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Welcome to our page
dedicated to the
First Super Couple of Soaps,
Doug and Julie Williams

This page is dedicated to our favorite Daytime Couple of all time, Doug and Julie Williams, played by the real life super couple, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes. From the moment they met to the third time at the altar, their love has burned strong and bright, a fact made so much more so because the love we saw on the show was a glowing reflection of the real love they have shared for almost 44 years! From the "Look of Love" that shines in their eyes when they gaze at each other to the songs of love sung to the "Most Beautiful Girl in the World", Doug and Julie will always be the ideal Super couple, in real life and in the reel life of Salem in the Days of Our Lives! Our wish is that someday, that love will burn bright again on the daytime screen in the town of Salem!

Thank you for visiting and come back real soon!
Lana and Della


Thanks for the banner, KathyJB16


39 years and the love only grows stronger!

Could it be? A Julie sighting on October 6??

NBC CELEBRATES THE RETURN OF ITS ANNUAL ‘DAY OF DAYS’ FAN EVENT ON SATURDAY, NOV. 8 AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK IN HOLLYWOOD

Cast Members From NBC’s Popular Daytime Drama “Days of our Lives” Are Scheduled to Attend

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 19, 2014 – In celebration of the show’s 49th anniversary, the stars of NBC’s longest-running daytime drama “Days of our Lives” will meet fans at the “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood. This complimentary event for loyal “Days of our Lives” viewers will offer fans the chance to meet and greet with Salem’s favorite faces. The day’s events will include autograph signings, a cast Q&A session, photo booth fun for fans and much more.

“Days of our Lives” cast currently scheduled to attend include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Shawn Christian, Daniel Cosgrove, Bryan Dattilo, Kassie DePaiva, Billy Flynn, Galen Gering, Deidre Hall, Bill and Susan Hayes, Drake Hogestyn, Lauren Koslow, Jen Lilley, Kate Mansi, Eric Martsolf, Joe Mascolo, Peggy McCay, Casey Moss, True O’Brien, James Read, Missy Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Meredith Scott Lynn, Robert Scott Wilson, Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson, Arianne Zucker and more.

SCHEDULE OF THE DAY:
10-10:30 a.m. “Day of Days” Welcome and cast introductions
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Meet & Greet” with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
12:30 p.m. Lunch Break
2–4 p.m. “Meet & Greet” with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
4:15-4:45 p.m. “Days of our Lives” Q & A
4:45 p.m. Event finale including a special sneak preview of an upcoming “Days of our Lives” episode

For more information on this exciting event, fans can log on to www.nbc.com/days

Congratulations, Susan!

She becomes the first "Days" actor in history to celebrate 45 years on the show! Susan made her "Days" debut on December 11, 1968 and 14 months later, in February 1970, met the love of her life, Bill Hayes (Doug). Doug & Julie's love has lasted even longer than their own! It's a shame the producers and writers don't expand on that fact! Please visit http://www.jason47.com/ for a special tribute to Susan's 45 years in Salem!

Hilarious Episode

The Book Club and their marijuana-spiked doughnuts was priceless! If you missed it, you can see it on YouTube. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpJecKVGcqs) There should be more fun like this and Julie should definitely be a regular, along with Doug!

Watch Susan give Suzanne a lovely tribute
in celebration of her 40 years on Days!

Bill participated in the NoH8 campaign to alleviate discrimination!

A gentleman named Lee Levin is making a documentary of Bill and his fabulous career!
So far he has interviewed Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould, Shirley Jones, Carl Reiner, Kristian Alfonso, Patrick Muldoon, Florence Henderson, Deidre Hall, Robert Clary, Drake Hogestyn, Peter Marshall, Matthew Ashford, Carol Lawrence, Wes Kenney, their daughter Maggie, Bill and of course, his beautiful wife, Susan. He has also recorded Bill's tap class! Now they are editing down the film a bit for a commercial run! (They hope!)
We are excitedly looking forward to seeing it!

Gotcha!

Susan catches Bill studying lines in their dressing room!

Fantastic interview from Channel 3 News in Memphis!

Lana's friend, Stacy, had her book signed
in Naperville, IL!

Outstanding acting from Susan and Suzanne!

This Just In!

We Love Soaps.net has ranked 50 Greatest Soap Couples:
#2 Doug & Julie From DAYS OF OUR LIVES!
COUPLE: Doug Williams & Julie Olson
SHOW: DAYS OF OUR LIVES
RANK: 2 (Well, of course if it were up to us, they would be #1!!!!)
PLAYED BY: Doug: Bill Hayes
Julie: Susan Seaforth Hayes
YEARS: 1970-present (with some years off starting in 1984)

STORY:

Doug was a con artist who met Bill Horton in prison in 1970. When Doug was released, he came to Salem to find Susan Martin (Denise Alexander), a widow with money Bill had spoken about. Susan ended up hiring Doug to come between Scott Banning and his girlfriend, Julie. Doug and Julie had an instant rapport. Doug took a job as a singer at Sergio's and fell for Julie. Doug's real identity was orphan Brent Douglas and this helped him for a bond with Julie's mother, Addie Horton Olson (Patricia Barry). After a fight with Julie over her son, David, Doug went to Addie's and she proposed to him. He accepted and the two of them were married. In 1974 they had a daughter together, Hope. After surviving leukemia, Addie died after being struck by a car pushing Hope's carriage out of the way just in time to save her daughter. Eventually Julie, who had married and divorced Bob Anderson, reunited and the two of them married in a beautiful ceremony in 1976.

