Photo: Everett Collection. Genie Francis as Laura Webber on “General Hospital,” 1981. The wedding of Luke and Laura was watched by a whopping 30 million viewers, making it the highest-rated hour in the history of American soap operas.
Matthew Ashford & Melissa Reeves (Jack & Jennifer, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) (top inset) Cameron Mathison (Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) (bottom left inset) Eddie Velez & Arianne Zuker (Paul & Nicole, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) (bottom right inset) Kyle Lowder (Brady, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)
Courtney Thorne-Smith, Andrew Shue, & Heather Locklear (Alison, Billy, & Amanda, MELROSE PLACE) (top inset) Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) (bottom inset) Roger Howarth (Todd, ONE LIFE TO LIVE)
(top) Charles Shaughnessy (Shane, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) (middle) Jordan Clarke, Robert Newman, & Kim Zimmer (Billy, Josh, & Reva, GUIDING LIGHT) (bottom left) Finola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) (bottom right) Michelle Lee (Karen, KNOTS LANDING)