SOAP ROLES: Julie Willams, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1968-1984, 1990-1993, 1994, 1996, 1999-present); Joanna Manning, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (1986-1989, 2005, 2006); Joanna Manning, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (2003); Patricia Steele, SUNSET BEACH (1999); Carol West, THE YOUNG MARRIEDS (1965-1966); Dorothy Bradley, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1963)
1979 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
1978 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
1976 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
1975 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Connie Passalacqua Hayman (Marlena De Lacroix): The great soap heroine of my youth. Ultra-popular Doug (singing “The Look of Love”) and Julie (those black peignoirs!) taught a teenage moi sex. (It was very innocent era, boys!) Viva Mr. and Mrs. Daytime, Susan and Bill Hayes, forever!
Alan Carter: She dominated the 70s (including a TIME magazine cover.)
Damon L. Jacobs: Some actresses just get it. They understand the capabilities of daytime drama, and know it's limits. They comprehend the psychological gravity of the work, and how it impacts the viewers. They respect the genre and know how to propel it forward so that it remains alive and vital. Susan Seaforth Hayes is one of these formidable talents who seems to intuitively know how to use the camera to expound pathos, emotional relevance, and humor, often all in one scene. I know that I'm a stronger person because I grew up watching Julie Olsen Williams live through divorce, rape, fire, miscarriage, and even getting shot! I learned that I too could survive the problems in the days of my life because of Mrs. Hayes' portrayal of this resilient and stubborn survivor.
- We Love Soaps interviewed Susan Seaforth Hayes and her husband, Bill, at the Day of DAYS event in November 2009.