Over the next few years, Doug and Julie would face many obstacles including the loss of Doug's Place (formerly Sergio's), Julie's rape and eventual trial for the murder of her rapist, and Julie being disfigured in a fire on Maggie's farm. The latter led her to divorce Doug but the two of them remarried in 1981 after Doug ended his marriage to Lee DuMonde. The following years saw the couple deal with titanium deposits, a grown up and rebellious Hope, and another divorce and remarriage! In the past decade Doug was "murdered" by the Salem Stalker but, like the other victims, turned up alive. In 2012, they are still happy and together.

IMPACT:
The couples in the countdown all shared chemistry but there was something extra special about the Doug and Julie dynamic. Fans would find out later, Hayes and Seaforth had actually fallen in love and married in real life.

The couple was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in the January 12, 1976 issue, a first for daytime soap opera. Popular industry magazine, Daytime TV, wrote about the cover: "It was almost inevitable that when TIME was looking for the actor and actress who personified the power of the daytime serials, it just had to choose Bill and Susan." The magazine also called them "Daytime's First Royal Couple."

Bill Hayes explained further in a 2009 Mental Floss feature: "In 1974, Susan and I got married in my living room with 16 people. In 1976, when Doug and Julie got married, we had 16 million people."

The actors' personal story and the long wait for Doug and Julie to finally marry brought DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Daytime much publicity in the 1970s. When Doug and Julie finally married for the first time, women all over America threw wedding parties that day to celebrate. DAYS also maintained a 30 Nielsen ratings share through 1976.

The foundation of Doug and Julie's love story was crafted by Bill Bell, one of his many contributions to the countdown.

Bill Hayes was nominated for two Emmy Awards, in 1975 and 1976. He won a Soapy Award as Outstanding Actor in 1977, the same year Susan Seaforth Hayes was voted Outstanding Actress. Susan was nominated for Emmys four times from 1975 to 1979.

From Patrick Erwin (A THOUSAND OTHER WORLDS): Daytime's answer to great silver screen couples. Doug and Julie's story played out like a matinee movie grand but seldom over the top. The fact that Bill and Susan Hayes were falling in love along with Doug and Julie made it all the more believable.

Another new interview by Liz Crowe the Beer Wench!

Rather than retyping the interview, here is the link to this hilarious, eye-opening interview filled with lots of little descriptive asides!

Bill and Susan talked with Jose and Angel on Twin Talk Cast.com in April.
Here is a link to the interview.

A new interview with Bill and Susan by Tigris Eden:

Here is what my mother in-law sent me to ask the couple:
Verbatim: "Where did she find the fount of youth to not look a yr over 40!!! She looks amazingly youthful like me!
Susan's reply: My fount of youth is Oil of Olay, serum, and I never smoked or swilled back as much beer as I would have liked.

Mother in law: She wants to know if you still record music because you have a beautiful voice and can she get your autograph.
Susan's Replay: Yes, Bill still sings all the time. To get his recent CD, This is Bill Hayes, seventeen songs...all pretty wonderful, go to billandsusanhayes.com Autographed pictures are available there too. We love to sign and send them out. Color, eight by tens.
She's been screaming in my ear ever since I relayed those responses to her. Hehehe.

Susan and Bill are amazing! Very down to earth couple and by reading the interview you can see just how passionate about their writing/acting this two are.

Interview: With Susan Seaforth Hayes:

Tigris: What made you want to become romance writers?
Susan: We are not precisely "romantic" writers. Our debut novel is historical fiction with a strong romantic theme. In '05, Putnam published our double auto bio called Like Sands Through the Hourglass. It was a good success, with three printings. We enjoyed the writing process, and decided to attack the much more challenging genre of historical fiction.

Tigris: Can you give us the dynamics of the story? What can the reader expect when reading your book?
Susan: Expect adventure, fascinating facts (for the history buff), a great heroine who goes from innocence to experience, spice and color. Also a lot of laughs. Everybody likes to laugh a bit, right?

Tigris: Do you guys twitter? If so tell us about your book in 140 characters or less? (They do twitter and their twitter handle is @DaysHayes)
Susan: Twitter...Here goes... Elizabeth Trumpet chases theatrical dreams in 1803, falls 4 D wrong guy. Swordplay, Egyptian adventure, amazing characters, gorgeous fun!

