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DAYS Casting A Return For Mid-1970's Character, Valerie Grant!

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Here’s a very intriguing casting call coming from the NBC soap opera, Days of our Lives!  Under the new head writing regime of Ryan Quan and Dena Higley, the scribes are digging back into Salem’s past with the return of none other than Valerie Grant.

The histor of Valerie Grant to daytime is important and a key point in DAYS history.  The character, originally played by Tina Andrews, was involved in the first interacial love story on the soaps opposite Richard Guthrie, who played Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) son, David Banning.

Back in 1977, the duo called off their engagement after a one year courtship, due to the fact that the storyline was unpopular with the viewers.  Even having the on-screen couple share a kiss was a fight in itself to get on the air.  At the time, Valerie was sent off the canvas to attend medical school.  The character was last seen in 1982 as played by actress Diane Sommerfield.

According to Soap Opera Digest,  in 2016, the mature version of Valerie that DAYS is seeking is described as: “A gorgeous African-American woman in her mid-50s.  Courage and perseverance are two character traits that people admire her for the most. And while her experiences might have hardened other people and made them cynical, Valerie has grown into a wise and compassionate person – who still occasionally gets tripped up by her own mistakes.”

DAYS reveals in the casting notice that the role is recurring and will begin taping mid-May.  The show is looking to cast an experieced actor only for the role.

What do you think of Valerie Grant returning to Salem?  Who would you like to see play the role?  Will she be romantically involved with someone this time? Do you remember, as we do, the love story of Valerie and David in the mid to late 70’s? Comment below!

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Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Let me guess, this character is a love interest for Abe. Maxine has disappeared into the woodworks and Lani is gone. Days is a mess right now and a 10th reboot can’t fix it.

Paul
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Paul

Amen. I’m so close to just dropping the show. I barely watch it now without ffing huge portions.

blake
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blake

I agree, I’m glad the show got renewed for the sake of the cast and crew but Ken Corday is a cancer on this show.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Blake…y-e-s. And, further proof that Ken Corday himself obviously thinks that all of us soap fans are idiots…which we are N-O-T!!!!!!!!!! Bottom Line Here: I wish that SOMEONE would show that Ken Corday dude ‘the exit door’…N-O-W!!!!!!!!!!

nicholas
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nicholas

long before my time but have heard of that storyline . The only actress who can play her in my opinion is Debbi Morgan . If that is the case i hope the character becomes a regular on the show and not a recurring one . And why not create the Valerie Grant and Abe Carver love story !

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i had wriiten Days that suggestion some time ago so it might happen-i even had written that idea some time ago on this message board also suggesting she be Maxine’s cousin but it looks like Maxine is gone???

Patrick
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Patrick

I would LOVE… for Debbie Morgan to return to serial

especially as a doctor… it’d be great to see Debbie Morgan… in a romance… with … Abe

plus to see her working side by side with Kayla and Finn

DAYS sure missed the boat… by NOT bringing back Vincent Irizarry as a doctor…

imagine Mary Beth Evans, Vincent Irizarry, and Debbie Morgan in Salem Hospital

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Well I certainly agree with that – if they can snap up Debbi Morgan they should grab her while they can –
She was last seen on the re-boot of ALL MY CHILDREN on-line – too bad it all didn’t work out, that was so sad.
Days of our Lives needs all the help it can possibly get, Heaven knows – and casting Debbi Morgan would be a step in the right direction.

curacaoman
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curacaoman

So, she will be onscreen in 2017?

Paul
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Paul

LOL!!!

Lonny
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Lonny

It’s ridiculous to keep bringing on all these new characters that noone cares about. Getting rid of Eve was a huge mistake. Fix it

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s absurd isn’t it? FIRING Kassie DePiava…Eve’ return; would lighten up and bring back intelligence

I miss her… and , for all the posts that comment on how “DARK” Days; IS

??? I can’t over that pall … that has been cast on DAYS… it’s like a dark cloud that’s hovering…. (every since the Ciera and Chase RAPE)

I posted… bring back Kassie DePaiva and Chandler Massey to get this show out of the darkness

blake
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blake

What would be great if Kassie DePaiva won the Emmy. Mostly because she greatly deserves it and it’s LONG overdue. And it would be a slap in the face to Ken and Sony for firing her.

Days needs to hire Kassie back.

