Today's Children

Painted Dreams, broadcast only in Chicago on WGN was Irna Phillips first soap. She longed to take to it to a national audience but WGN executives would not allow it. She quit and went to work on competitor station WMAQ in Chicago. There Irna created Today's Children which was a thinly disguised clone of Painted Dreams and it was the first nationally broadcast soap opera.
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Terry, Dot, Lucy, and Bobby Moran

Terry, Dot, Lucy, and Bobby Moran

July 1948 Radio TV Mirror - The revived version of Today's Children which Irna referred to as New Today's Children.

July 1948 Radio TV Mirror - The revived version of Today's Children which Irna referred to as New Today's Children.

Katherine (Kay) Norton

Katherine (Kay) Norton

Irna Phillips' (Mother Moran) Autograph from December 4, 1936

Irna Phillips' (Mother Moran) Autograph from December 1936

On this day, New Years Eve in 1937, Irna Phillips ended Today's Children after losing her inspiration for Mother Moran when her own mother passed.   Irna would create Woman in White next where she would begin collaborating with Agnes Nixon.

On this day, New Years Eve in Irna Phillips ended Today's Children after losing her inspiration for Mother Moran when her own mother passed. Irna would create Woman in White next where she would begin collaborating with Agnes Nixon.

May 1935 Radio TV Mirror clip

May 1935 Radio TV Mirror clip

Eileen Moran

Eileen Moran

The home of Mother Moran.  Mother Moran lived on the first floor and rented out apartments on the second floor.

The home of Mother Moran. Mother Moran lived on the first floor and rented out apartments on the second floor.

A Story of Modern American Life

A Story of Modern American Life

Russell Grant

Russell Grant

Robert and Helen Marshall

Robert and Helen Marshall

Ralph Santo

Ralph Santo

Gloria

Gloria

Fran and Henry

Fabian and Debbie Reynolds

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