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Today in Soap Opera History (April 13)

1979: Guiding Light's Diane uncovered revealing information.

1981: Another World's Mac didn't care about Sandy's past.

1987: Diana Colville (Genie Francis) arrived on Days of our Lives.

1992: All My Children's Janet found a Lamaze coach."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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1939: On radio soap opera Backstage Wife, Mary (Vivian Fridell) received a call from a gossip columnist who questioned her about her separation from Larry. Katharine

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