Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Daytimes True Supercouple: Bill and Susan Hayes

Photo by Pop Culture Passionistas

In 1968, 43-year-old actor Bill Hayes joined the cast of the soap opera Days of Our Livese. Little did he know how important a decision that would be. He’d earn two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series playing Doug Williams, stay on the show for over 40 years and counting, and most importantly found the love of his life.

Now that last part might sound like a made up soap storyline but it isn’t.

The same year that Bill signed on to Days, a 25-year-old actress named Susan Seaforth joined the cast, playing Julie Williams. On-screen, Doug and Julie fell in love and became daytime’s first supercouple. Off-screen, Bill and Susan married in 1974.

They became so popular they actually appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1975. And, when Doug and Julie wed on camera, they exchanged the same vows as the real-life couple had on their big day.

Sadly for many Days fans, Doug and Julie’s marriage didn’t last. But Bill and Susan are still going strong.

We talked to them on behalf of the Archive of American Television at an event Celebrating 45 Years of Days of Our Lives. And honestly, we’ve never seen a cuter couple—especially in Hollywood. See them finish each others’ sentences in this exclusive interview.

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