Tigris: On a typical writing day what rituals do you have? Is there certain routine you follow?
Susan: Bill writes a scene, I edit. He is inspired, I sweat. Three scenes in the book came directly from his dreams, complete with dialogue. I have learned the great lesson of not waiting for a muse to fly through the window. Ass in chair, until that blank page is full, is my mantra.

Tigris: What motivated you to write this story?
Susan: If I were beginning my career in Regency London these would have been my memories. Lizzie's story mirrors the struggles of women today. This very day. She has drive and dreams, courage and staying power. Passion, hard work, poverty, war, loss, false love, family tragedy, glory and fame. She experiences it all.

Tigris: If you could sit down with one of your characters either from your book or from one of your t.v characters and have lunch with them who would it be and why?
Susan: Bill and Susan Hayes would love to lunch with Tom and Alice Horton, the core characters from Days of Our Lives. Mac Carey and Frances Reid were our beloved mentors on Days, like parents, true friends and we, along with all of America, love and miss them.

Tigris: Favorite Author?
Susan: Parick O'Brian of the famous Master and Commander series. A British wordsmith we adore. Twenty novels. Hooray! I own them in paper and hardback. Bill has them on his Nook.

Tigris: Favorite Genre?
Susan: Historical Fiction.

Tigris: What is your political view point on chocolate? With or without nuts?
Susan: Very Liberal, we vote for the darkest available. With nuts. Almonds preferred. In France, forget the wine, forget the cheese..we found chocolate shops in every town, and were blissfully content.

Susan left this message on Facebook: " Friends of Bill and Susan Hayes, greetings! I come with news of our great project, the historical novel which we have been slaving away on with much pleasure for seven years. (Does anybody remember the song Seven Years with the Wrong Woman? Well I do.) After seven years of intimate contact with the heroine of our book, I have to say she is absolutely right!

Yesterday Billy and I finished up our final edit of this ripping yarn. Now it goes to those last editorial eyes from Decadent Publishing, who will finalize each tasty word. Naturally, we can hardly wait to have it out there. You can find the cover here on Facebook. Beautiful, isn't it? Also, provocative, intriguing, and dare I say it, sexy. Honesty requires me to add, the book is very funny, too. Like a good soap opera, our goal is to make you laugh, cry, love the characters and share their every emotion.

Every time Doug and Julie, our alter-egos from Days of our Lives, the NBC drama we have called home for over forty years , were off screen supposedly cruising---Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes were traveling the world for real, visiting the fascinating places where our story takes place. Reading our novel will give you guilt-free trips to London, Bath, Cairo, Alexandria, Gibraltar and Waterloo. We have had a wild ride writing it, pouring ourselves into every scene. Now all that remains to be done is the nuts and bolts of electronic assembly and then printing on demand. Feel free to be very demanding.

The book is called Trumpet. A novel of the Regency Era. 1803 to 1821. Around our little kitchen table in California, we are toasting each other with coffee and toast saying, Congratulations, my darling spouse and writing partner! Here's to our friends out there in the everywhere. May they have as much fun with Trumpet as we have!
/s/Susan Seaforth Hayes or Julie Williams of Salem USA"

Also on Facebook are some fabulous photos of some of the cities visited in the book from their own travels. Check them out!

Check out the Decadent Publishing website for a peek into the book! Bill's and Susan's website also has more information for you!

Bill and Susan are fantastic authors. Have you read their new book, "Trumpet"?

Additional interview from Soaps.sheknows.com tell us:
Friday, March 16 2012

Trumpet (Decadent Publishing)
"I continue to be fascinated and inspired by him."

Bill and Susan Hayes, best known as Doug and Julie Williams on the long-running Daytime drama "Days of Our Lives," have written their first historical fiction novel together, "Trumpet." The novel will be released in ebook format soon and several weeks later in print. The couple who met on the set of "DOOL" 40 years ago, which they consider lucky casting, talks with us about their extensive travels, meticulous research and the show that brought them together.

Soaps.com: Why don't you tell us about the book?

Susan: We have been working on it for seven years. We have traveled all over the world doing research on it. It is a historical novel. It has everything to do with the theatrics of life. Our heroine makes her first appearance in 1803 and the book covers her career in England and Europe and Egypt.

Soaps.com: Why did you decide to write this book together?

Susan: Well, it's our second book. We have written a double autobiography in 2005 that was met with much success, "Like Sands Through The Hour Glass," which was mainly about our characters on "Days of Our Lives," Doug and Julie. I started acting when I was 4-years-old and had a lot of experiences besides being Julie on "Days of our Lives" in that book. And when we finished with it, it was suggested that we were pretty good at writing and perhaps we should have a go at fiction.

Bill: And so we have.

Susan: We chose the Regency era, which we both love, and the theatrical life of England, which is fascinating. And a heroine that we felt we could relate to. And I have to say most everything we know about acting and actors is in this book, and it is entitled "Trumpet," which is the character's name. It has nothing whatever to do with a brass band.

Soaps.com: Is it easy writing together? Is it difficult?

Susan: It is wonderful.

