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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 page



AUGUST 22, 1921-DECEMBER 3, 2014

"Days" Head Writer, 1977-1979

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 1991-93.
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 Eisenstaedt.
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 1978-79 seasons,
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 produced.
Marcus also served on several WGA West committees including Blacklisted Writers, Officers Nominating, Age Discrimination, Disciplinary, Membership/Finance, Board Nominating and Animation Strike Fund.
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.
To hear Ann speak about her life, check out this four-hour interview she did in 2001: http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/ann-marcus
Obituary courtesy: http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/ann-marcus-emmy-winning-writer-and-wga-activist-dies-at-93-1201371487/


November 2014 Episode Rankings 

November 2014 Daily Cast Chart

Director & Writer Database: November 2014 Update

Jason47's Exclusive Interview with Flip Mark,
Played Steve Olson (Julie's Brother) on the first week of "Days" in 1965

Jason47's Exclusive Interview with Simone Gad,
Actress Who Spoke The First Words on "Days" in 1965 pilot episode


Soap Opera Digest has announced that Melissa Archer is joining "Days" in December:
Melissa Archer joins "Days"

Jason47's From the Vault: The Birth of Jennifer Rose Horton
Episode # 2572...Jennifer Rose is named!


A History of "Days" Contract Renewals: 1980-Present

1996 soap article predicts Salem in 20 years...
See which predictions came true...and which didn't!

Click here to see all of the events leading up to the first "Days" murder

Jason47 joins Facebook
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Daily and yearly recaps since 1965!  "Days of Our Lives" Episode Summaries: 1965-Present
Keep up with all the latest happenings in Salem with these daily summaries: New Salem Daily Recaps

"Days" News Central. Updated 5/20.
Contract Status/Episode Firsts: In which episode did each actor debut? How long is your favorite actor signed for? Days Stats. Updated 10/30.
Current Cast List: Who plays who? Cast List. Updated 11/13.
Week-To-Week Guest Stars: Who's appearing each week as a guest? Updated 12/10.
Guest 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? Birthday List. Updated 11/13.
Actor Stats: Middle names, married names and more! "Days" Actor Stats Updated 11/13.
How Do You Say That Name?: Learn how to correctly pronounce Gering, Zucker and more! Pronunciation Guide

Updated 11/13

Contract Actors:
Recurring Actors:
Underfive Actors:
Former Contract Castmembers, 1965-Present:
Non-Contract Castmembers (25 or more episodes), 1980-Present:

Marriages/Full Names/Birthdates/Parents: "Dates" of Our Lives Updated 10/30.
Character Portrayers: Other Hope's/Sami's/Will's and more: Others Updated 10/30.

Addresses/Longevity Chart/Spanish Days:  Show News
The Crew: Producers/Writers/Hair/Makeup...All here: Days Crew ..."Days" Current Staff Photos...Tenure List Updated 8/17.
Staff Biographies of Producers/Directors/Writers: Staff Biographies Updated 8/17.
Staff Database:
"Days" All-Time Staff Database
Head Writer Archive: An in-depth look at every head writer "Days" has had. Updated 8/17.
Head Writer Biographies: Complete info on all 29 head writers, plus pictures of them. Updated 8/17.
Episode Guide Index: Complete day-by-day guide to "Days."
Airdate Schedule:
When is the show
preempted next? Updated 7/17.
SoapNet Schedule: An archive of when "Days" aired on the former channel Updated 1/16.
Time Element: What exactly makes up an episode of Days?
Daily Rewards: Earn merchandise points each day by answering a "Days" question! Added 10/18/05.
Preemptions: The reasons "Days" has missed 329 airdates since 1965. Updated 11/26.
Nielsen Ratings: Weekly Nielsen Rating Charts Updated 3/10.
Ratings Spotlight: See some complete Nielsen ratings charts from various years!
Contracts Archive: Who's been signed to "Days"? 1965-Present Updated 10/30.
Non-Contract Archive: A date-by-date listing of every non-contract castmember to appear in at least 10 episodes since 1965! Updated 11/13.
Goodbye My Friend: Final contract airdates since 1965. 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.
Days Birthday Database:  1965-Present
Awards 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.
Soap Opera Digest Archive: All the covers & interviews since 1975! Updated 1/14/13.
Advertisers: List of Advertisers : May 2011
Links Galore:
Actor Websites & Fan Websites:
Website Links Updated 7/31.

Autographs: Tons of cast signatures: "Days" Autographs. Updated 4/18.
Fun Stuff: 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 & Allie
First Time Around: First-Year "Days" Interviews:
Crystal Chappell & Wally Kurth...Michael Sabatino & Louise Sorel...plus watch their original debut scenes here
Interviews: 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)
1940 Census Images: Part 1, Part 2

1965 Tribute: A very special tribute for the year "Days" began.
"Days of 1965": An historic look at the year that started it all.
Way Back When: Articles on long-time castmembers: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4
40-Year Club: A special tribute to the 10 series that have reached this milestone.
Alice's Family Tree: An official tribute from NBC.
NBC's Tribute: Another official tribute from NBC.
"Like Sands Through the Hourglass": Purchase the Bill & Susan Hayes book here.
40-Year Days Quiz: See who the winners & what the answers were.
Days Theme Song: Read all about how the "Days" theme was written and watch videos of the different openings through the years.
Days Expands To An Hour
: Read about "Days" journey from 30 to 60 minutes.
Cast & Crew Memorial Tributes: Obituaries of long-time "Days" cast & crew.   
Memorial List:
A list of over 230 "Days" cast and crew members who have passed away.
Christmas Retrospective: "Days" Christmas Retrospective
Christmas Archive
Complete info on all the Horton family Christmases since 1983. Plus, a Christmas card from Macdonald Carey!
Christmas Episodes: Year-By-Year lookback: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970  Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
Christmas Story: A complete list of who has read the story since 1983.
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: The Early Years:  1965-1975
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings Index: 1965-Present
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 1965-1969: 1965  1966 1967 1968 1969 
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 1970-1979:
1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 1980-1989:
1980  1981 1982 1983 1984
 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 1990-1999: 1990  1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 2000-2009: 2000  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 
Year-By-Year Episode Rankings: 2010-Present:
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Updated 11/26.
Monthly Episode Leaders:
1965-Present  Updated 11/26.
All-Time Episode Rankings: 1965-2013: 5+ episodes Updated 1/2/14.
Decade-By-Decade Rankings: 1965-1969  1970-1979   1980-1989   1990-1999   2000-2009  2010-2013
Top 15 Rankings:
1965-2013 Updated 1/1.
Days Music CD: See what music is on the Soundtrack
"Survivor" Winner: Brian Heidik wins the game!
Olympics 2006: Read all about the "Days" appearance on NBC's Olympics coverage.
SoapStar 2007: Read all about the "Days" season of this SoapNet series.
10,000th Episode Actor Trivia: How many episodes were aired since each actor joined the show?  
10,000th Episode Actor Trivia  Added 1/20/05.
Susan's Debut: Read Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie)'s
first-ever episode script from 1968!
Bill's Debut: Read Bill Hayes (Doug)'s
first-ever episode script from 1970!
Suzanne's Debut: Read Suzanne Rogers (Maggie)'s
first-ever episode script from 1973!
Deidre's Debut: Read Deidre Hall (Marlena)'s first-ever episode script from 1976!
Jim's Debut: Read James Reynolds (Abe)'s first-ever episode script from 1981!
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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