Sunday, November 13, 2016

Today in Soap Opera History (November 13)

1985: Santa Barbara's Brick & Amy were married.
1995: Loving spinoff The City premiered on ABC.
1998: Guiding Light's Danny met Michelle.
2003: One Life to Live's Blair married Walker.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"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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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 Hoffman (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 Another World, after Alice Matthews Frame (Jacqueline Courtney) left Mark Singleton's (Robin Thompson) bedside in the hospital, the blue-stoned ring wearer pulled the plug on Mark's respirator.

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 74 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. The cast included the survivors of the serial killer storyline on Loving, including Ally Alden (Laura Wright), Steffi Brewster (Amelia Heinle), Alex Masters (Randolph Mantooth), Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Tess Wilder (Catherine Hickland), Buck Huston (Philip Brown), Danny Roberts (Ted King), Jocelyn Roberts (Lisa Lo Cicero), Jacob Foster (Darnell Williams), Frankie Hubbard (Alimi Ballard), Richard Wilkins (Corey Page) and Tony Soleito (George Palermo). New characters included Zoey (Joni Allen), Nick Rivers (Roscoe Born), Joey Soleito (James Sioutis), Bernard Castro (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez), Sydney Chase (Morgan Fairchild), Azure C (Carlotta Chang) and Molly Malone (Melissa Dye).

1995: On General Hospital, after learning she was HIV-positive, Robin Scorpio was visited by the spirit of her late mother, Anna Devane.  It was Devane's first return to the soap after Anna's "death" in 1992.

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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).

2008: Eric Martsolf debuted as Brady Black on Days of our Lives.

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2012: Greg Vaughan debuted as Eric Brady on Days of our Lives.

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2013: On Days of our Lives, Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) bitterly confronted Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson), after he discovered during her failed wedding to Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) that Kristen had sexually assaulted him.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Daniel Pilon (ex-Alan, Guiding Light; ex-Max, Ryan's Hope; ex-Gavin, Days of our Lives; ex-Renaldo, Dallas) - 76
Joe Mantegna (ex-Juan, Soap) - 69
Mary Gordon Murray (ex-Becky Lee, One Life to Live) - 63
Tracy Scoggins (ex-Grace, Dante's Cove; ex-Monica, The Colbys; ex-Monica, Dynasty; ex-Dianne, Dallas; ex-Anita, Dallas: J.R. Returns) - 63
Frances Conroy (Mama Polk/ex-Gloria/ex-Myrtle/ex-Moira, American Horror Story; ex-Virginia, Desperate Housewives; ex-Ruth, Six Feet Under) - 63
Chris Noth (ex-Peter, The Good Wife; ex-Dean, Another World) - 62
Whoopi Goldberg (ex-Carmen, Glee; ex-Maris, 666 Park Avenue) - 61
Robert Aberdeen (ex-Greg, Love of Life) - 54
Tari Signor (ex-Margaret, One Life to Live) - 49
Steve Zahn (ex-Davis, Treme; ex-Spence, All My Children) - 49
Melissa Hayden (ex-Julie, Hollywood Heights; ex-Agnes, The Young and the Restless; ex-Bridget, Guiding Light; ex-Mouse, General Hospital) - 47
Rob Youngblood (ex-Pierce, General Hospital; ex-Robert, Dallas; ex-Dave, Melrose Place) - 47
Cathy Janeen Doe (ex-Simone, Passions) - 46
Jordan Bridges (ex-Oliver, Dawson's Creek) - 43
Marc Brett (ex-Zander, General Hospital) - 42
Kit Williamson (Cal, EastSiders; ex-Ed, Mad Men)
Vail Bloom (ex-Heather, The Young and the Restless)
Austin Williams (ex-Shane, One Life to Live) - 20

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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