Daytime soap operas in the 1980s were nothing but awesome. Vicious
catfights, bouts of amnesia, surprise twins, alien abductions, murder
plots, fainting spells, and, of course, those rad 80s fashions TOTALLY
rocked our worlds.
I was an “All My Children” fan (Cliff and Nina, Erica and Jeremy, and Greg
and Jenny, you’re forever in my heart) but my best friend was into “Days
of Our Lives,” and we both liked “General
Hospital.” With way more concentration than we ever gave our social
studies homework, we watched each other’s soaps and listened as each
convoluted plot was explained. Days off from school with marathon soap
opera viewing on the living room couch made for pure eighties bliss.
But what happened to those soap stars of the 80s? Some, like AMC’s ageless
Susan Lucci, stayed in the world of romantic suds
for decades, but
others followed different career paths. Here’s a LT80s look at your
favorite soap sirens and hunks and what they did after they left the
daytime drama small screen.
T.J. Werner, originally played by T.J. Hargrave, was replaced by this
actor in the 1980 and 1981. Perhaps the connections from “Guiding Light”
help account for some of the vast number of actors separated from him by
only seven degrees. (skip to 2:00)
Kevin Bacon has done, well, everything under the sun. From “Footloose” to
“Mystic River” to “Hollow Man,” we all have our favorite bit of Bacon.
He and actress Kyra Sedgwick have been married since 1988.
Kevin Bacon | via
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“Guiding Light” fans might remember Elise, little Maura’s irresponsible
babysitter, from a 1989 plot. It was a minor role, but this actress did
a great job as the flustered teenager: (skip to 5:20 to get past the
weather alert and commercials)
Calista Flockhart is best known as TV’s
Ally McBeal, she of Dancing Baby
fame. The famously petite TV and
film actress married Harrison Ford in 2010 after dating him for eight
years. Flockhart keeps busy in her roles as mom, wife, and political
Calista Flockhart | via
We first met her as pushy Jackie Templeton on “General Hospital” in
1982-1982. Here she’s hassling Holly Scorpio about being pregnant with
Luke’s baby when she married Robert:
Demi Moore went on to a successful and varied career in film, from “St.
Elmo’s Fire” to “Ghost” to “A Few Good Men” (with Kevin Bacon!) She
famously dated Emilio Estevez and later married Bruce Willis. Her split
from husband of six years, Ashton Kutcher, was announced in December,
2012. Still beautiful and nothing like that awful Ms. Templeton she
played, here’s the lovely Demi Moore today:
Demi Moore | via
This dreamy dude portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on “General Hospital” from
1981-1983, and then again from 2005-2008. He returned in both 2012 and
2013 for the show’s semicentennial anniversary:
(hee hee, strawberries are sexy...)
While he was playing doctor in daytime soaps, Rick Springfield was also
becoming a famous pop star. He won a Grammy in 1981 for “Jessie’s Girl”,
one of the catchiest unrequited love songs ever. Springfield has acted
in numerous roles since his Dr. Noah days, including TV’s “Californication”
and “Hot in Cleveland.” He and wife Barbara Porter (the receptionist in
the recording studio he used in his pre-stardom days) married in 1984.
Rick Springfield | via
As Blackie Parrish on “General Hospital,” this actor played a bad boy with
a heart of gold. The Webbers took him in and helped him straighten out.
Sadly, Blackie’s time in Port Charles ended with a prison sentence.
Here’s Blackie performing with his GH band, the Riff Raff:
Still hunky (and still with great hair), John Stamos has enjoyed an
awesome career on the little screen. We loved him as Uncle Jessie on
“Full House” and as a guest star on shows such as “ER” and “Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit.” He now has a recurring role in the TV drama,
“Necessary Roughness.” Stamos was married to then-Victoria’s Secret
model Rebecca Romijn from 1998-2005. He’s now single. (annnnd... I just
heard a collective giggle of delight from your LT80’s single ladies,
John Stamos | via
I can’t locate a video clip of this actor’s walk-on role as Chris in 1987,
but here’s a nice still picture for you. This blond charmer was unknown
at the time, but he was compelling enough to land a speaking gig on two
episodes of “Another World”:
Brad Pitt as Chris on Another World | via
NY Daily News
You might recognize Brad Pitt from “Se7en,” “Fight Club,” “Ocean’s Eleven”
and “Twelve” and “Thirteen,” “Benjamin Button,” and “Sleepers” (with
Kevin Bacon!) Alongside his bombshell wife Angelina Jolie, he cares for
a brood of six adorable kids.
