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16 Classic, Modern and Completely Iconic Weddings

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Luke and Laura

In soap opera years, these two were married for an eternity!
In soap opera years, these two were married for an eternity!
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Luke and Laura's 1981 ceremony was the biggest fictional wedding in TV history, and it's still remembered as daytime television's most memorable union. After years of declining viewership, "General Hospital" was on the brink of cancellation, and if the show was going to be resuscitated, it needed an influx of new ideas. New, younger cast members, more relevant storylines and a summer of "Love on the Run" increased ratings and culminated with Luke and Laura's union.

The wedding brought in an estimated 30 million viewers (a record for daytime TV), and had all the drama you'd expect from a soap opera. Luke sparred with Laura's ex after the ceremony, and Elizabeth Taylor's character, Helena Cassadine, put a curse on the newly hitched couple. Yet, despite the constant drama for which soaps are known, Luke and Laura stayed married for nearly 20 years -- that's an eternity for daytime TV.

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