Jason47's "Days" Christmas Retrospective...Click here!
JASON47'S MONTH-LONG TRIBUTE TO FRANCES REID
AND ALICE HORTON...
Frances Reid was born 100 years ago this
month, on December 9, 1914.
Each day, I'll be posting videos to celebrate
the life of Frances and the legacy of Alice Horton.
Click here for the tribute
AUGUST 22, 1921-DECEMBER
"Days" Head Writer,
Former "Days of Our Lives" head
writer Ann Marcus passed away on Wednesday, December 3 at her home in Sherman
Oaks, California at the age of 93. She was the head writer of "Days" from April
20, 1977-February 26, 1979, for a total of 482 episodes. Some of the characters
she created during her tenure on the show include Chris Kositchek, Margo Horton,
Donna Craig and Marlena's twin sister, Samantha Evans. Marcus received two
Daytime Emmy nominations for her work on "Days" in 1978 and 1979. She was born
Dorothy Ann Goldstone on August 22, 1921 in Little Falls, New York.
Marcus, a member of the Writers Guild
of America since 1961, won an Emmy for “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” and worked
on “Days of Our Lives,” “Knots Landing” and “Peyton Place.” She was a
longtime activist at the guild and received the WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award for
service in 2000. She served on the guild’s board of directors in 1977-1981,
1984-86, 1990-91 and 1997-2003 and was secretary-treasurer from
She was recognized by the Paley Center for Media in 2006 as one of
the women who helped shape the history of media. Marcus also served on the
steering committee of the Caucus for Writers, Producers, and Directors, and was
a governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Marcus was a native of Little Falls,
N.Y. After graduating from Western College in Ohio in 1943, she got a job at the
New York Daily News and was promoted from “copy boy” to reporter. She then
worked at Life magazine with photographers such as Alfred
She married screenwriter Ellis Marcus
in 1944 and raised a family in New York and Los Angeles.
Marcus’ first play, “A Woman’s
Place,” a depiction of the conflicts presented to women between career and
motherhood, premiered in Los Angeles in 1960 and led to her TV writing career
with credits on “Lassie,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Gentle Ben,” “Please Don’t Eat
The Daisies” and “The Hathaways” and staff writing posts on “Peyton Place” and
“The Debbie Reynolds Show.”
She became head writer of the daytime
drama “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” for which she shared a 1974 WGA
nomination, followed by “Search for Tomorrow,” for which she shared a 1975
Writers Guild Award for Daytime Serials.
Marcus was selected by Norman Lear to
co-create and serve as head writer on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” for which
she shared a Primetime Emmy for co-writing the series’ pilot episode with
Jerry Adelman and Daniel Gregory Browne.
She received two Daytime Emmy
nominations for “Days of Our Lives” while head writer during for the show’s
Marcus was also supervising producer
and executive story editor of “Knots Landing” – and later co-wrote the TV show’s
1997 reunion miniseries.
She wrote several TV movies,
including “Women at West Point” and co-created and executive produced with her
husband the satirical soap “The Life and Times of Eddie Roberts.”
In 1999 she published her memoir
“Whistling Girl” and in 2008 oversaw the making of her screenplay “For
Heaven’s Sake!” into an indie feature film, which she executive
Marcus also served on several WGA
West committees including Blacklisted Writers, Officers Nominating, Age
Discrimination, Disciplinary, Membership/Finance, Board Nominating and Animation
Her family said in a statement: “Ann
always put her family first, making each of her loved ones feel they were the
center of her universe. She was a warm, loving, supportive sister, wife, mother,
grandmother, and great-grandmother who taught her descendants strength,
compassion, generosity, and love.”
Marcus is survived by her two sons, a
daughter, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made in Ann Marcus’
name to the Los Angeles Animal Shelter.
November 2014 Episode
November 2014 Daily Cast
Director & Writer
Database: November 2014
Jason47's Exclusive Interview with Flip Mark,
Played Steve Olson (Julie's Brother) on the first week of "Days"
Jason47's Exclusive Interview with Simone Gad,
Who Spoke The First Words on "Days" in 1965 pilot
MELISSA ARCHER JOINS "DAYS" IN
Soap Opera Digest has announced that
Melissa Archer is joining "Days" in December:
Melissa Archer joins
Jason47's From the Vault: The Birth of
Jennifer Rose Horton
Episode # 2572...Jennifer Rose is
A History of "Days" Contract Renewals:
1996 soap article predicts Salem in 20 years...
which predictions came true...and which
Click here to see all of the events leading up to the
first "Days" murder
Jason47 joins Facebook
here and "like" my Days page
and yearly recaps since 1965! "Days of Our Lives" Episode Summaries:
Keep up with all the latest
happenings in Salem with these daily summaries: New Salem Daily Recaps
Contract Status/Episode Firsts: In which episode did each actor debut? How long is your favorite
actor signed for? Days
Current Cast List: Who
plays who? Cast List. Updated
Week-To-Week Guest Stars: Who's appearing each week as a guest? Updated 12/10.