Mateo
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Mateo

I have an idea. Why don’t we get rid of all the existing cast members and bring back all the actors who played them if they are not deceased. We can eliminate any current storyline and go back to the days when all we did is talk about drama. Just what DAYS needs is to bring back another character no one was thrilled with and hurl them at us. Maybe Valerie can hook up with John and they can find out who they are together. I understand that back in the day, Valerie had an affair with Victor Kiriakis and… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I can and will accept any actress hired to play Valerie IF TINA ANDREWS IS OFFERED THE ROLE FIRST!

If I find out Tina wasn’t asked back, GOODBYE DAYS!!!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Loved Tina but she stopped acting in the late 1980s,,,plus Richard Gutherie passed away 20 years ago and they had fine chemistry together-Debbie Morgan and Tracey Ross would make fine replacements unless Tina is willing to come out of retirement but i doubt it.

Patrick
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Patrick

An Affair Cut Short : 1977 It was a groundbreaking story when “Days of Our Lives” paired David Banning (Richard Guthrie) with Valerie Grant (Tina Andrews), but it proved too much for some viewers. Though other soaps had danced around interracial romances, “Days” took it to a new level by pairing a white man (David Banning) and a black woman (Valerie Grant). Their relationship was rated G throughout its run and wasn’t necessarily an OMG moment until the reason behind the couple’s split made the papers: “The studio has been getting a lot of hate mail from people threatening to… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Debbie Morgan…i wrote to them some time ago about bring backing the character as a potential love interest for Abe-also as Maxine’s cousin who also liked Abe and to stir the pot bring back David…too bad they couldnt get Kin Shriner to play David since he hasnt got much to do at GH-loved David(Richard Guthrie) and Valerie Grant(Tina Andrews)-Tina shouldve couldve been a daytime superstar-loved her work on Days-too bad people werent ready for this story back then but i had no problems with it-wish soapnet had aired repeats of Days since they have all their episodes!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Or Tracey Ross-ex Passions!!!

Norma
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Norma

I would start watching Days of Gloom if Debbi showed up. She -to me- is one of the best actresses I have ever seen and a lovely woman and why she is not on-air on soaps today or on prime-time- love her much.

Ray
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Ray

Debbi Morgan and Tracey Ross are great suggestions. I hope this opens the door for David Banning to come back. It would give Julie and Doug more interaction. Also, telling the love story of Valerie and David in 2016 would be completely different than it was 30 years ago.

For the love of “All My Children,” let it be Debbi so we can see more scenes with her and Vincent.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I actually had written Days a year or two ago suggesting Debbie as Valerie!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

with DAYS being so…. bleak… dismal… dark… you name it… it’s hanging itself

Debbie Morgan would be … my choice…

she imbues humanity… genuine… and her presence lends so much credibility

her appeal is radiant

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah!!!!!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Yeah, that would be a kick. It will be like “Days of All my Children” – well anything would be helpful with the way the show is going these days.

penny
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penny

Totally agree with your choices and I want it to be Debbi too.

blake
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blake

I say Amelia (her last name escapes me right now) that played Gilly Grant on Guiding Light and was also on Passions play her. She’s great.

blake
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blake

Amelia Marshall!

Ray
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Ray

If Valerie is indeed coming back, I hope she brings a few grown 20-something kids with her. My wish would be to see Valerie, David Banning, Mike Horton, Sarah Horton, Carrie Brady and Melissa Anderson come back. Now that would really be a blast from the past. Hopefully, Gregg Marx is available to come back as David.

Scott
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Scott

I would love to see Gregg Marx back as David too and Michael Weiss as Mike! I like your list of come backs! Maggie needs her girls there. I think the writers have forgotten that Julie had a son and that she and Hope have a brother named Steve Olsen.

damien
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damien

if days is realy serious about coming back from the ratings gutter in the past few months and really want to make headlines i hope the great victoria rowell is considered! … cast a hot african american lead opposite her and of course abe as a triangle and days will have a juggernaut on their hands!
bring victoria rowell back to daytime!!!

dee
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dee

Please bring David back too

Dean_Morgan
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Dean_Morgan

Debbi Morgan would be great, as would Tracey Ross. What about Amelia Marshall or Tonya Lee Williams? So many talented actresses with soap connections! 🙂

blake
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blake

Amelia Marshall! I just posted that she should play this role, she’s a really good actress!.

