Sunday, June 11, 2017

Today in Soap Opera History (June 11)

1973: The Doctors' Althea and Carolee caught up.
1979: Another World's Janice tried to be understanding.
1996: All My Children's Trevor could not feel his legs.
1999: One Life to Live's Nora and Sam awaited DNA test results.
"History is a vast early warning system."
― Norman Cousins

"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...

1941: On The Guiding Light, the day of Mary (Sarajane Wells) and Ned's (Ed Prentiss) wedding finally arrived.

1966: The very first scenes for Dark Shadows were taped.

1973: On The Doctors, Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) and Nurse Carolee Simpson (Carolee Campbell) caught up on the latest happenings with Mona and Penny.

1979: On Another World, Janice Frame (Christine Jones) assured Mac Cory (Douglass Watson) she understood he still had feelings for Rachel.

1982: At the 9th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, winners included Guiding Light (Drama Series, Writing), Anthony Geary, Robin Strasser, David Lewis and Dorothy Lyman.

The clips below feature the wins by Strasser and Geary in the lead acting categories.

1990: Days of our Lives aired a special opening that was used during the Cruise of Deception storyline.

1991: On Another World, Cass (Stephen Schnetzer) told Kathleen (Julie Osburn) he wanted to start a new life with her while Ryan (Paul Michael Valley) rushed Frankie (Alice Barrett) to the hospital. An enraged Jake (Tom Eplin) confronted Paulina (Cali Timmins) over her betrayal.

1991: Roscoe Born aired for the final time as Robert on Santa Barbara.

1996: On All My Children, Trevor Dillon (James Kiberd) could not feel his legs.

1996: On Another World, Donna Love (Anna Stuart) escaped from her hospital room.

1999: On One Life to Live, Nora (Hillary B. Smith) assured Sam (Kale Browne) that he was Matthew's father regardless of what the DNA test results revealed.

2009: On Guiding Light, Olivia (Crystal Chappell) and Natalia (Jessica Leccia) talked about the future of their relationship.

2009: Rachel Melvin aired for the final time as Chelsea Brady in Days of our Lives.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Roscoe Orman (ex-Tyrone, All My Children) - 73
Adrienne Barbeau  (ex-Suzanne, General Hospital) - 72
Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass, Another World; ex-Cass, As the World Turns; ex-Cass, Guiding Light; ex-Marcello, One Life to Live; ex-Steve, Days of our Lives) - 69
Micheal Swan (ex-Adam, The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Duncan, As the World Turns; ex-Brad, Guiding Light; ex-Buck, The Bay) - 69
Sherman Howard (ex-Gordon, General Hospital; ex-Vinnie, Ryan's Hope; ex-Japhet, Dallas; ex-Hal, Melrose Place) - 68
Peter Bergman (Jack, The Young and the Restless; ex-Cliff, All My Children) - 64
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion, Game of Thrones; ex-Marlowe, Nip/Tuck) - 48
Joshua Jackson (ex-Peter, Fringe; ex-Pacey, Dawson's Creek) - 39

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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