Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today in Soap Opera History (July 6)

1978: Ryan's Hope's Siobhan arrived in New York.
1987: Another World's Vicky found trouble in Vegas.
1987: Bold and Beautiful's Stephanie wanted another chance.
2004: Guiding Light's Dinah phoned home.
"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.

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1965: On Another World, Pat (Susan Trustman) was worried she was the cause of Lee's (Gaye Huston) illness.

1965: On Peyton Place, Rodney (Ryan O'Neal) and Allison (Mia Farrow) played hide-and-seek- with Kim/

1966: On The Guiding Light, Peggy (Fran Myers) and Johnny continued to face opposition to their dating.

1971: On Another World, Rachel Davis (Robin Strasser) married Ted Clark (Stephen Bolster) in Somerset.

1978: Sarah Felder debuted as Siobhan Ryan on Ryan's Hope.

1981: On The Edge of Night, April (Terry Davis) received an unexpected visit from Raven (Sharon Gabet).

1982: Actor Russell Thorson died at age 75. His soap roles included William Kennerly on Peyton Place and Dr. Donald White on Days of our Lives.

1984: On Days of our Lives, Melissa (Lisa Trusel) felt guilty after Pete (Michael Leon) accidentally shot her father, Mickey (John Clarke).

1987: Anne Heche debuted as Vicky Hudson in Another World. In the episode, Michael (Kate Browne) took off for Las Vegas when he found out Vicky was in trouble. This was a Monday episode. Because the networks covered the Oliver North testimony at the Iran-Contra hearings during the daytime, Another World was pre-empted after this episode until Thursday, July 16. Heche did not air again until July 17.

1987: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) wanted another chance with her husband, Eric (John McCook). Ridge (Ronn Moss) asked Eric to reconsider his plans.

1999: On Days of our Lives, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) married John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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2004: On The Young and the Restless, after an intervention held by friends and family to get her to stop drinking has failed, Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) was left alone in her mansion and experienced "ghostly" visits from her deceased husband, Rex Sterling (Quinn Redeker), and her beloved "grandson," Phillip Chancellor III (Thom Bierdz).

Viewers would learn five years later that Phillip wasn't dead at all. He was alive, gay, and living in Australia.

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2004: Gina Tognoni debuted as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light.

2005: General Hospital star Kelly Monaco won the Mirror Ball trophy on the first season of Dancing with the Stars.

2012: The New York Post broke the story that recently canceled All My Children and One Life to Live would continue on the web. ABC confirmed it with a press release the next day. Both shows finally premiered via The OnLine Network (TOLN) on April 29, 2013, but only lasted one season before being shelved, supposedly pending the outcome of Prospect Park's lawsuit against ABC.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Judith Barcroft (ex-Lenore, Another World; ex-Anne, All My Children; ex-Sara, As the World Turns; ex-Barbara, Ryan's Hope; ex-Louise, The Edge of Night; ex-Lenore, Somerset; ex-Viki, One Life to Live) - 75
Dianne Harper (ex-Leslie, Days of our Lives) - 73
James Kiberd (ex-Trevor, All My Children; ex-Hal, As the World Turns; ex-Mike, Loving) - 68
Grant Goodeve (ex-Chris, Dynasty; ex-Dr. Coleman, Rituals; ex-Jordy, Capitol; ex-James, One Life to Live) - 65
Allyce Beasley (ex-Edna, As the World Turns) - 63
Tom Wiggin (ex-Lawrence, Guiding Light; ex-Kirk, As the World Turns; ex-Gil, Another World; ex-Joe, Texas) - 62
Tracey Birdsall (ex-Amy, Loving) - 54
Mark Mitchinson (ex-Terry, High Road) - 51
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Kanan, Power) - 42
Brittany Underwood (Riley, The Bay; ex-Loren, Hollywood Heights; ex-Langston, One Life to Live) - 29

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