Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Today in Soap Opera History (December 12)

1967: The Doctors' Matt was annoyed to find Nick and John
arguing again. 1986: Ryan's Hope's& Rick wanted more time with
Ryan. 1995: One Life to Live's Viki remembered Tori killed
Victor. 2003: As the World Turns' Rose D'Angelo died.
"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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1957: On The Edge of Night, Ed Parmalee (Les Damon) confessed his guilt to Mike Karr (John Larkin) about stabbing Bruce Thompson in the back.

1967: On The Doctors, Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett) interrupted the latest heated argument between Dr. Nick Bellini (Gerald Gordon) and Dr. John Rice (Terry Kiser).

1970: Actress Carolyn Craig, who played Cynthia Allison in General Hospital, died at age 36. Her death was attributed to a gunshot wound, and a possible suicide, but little is known about exactly what happened.

1972: Mike Hammett debuted as Dennis Carrington in Another World.

1979: On As the World Turns, Bennett Hadley (Doug Higgins) gave Lisa Colman (Eileen Fulton) a copy of his novel which included a special message for Lisa in the last paragraph: "And so it was Lisa who finally taught me what love and Loving are all about. Like her laughter, she'll always be in my memory, and wherever I go and whatever I do that's worthwhile in my lifetime, it will be because she once loved me."

1979: On Another World, Jeff (Dan Hamilton) tried to force Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) to swallow pills.

1979: On Guiding Light, Mike Bauer (Don Stewart) was unhappy when his daughter, Hope (Elvera Roussel), told him she was engaged to Alan Spaulding (Christopher Bernau).  Note: The role of Christina Bauer was played in this episode by Jillian Ross.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1979: On The Edge of Night, Geraldine Whitney (Lois Kibbee) named Jamey Swift (James Noseworthy) her beneficiary.

1984: On Search for Tomorrow, Brett Hamilton (Brett Porter) invited Justine Calvert (Leslie Stevens) to the "Murder With Merriment" party.

1984: On Days of our Lives, Alice Horton (Frances Reid) advised her granddaughter, Hope Williams (Kristian Alfonso), to give Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) time to come around.

1986: On Ryan's Hope, Rick Hyde (Grant Show) was frustrated by the busy schedule of his wife, Ryan Fenelli Hyde (Yasmine Bleeth).

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1988: On Loving, Stacey (Lauren-Marie Taylor) battled for custody of her son.

1990: Heather Tom debuted as Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1995: On One Life to Live, Viki Buchanan (Erika Slezak) confessed that her alter, Tori, had killed Victor Lord and not Dorian Lord (Robin Strassser).

2003: On As the World Turns, Rose D'Angelo (Martha Byrne) died after asking Paul (Roger Howarth), "Why did you do this to me?"

2007: On As the World Turns, Emma Snyder (Kathleen Widdoes) invited Noah Mayer (Jake Silbermann) to the farm for Christmas.

Thanks to Stacey for sending in the item above.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Dan Hamilton (ex-David, Guiding Light; ex-Robert, The Secret Storm; ex-Hal, All My Children; ex-Jeff, Another World; ex-Wade, The Edge of Night; ex-Thornton, As the World Turns; ex-Eric, Dallas) - 72
Wings Hauser (ex-Greg, The Young and the Restless; ex-Jay, Beverly Hills, 90210) - 70
Ernie (Townsend) Pysher (ex-Cliff, The Edge of Night; ex-Kent, As the World Turns; ex-Larry, Falcon Crest) - 69
Ana Alicia (ex-Melissa, Falcon Crest; ex-Alicia, Ryan's Hope) - 60
Sheree J. Wilson (ex-Claudia, DeVanity; ex-April, Dallas) - 59
Holly Gagnier (ex-Ivy, Days of our Lives; ex-Cassie, One Life to Live) - 55
Teresa Blake (ex-Gloria, All My Children) - 54
Burke Moses (ex-Curtis, Loving; ex-Briggs, Guiding Light; ex-Sean, As the World Turns; ex-Bulge, One Life to Live; ex-Andrew, All My Children) - 53
M├Ądchen Amick (Shelly, Twin Peaks; ex-Catherine, Gossip Girl; ex-Carrie, Central Park West) - 47
Regina King (ex-Sandra, 24; ex-Loving) - 47
Rod Brogan (ex-Tripp, One Life to Live) - 44
Mayim Bialik (ex-Wilameena, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) - 42

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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