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Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

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Currently, daytime fans are getting to see one of the most beloved actress in the history of the soap genre, Linda Dano, on NBC’s Days of our Lives in the role of the villainess Vivian Alamain.

Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

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In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

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Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

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Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

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Everett Fulton
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Everett Fulton

I loved this interview Michael. Seeing Linda makes me so happy and a bit sad too because I miss Another World. Thank you for this!!!

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

I miss Another World so bad. I remember and just saw when she fell through the Glass when her face was badly scared up.
I’m watching Another World as we speak on YouTube. But let’s write to get Another World back on please let everyone write NBC please

DENIS ADAM POMPA
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DENIS ADAM POMPA

Michael, thank you for this awesome interview with Dano, awesome to see her, I was huge fan of AW and miss the show a lot. Anyway you can bring us more interviews from AW for us. Bring us more for AW or a mini reunion.
Anna Stuart, Nancy Frangione, Victoria Wyndham, Stephan Schnetler, Tom Eplin, Alice Barrett, Matt Crane, Judi Evans and Sandra Robinson. Be awesome to see the faces that had us glued to AW for so many years. They are so missed. AW rocked no daytime drama like it anymore!

Diane Eileen Verdonk
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Diane Eileen Verdonk

I totally agree Another World was the best soap

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely—-AW was the best!! Linda Dano was awesome as Ms Gallant. Yet, no one can replace “Vivian”—– As great an actress as Dano is, I found her performance on Days a complete contrast to the Prima Donna, Vivian. Too sugary. Was it the babies who turned the feral, unbending tigress to mush?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

My two favorites were Constance Ford and Ann Wedgeworth who in later years turned up on the comedy Three’s Company.

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

Yes it was. It was the best ones and Guiding Light

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

I think we should write NBC

Momo
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Momo

AW was a great soap. No one can be Louise Sorel, so I’m sure it’s hard to take on the role. Linda’s doing a good job.

Ray
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Ray

I loved hearing and reading about Linda. I have loved her since “AW.” The cast picture brings back a lot of great memories and made me wonder whatever happened to Anna Stuart. I loved her on “AW” and “AMC.”

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

I just saw her fall through the Glass. That was awesome

Rodd
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Rodd

I love Linda, so seeing her in anything is always a treat! And even though Louise is still imbedded in my mind as Vivian, I know that Linda will be wonderful in the role. It makes me happy just seeing her take on Viv and I hope it continues for some time to come. How I miss ANOTHER WORLD! There hasn’t been another show to replace it in my heart and never will be. Linda and Victoria and Stephen and Anna and Matt…so, so many…too many to name them all…were just wonderful to watch every day! Best Wishes in your… Read more »

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

Yes I miss Another World myself

Donna
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Donna

Love Linda Dano!!! She was a favorite for years on Another World. I was delighted to see her step in for Louise Sorel which isn’t a favorite. I had hoped she stay longer!

Diane Swanson
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Diane Swanson

Awesome interview Linda. I am so excited that Linda is on Days of Our Lives I watched her all those years on another world in One Life to Live. I know Linda personally cuz I live in Connecticut and she lives in the town that I do and I say hats off to you Linda keep going girlfriend you look awesome. Any soap opera show should be honored to have her. Can’t wait to catch up with you in town.

lis
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lis

So great to see her. I wished they had cast her in another role other than Vivian because the prior actress is so identified with that role and long time fans of Louise don’t want to give anyone not even greats like Strasser or Dano a fair shake. I would have loved to see her cast as Ava’s mom or in scenes with Victor or Julie and Doug. That would have been something. Kudo’s to Days for finding these grand old soap greats and putting them in short term roles.

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

I freaking Hate NBC so bad

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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