July 22, 1933: Radio soap opera The Romance of Helen Trent debuted on CBS. The show remained on the airwaves for twenty seven years, broadcasting 7,222 episodes. The title role Helen (who remained at the age of 35 years throughout the program) was first played by Virginia Clark for almost a decade. Her role was then taken over by Julie Stevens for sixteen years. The Romance of Helen Trent was created by Frank and Anne Hummert . It was one of CBS's soap opera programs, telling the story of a 35-year-old dressmaker who fascinates men as she works her way up to becoming the chief Hollywood costumer designer.