Bill: It has been quite easy. Our memoir, we wrote he said, she said. We each write certain parts and did not try and write as one voice. But in this instance, we determined right away that we wanted to use just one voice. We chose an omniscient narrator and it has been an amicable writing process. I don't know if you can count on one hand the times we have disagreed about things. It has just been natural. Susan will write something and I will comment on it or edit it or she will write something and take it to another level. It has been a pleasant association.

Susan: I would say it has been more than pleasant because we have had for these years our own secret world that we go into that nobody else knows about that is full of characters we have created and realities of historical events of the time. The book is full of characters who really lived, actors and actresses who really lived and historical characters such as Bonaparte and the Prince Regent. People who were there at the time who our fictitious characters meet and are influenced by. Bill is excellent at writing verse and has come up with some absolutely terrific lyrics that are absolutely delightful to me. And also he has had a couple of visionary moments where he has gotten up out of a sound sleep and has entire pages of dialogue that he has written word for word from his dreams. There are three of those in the book and they are some of the most wonderfully written parts of the book. For humor and sex and adventure and quite a bit of human profundity. The characters are attached in a family and that family is very important. And love is very important. It isn't a sexual romp and it is not a romantic novel. There is romance in it but is not geared just to that genre at all.

Soaps.com: How long have you been married?

Susan: 37 1/2 years. I think you will find as you go along it only gets better, and Billy is still a mystery to me. He still comes up with things I have never imagined, words I have never heard him use. Experiences he has never described and I continue to be fascinated and inspired by him.

Soaps.com: Do you have a new project in the works yet?

Bill: Well, the publishers would like us to do a sequel. So we may do that.

Soaps.com: Will you be returning to "Days" anytime soon?

Susan: I have no idea. We just went to Chicago with a "Days of our Lives" contingent to do a book signing for a few days. We travel all over the United States for "Days" in the last year. We have been in Denver, Atlanta, Cleveland, Cincinnati. We have been out there, plugging the show. I am now at this moment the person who has been on the show the longest. I started "Days" in 1968.

Bill: Susan started November 1968 and I started February 1970. And we didn't work together until April of that year, but when we started working together, Bill Bell who was the head writer, saw something going between our eyes that was electric and he started to write for it, and he wrote the most wonderful plotlines for us. It was thrilling. You couldn't wait to open the script. It was so much fun.

Susan: We were written as lovers before we became lovers in life. And we were the first couple, and only soap opera couple to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. We were considered the first Super Couple.

Soaps.com: What do you want your fans to know about the book?

Susan: We are terribly proud of it. It is a very good read. It is fun and colorful and it has become so much of our lives. We are happy to be sharing it.

Bill: It is about a 16-year old girl and we watch her go from an adolescent way of looking at life to a mature woman looking at life. There are aspects that are romance, aspects that are adventure. We read over 100 books about the Regency period. We really studied. We went to London where most of it happened and walked the streets until we found the places where the characters lived.

Susan: We visited the library of the London Museum of Theatre to do research there and we thought we would spend a couple of hours, and spent the entire day handling playbills and reviews from 1803 and 1806. It was fascinating.

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SOD's 20 most memorable duos in Soap Opera History named on Twitpic

Bill and Susan are gorgeous, they're sexy, and SO in love! Their acting lights up the screen! A storyline for their characters would add so much class to this show...don't you agree? We need to keep our Horton family core on the screen.

Bill and Susan at Day of Days!

Owly Images

Watch Bill sing "I'm Too Sexy" here!

Bill and Susan were in Dayton and Cleveland, OH!

Watch their interviews here! and here.

Another interview featuring Susan may be found here.


They visited with Kim Faris (DJ) and Tara Hastings (Meteorologist) in Dayton!

Another Dayton interview (a little blurry) here and here.

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Days of our Lives Actors Enjoy Visit to Museum
October 21, 2011 by ClevelandArt
It's great when our famous works get to meet famous people. Actors Bill and Susan Hayes made sure that they had time to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art during their media tour. Married for 37 years, the couple has played Doug and Julie Williams on NBC's Days of our Lives for almost as long. The couple was in Cleveland to promote the show and their book Like Sands Through the Hourglass and support WKYC-TV3s 4th Annual Heroes Help Northeast Ohio.

Susan first visited the museum back in May 1979 when she was in town with her mother during a promotional visit. She went back home to her California church and talked about a carving of Jesus Christ she saw during her visit to the CMA . During Susan and Bill's 2011 visit, they enjoyed viewing Winslow Homer's Early Morning After a Storm at Sea. Susan, who paints watercolors in her spare time, sees the work as an education in color. A true Homer fan, she donated a copy of a Winslow Homer painting to hang in the vestibule of her church.

Bill often ponders how artists detail texture and color in their portraits. I'm always fascinated with how artists paint skin, he said as he viewed The Portrait of Dora Wheeler by William Merritt Chase. As longtime art lovers, sketches by Rodin and Durand are among their personal art collection.

The museum has a knockout collection, Susan said. "I wanted to be sure to spend an afternoon here while we were in town. It seems like there is three times as much here as when I visited all those years ago. I'm looking forward to seeing as much as I can."