Michael
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Michael

I remember the David Valerie storyline and the controversy at the time. It was also around the same time that Julie had a girl friend who had a “crush” on her. It seemed like Dayscwas going in a progressive storyline, but just like Valerie and David, the producers got cold feet amid controversy. They abruptly wrote off the ‘friend’ as a crazy woman with unexplained feelings for Julie. Even as a kid, all those years ago, I remember feeling uncomfortable with how the same sex flirtation was being depicted in such a negative way. Julie was such an important character… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you for your comment Michael. I didn’t see Days back then, and it is really interesting to hear about that storyline and character.

Stephen
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Stephen

On Air On Soaps says : “Back in 1977, the duo called off their engagement after a one year courtship, due to the fact that the storyline was unpopular with the viewers. Even having the on-screen couple share a kiss was a fight in itself to get on the air. At the time, Valerie was sent off the canvas to attend medical school. ” So in the 1970s, in response to people who disliked interracial relations, Days ended their black/white character relationship and took the black character off screen – sending her to medical college. Jump forward almost 40 years… Read more »

Alexis Davis Jerome
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Alexis Davis Jerome

I don’t have time right now to investigate the claims in your above statement- so I will assume they are true– and I am furious-seriously that is just plain damned wrong on so many levels- and let us start with a human one. Good Grief! Your thoughts have made me think- is this why the gays on GH are like-well- not in the story- I am guessing that every time a gay character or storyline comes out- including transgender ones- that the machinery that is well-oiled and funded and meticulously organized to destroy the “enemy” goes into overdrive and shuts… Read more »

blake
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blake

I say Amelia Marshall that played Gilly Grant on Guiding Light and was also on Passions play her. She’s great.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

YES! Great actress. And then snap up Rick Hearst to play her love interest. Remember their chemistry on GL? I wish the show would have explored a relationship between Gilly and Alan-Michael!

blake
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blake

Oh yeah I do remember them work together and flirt.

Too bad Vince Williams died, Hamp and Gilly were great.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

What’s funny is that instead of aging this character, they are having this character age backwards as Valerie would be pushing into her mid-60s if I’m not mistaken. The other thing that is off the wall is that back then, when the show got a lot of hate mail about he interracial romance, the show fixed it immediately since they weren’t 6 months ahead in production. This is a surprise that the character is coming back though. I am with the majority on Debbi Morgan playing her. That would be fun.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

DAYS has become my new home soap after the cancellations of recent years. I have seen moments of brilliance in Salem, been excited about developments and then… felt like the rug is pulled out from under me (for example, the firing of Kassie as Eve, the decimation and murder of the Will character)! I like diversity in daytime drama. I like the idea of a revived character. Cast it correctly and move forward with a long-term plan. Seems today’s dramas are shortsighted. Too many comings and goings, lurches in plots and characters, revised histories. That is not direction. I would… Read more »

cindy perrine
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cindy perrine

I remember the story very well. I was a huge fan of Richard Guthrie. I understand why the relationship was terminated. I loved the storyline between David and Trish, and thought that it was beautiful that the writers portrayed David as an honorable man who chose to do the right thing by Trish. I remember when David and Trish were in the delivery room. After watching her go through 14 hours of labor without any pain meds (she was afraid it would harm the baby), he looked down at her from behind, while holding her up as she was going… Read more »

cindy perrine
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cindy perrine

I remember the storyline. I was a huge fan of Richard Guthrie. I thought it was beautiful the way they portrayed David as an honorable man who chose to do the right thing by Trish. I remember the scene when He and Trish were in the labor room. After watching her go through 14 hours of labor and refusing anything for pain (she thought it might harm the baby), he looked down at her from behind and said: “I am so sorry I did this to you.” I was deeply saddened at his death from a fatal combination of cardiac… Read more »

cindy perrine
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cindy perrine

I would love to see Valerie come back, and reunite with David. (Maybe Gregg Marx) David had moved to Los Angeles to be near Scotty who was Chief of Residents at a large hospital nearby. He had seen an advertisement in the entertainment section of the newspaper for an opening night gala featuring popular recording artist…. “Trish Clayton”. He went to the show and she invited him back to her dressing room to talk. They both realized that they still had feelings for each other. He invited her to dinner at his townhouse and they wound up once again in… Read more »

christal hopkins
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christal hopkins

I remember this story as well, and I loved David and Valerie’s story. I have been hoping and praying that they would bring them and reunite them again. Valerie was David’s first love, she was the one that truly got away. And so its thirty years later and Val, as David use to cal her is back in Salem for some much needed rest. She has just lost the man who helped mend her broken heart after she broke it off with David. She has a son and a daughter that she brings back home. She takes a job at… Read more »

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