JULIE & "DAYS" CELEBRATE 43 YEARS ON NBC...SUSAN SEAFORTH HAYES CELEBRATES 40 YEARS IN THE ROLE!
The character of Julie Olson has been on "Days of Our Lives"
since the day it premiered on November 8, 1965. In fact, Julie was the star of
the first two scenes ever shown on "Days." The series opened with Julie trying
to impress her two friends, Carol and Diane, by stealing a mink stole
from Bartlett's Department Store. As they try to walk casually out of the
store, a detective watching the store for recent crimes catches them. The
scene fades to black and, for the first time ever, these words are spoken: "Like
sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives." Upon returning from
its first commercial break (a commercial for Ocean Spray Cranberry Relish), the
detective is questioning Julie. When he asks her what her full name is, she lies
and says: "Julie Horton", becoming the first character ever to mention the name
Horton on "Days." As Julie turns around to give a sly smile to Carol and Diane,
the scene dissolves to an exterior of the Horton House and the introduction of
Julie's grandparents, Tom (Macdonald Carey) and Alice Horton (Frances
Click here for the first episode script of Susan Seaforth, episode # 780, from 12/11/68
The mink stole that Julie stole in the first-ever scene on "Days." Julie (Charla Doherty) is questioned at the police station.
43 years have passed since those scenes aired at 2:00PM on the
East Coast on Monday, November 8, 1965. While much has changed in Salem in those
43 years, four things remain the same from that first episode: Frances Reid is
still playing Alice, Macdonald Carey's voice is still heard each day saying
"Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives", the Horton
House set is still used (with the doorknob used in that first episode being
the last remaining part of the original set), and the character of Julie is
still with the show.
Charla Doherty and Macdonald Carey pose for a promotional photo taken on the police station set during the first episode taping on October 29, 1965.
The "three faces of Julie" from 1965-1967: Charla Doherty, Kathy Dunn and Cathy Ferrar.
Three years had passed since "Days"
debuted in November 1965. It was now November, 1968 and head writer Bill Bell
decided to give Julie a fresh start with a fourth actress. Julie had been away
from Salem since February, living in San Francisco. 25-year-old Susan Seaforth,
who had tried out for Julie in the original casting call in 1965, decided to
give it another try and audtioned again. Fittingly, when trying out to be the
fourth Julie, Susan had just appeared in four different roles on "Dragnet" in
1968. Here is what happened at the audition, as described by Susan herself
in her autobiography "Like Sands Through the Hourglass": "All the actresses
reading the audition scene would work opposite Denise Alexander (Susan)...Julie,
older now, pregnant out of wedlock, attempts to terrorize her archenemy Susan
into having a heart attack. In the verbal duel, Susan survives and Julie brings
on her own labor pains. There would be no screen test, so this time it was
do-or-die in the casting office. Denise and I tattered the scene...I once asked
Bill Bell what he remembered about my performance that morning: 'Your smile', he
admitted.'...Wanting it so much, I felt an almost out-of-body experience when
(my agent) called, this time full of good cheer because Betty Corday had chosen
me and the job would start immediately...I was the fourth ingenue to attempt the
role and everybody understood I was on trial, especially me."
Susan Seaforth: "The Early Years"
LEFT: 12-year-old Susan with Billie Burke (best known as Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wizard of Oz") in the 1955 play "Mother Was a Bachelor."
RIGHT: Susan, now 14, in a guest spot with the star of "The Loretta Young Show" in 1957.
An article from the December 8, 1968 San Antonio (TX) Light
announces Susan's arrival in Salem.
On December 3, 1968, Susan taped her first episode, # 780. In her first scene, Julie calls Alice from San Francisco and decides to leave California and return home to Salem in time for Christmas. The episode aired on Wednesday, December 11, 1968. Now 40 years later, Julie (and Susan) tries her best each year to be home to celebrate Christmas at the Horton house.
The cover page of episode # 780, Susan's first-ever "Days" episode.
