November isn’t just about Thanksgiving. It’s also the month some of your favorite soap stars are celebrating birthdays. Soap Hub has got a list of all the dates, so you can send them your sincerest best wishes via Twitter and Instagram — or even a good old-fashioned card.
Happy Birthday, Soap Opera Stars
Kate Linder, who plays lovable maid Esther on The Young and the Restless, kicks off the merrymaking on November 2. The veteran actress is turning 73.
Two days later, on November 4, a pair of leading ladies will be toasting their special day. General Hospital’s Emme Rylan (Lulu) celebrates a milestone: The Big 4-0, while The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) turns 45.
Days of Our Lives’ Robert Scott Wilson might be mourning as Ben, but he’s going to be partying in real life. The actor will be blowing out some candles, 33 to be exact, on November 9.
On November 11 a pair of GH stars, past and present, will be feasting on birthday cake. Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas; and ex-Stefan, DAYS) is turning 49. Meanwhile, the lovely Sofia Mattson is turning 31.
Judith Chapman, who recently returned to YR as Gloria, has another cause for celebration. She turns 69 on November 15.
Casey Moss, who’s on his way back to Days as JJ, is joining in on the birthday revelry, too. He turns 27 on November 16.
The celebrations continue on November 20, when Jason Thompson (Billy, YR; ex-Patrick, GH) turns 44. The next day, November 21, Ryan Carnes (Lucas, GH) turns 32, while Olivia Rose Keegan (ex-Claire, DAYS) turns 21 on November 22.
Gina Tognini, last seen as Phyllis on YR, toasts birthday #47 on November 28. And, finally, Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R) wraps up the candles and cake festivities on November 30, when she turns 33.
More on Soap Opera History
Soap opera began in the early 1900s, as radio broadcasts. Soap companies were behind the conception of the 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 were 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.
Bringing the Drama
The four remaining soap operas currently on the air include Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless (YR), General Hospital (GH), and The Bold and the Beautiful (BB). Check your local listings for air times.