Today in Soap Opera History (July 16)

1981: Alexandra Neil first appeared on Texas as Ruby.

1987: Days of our Lives' Charlotte Ross debuted as Eve.

2001: One Life to Live's Melissa Archer debuted as Natalie.

2004: Kirsten Storms made her last appearance as Belle on Days."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different 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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1934: Musical radio soap opera Dreams Come True premiered on the NBC Red network. The show aired three times a week and revolved around vocalist Barry McKinley. Dreams Come True was sponsored by Procter & Gamble's Camay soap.

1953: On radio soap opera Hilltop House,
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