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Days of our Lives’ & Another World’s Philece Sampler Dead at 67

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This has been a heartbreaking week in the soap world, as we now lost three stars who graced the genre with the news today that Philece Sampler (Ex-Renée Dumonde) of Days of our Lives has passed away.

Sampler was 67-years-old and appeared on DAYS from 1981 to 1983, with guest appearances in 1984. The actress played the on-screen daughter of the late Joe Mascolo (Stefano DiMera) and Brenda Benet (Lee DuMonde).

Following her time on DAYS, she moved to New York to replace Anna Stuart in 1986 in the role of Donna Love for three years on Another World.

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Philece’s longtime friend, Nelson Aspen posted on his Instagram of Sampler’s passing say she was just shy of her 68th birthday and passed away from a heart attack.

Aspen wrote, “Heartbroken to receive the call today that my dear friend, Philece Sampler, has passed away from a heart attack, just shy of her 68th birthday. That explains why I didn’t hear from her yesterday on my own birthday: we always celebrated as Cancerian siblings. She was an amazingly energetic, loving and loyal friend.

Another of Philece’s dear friends, author Peggy Webb also shared her grief on social media sharing: “My dear friend Philece Sampler died unexpectedly at her home in L.A. She was an enormously talented actress w/a loving heart & a kind soul.”

DAYS star, Thaao Penghlis expressed: “So sorry to hear that Philece Sampler has passed on. Always the pro, that day we celebrated the DiMera family on Days. It’s hard to believe that all three actors have made their transition. Today I celebrate having known such talented pro’s. Here’s to Joseph, Brenda & Philece. Xx”

Share your remembrances and condolences on the death of  Philece Sampler in the comment section,

 

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Oh my this was the time I watched it ten years younger then her but oh this was such a exciting time for that show god bless her

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Hard to imagine her as a 67 year old, but maybe that’s because I haven’t seen her on TV in nearly 40 years. Ironically, the only DiMera who never came back from the dead. Don’t know why they killed her off in the first place, but maybe they had trouble writing for her after the “icky” factor of her (unintentional) incestuous relationship with her half-brother Tony (for those who didn’t see it, she had no idea Stefano was her daddy at the time) Always wished Renee would come back. Unfortunately, she’s also one of the few DiMeras who did NOT… Read more »

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Icky? Tony and Renee was one of the greatest love stories told on Days and it was heartbreaking when the truth came out.

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What a beautiful woman! I was not watching Days back then but her friend Nelson Aspen and others had wonderful things to say about her.Iam sure she provided many happy memories to her fans.

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I lover her as Another World’s Donna!

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I met Philece a few years ago. She was very gracious and friendly. I’m glad I spoke to her. I’m saddened and shocked by her premature death. RIP

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I was so hoping she would return to Days.So sorry for your loss.I always liked her.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Limited-Series Ordered by Peacock

The NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock has ordered a five-episode limited run featuring Days of our Lives!

In the first of its kind for the streamer, the series entitled Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem will feature fan favorite returns, the current cast and more which includes: Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black, Jackée Harry as Paulina Price, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, Lamon Archey as Eli Grant and Sal Stowers as Lani Price.

According to the announcement on the series Monday morning; here is what fans can look for in the limited series: Over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only Days of our Lives can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

Look for additional characters than those listed above to also make appearances as well in the hunt for the stolen jewels.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer.

So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Carson Boatman, DAYS Incoming Johnny DiMera, Ties The Knot

Actor and country singer/songwriter, Carson Boatman, who is set to make his debut on Days of our Lives as the SORAS’d Johnny DiMera in August, was in the news over the weekend.  Boatman married longtime girlfriend and model, Julana Dizon on July 23rd back in Iowa.

According to PEOPLE.com who broke the wedding news, the couple first met in 2016 in Los Angeles, when their mutual gym trainer played “matchmaker” and set them up for a dinner date. “And the rest is history,” Boatman shared.

Using his songwriting and crooner skills, Boatman proposed to Dizon back in July of 2o2o performing an original song which ended with his proposal to her!

DAYS fans are excited for Boatman’s emergence in Salem and just what the grown-up Johnny DiMera will be like.  Meanwhile, in addition to his DAYS debut, fans can find him in the new film, Runt, which hits theaters and streaming services in October.

Share your congrats to the happy couple via the comment section below, and let us know if you are looking forward to Carson’s Days of our Lives debut!

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DAYS Olympic-Style Promo to Tide You Over Until It Returns

DAYS fans know from past Olympics, that when the games begin, the long-running NBC soap opera which gets a two-week preemption leaves its viewers with one hell of cliffhanger and this time they left viewers with two.

First, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) now knows that Sami (Alison Sweeney) cheated on him with Lucas (Bryan Dattil0) and apparently goes to confront her, but in true EJ fashion he does not let on that anything remiss. Meanwhile, Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) has “kidnapped” Ciara (Victoria Konefal) just before she was to walk down the aisle and marry Theo (Cameron Johnson). Cin fans were rejoicing here!

So, while the games of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (which are not taking place in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic) are taking place, NBC delivered their own Days of our Lives promo Olympic-style to hold viewers over till we return to Salem.

Take a look at the promo below.

Now, let us know, which story are you most looking forward to most when Days is back on the air? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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