Thursday, October 27, 2011


Daytime Confidential's Jamey Giddens, who interviewed me about the future of soaps on the web yesterday, also contributed an expert opinion for Soaps Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments.

Jamey wrote about what the reunion on the docks meant to him personally and to daytime as a whole (and I think the fact that John and Marlena were brought back prominently as a part of Days of Our Lives recent reboot speaks to how important they are to the canvas, past, present and future).

But, in addition to Jamey's entry, one of my favorite fan memories of that moment is below:

The first thing that came to my mind about Marlena’s return from the dead in 1991 was I remember she wore the same outfit for an extended period of time. Back in the free-spending days of high soap opera budgets, it was unusual for an actress to wear the same clothing day after day. Of course, if the script called for a party or holiday that stretched out over several episodes, everyone would be wearing the same clothes for two or three days. In this instance, the storyline played out over several weeks of real time as Marlena was being held captive on an island somewhere away from Salem and had escaped her captors and then made her way back to the Midwest. The other funny thing I remember about that outfit was that she had to steal it out of someone’s suitcase. (Since she had been kidnapped and kept in a drug-induced coma, her captors had not left clothes scattered around in case she tried to escape.) I thought it was quite fortunate that she managed to steal an outfit that fit her perfectly and looked so good on her!

To read more about Marlena and John, plus the memories of dozens of other actors, writers, producers and professionals, check out the book at:

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