Today in Soap Opera History (February 3)

1950: Charita Bauer debuted as Guiding Light's new Bert.

1977: Ryan's Hope's Delia told Pat she was pregnant with his baby.

1986: Days of our Lives' Bo confessed to treason.

1987: Santa Barbara's Richard left a bomb with Cruz."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"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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1950: Charita Bauer assumed the role of Bert Bauer on The Guiding Light radio program (Ann Shepard was the original radio Bert). She would continue to play the character as the show premiered on television two years later and until December 1984, just before her death.
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