.

1989: On As the World Turns, Tom (Scott Holmes) informed Emily (Melanie Smith) he had to bring charges against her.

1993: On The Young and the Restless, the body Olivia (Tonya Lee Williams) and Drucilla (Victoria Rowell) had to identify at the morgue turned out to not be Lillie Belle.

1995: Rebecca Budig debuted as Michelle Bauer on Guiding Light.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1998: Actor Philip Sterling died at age 76. His soap roles included George Hayes in Guiding Light, Rafe Carter in Somerset and Another World, and Johnny The Hitman in The Edge of Night.

1999: On Passions, the angel appeared to Tabitha (Juliet Mills) outside of the school and told her it would soon be the end for her.

2005: On All My Children, Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig) left Pine Valley. This ended Budig's first run on the soap. She returned as "the real Greelee" (per ABC promos) in January 2008.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

2010: Actor Ted Sorel died at age 74. He played Eric Luvonaczek in Guiding Light and Alfred Taft in Ryan's Hope.

2013: Former The Young and the Restless actor Paul Walker died in a tragic car accident in Santa Clarita, California.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Martin E. Brooks (ex-Paul, Love of Life; ex-Arthur, General Hospital; ex-Edgar, Dallas) - 89
Nada Rowand (ex-Kate, Loving) - 78
Sherilyn Wolter (ex-Elena, Santa Barbara; ex-Celia, General Hospital; ex-George, Guiding Light; ex-Taylor, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 63
Mandy Patinkin (Saul, Homeland) - 62
Kevin Conroy (ex-Jerry, Another World; ex-Bart, Dynasty; ex-Chase, Search for Tomorrow) - 59
David Lee Russek (ex-Sean, The Young and the Restless; ex-Chip, Another World; ex-Christos, Guiding Light) - 46
Jessalyn Gilsig (ex-Terri, Glee; ex-Jessalyn, Imaginary Bitches; ex-Gina, Nip/Tuck; ex-Shelley, Friday Night Lights) - 43
Elisha Cuthbert (ex-Kim, 24) - 32
Christel Khalil (Lily, The Young and the Restless) - 27
Jimmy Deshler (ex-Rafe, General Hospital) - 20

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