Friday, August 28, 2015

Today in Soap Opera History (August 28)

1986: Another World's "Marissa" made her way to Bay City.
1991: Santa Barbara's Dash and Katrina grew closer.
1998: All My Children's Junior was locked in a cage.
2009: One Life to Live's Fish didn't remember his night with Stacy.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
― Maya Angelou

"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: On Another World, Liz (Audra Lindley) was happy to hear that Bill (Joseph Gallison) suspected Madge of Danny's murder.

1967: Australian Broadcasting Corporation soap Bellbird premiered. It remained on the air until December 1977.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Julia (Grayson Hall) protected Tom Jennings (Don Briscoe) from a gun-toting Barnabas (Jonathan Frid). After Tom vanished, Barnabas went to the window to look for him. When he turned around Julia had escaped.

1972: Robert Clary debuted as Robert LeClair in Days of our Lives.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Paige Madison (Margaret Colin) continued to blindly trust Tobias.

1981: On All My Children, Sybil Thorne (Linda Gibboney) was shot. The episode ended with a stunned Cliff Warner (Peter Bergman) walking into her apartment and finding her on the floor with a gunshot wound in her chest. Cliff turned out to be the primary suspect, and viewers didn't find out until October that Sean Cudahy (Alan Dysert) was the culprit.

Thanks to Jack for sending in the item above.

1984: On Days of our Lives, Alice Hope (Frances Reid) helped Bo Bray (Peter Reckell) and Hope Williams (Kristian Alfonso) out of a jam in New Orleans.

1986: On Another World, Kathleen McKinnon (Julie Osburn) questioned her Aunt Helen, Jake's mother, about rumors that Kathleen's mother, Mary, once had a relationship with Reginald. Meanwhile, Marissa LaSalle (Denise Alexander), aka Mary McKinnon, took a flight to Bay City.

1987: On Ryan's Hope, Rick (Grant Show) was upset with Ryan (Yasmine Bleeth) about the amount of time she had spent working on her story. The clip below begins with an ABC Daytime "Something's Happening" promo.

1991: On Santa Barbara, Dash Nichols (Timothy Gibbs) and Katrina Ruyker (Maria Ellingsen) said goodbye after spending the night together in the forest.

1998: On All My Children, Brooke (Julia Barr) considered a plea bargain offer. Junior (Jesse McCartney) was locked in a cage.

1998: On As the World Turns, James (Anthony Herrera) was thrilled David (Daniel Markel) was alive. Later, David showed up at his memorial service as Molly (Lesli Kay) was speaking.

2008: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Ann (Betty White) called Stephanie (Susan Flannery) and warned her Pam had been off her medication for three months.

2009: Lindsay Hartley debuted as Arianna Hernandez in Days of our Lives.

2009: Actor Wayne Tippit died at age 68. His soap roles included Palmer Woodward in Melrose Place, father of Heather Locklear's character, Amanda Woodward; Jerry Ames in The Secret Storm; and Ted Adamson in Search for Tomorrow.

2009: On One Life to Live, Fish (Scott Evans) woke up in Stacy's (Crystal Hunt) apartment after the two of them spent the night together but he didn't remember what happened.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Marla Adams
Ruby Holbrook (ex-Wilma, All My Children) - 85
Martin West (ex-Phil, General Hospital; ex-Don, As the World Turns; ex-Phil, Dallas) - 78
Marla Adams (ex-Mildred, General Hospital; ex-Belle, The Secret Storm; ex-Myrna, Capitol; ex-Dina, The Young and the Restless; ex-Helen, Generations; ex-Claire, Days of our Lives) - 77
Ken Jenkins (ex-Pastor Neal, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 75
David Soul (ex-Roy, The Yellow Rose) - 72
Debra Mooney (Verna, Scandal) - 68
Russell Curry (ex-Tyus, Sunset Beach; ex-Carter, Another World; ex-David, Guiding Light; ex-Vic, Santa Barbara) - 59
John Allen Nelson (ex-Warren, Santa Barbara; ex-Jack, The Edge of Night; ex-Duke, Loving; ex-Walt, 24) - 56
Jim Fitzpatrick (ex-Pierce, General Hospital; ex-Dr. Robinson, Days of our Lives; ex-Raz, Santa Barbara; ex-Pierce, All My Children; ex-Danny, Capitol) - 56
Emma Samms (ex-Holly, General Hospital; ex-Fallon, Dynasty; ex-Fallon, The Colbys; ex-Elizabeth, Holby City; ex-Amanda, Doctors) - 55
Jennifer Coolidge (ex-Betty, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) - 54
J. Cynthia Brooks (ex-Taylor, Days of our Lives) - 53
Amanda Tapping (Helen, Sactuary) - 50
Jason Priestley (ex-Brandon, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 46
Daniel Goddard (Cane, The Young and the Restless; ex-Eric, Home and Away) - 44
Matthew John Armstrong (ex-Ted, Heroes; ex-Lee, The Young and the Restless) - 42
Rachel Kimsey (ex-Meredith, Days of our Lives; ex-Mac, The Young and the Restless) - 37
Kelly Overton (ex-Rain, All My Children) - 37
LeAnn Rimes (ex-Madison, Days of our Lives) - 33
Sarah Roemer (ex-Leila, The Event) - 31
Armie Hammer (ex-Gabriel, Gossip Girl) - 29
Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt, General Hospital; ex-Alicia, Days of our Lives)
Samuel Larsen (ex-Joe, Glee) - 24

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  1. I really like the McKinnon's, but they were phased out with the exception of Jake much too soon. Also feel the 80's (with the exception of the loopy hairstyles) really was the best decade for AW.

    1. Because I didn't see the best of the late '60s and early to mid '70s on AW, the time from 1984 to the end of 1986 was my favorite on the show. Cass & Kathleen were my favorite couple so I guess that makes sense. The dialogue was really smart AND funny and there so many appealing characters and couples. When I've interviewed Denise Alexander, she never had too much to say about her AW experience. I really liked Mary with both actors that played Vince, and they could have been a core family for the rest of the show's run.

      I don't remember Jake's mother ever being on AW, so was surprised to stumble across the scene with "Aunt Helen" today.

    2. I don't remember Jake's mom being on the show, I do remember his closeness with Bridget, and feeling at the time it was because he didn't have a! I kept with AW until end of '89 beginning of '90, then I moved on.