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'Days of Our Lives' Turns 40

November 7th, 2005 1:47pm EST
Deidre HallNov. 8 commemorates the 40th Anniversary of Days of our Lives, NBC's longest-running scripted series. The first daytime drama to air in color, Days of our Lives now tapes 250+ episodes and 50 weeks a year, five days a week, creating one-hour of daily programming that has added up to a total of 10,150 episodes…

The famous words that introduced Days of our Lives to the NBC audience on November 8, 1965, continue to be voiced by the late MacDonald Carey, who played Dr. Tom Horton in the lively town of Salem for 28 years. The phrase and the hourglass brand have become an iconic part of American pop culture since 1965 -- the same year that saw the United States make its first major troop commitment to South Vietnam as it endured the Watts Riots, the advent of Medicare and Go-Go boots, space-walking, TV's Lost in Space, and the formation of the Grateful Dead.

Original cast member Frances Reid continues to portray Horton family matriarch, Alice Horton. In her 91st year, Reid is proud to be the elder stateswoman of working contract players on television today. Other familiar faces grace the small screen including fan favorites Suzanne Rogers, Susan Seaforth and Bill Hayes, Frank Parker and Peggy McCay.

Deidre Hall, who began on the show in 1976, was the first daytime star to simultaneously work on a daytime and primetime series (Our House) and remains one of "Days" most beloved characters.

Among other longtime Salem residents are Drake Hogestyn, Josh Taylor, James Reynolds, Melissa Reeves, Matthew Ashford, Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso. Alison Sweeney, Bryan Dattilo, Arianne Zuker, Jason Cook and Farah Fath have grown up on the show and provide a new generation with familiarity.

Seen throughout Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa, Days of our Lives has garnered multiple Emmy Awards and nominations. It has been honored with the Soap Opera Digest Award for "Favorite Show" nine times, the "Favorite Soap Opera" at the TV Guide Awards, and it's won the People's Choice Award four times.


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