She was intent in taking as many memories of our collection home with her as she could. At the time of this interview, her digital camera had already captured 100 images of their visit.

That's our Susan!

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See a short clip featuring Doug and Julie rehearsing here!

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Bill and Susan in Atlanta for autograph/book signing at Duluth Festival Center
seen here with Kate Mansi, Patrick Muldoon, and Drake Hogestyn!

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Click here to watch the great commercials that were made on their recent visit to The Firefly Grill, which is owned by Bill's granddaughter and her husband!

Here are some clips from a recent interview that Bill & Susan did with Lifestyle Magazine's Mike Tucker. Such beautiful people, inside & out!

Click here and here.

Bill and Susan Appeared at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Downtown Los Angeles this year...how appropriate! Don't you agree?

Then, someone asked them to sing!

Of course, they obliged!!

Recent good news for Bill & Susan fans in the Atlanta area. They joined the book signing for the Days 45th Anniversary book!


Cast: Bill and Susan Hayes, Nadia Bjorlin, Crystal Chappell, Galen Gering, Eric Martsolf, Chandler Massey, James Reynolds, and Suzanne Rogers

Authors: Greg Meng & Eddie Campbell Days of our Lives 45 Years: a Celebration in Photos. Sheri Anderson A Secret in Salem.

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Some exciting news for Bill's fans. The 1950s TV version of "Kiss Me Kate" in which Bill co-starred was released on DVD on Jan. 25! Amazon.com and eBay are offering this for purchase right now.

Also, his "Davy Crockett" single has been re-digitized and released on iTunes recently. Bill seems to be experiencing a renaissance! Now we just need to get them back regularly on Days!!

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Bill and Susan were a part of the Day of Days fan event! See below!

Happy 45th Anniversary,
Days Of Our Lives!!

A special Days of our Lives 45th Anniversary event was held at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It consisted of 4-5 panels talking about the show, characters, and storylines...celebrating the past with a look into the future.

Watch it here!

While the entire show was delightful, Bill's and Susan's repartee was hilarious and most entertaining! Days' commendation was quite an honor! Days went to High Definition on their anniversary date,
November 8th.

Susan Seaforth Hayes is the only cast member to appear on Days of our Lives in all six decades it has been on air!

The event featured historic clips, (which were not televised) as well as scheduled panelists, including Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton), Drake Hogesten (John Black), Maree Cheatham (Marie Horton), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Deveraux), Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams), Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady), Josh Taylor (Roman Brady), Charles Shaughnessey (Shane Donovan), James Reynolds (Abe Carver), Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Joseph Mascolo (Stefano DiMera), James Scott (EJ DiMera), Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker), Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), Jay Johnson (Philip Kiriakis) Peter Reckell (Bo Brady), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton), Lauren Koslow (Kate Horton), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady) and more!


The after-party at The House of Blues was rockin' with Bill singing "I'm Too Sexy" as Nadia, Melanie and Arianne tried to entice him as Susan watched in front of the stage!


Bill's rendition of the Beatles' "Birthday" caused Alison Sweeney to rock out!!

Click here to watch Bill sing "Wand'rin'" in May of 1950 on Your Show of Shows! What a magnificent voice!!

Listen to the Interview with Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes

Doug and Julie 6/4/2010

Diva of DOOL | Internet
Blog link: divaofdaysofourlives.blogspot.com here

Diva Interview with Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie of DAYS) discussing their books, the Frances Reid Memorial, and more!

Bill and Susan were on hand for WVPT's 25th Anniversary and Grand Opening of their new home in the new Morgantown Event Center! Watch their comical congratulations to WVPT below!

Read Susan's review of
The Musical Magic of Hayes and Hyman!

These two gentlemen of music first worked together in the nineteen fifties on variety shows and recordings. Dick has been a very top pianist of the jazz scene in America and internationally for decades; with literally thousands of recordings and concerts to his credit. He is also married to a wonderful lady named Julia who happens to be a sculptor in stone. Together they are the quintessence of talent, polish, experience and charm.

Bill and Dick put their show together by E-mail and telephone, exchanging ideas for months and trying to downplay the fun they were having. Their producer Bob Turoff of the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, gave them free rein to create, and added a few golf jokes when they began rehearsals in Florida. Dick lives twenty minutes away from the theater and we were eager as ever to work in our favorite town. Mr. Turoff built an arching keyboard with a ribbon of lights to frame the stage where a glossy black Yamaha grand sat in splendor before a glimmering curtain. Two potted palms stage left and right, two silver haired artists in tuxedos and you have the picture.

Bill composed special material for the New Year Theme which they opened with, as the audience, very intimately seated around them on the thrust stage settled down to listen. But not for long. Almost every time Bill offered a popular old song, the customers joined in. Dick had stories to tell of the origin of such famous recordings as "Mack the Knife", (on which he played and whistled) and played spellbinding piano solos. I especially loved the music he composed in tribute to Bix Biberbeck a 1920's musician. The tunes were positively haunting. Bill did his smashing rock and roll medley. One night Julian Bond was in the house, yes the great civil rights hero, that Bond, and had to tell us how much he loved it. He invited Bill to come to his lecture on the roots of rock and roll. And we did!

