Thursday, November 3, 2016

Today in Soap Opera History (November 3)

1979: Edge of Night's Bobbie was hired to be the Whitneys' maid.
1986: Another World's Nicole Love returned to Bay City.
1992: Guiding Light's Ross had an Election Day dream.
2005: Laura Wright ended her run as Guiding Light's Cassie.
"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.

On this date in...

1967: On Dark Shadows, after a run-in with Carolyn Stoddard, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) was convinced that Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) was planning to kill her.

1970: On Another World, Walter (Val Dufour) was thrilled when Lenore (Judith Barcroft) told him she was pregnant.

1977: On Guiding Light, a hateful Georgene Granger (Delphi Harrington) was in town swearing vengeance against Rita Stapleton (Lenore Kasdorf) for the death of her husband, Malcolm Granger.

Thanks to Scott for sending in the item above.

1981: On Guiding Light, Tony Reardon (Greg Beecroft) asked Katie Parker (Denise Pence) out on a date.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1981: On The Edge of Night, Raven Whitney (Sharon Gabet) fired Chrissy Summers (Debra Whitfield), and later offered Bobbie Gerard (Mady Kaplan) a job as a maid at the mansion.

1983: On Knots Landing, Lilimae (Julie Harris) was arrested after hitting Chip with her car. Val (Joan Van Ark) was upset about Lilimae so Gary (Ted Shackelford) comforted her and they ended up sleeping together. Val later learned she was pregnant from this post-divorce encounter (with twins Bobby and Betsy).

1986: Laurie Landry debuted as Nicole Love on Another World. In the episode, Michael Hudson (Kale Browne) was hassled by a reporter, Ms. McGee, who later turned out to be Donna's long-lost sister, Nicole.

1988: On General Hospital, Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker) survived through the night following her surgery. Victor Jerome was released from jail.

1992: On Guiding Light, Ross (Jerry verDorn) had a dream about the women in his life while awaiting election results.

1993: John Lupton, who played Tommy Horton in Days of our Lives and Everett Thornton in The Young and the Restless, died at age 65.

1999: Australian soap Breakers aired for the final time after a 430 episode run. The series revolved around The Breakers building situated near Bondi Beach, and the lives of the people who work and live there.

2005: Laura Wright last aired as Cassie Layne Winslow on Guiding Light.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

2006: Singer and entertainer Donny Osmond guest-starred on All My Children.

2009: On General Hospital, after being kidnapped and held hostage by Claudia (Sarah Brown) in a cabin, Carly (Laura Wright) went into premature labor and gave birth to a baby girl, Josslyn.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Peggy McCay
Peggy McCay (Caroline, Days of our Lives; ex-Iris, General Hospital; ex-Susan, The Young Marrieds; ex-Vanessa, Love of Life) - 89
Lois Smith (ex-Ruth, Ruth & Erica; ex-Adele, True Blood; ex-Allison, Desperate Housewives) - 86
Ron Leath (ex-Henderson, Days of our Lives) - 79
JD Souther (ex-Watty, Nashville) - 70
Roseanne Barr (ex-Jennifer, General Hospital) - 64
Kate Capshaw (ex-Jinx, The Edge of Night) - 63
Kathy Kinney (ex-Bunny, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) - 62
Philippe Brenninkmeyer (ex-Carter, As the World Turns; ex-Martin, Guiding Light) - 52
Sean Ringgold (ex-Shaun, One Life to Live) - 39
Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu, General Hospital) - 33
Shayna Rose (ex-Stephanie, Days of our Lives) - 33

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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