Thursday, July 14, 2016

Today in Soap Opera History (July 14)

1986: Another World's Cecile faced the guillotine.
1986: Santa Barbara's Mary died.
1989: Guiding Light's Reva was rowed to her wedding.
2008: The Bold and the Beautiful's Bridget and Nick married.
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"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...

1965: On Another World, John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan) persuaded his daughter, Lee (Gaye Huston), that going home after her battle with virus pneumonia would be alright.

1966: On Dark Shadows, Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) met Carolyn Stoddard's (Nancy Barrett) boyfriend, Joe Haskell (Joel Crothers), who works at the Collins Cannery.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Molly Sherwood (Laurinda Barrett) told Emily Gault (Margo McKenna) the truth about Draper (Tony Craig) and how he became Kirk Michaels.

1984: The Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) had to cancel a two week tour of Ontario after being hospitalized for accidentally drinking coffee that contained a cleaning solution.

1986: On Another World, after Kathleen McKinnon (Julie Osburn) and Cecile Depoulignac) had an food, actually dessert, fight, Kathleen put Cecile in a guillotine.  Kathleen and Felicia (Linda Dano) finally turned Cecile loose after she apologized but the conflict continued.

1986: On Santa Barbara, Mason Capwell (Lane Davies), Mark McCormick (Jon Lindstrom) and Julia Wainwright (Nancy Lee Grahan) reacted to former nun, Mary Duvall McCormick (Harley Jane Kozak), being knocked out with a giant neon letter "C" (for "Capwell" atop the Capwell Hotel) which landed on her while she was standing on the hotel roof.  Mason begged her to tell him it would be alright, but Mary died. (This is the Monday episode that picked up where the Friday "C" cliffhanger left off.)

1989: On Guiding Light, the Lewis men went fishing just before the wedding of Josh Lewis (Robert Newman) and Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer). Later, Dylan Lewis (Morgan Englund) rowed Reva to the wedding in a boat, Josh (Robert Newman) helped her off, and the ceremony was set to star.

1992: Patsy Pease returned to Days of our Lives as Kimberly Brady Donovan.

1995: Loving began implementing changes that would ultimately lead to a transformation to The City.

1999: Molly Stanton appeared for the first time as Charity Standish in Passions.

2005: Terri Garber debuted on As the World Turns as Iris Dumbrowski.

2006: Actress Carrie Nye died at age 69. She played Susan Piper in Guiding Light in 1984 and returned to the show in 2003 as Carolyn Carruthers.

2008: On Passions, an invisible Endora Lenox turned herself into a teddy bear so her mother, Tabitha (Juliet Mills), could hold her.

2008: On The Bold and the Beautiful, the mood turned tense at Bridget and Nick's garden wedding at the Marone estate when Katie momentarily interrupted.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
T.J. Castronovo (ex-Frank, Santa Barbara) - 84
Lynn Loring (ex-Patti, Search for Tomorrow) - 72
Vincent Pastore (ex-Maximus, General Hospital; ex-Big Pussy, The Sopranos; ex-Arthur, One Life to Live) - 70
Nick Benedict (ex-Curtis, Days of our Lives; ex-Ron, Another Life; ex-Michael, The Young and the Restless; ex-Boots, Santa Barbara; ex-Phil, All My Children) - 69
Bergen Williams (Alice, General Hospital) - 57
Jane Lynch (ex-Sue, Glee) - 56
Jane Espenson (Writer/Producer, Once Upon a Time; Husbands; Torchwood; Caprica; Dollhouse; Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - 52
Matthew Fox (ex-Jack, Lost; ex-Charlie, Party of Five) - 50
Rick Draughon (Writer, Days of our Lives; Coastal Dreams; The Young and the Restless; Sunset Beach; Another World; Loving) - 48
Scott Porter (ex-George, Hart of Dixie; ex-Jason, Friday Night Lights; ex-Blake, The Good Wife; ex-Casey, As the World Turns) - 37
Drew Cheetwood (Milo, General Hospital) - 33
Sara Canning (ex-Jenna, The Vampire Diaries) - 29
Sean Flynn (ex-Jason, Devious Maids) - 27

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a soap history entry for this date or a future date, email [email protected].

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