Soap opera fans, test your knowledge about soap operas, the storylines, and the stars who make them! Today, we have a wonderful challenge – how well do you know Santa Barbara? Take the challenge and relive the glory days of soaps. Good luck and share the game with your soap friends and test their knowledge about this awesome soap from the good ole days!
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Which of these soap operas has Santa Barbara co-creator Bridget Dobson NOT written for?
For many years during the late-1960s, Bridget was the sole script writer for ABC's General Hospital, the soap opera created by her parents Frank and Doris Hursley. She served as that shows head writer from 1973 - 1975 and - along side her husband Jerome - she helmed (The) Guiding Light (1975 - 1979) and As the Word Turns (1980 - 1983)
Which of the following was NOT one of the core families that Santa Barbara initially focused on?
The initial stories revolved around four intertwined families: the waring and WASPy Capwell and Lockridge clans, the working class Perkin and the much poorer Andrades.
Which of the Santa Barbara stars has NEVER appeared on ABC's General Hospital?
Despite playing characters on four other soap operas besides Santa Barbara (Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live, As the World Turns and Guiding Light) Deas never appeared on General Hospital.
True or False? Judith McConnell is the only actress to portray the character Sophia Capwell.
Even though she played Sophia in over 1,000 episodes, McConnell was the second actress to portray the Capwell matriarch. Rosemary Forsyth - best known to soap opera fans as the fourth Laura Horton on Days of Our Lives - originated the role but, ironically, she rarely appeared as Sophia. Instead she was mostly seen as Sophia disguised in male drag and using the alias Dominic.
What film skyrocketed actress Robin Wright (who played Kelly Capwell) into feature film stardom - and necessitated her exit from the soap?
It was director Rob Reiner's classic fantasy adventure film The Princess Bride in which 21 year old Wright played the frequently in peril Buttercup.
More on Soap Opera History
Soap opera began in the early 1900s, as radio broadcasts. Soap companies were behind the conception of daytime dramas because they wanted to sell soaps to stay-at-home moms. They did their job and also launched a lifelong programming format, the soap operas.
Spanning more than five decades, American sudsers have seen the rise and fall of daytime soaps. In the heyday of soaps in the early 1980s, there was up to 13 different soap operas broadcasted. However, over the years, the number has declined.
Currently, there are only four American soap operas on the air. They Include Days of our Lives (DAYS), General Hospital (GH), The Young and the Restless (YR), The Bold and the Beautiful (BB). For more facts about soap opera history, head over to our archives and relive the glory days of sudsers!