Friday, November 10, 2017

Today in Soap Opera History (November 10)

1981: Helena arrived in Port Charles on GH.
1986: AW's Cass and Kathleen were married.
1986: GL's Maeve interrupted Reva & Kyle's wedding.
1995: The end of Loving.
"The best prophet of the future is the past."
― Lord Byron

"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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1964: On Another World, Mary Matthews expressed concern to her husband, Jim, over the relationship between Tom Baxter and their daughter Pat (Susan Trustman), a relationship that Mary sensed was falling apart. Pat arrived home looking exhausted, and Mary told Jim she thought Pat had been overworking herself since her recent recovery from illness. Laura Baxter, already distraught over Ken's request for a divorce, was further stricken when Ken returned home to inform her that Tom had been killed. Later, Sergeant Adams arrived at the Matthews house to question Pat about Tom's shooting.

1965: On Days of our Lives, Ben and Addie Olson tried to understand the acting out of their daughter, Julie.

1977: On Guiding Light, the elevator system at Cedars Hospital went down. Nurses, including Rita Stapleton (Lenore Kasdorf) and Katie Parker (Denise Pence), took the stairs at the end of their shift. Unknown to them, Georgene Granger (Delphi Harrington) took her place on the stairwell and shoved Rita forward. In slow motion, Rita fell down the stairs. Katie tried to break her fall, but failed.

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1981: On General Hospital, Helena Cassadine arrived in Port Charles, played by film legend Elizabeth Taylor.

1983: On The Edge of Night, Sky Whitney (Larkin Malloy) stabbed and killed Donald Hext (Ralph Byers) in a sword fight.

1983: On Knots Landing, Gary (Ted Shackelford) ordered room service at his hotel and was shocked when the waitress (Lisa Hartman) looked exactly like the late Ciji.

1983: On Guiding Light, Annabelle (Harley Jane Kozak) realized Eli murdered Bill Bauer (Ed Bryce).

1986: On Another World, Cass Winthrop (Stephen Schnetzer) and Kathleen McKinnon (Julie Osburn) were married. MJ sang their song, "If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful."

1986: On Guiding Light, Maeve interrupted Kyle (Larkin Malloy) and Reva's (Kim Zimmer) wedding.

1989: On Dallas, the Ewing family was shocked by learn James was J.R.'s (Larry Hagman) son.

1995: ABC aired the final episode of Loving. Spin-off series The City debuted the following Monday.

1995: On General Hospital, Dr. Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon) told Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) that she was HIV positive.

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1998: Mary Millar, who played Joan Garwood in EastEnders, died at age 62.

2011: On One Life to Live, the ghost of Irene haunted Todd (Roger Howarth).

2005: On General Hospital, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) gave birth to Molly.

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Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jack Scalia (ex-Chris, All My Children; ex-Nicholas, Dallas; ex-Danny, Berrenger's) - 67
Bob Orton (ex-Cowboy Bob Orton, WWE) - 67
David Stenstrom (ex-Neil, General Hospital) - 64
Loanne Bishop (ex-Mrs. Carlisle, Days of our Lives; ex-Rose, General Hospital; ex-Rita, Santa Barbara) - 62
Mackenzie Phillips (ex-Rachel, Guiding Light; ex-Ellen, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 58
Grant Cramer (ex-Shawn/Adam, The Young and the Restless) - 56
Hugh Bonneville (ex-Robert, Downton Abbey) - 54
Ellen Pompeo (Meredith, Grey's Anatomy) - 48
Jonathan Ryland (ex-Dale, Holby City) - 44
Heather Matarazzo (ex-Stacy, The L Word) - 35

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