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Today in Soap Opera History (November 9)

1964: Another World's Pat murdered Tom Baxter.

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas charmed Julia.

1995: Loving's Neil proposed to Kate.

2004: Gh's Jason begged Sam to live after they lost their baby."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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1962: Joseph Allen, who played roles in CBS soap operas Love of Life (Miles Pardee) and The Edge of Night, died at age 44.

1964: On Another World, Frank Andrews (Peter Brandon) arrived home and found Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) standing over the dead body of his roommate, Tom Baxter (Nicholas Pryor).

1965: On Days of our Lives second episode, Marie Horton
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Today in Soap Opera History (October 28)

1968: Oltl's Jim asked Price to assist with Carla's case.

1980: The Edge of Night's Geraldine interrupted Raven's plans.

1985: Days of our Lives' Patch attacked Hope.

2010: General Hospital's Mike appeared for the final time."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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1968: Joan Crawford made the second of four appearances on The Secret Storm as Joan Borman Kane, substituting for her sick daughter Christina Crawford.

1968: On One Life to Live, Joe (Lee Patterson) told Anna (Doris Belack) about his feelings for her, which went beyond the boundaries of friendship. Meredith (Trish Van Devere) had left
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An Oral History of Television: Ellen Holly Interview

The Archive of American Television is now The Interviews: An Oral History of Television. The latest addition to the archive is a five-hour masterpiece with One Life to Live legend Ellen Holly, who played Carla Gray from the show's beginning in 1985 until the mid-1980s.

Watch the fascinating interview below.

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Today in Soap Opera History (July 15)

1968: Agnes Nixon's One Life to Live premiered on ABC."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.

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1940: On The Guiding Light, Rose Kransky (Ruth Bailey) and Charles Cunningham had dinner together after a chance meeting on the street.

The episode opened with the following narration: "Where we are free to act, we are also free to refrain from acting. And where we are able to say no, we
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Today in Soap Opera History (May 28)

1974: The first Daytime Emmys ceremony was held in New York.

1980: All My Children's Benny tried to get Estelle help.

1990: General Hospital's Shep Casey looked familiar to Anna.

2013: The Young and the Restless aired a special Jeanne

Cooper episode."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.

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1968: On The Doctors, Liz (Pamela Toll) reassured Penny (Jami Fields) when they talked about feeling different.

1970: On Dark Shadows,
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 18)

1980: As the World Turns' Nick met Lisa.

1985: Santa Barbara's Peter kidnapped Eden.

1987: Brenda Dickson was honored.

2007: Guiding Light's Tammy and Jonathan were married."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"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: Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories premiered on CBS Radio. The popular radio soap opera ran until November 16, 1956.

1968: On Another World, Rachel (Robin Strasser
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 16)

1978: One Life to Live and General Hospital each

expanded to an hour."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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1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) warned Toni Fescina of the danger if she tried to get hush money from Roy Benson.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Sam Evans (David Ford) woke up and tried to put out the fire, burning his hands in the process. Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott ) came in and put the fire out, as Sam frantically claimed that Laura Collins (Diana Millay) burned his hands. Roger (Louis Edmonds) believed booze to be the culprit in Sam's accident.
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Flashback: The Complete Story of Days Of Our Lives 1973

In August 1973 Daytime TV magazine continued their series "The Complete Story of..." with Days Of Our Lives.

The 12-page feature told the story of Days up until that point and included information about the original cast, photos from the beginning and behind the scenes details. It also talked about the origins of the show and how it became a success. ("We make every effort to do a first-rate show, one whose standards match that of nighttime programming.  One of the main factors to which we can attribute its longevity is the level of writing maintained by William Bell, our head writer since 1966.")

Other details include an explanation of "How It's Written," Days romances, and a look at the show's "woman producer" Betty Corday.

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Flashback: August 1973, 1974, 1975 - What Was Popular In The Soap World

What was popular in the soap world in the mid-1970s? Daytime TV magazine used to do a fan poll each month and soap fans would check the polls as soon as they got their copies to find where their favorites ranked. They also included a Nielsen ratings update which was always interesting to compare to the fan poll. In the Flashback pages below, we take a look at what shows and actors were popular in August 1973, 1974 and 1975. Fyi: It was a different soap each August.

Some of the actors are now indie soap stars (Janice Lynde, Denise Alexander) while some are still popular on daytime soaps (Susan Flannery, Bill and Susan Hayes). Other has passed away. They all were making an impact with fans at the time.

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August 1973

August 1974

August 1975

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Flashback: Ellen Holly's "Living a White Life -- for a While" 1969

Living a White Life -- for a While

By Ellen Holly

New York Times

August 10, 1969

In September of last year I was approached to try out for a part on a brand new ABC soap opera called One Life To Live; the part was a black girl who passes for white. I didn't give it much thought. If you're black you don't get white parts either. But what most people don't realize is that even when there's a part for a "black who looks white," it never goes to a black person but to a white one. Follow? I know . . . I know . . . it's hard for me, too.

Some years ago I was interviewed for the film I Passed For White and the part went to the white Sandra Wilde. Some years later I was seen about the remake of Imitation of Life. Ross Hunter cooed over me, told me I looked like Loretta Young,
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The Week in Review: Most Popular Posts

In case you missed them, here are the 15 most popular topics over the past week at We Love Soaps TV:

1.   Thorsten Kaye Is Still The "Occupant" Of Our Hearts - Part One

2.   Thorsten Kaye Is Still The "Occupant" Of Our Hearts - Part Two

3.   Catching Up With Denise Alexander: The Pretty Interview, Part 3

4.   Give A Damn Campaign Releases New PSA About Glbt Homelessness

5.   News: New Dallas Details, Days Product Placement, Dracula, Sunjata

6.   IMDb Starmeter

7.   News: Beau Bridges, Leslie Uggams, Michelle Stafford, Joan Collins

8.   Terri Conn on Joining One Life To Live

9.   News: Mini Glee, Greg Vaughan, Leona Lewis, Nia Long, Cara Buono

10. We Love Soaps TV 2.29 Van Hansis

11. For Michael Swan Audition Turns Into 'Old Home Week'

12. We Love Soaps TV 2.13 Aaron & Griffin Kunitz

13. News: Agnes Nixon Honored, Kyle Lowder, Coles Whalen, Silbermann

14. Photos: Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo Operation Smile Event

15. Flashback: Ellen Holly 1969, Part One
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