Days of our Lives Tribute to Frances Reid (Alice Horton)
Fans of talented Frances Reid (Alice Horton, Days of Our Lives) were saddened to learn of her passing February 4, 2010. We’ve been inundated with questions asking if the show is planning to have a tribute for the actress who portrayed Alice Horton since the show’s very first episode in 1965. We polled readers to ask what they’d prefer happen with Frances’ passing, on the show. A very small percentage voted, however, most fans want Alice to pass on,while most others wanted a full day tribute to this fine actress.
It looks as though the fans will get the closure that they need. When Soaps.com asked a studio rep if there will be some form of a tribute to Frances, they said, “Yes, it is all in the works.” Fans can stay tuned as the show prepares something that we’re certain will be tasteful and memorable.
Update February 16:
Corday spoke with Soap Opera Digest, and wanted fans to know how they’re planning on dealing with Frances’ tribute and Alice Horton’s character. “We’ll most likely have an internal memorial service for her sometime in the next month,” he says. “The way we’re going to deal with her death on screen is we’re not going to one day walk downstairs, as it was with Mickey, and say, ‘Oh, Grandma’s dead’ and then have a day or two where everyone comes to the show and we have a funeral and you cut to Marie for one line and Doug and Julie for one line and it really becomes ‘lip service’ to such a great character. So, what we’ve decided to do is we will play her as being ill and the end is coming and one by one, characters who loved her dearly or are related to her, from the past, will come to the show and ‘visit’ with her. You can start to imagine the list. I don’t know what we’re going to do with Bill Horton, because the last person who played him was not Ed Mallory, it was Chris Stone, who is gone, too, so that will be a little tricky. We’re working that out. And unfortunately, because we’re so far ahead into writing the show, it won’t air really until the end of May sweeps. But I believe it’s far better to do it that way then to just have a day or two of she’s gone, here’s the funeral and on we go. It’s too important and there are too many individual relationships that needed to be remembered and have flashbacks as opposed to a flashback show. I think it’s an honest and sensitive way to deal with something like this. It will give the audience time to prepare, even though many of our fans know this has happened. We will put a bumper up at the end of the show on February 18 or 19 with a picture and her dates, but it’s impossible to stop the machine now, write a show or two in the next week and bring everyone in. It was just not the right thing to do.”