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Today in Soap Opera History (August 5)

1935: Backstage Wife premiered.

1985: Days of our Lives' Tony and Anna were married.

1994: All My Children's Erica found her mother, Mona, dead.

2002: Passions' Timmy died."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1935: Radio soap opera Backstage Wife premiered on the Mutual Broadcasting System (Mbs). The show moved to NBC Blue in 1936, NBC in 1938 and CBS in 1955, where it ran until January 2, 1959. Created by Frank and Anne Hummert, each episode opened with the announcer explaining:

Now, we present once again, Backstage Wife, the story of Mary Noble, a little Iowa girl who married one of America's most handsome actors,

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