Bill tap danced, sang ballads and surprises "I don't want her, you can have her, she's too fat for me," and Dick got laughs with the golf jokes. In the second act, the ladies of the first row, got to be twirled around by my darling to some Shakespeare ditties, a cluster of hopeful songs including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Then Dick performed his fabulous be-bop rendering of "How High the Moon" and they closed the show with Bill's gorgeous Soliloquy from Carousel, always so heartfelt. One night his real boy Bill, William Foster Hayes IV, was at a table close with all our children. The encore was, of course, "Side by Side", with Billy at the keyboard and Dick singing full out. On many nights family and friends joined us, I made the opening announcements a few times and the air was heavy with gmitlich for all the shows. As we always do, Hayes and Hyman met the audience in the lobby afterwards to say thank you for coming and snap a few pictures of special friends. Don't you wish you had been there? (Do we ever!!)

After the first rehearsal, I heard Bob Turoff say to his wife Roberta, "I never want to forget this moment, these guys are so professional, so wonderful." And you know what? Bob was right!

From her home in California, still enjoying the glow,

Susan Hayes
Wife and Fan

Thank you, Susan, for the terrific review!!

What the critics are saying:

"Once in-a-lifetime experience.. "

" One of the most entertaining shows ever seen in the area. "

"The Hayes and Hyman show at Sarasotas Golden Apple Dinner Theatre should be preserved on Biography on A&E."

- Kim Cool, Venice Gondolier

Featured two of the most renowned performers of our time, song stylist Bill Hayes who has sold over four million records with The Ballad of Davy Crockett and is also the long time star of TV's Days of Our Lives along with iconic jazz pianist Dick Hyman, creator of over 100 albums, winner of seven Most Valuable Player Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, scorer of over 15 Woody Allen movies as well as "Moonstruck", "Billy Bathgate", "Two Weeks Notice" and many others created an evening of magical musical moments.

See the review in the Herald Tribune


Photo Courtesy of Cliff Roles Photography


Photo Courtesy of E. SKYLAR LITHERLAND

Four Decades of Doug: A Tribute to Bill Hayes

Jason has done it again!! This is a wonderful tribute to Bill and all his charisma which has added to making his character so compelling on Days as well as throughout his career! Enjoy!

"After high school, Hayes was training to be a fighter pilot and about to go overseas when World War II ended in 1945. After the war, Hayes finished his schooling and graduated from DePauw University in 1947. In the summer of 1947, his younger brother Phil had a singing audition scheduled, but on the day of the audition, Phil had laryngitis. So, Bill decided to take his brother's place and did the audition himself. He was hired on the spot, thanks to his good singing voice (and thanks to his brother's laryngitis)! Throughout the next 23 years, Hayes would become a household name. He was a featured singer for many years on "Your Show of Shows" and appeared in tons of Broadway musicals and plays. In 1955, he sang "The Ballad of Davy Crockett." The song became a # 1 hit on the music charts for five weeks from March-April 1955."

"On February 5, 1970, Bill Hayes taped his first episode of "Days of Our Lives." He was playing the role of Brent Douglas, a con man who ended up sharing a prison cell with Bill Horton. The episode aired on February 18, 1970. Originally hired for just a few weeks to be Bill's cellmate, "Days" quickly signed Hayes to a contract a month later. In the storyline, Brent was released from prison and hired by Susan Martin to break up Julie Olson and Scott Banning. He started using the alias Doug Williams and, instead of just breaking up Julie and Scott, he also fell in love with Julie. Through many trials and tribulations, Doug and Julie were finally married on October 1, 1976. Although they would get divorced several times over the next few decades, Doug and Julie were always true soulmates, and they married for good in Switzerland in 1993."

"While Doug was romancing Julie on "Days", Bill was romancing Julie's portrayer, Susan Seaforth, in real life. Bill and Susan were married on October 12, 1974, and their characters were married less than two years later on-screen. The Hayes' celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in October, 2009. In January 2010, Bill appeared in his 2,000th episode of "Days", joining a select few to have done so throughout the history of the show. Here's to many more years of happiness to both Bill & Susan and Doug & Julie!"

Click here for a magical trip down memory lane!! Thank you, Jason!!

CONGRATULATIONS, BILL!!

More Fun...

Thanks to WeLoveSoapsTV editor Damon L. Jacobs for the following wonderful interview with Bill and Susan!


Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
International Centennial Celebration

A two-day International Centennial Celebration for undergraduate and alumni brothers took place recently at the Scottish Rite Cathedral and Butler University campus in Indianapolis. Nine hundred brothers and guests came to Indianapolis to celebrate Lambda Chi Alpha's Centennial. One of those brothers was Bill Hayes, who just returned from Indianapolis with Susan, where Bill received an Order of Achievement for "distinguishing himself by outstanding success in his field and bringing honor and respect to the Lambda Chis". This was the one hundredth anniversary of his fraternity, and a great gathering. Susan said she never saw so many men in tuxedos without dates in her life! Everyone cheered Bill's remarks and tap dancing! He and one other man were the only graduates from the 1940's present.

Congratulations, Bill!!

Hey Kids! Just got back from a fun trip to LA and a lovely visit with the always delightful Bill and Susan! They are doing great and just enjoying life! They wanted me to let everyone know that their new website is up and running, http://www.billandsusanhayes.com., it's great, make sure to check it out! They also have a new fan in my niece, who had the best time with them, as you can see!

Thanks Bill and Susan, as always a fantastic visit!



Bet you also didn't know that in 1964,
along with actors John Payne, Victor Jory, and Colleen Gray,
Susan testified before the United States Congress as part of "Project Prayer",
arguing in favor of Constitutional amendment allowing school prayer.

A TRIBUTE TO SUSAN!

PRESS RELEASE:

As "Days" celebrates its 43rd anniversary, take a look back at a special tribute to original character Julie Olson Williams and her 40-year portrayor, Susan Seaforth Hayes. Susan was the fourth actress to play Julie, and she debuted on "Days" on December 11, 1968. Check out this special tribute to Julie and her long-time portrayor, Susan Seaforth Hayes, at http://www.jason47.com.

In celebration of Susan Seaforth Hayes' 40th anniversary with "Days of Our Lives", Susan's debut script from 1968 is now available for the first time ever online! Susan taped her first episode exactly 40 years ago (December 3, 1968). The episode aired on December 11, 1968. See how Julie was re-introduced to the show, after being gone from Salem for over ten months. Plus take a look at the special pictorial tribute to the four Julies (Charla Doherty, Kathy Dunn, Cathy Ferrar and Susan Seaforth Hayes). The first half of Susan's debut episode is up now. The second half will be added later this week. All that and more at at http://www.jason47.com.

Be sure to check it out! Jason's done a beautiful job!

CONGRATULATIONS, SUSAN!!


Tell us about your book, Like Sands Through the Hourglass

"People are surprised that I am as candid and as funny as I am in the book and by how much my husband and I love each other. How that flows through it so completely. Strangers that don't know either one of us have read it and been very surprised. And people that have known about the Doug and Julie relationship are delighted with the book and aghast at the backstage stuff in it, because I put it all in! I couldn't think of any lines better than the truth. Bill Bell is all over the book. He had to be because he was all over our lives. If there was one fairy godfather coming down from heaven to do something for Susan, it was probably Bill Bell. He cast me, then he cast Bill Hayes and then he pulled my mother out of the bullpen of potential writers and said 'I believe you have talent. Let me train you.' Then he cast me in Y&R when Days fired me and gave me love and continued to be a friend to the three most important people in my life."

What's coming up next for you?

"My husband and I are writing another book, a period piece. My editor asked me to go on and keep writing because she said 'I think you have another career' which was more flattering then anything else she could say. I would say that it is a quarter written. My husband and I were just in London doing some research. In London, there is a theater library museum. It is not in London but just outside. You have to go through security then you get to go in and because we were published, we got to go in. You have to send down for it and then an hour later a big red box arrived, heavy with tape around it and you open it up and it's filled with playbills from 1795, 1803, 1807. I was like 'do I need to put on some gloves, and can I take a picture?' then they weigh the box before they give it to you and they weigh it again, to make sure you didn't take anything. My husband and I didn't get up or drink any water for hours! We were there for 7 ½ hours. I was researching this period so I knew many of the actors names and then to read the good reviews for them."

To do list?

"I would love to live overseas. The proximity of the history and the level of awareness of all cultures are very interesting to me. On the subway, a young African American man looked at our jackets, which just happened to be Days of Our Lives jackets and said, 'you are very big in South Africa' and I said 'we are going there next March' and he replied, 'I am from there and it is very hot in March, you should go to Kenya. It is much nicer' It was just such an incredible experience."

Thanks, Susan!

Read entire story here!

HAPPIER DAYS!



Remember Julie in this stunning red dress during the early 90's? Oh, for the "Good ol' Days!" Thanks Susan, for sending this picture!



"LIKE SANDS THROUGH the HOUR GLASS"

Some of it is about Days, but most of it about love and is primarily autobiographical in a "He Said, She Said" format. You can order an autographed copy of the book at www.billandsusanhayes.com.

Other successful book signings have been held, the first one being at Dutton's Beverly Hills Bookstore; Borders of Bakersfield; Peppertree Bookstore, in Palm Springs, CA; the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in Sarasota, FL; at Barnes & Noble, in (Morgantown) Grandview, West Virginia where they had a colossal turnout!


Thank you for the photo, Connie!

Hayes and Hayes appeared at the 11th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Free to the public, it offered something for all ages and interests. Every year, it adds up to be America's largest and grandest literary event.