Brad Pitt | via
Before he became one of our favorite wise guys, he was just looking for
love like everyone else. He played the admirably coiffed Joey errini on
"Another World" from 1978-1981:
Ray Liotta's career took off like a rocket after AW. You may have seen him
in acclaimed movies such as "Goodfellas", "Something Wild", "Field of
Dreams", and "Blow." He's currently divorced and still enjoying his
awesome career in showbiz.
Ray Liotta | via
From 1984-1985, Dr. Canard dispensed medical help and sage advice to
residents of Bay City on "Another World." Perhaps that helped this actor
prepare for his upcoming role as a psychiatrist. Sadly, this footage
seems to be lost in the dusty hallways of the Internet.
HOWEVER, there's all kinds of footage of Kelsey Grammer in his later
roles--most famously that of Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers" and
"Frasier." Recently, Grammer has appeared on "30 Rock,” "Boss,” and as
the decades-spanning voice of Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons." Grammer
has won multiple Emmys and Golden Globes, and, although his personal
life has undergone some scrutiny, he's hugely successful and looking
fabulous. Cheers, Mr. Grammer!
Kelsey Grammer | via
As the World Turns
This all-American girl portrayed Betsy Stewart on "As the World Turns"
from 1982-1984. Betsy was in love with working man Steve Andropolous,
but married rich scoundrel Craig Montgomery instead. Guess what? Drama
Meg Ryan went on to a couple of TV stints before appearing in blockbusters
such as "Top Gun", "When Harry Met Sally", and "Sleepless in Seattle."
And let’s not forget “In the Cut” (with Kevin Bacon!) Still cute, still
blonde, and still a hardworking actress, Meg Ryan is forever America's
Sweetheart. She was married to Dennis Quaid for a decade, and has been
romantically linked to rocker John Mellencamp since 2011.
Meg Ryan | via
From 1986-2010, this actress appeared on “As the World Turns” as Jessica
Griffin, Duncan McKechnie’s hotly pursued object of affection. Spoiler:
Jessica ended up falling for him.
Tamara Tunie is better known to today’s television viewers as medical
examiner Melinda Warner on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.
Tamara Tunie | via
In 1984, this actress played
“As the World Turns” in 1984. Unfortunately, I can’t locate footage
of this starry-eyed actress in her walk-on role. But here she is during
that same summer she was a debutante on ATWT—yes, it’s that magical
moment that had us all swooning and wishing we could be THAT girl: (skip
Courteney Cox went on to loads of other acting jobs, including “Cougar
Town” and “Scrubs”, though her most famous role remains that of Monica
Geller on TV’s “Friends.” She’s been married since 1999 to actor David
Arquette. The couple has one daughter, Coco.
Courteney Cox | via
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Here’s a clip from “As the World Turns” in 1984 with not only an actress
who found greater fame, but two VERY SPECIAL musical guests: Whitney
Houston and Jermaine Jackson! (after you check out the young actress in
action, skip to 2:10 for the music to start)
Marisa Tomei portrayed Marcy Thompson on “As the World Turns”, then went
on to memorable roles on “A Different World”, “My Cousin Vinnie”, and
“Crazy Stupid Love” (with Kevin Bacon!)
Marisa Tomei | via
From 1986-1988, this carrot topped actress played Frannie Hughes, a
psychologist who married and divorced Darryl Crawford, on “As the World
Turns.” After enduring some dramatic events in Oakdale, Frannie left for
Haiti to help with earthquake relief.
Julianne Moore went on to huge success onscreen, recently in TV’s “30
Rock” and the movie “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (yup, with Kevin Bacon!)
Moore divorced her first husband, director John Rubin, in 1993, and
married director Bart Freundlich in 1996. They have one son. Like
Flockhart, Moore is passionate about politics and human rights.
Julianne Moore | via
The Young and the Restless
This curly-haired dreamboat appeared on “The Young and the Restless” from
1975-1982. He played the earnest young doctor Snapper Foster (seriously?
a doctor named SNAPPER?) who rose from humble roots with the help of his
mom and sister.
Hey, don't hassle the Hoff! Beefy David Hasslehoff sprang from the daytime
soaps and embraced worldwide superstardom, first as Michael Knight on
"Knight Rider" and then as hunky lifeguard Mitch Buchanan on "Baywatch."
Hasslehoff has appeared in films ranging from "Anaconda III" to "Dodgeball"
to "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie", but he hasn't forgotten his
Restless roots. The Hoff still makes appearances on the daytime drama as
Dr. Snapper Foster.
David Hasslehoff | via
NY Daily News
Have we missed anyone in our sudsy round-up? Did any other actors or
musicians go on to careers beyond their work in 80s soap operas? Connect
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