Today in Soap Opera History (December 2)

1958: Irna Phillips appeared on To Tell the Truth.

1975: Serena shot her husband on The Edge of Night.

1999: Guiding Light's Drew disrupted Michelle's trial.

2009: General Hospital featured karaoke night at Jake's."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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1942: On Clara, Lu and Em Lu (Dorothy Day) and Em (Harriet Allyn) discussed Christmas presents.

1958: On CBS primetime panel game show To Tell the Truth, panelists Kitty Carlisle, Hy Gardner, Polly Bergen, Jackie Cooper tried to guess which of three women was the real Irna Phillips,

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