Guess who attended the Book Fair? That's right, another great weekend in Los Angeles and another chance to see Bill and Susan in person for Della! They signed books and spoke with their fans for an hour and I got to chat with them after their time was over. As always, they were so gracious and caring. Even as they were leaving, they still had fans running up to them to talk or take a picture, and each and every time, they stop, talk, listen and gladly pose for a picture! They are the best! Check out the fun shots of Bill and Susan! Great times, thank you once again!

They did a book-signing in Abilene, TX at Books-a-Million,
on Friday.

T. Childs provided pictures!

Line of fans to see Bill and Susan

Susan takes a picture of the line!


Bill and Susan stop for a picture.


We miss scenes like this:

Doug and Julie decide to do the town!

But Hope needs them to babysit Zack; they'll even treat them to Chinese take-out!

Zack decides to start a food fight!

Formal attire or not, Doug joins in!

Julie cleans the kitchen, Doug cleans Zack and all is well!

Thank you, SoapCity.com and Sheryl at DOOL2 for sharing these great photos.

New Fans Speak!

The following was posted in our guest book and we felt it was worth seeing by everyone!

"We recently had the pleasure of sailing with Susan and Bill on one of their Crystal Cruises and the good fortune of being assigned to their table for the length of the cruise. They are two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet--genuine, intelligent, funny...and very much in love.

Since we hadn't gotten hooked on soaps in the past, we didn't have a clue at the start of our cruise just how lucky we were to be able to get to know them this way. We looked forward to every one of their presentations, which were presented with grace, style, wit, respect for their craft and affection for their fans. It is easy to see how they have developed such a devoted following, both on Days of Our Lives and in "real life."

When we returned home, I went to the Internet to read all about Bill and Susan and was pleased to see so much information about them, especially the excellent site I found at http://members.tripod.com/~Hartlee/index.html. It was very satisfying to know that our new friends are recognized for being the wonderful people they are.

We have many fond memories of our cruise--but none better than the pleasure of getting to know Bill and Susan.

During our cruise, Susan was contacted to arrange a taping of an episode of Days of Our Lives. Since the taping was scheduled for July 1, the air date will probably be around July 15, two weeks later. We are programming our VCR already! (It actually aired August 3rd and 4th and Susan looked positively fabulous!)

At the risk of getting hooked as a new fan, I have to join the chorus of those who say "BRING BACK DOUG AND JULIE!"


Great News!

Bill's new CD, dedicated to Susan, is brilliant and sales are soaring!! The arrangements are flawless. The variety of tunes is wonderful in that it compliments his range of music, from opera to Broadway to rock to ballads. His performance of each piece is perfect. There must be nothing he can't sing! And Susan's photography for the liner notes is excellent! Susan's comment on the new CD?
"I fell in love all over again!"
You may listen to clips from this CD, read Bill's bio, which is full of unknown facts, purchase photos and the CD here.

Ah, the good old Days! Weren't they terrific?


Elizabeth Harrower Seabold was the mother of actress, Susan Seaforth Hayes and mother in law to actor Bill Hayes. When we saw the eulogy Susan had written for her mother's memorial service, we asked to put it on our website to share with the world what a fabulous person Elizabeth Harrower Seabold really was.

Early Edition's...

tribute to Doug Williams and Bill Hayes was beautiful. They also included Julie in the tribute because it's never just been Doug; it's never just been Julie; it's ALWAYS been Doug and Julie. Thank you Barb, Laney and Linda for this special tribute and the link back to our site!


Remember this? The only soap opera couple ever to have appeared on the cover of Time magazine--
Bill and Susan!

This from an Early Edition poll for favorite couples:


DOUG & JULIE WILLIAMS
Soap couples don't come any better than this. Married, divorced, then married again, Doug was also married to Julie's mother and fathered Julie's half-sister, Hope. And now Hope is also Julie's step-daughter. Confused? What we can't be confused about is what a super couple Doug and Julie form, and how likeable each of them is alone, and how great they are when put together. Their love has withstood the test of time, and having them still around in Salem today is wonderful! We're never quite sure if we're voting for "Doug and Julie" or honoring and congratulating Bill and Susan for their many years together...either way, this real-life married couple represents a bond so deep and true that through the actors' devotion and passion...their characters' write their own storyline with just a gaze into each other's eyes...they are simply too good together...they never seem to be acting in front of a camera. They are the only soap couple to have appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, and many feel Days was put on the map with that cover. Who can resist a love that has lasted for SO long and through SO many travails? Who can forget all of Doug's serenades to his fair lady? And it ended up in a REAL love that has lasted forever. They're gorgeous, they're sexy, and they're SO in love. She's whacky and he's just a sort of go-with-the-flow kind of guy. They compliment each other very well. They both would do anything for you and each has a heart of gold. Thus the feeling by so many, that Doug & Julie should be the next matriarch & patriarch of Days of Our Lives.

We couldn't agree more!! Thank you Barb, Laney and Linda!!


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