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DAYS 50 "The Look Of Love": Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes Look Back At Favorite Doug & Julie Moments!

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Today is the 50th anniversary of Days of our Lives having premiered back on November 8th, 1965.   And while for the next few weeks we will continue to cover and celebrate this milestone accomplishment, what would a look-back be without the iconic Salem supercouple Doug and Julie, played by real-life longtime spouses, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes!

The duo met and fell in love while working on Days of our Lives, got married, then Doug and Julie said their first “I do’s”!  All of this part of the fascinating history of the long-running NBC soap, and this beloved duo.

Bill and Susan chose a few of their favorite romantic Doug and Julie moments with TV Insider!  They included: Doug sings “The Look of Love”, Julie dreams of dancing with Doug, and Doug and Julie’s first weeding!

When discussing their on-screen 1976 wedding Susan related: “We used the very same words on the air that Bill and I had used in our own wedding.“We took them from First Corinthians, the Book of Ruth—‘Whither thou goest, I will go.’ We also used ‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away…’ from Song of Songs. The words were intense and the poetry was magnificent—ideal for the climax of the Doug-and-Julie romance.”  Bill Hayes added: “The wedding was the epitome of what Days has always done best. We give our audience hope for the future!”

What were your favorite Doug and Julie moments through the years?  What would DAYS be without this iconic couple! Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Jimh(leave it to beaver)

    November 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Doug and Julie are my all time favorite supercouple, and i consider them the first and longest lasting supercouple in daytime…Days was the classiest soap under Bill Bell and Pat Falken Smith and Elizabeth Harrower-Susans mother in real life was also fine as the soaps writers! I used to skip school just to watch Days…i wish for the shows 50th tptb wouldve recreated Dougs place and for a whole hour the entire show was devouted to Doug and Julie and full of flashbacks to show todays audience not only how romantic soaps used to be but how far better the character-driven stories kept us tuning in tomorrow!

    • Patrick

      November 8, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      ie: for fan coverage with regard to supercouple

      Doug and Julie were featured on TIME magazine; January 12, 1976

      Luke and Laura were featured on NEWSWEEK magazine; September 28, 1981

      I’m so with you.. that if Denise Alexander returned for a visit… and whetted fan recall… it would be all that fans could deal

      every post from you to Ceec’ plus: how the magic between Doug and Julie and , (for me) his twinkle still charges

      for the love of Grans’ Jewel: Hope re-marries!

      dang! I was so happy… that … KA’ Character of Hope.. found!

      Melissa Reeves languished and waste away

      Peter Reckell is given a salute and demand send off

      Galen Gerring… and yes! from me… a lauded forward of his acting… is Rafe’alicious

      WILL Hope and Rafe smolder… any where near… Bo and Aiden… I don’t think so.. the natural ease is not present… Hope stroke and attentiveness is not enough…

      this is in no way a diss to Galen Gerring.. as he’s a sure fire big HIT

      i’m going to miss Lauren Boles’ who completed Kristian Alfonso… so .. I say to this production… seriously?

      without Aiden?

      less tune in

  2. maddie hayes

    November 8, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    My mom watched DAYS, sometimes I watched with her even though I was very young. It wasn’t as explicit then as it is now. I remember him singing Rogers&Hart’s “Tne Most Beautiful Girl in the World” to Julie. I thought it was his original song he wrote just for her! Then I saw the movie “Jumbo” on TV, lol. To this day I prefer Doug’s version. Then, as now, the most beautiful couple in the world.

    • Jimh(leave it to beaver)

      November 9, 2015 at 5:59 am

      Bill Hayes was also a singer in the 1950s on Your Show Of Shows and also was one of three who sung The Ballad Of Davey Crockett-his version was the most popular and reached number one for several weeks…my sister has the record!…on Days, Doug and Julie were the most romantic couple in all of daytime…you are right…it wasnt as explicit as it is now…i would rewatch those 70s episodes over if available…it wasnt always all gloom and doom as it is today but its still entertaining and the best soap at the moment…imo

  3. Mo

    November 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I love Doug and Julie and hope they will be used more for real story. Can’t wait to see Doug’s reaction to Aiden’s wedding night behavior.

    I met Susan and Bill at a recent book signing. Lovely people.

    Didn’t see their original wedding. Maybe it’s on YouTube. I wish Days would put out a DVD of great moments from the first 50 years.

    • Jimh(leave it to beaver)

      November 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      i seen it originally when it aired…an actual beautiful wedding without the predictable interuption used too often today…it was on utube…i rewatched part of it a few years ago…those were the Days!!!

  4. Rj

    November 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Love Doug and Julie! Loved Doug’s place, and when Doug would sing there! Now, those were the Days…. 🙂 Hope they do flash backs of Doug’s place for the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

  5. Rodd

    November 10, 2015 at 9:16 am

    SO glad to see Doug and Julie get more to do as the show approached its 50th. Hope that continues. They represent for me (someone who has watched since he was in kindergarten, left and has now come back) a current embodiment of the Horton legacy (Tom and Alice).

  6. Liam

    November 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    It’s interesting…I was just watching that “The Look of Love” scene with Doug and Julie the other day on youtube listed under Days of Our Lives: classic 60’s and 70’s, and I absolutely love, love, love that scene. There was also a nice Addie and Doug scene among others.

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