Thursday, October 25, 2018

Today in Soap Opera History (October 25)

1982: Another World's Buzz Winslow died in Wyoming.
1988: General Hospital's Anna lost her baby.
1990: Another World's Jake raped Marley, then got shot.
2000: All My Children's Vanessa and Arlene were busted.
"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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1937: Radio soap opera Stella Dallas made its debut as a local show in New York City. The 15-minute drama, with Anne Elstner in the title role, was picked up by the NBC Radio network beginning June 6, 1938, and aired weekdays afternoons through 1955.

1971: Chris Bohn debuted as Dr. Jason Aldrich on The Doctors.

1977: On Another World, Iris Carrington (Beverlee McKinsey) married Brian Bancroft (Paul Stevens).

1977: On One Life to Live, Pat Ashley (Jacqueline Courtney) was unsure how to to end her relationship with Paul Kendall (Tom Fuccello).

1979: On As the World Turns, Betsy Stewart (Suzanne Davidson) accused John Dixon (Larry Bryggman) of telling her mother, Kim (Kathryn Hays), about her party because he never liked her late father, Dan Stewart, or her.

1982: Madlyn Rhue debuted as Daphne DiMera in Days of our Lives.

1982: On Another World, Buzz Winslow (Eric Conger) fell to his death during a cliff fight with Sandy Cory (Christopher Rich). Meanwhile, Bob Morgan (Robert Christian) confronted his son, R.J. (Reggie Rock Blythewood) about R.J.'s drinking and acting out.

1988: On General Hospital, Anna Devane Lavery (Finola Hughes) lost the baby she was carrying after falling in the elevator Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker) had tampered with in order to hurt Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan).

1990: On Another World, Jake (Tom Eplin) raped Marley (Anne Heche) after she gave his ring back. Later, Jake was shown lying on the ground dripping in blood.

1991: On The Young and the Restless, Jill Abbott (Jess Walton) and Leanna Love (Barbara Crampton) battled over John Abbott.

Lillian Hayman
1994: Original One Life to Live cast member Lillian Hayman died at age 72. She played Sadie Gray on the soap for 18 years.

1999: Colombian novela Betty, la Fea premiered. Its original run was so successful the show spawned numerous remakes around the world including ABC's primetime comedy soap Ugly Betty in the United States.

2000: On All My Children, Vanessa Bennett (Marj Dusay) and Arlene Vaughan (Olivia Birkelund) made a fast getaway after Hayley, Mateo, Adam and Liza watched a video tape of them plotting to set Liza up.

2005: On Guiding Light, Olivia Spencer (Crystal Chappell) accused Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) of ruining her marriage.

2010: On Hollyoaks, master manipulator Brendan Brady (Emmett J. Scanlan) visited a battered Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson) in order to set the ground rules in what would become an abusive, then complex relationship between the two men.

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Celebrating a birthday today are:
Biff McGuire (ex-Bruce, The Secret Storm; ex-Lt. McKay, Search for Tomorrow; ex-Harry, All My Children; ex-Pop, Santa Barbara) - 92
Marion Ross (ex-Mary, Paradise Bay; ex-Trix, Gilmore Girls) - 90
Richard Caine (ex-Bill, General Hospital) - 78
Valorie Armstrong (ex-Marisa, Santa Barbara; ex-Minna, One Life to Live) - 77
Brian Kerwin (ex-Charlie, One Life to Live; ex-Greg, The Young and the Restless) - 69
Laura Malone (ex-Blaine, Another World) - 62
Tom Eplin (ex-Jake, Another World; ex-Jake, As the World Turns) - 58
Darlene Vogel (ex-Melanie, One Life to Live) - 57
Michael Boatman (ex-Russell, Gossip Girl) - 54
Lisa Trusel (ex-Melissa, Days of our Lives) - 50
Dan Wells (ex-Stan, Days of our Lives) - 46
Michael Weston (ex-Jake, Six Feet Under) - 45
Chris Engen (ex-Adam, The Young and the Restless) - 39
Mariana Klaveno (ex-Peri, Devious Maids; ex-Lorena, True Blood) - 39
Mehcad Brooks (ex-Matthew, Desperate Housewives; ex-Eggs, True Blood) - 38
Josh Henderson (ex-John Ross, Dallas; ex-Sean, 90210; ex-Austin, Desperate Housewives) - 37
Katy Perry (Guest Star, The Young and the Restless) - 34
Kelley Missal (ex-Dani, One Life to Live) - 25

Legendary Y&R actress Jeanne Cooper was born 90 years ago today.

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