Today in Soap Opera History (July 9)

1986: Another World's Cass was determined to see Kathleen.

1991: Days of our Lives' Jack and Jennifer saw a familiar star.

2002: Passions' Theresa begged for help during her execution.

2003: All My Children's Bianca burned her clothes after the rape."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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1946: Mary-Ellis Bunim was born. She produced daytime soap operas Search for Tomorrow, As the World Turns, Santa Barbara and Loving before moving into reality television with The Real World. She died in 2004 at age 57.

1954: On Search for Tomorrow, Joanne Barron
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