Julie's first love interest on the show
was Scott Banning, who was played by Mike Farrell. After leaving "Days", Farrell
would become famous for his long-running role on "M*A*S*H." In February 1970,
Bill Hayes was cast as con man Brent Douglas, a prison mate of Bill
Horton's. Brent was eventually released from prison, changed his name
to Doug Williams, and moved to Salem. After a few years on the show together,
Bill and Susan began dating, and on October 12, 1974, they got
married. Two years later, on October 1, 1976, using the same wedding
vows they used in real life, Doug and Julie were married.
Susan & Bill on their wedding day, October 12, 1974...A trade ad from September 1976, in the form of a wedding invitation, alerts viewers to Doug & Julie's upcoming wedding.
The wedding party at Doug & Julie's first wedding, which aired on October 1, 1976. From left to right: Brooke Bundy (Rebecca), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), Rosemary Forsyth (Laura), Mary Frann (Amanda), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Bill Hayes (Doug), Frances Reid (Alice), Macdonald Carey (Tom), Robert Clary (Robert), Edward Mallory (Bill), Peter Brown (Greg), John Lupton (Tommy) and Richard Guthrie (David).
Doug and Julie broke up, got
remarried, and, in the end, stayed together through many trials and
tribulations. They left the series in March, 1984. Two years later, in April
1986, Doug reappeared in Salem (with no explanation as to where Julie was; in
real life, Susan was appearing as Joanna Manning on "The Young and the
Restless"). He stayed in town for a year until April, 1987 when his daughter
Hope and son-in-law Bo departed on an around-the-world cruise. Then in January
1990, Julie reappeared in Salem, this time without Doug. It was later disclosed
that she and Doug had broken up and divorced. For three years, Julie was a
single woman, dating, amongst others, Victor Kiriakis and Chip Lakin. On her
final contract appearance on January 28, 1993, Doug showed up unexpectedly and
she moved with him to Switzerland. They returned for Christmas in December 1993
and announced that they had gotten remarried in Switzerland. They've stayed
married since then and show up from time-to-time in Salem. In fact, Julie will
be around for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes of "Days" this
November and December 2008.
Susan Seaforth Hayes holds a special record with John Clarke (ex-Mickey) and Frances Reid (Alice). They are the only three actors to have appeared on "Days" for the five different decades it has been on the air (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s). Congratulations to Susan on her 40 years in Salem and to "Days of Our Lives" on its 43rd anniversary!
LEFT: The Horton clan in 1975: Bill Hayes (Doug), John
Clarke (Mickey), Frances Reid (Alice), Susan Flannery (Laura), Macdonald
Carey (Tom), Edward Mallory (Bill) and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie). RIGHT: Bill
& Susan appear on the cover of Time Magazine, January 12,
LEFT: Susan with Mark Tapscott, who portrayed one of Julie's earlier love interests, Bob Anderson, in 1973...CENTER: A promotional photo celebrating the sixth anniversary of "Days" in 1971. Macdonald Carey (Tom) is surrounded by six actresses holding one candle each, to signify each year the show was on. From left: Denise Alexander (Susan), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Susan Flannery (Laura), Frances Reid (Alice), Heather North (Sandy) and Susan Seaforth (Julie)...RIGHT: Susan and Macdonald Carey (Tom) promote the expansion of "Days" from a half-hour to one-hour show in April, 1975. Susan is holding the small hourglass (representing the half-hour version), while Mac holds the large hourglass (representing the one-hour version).
LEFT: Doug and Julie's second wedding in 1981. The wedding party included Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), Frances Reid (Alice), Macdonald Carey (Tom) and Gregg Marx (David)...CENTER: Susan and John Aniston (Victor), Julie's love interest in the early 1990s...RIGHT: Susan and Bill with executive producer Ken Corday at the 40th anniversary party in 2005. It was thanks to Ken's mother, Betty, who cast Susan in 1968 and Bill in 1970, that she and Bill met and eventually married.
An autographed photo of Bill & Susan from 2006. Susan has been playing Julie on-and-off for 40 years, while Bill celebrates the 39th anniversary of playing Doug in February, 2009. The couple celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary in real life on October 12, 2008. Susan summed it up best in the October 5, 1999 issue of Soap Opera Digest: "The magic was always Julie with Doug. Julie wasn't too magical until Doug came along, and I don't know if she ever has been without."