Sunday, April 9, 2017

Today in Soap Opera History (April 9)

1953: Guiding Light's Dick dealt with marriage woes.
1976: Ryan's Hope's Faith faced danger from Kenneth.
1981: Another World's Cecile worried about Jamie's safety.
1992: Knots Landing's Pierce gave Paige an unwelcome surprise.
"All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."
― Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"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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1953: On The Guiding Light, Dick (James Lipton) looked for reassurance about his marriage to Kathy from Dr. Keeler. Kathy became sad when Timmy pointed out that her husband had never been to see her.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1976: On Ryan's Hope, Kenneth confronted Faith (Faith Catlin), who inched closer to an open window.

1978: On Dallas, Pam (Victoria Principal) took Lucy (Charlene Tilton) under her wing.

1979: Lanna Saunders made her first appearance as Marie Horton in Days of our Lives.

1981: Charles Bateman aired for the final time as Maxwell Jarvis in Days of our Lives.

1981: On Another World, firefighters rescued Sandy (Christopher Rich), who had passed out from a gas leak. Later, Mac (Douglass Watson) and Ada (Constance Ford) tried to calm down a hysterical Cecile (Susan Keith) when another explosion occurred. Meanwhile, Mitch (William Gray Espy) bought a plane ticket for St. Croix hoping to find Rachel. Note: The episode includes flashbacks to Another World's famous 1980 St. Croix location shoot.

1982: On General Hospital, Mike (David Mendenhall) took a very important phone message from Tiffany (Sharon Wyatt).

1992: On the season finale of Knots Landing, as a furious Paige (Nicollette Sheridan) got in her car to go to Greg's, Pierce Lawton (Bruce Greenwood) suddenly popped up from the back seat.

1992: Karen Moncrieff aired for the final time as Cassandra Benedict on Santa Barbara.

1996: Writer Robert Soderberg died at age 80. During his career Soderberg wrote for One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Another World and Guiding Light.

1996: On General Hospital, Jenny Eckert Hornsby gave birth to a little boy (Paul Hornsby Jr.) with help from Ned (Wally Kurth) and Lois (Rena Sofer). Meanwhile, Carly Benson (Sarah Brown)--using the last name Roberts--arrived in Port Charles.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Michael Learned (ex-Katherine, The Young and the Restless; ex-Shirley, General Hospital; ex-Judge Turner, All My Children; ex-Judge Turner, One Life to Live) - 78
Caryn Richman (ex-Nora, The Bradys; ex-Elena, Texas; ex-Lauren, The Young and the Restless) - 61
Christopher Durham (ex-Silas, As the World Turns; ex-Dakota, Ryan's Hope; ex-Matt, Capitol) - 58
Katell Pleven (ex-Dana, Guiding Light) - 55
Lisa Guerrero (ex-Francesca, Sunset Beach) - 53
Paulina Porizkova (ex-Clarissa, As the World Turns) - 52
Mark Pellegrino (ex-Jedikiah, The Tomorrow People) - 52
Austin Peck (Max, Tainted Dreams; ex-Rick, One Life to Live; ex-Brad, As the World Turns; ex-Austin, Days of our Lives) - 46
Leighton Meester (ex-Blair, Gossip Girl) - 31
Jesse McCartney (ex-Tim, Army Wives; ex-J.R., All My Children; ex-Andy, Greek; ex-Brian, Summerland) - 30
David Jones-Roberts (ex-Xavier, Home and Away) - 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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