Sunday, May 27, 2018

Today in Soap Opera History (May 27)

1968: Dark Shadows' Carolyn fainted in the woods.
1993: AMC's Tad's appeared to be in two places at once.
1994: B.J.'s memorial service on General Hospital.
1999: Another World's Joe made a stunning revelation.
"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.

On this date in...

1940: Radio soap opera Lone Journey, sometimes billed as "the distinguished American radio novel," debuted on NBC radio. Sandra Michael wrote the show in collaboration with her brother, Peter. The Montana setting was a place she had lived and the show was based on real people and incidents.

1966: On Morning Star, Jan Elliott (Adrienne Ellis) talked to Eric Manning (Ron Jackson) about the trouble with her sister.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Carolyn Stoddard (Nancy Barrett) tried to break free from Adam (Robert Rodan) in the woods but fainted. A crying Adam picked up her body and carried her off.

1975: Susan Flannery aired for the final time as Laura Horton in Days of our Lives. Flannery had just won her first Daytime Emmy Award for work in the role two weeks earlier. She wasn't nominated again until 2000.

1980: On The Edge of Night, "Kirk" (Tony Craig) and Emily (Margo McKenna) announced to Dr. Leo Gault (George D. Wallace) and Molly their intention to move to Monticello and start a new life. Shaken up. Dr. Gault told Molly that "Kirk" was not Kirk Michaels, but someone's husband.

1992: On Santa Barbara, Reese (Forry Smith) arrived home just in time to save B.J. (Sydney Penny) from Ramon's assault.

1993: On All My Children, Tad's (Michael E. Knight) family was confused when he showed up looking perfectly fine right after they received a call saying he had been taken to the hospital with Dixie (Cady McClain).

1994: On Guiding Light, Julie agreed to testify against Bridget.

1994: On General Hospital, after Mac (John J. York) shared his memories with the other mourners at B.J.'s memorial service, Tony (Brad Maule) remembered B.J. as flashback clips were showing during a musical montage set to the Reba McEntire song, "If I Had Only Known." When Damien entered the chapel, Luke, Tony and Alan immediately made it clear to the uninvited guest he was not welcome.

Thanks to Enrique for sending in the item above.

1999: On Another World, Joe (Joseph Barbara) figured out that Tito (Troy Hall) could not be Paulina's (Judi Evans) child because she had a daughter, not a son.

2002: On The Bold and the Beautiful, Amber (Adrienne Frantz) was concerned about going back to work and leaving Little Eric with someone they hardly knew so Rick (Justin Torkildsen) tried to convince her to give Erica (Courtnee Draper) a chance.

2009: On The Young and the Restless, Ashley (Eileen Davidson) saw a vision of her father, John Abbott, as a snooping Adam wondered what was going on.

2011: Actor Jeff Conaway died at age 60. Best known for starring in the ABC comedy Taxi, his soap roles included Mick Savage on The Bold and the Beautiful and John Higgins in Berrenger's.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth, All My Children) - 83
Bruce Weitz (ex-Barry, The Young and the Restless; ex-Anthony, General Hospital; ex-Benjamin, Ryan's Hope) - 75
Richard Schiff (ex-Toby, The West Wing) - 63
Peri Gilpin (ex-Kim, Make It or Break It) - 57
Paige Rowland (ex-Kit, All My Children; ex-Linda, Days of our Lives) - 51
Dondre Whitfield (ex-Terence, All My Children; ex-Jesse, Another World) - 49
Mark Collier (ex-Liam, Days of our Lives; ex-Mike, As the World Turns; ex-David, Sunset Beach) - 48
Marissa Tait (ex-Becky, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 39
Ben Feldman (ex-Michael, Mad Men) - 38
Darin Brooks (Wyatt, The Bold and the Beautiful; Ryan, Bloomers; ex-Mr. Owens, Miss Behave; ex-Max, Days of our Lives) - 34
Bella Heathcote (ex-Amanda, Neighbours)
Chris Colfer (ex-Kurt, Glee) - 28

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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