Star Gallery: Pictures of all credited
guests from 2006-2014! Gallery of Guests Updated 12/10.
Current Cast Birthday List: Ages updated for 2014! Who shares your birthday?
You Say That Name?: Learn how
to correctly pronounce Gering, Zucker and more!
Castmembers (25 or more episodes), 1980-Present:
Character Portrayers: Other
Hope's/Sami's/Will's and more: Others
Addresses/Longevity Chart/Spanish Days: Show News
Element: What exactly
makes up an episode of Days?
The reasons "Days" has missed 329 airdates since 1965.
Contracts Archive: Who's been signed to "Days"? 1965-Present Updated 10/30.
Longest Tenure: Who's
been on "Days" the longest? Updated 11/1.
45 Years, 45
Faces: Pictures of the 45 longest-running
"Days" actors. Updated 11/1.
Central: All Soap Opera Digest and Daytime
Emmy nominations/awards "Days" has received: "Days" Awards. Updated 6/16.
Daytime Emmy Mania: Emmy trivia and an alphabetical index of every "Days" nominee in
history! Click here for Emmy Mania. Updated 6/16.
Deidre Hall Trade
Ad Days Trading Cards Christmas Card 2001 Emmys Peggy McCay's earliest promotional photo Frances Reid's 1930 census image Drake Hogestyn's baseball
statistics Census images from 1930 for
various castmembers 1950 Frances Reid article Four Decades of Salem's Couples Drake Hogestyn milestone The Ladies of Days Frank Parker 25-Year
Tribute Hall Twins A Letter from Bill & Susan Hayes John & Marlena Through The Years Tony & Anna Through the Years Same-Digit Episode Stats (from episode # 11-episode #
11,111) Irna Phillips/GL Tribute
John Aniston: 2000 Episodes as Victor Kiriakis
Tribute A Tribute to Mickey Horton Shane & Kimberly: Together Again Jason47 Meets Ken Corday Bo & Hope: The Beginning
Horton Town Square Dedication The More Things Change... Lexie Carver Tribute Random "Days" Tidbits Who's Who in
Daytime TV...1967, 1968, 1969, 1973
First Days Award Deidre Hall Tribute: 4,000 Episodes as Marlena Peter Reckell Says Goodbye to Days Classic Days: June 1997 repeat Betty White on Days Alison Sweeney: 20 Years as Sami Brady Tribute Anniversary Tributes to Kristian Alfonso & Bryan
Dattilo Suzanne Rogers: Four Decades of "Days" Farewell Montages to Sami, EJ, Johnny &
First Time Around:
First-Year "Days" Interviews: Crystal Chappell & Wally Kurth...Michael Sabatino & Louise Sorel...plus watch their original debut scenes hereInterviews: Barry Cutler (Parrot Man, 1995-1996)...Don Frabotta (Dave, 1974-1993, 2000-2004)...Elaine Bromka & Mark Drexler (Stella & Roger Lombard,
1992) Tammy Taylor (Hope Williams, 1981-1982)
Regina Gleason (Kitty Horton,
1967-1969) Patsy Pease (Kimberly Brady)
Census Images: Part
40-Year Club: A special tribute to the 10 series that have
reached this milestone.
Loving Memory: Final goodbyes to
Betty Corday, Ted Corday, Irna
Phillips, Antony Alda, Carl Anderson, Jeanne Bates, Richard Biggs, William J. Bell,
Anne Howard Bailey, Lew
Brown, Darlene Conley, Joy Garrett, Wayne Heffley, John
Ingle, Mary Jackson, Stanley Kamel, James Luisi, Edward Mallory, Robert
Manitopyes, Terry O'Sullivan, Al Rabin, Ford Rainey,
Lanna Saunders, Avery Schreiber, Ray
Stricklyn, Ralph Waite
All-Time Episode Rankings: 1965-2013: 5+
Music CD: See what music is on the
1965-Present Cast List: All principal roles listed. As actors appear for the first time in
2014, their status will be updated. Updated 12/10.
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