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Stars Celebrate Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th Anniversary at DAYS OF OUR LIVES (EXCLUSIVE)

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December 11, 2018 marked Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary as Julie Williams on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. “My gratitude to the show is enormous,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I’m not tired of doing it. I’m still pleading with the producers at the moment, ‘Please, can I do more?” Because it’s so fulfilling for the audience that has been with the show from the beginning. But mostly because it is so fulfilling for me. I am still in love with my husband, with acting, and with the show.”

The role of Julie was recast a couple of times before Seaforth Hayes joined the cast of DAYS back in 1968. Of course, at the time, she was just Susan Seaforth — she met her husband, Bill Hayes on the set and their characters, Doug and Julie, were happily married just like the actors! 

Days of Our Lives Doug Julie

Doug and Julie are a supercouple on DAYS and in real life! (Photo Credit: Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

“My life has been entirely embraced by Salem,” Seaforth Hayes smiled. “Some of the most important people in my life have been producers of DAYS, writers of DAYS, that have been angels that reached down and set me on a good and happy path.”

To congratulate Seaforth Hayes on her incredible five decades in daytime, some of her DAYS castmates shared heartfelt messages to their dear friend. Check them out in the gallery below!

For more from Hayes on her daytime legacy, don’t miss her photo-filled flashback interview in the current CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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