As executive producer of “Days of Our Lives,” Ken Corday — who receives a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on May 15 — has overseen many beloved storylines and characters. We countdown 10 of the show’s best.
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10. Miami Vice
Kimberly Brady (Patsy Pease) slept with drug lord Victoria Kiriakis in order to save the life of true love Shane Donovan (Charles Shaughnessy). Years later, Kim and Shane’s daughter, Theresa, made a similar sacrifice to save her loved ones, proof positive that sacrificing – like great acting – runs in the family.
9. Dentures of the Wedding
Susan Banks (Eileen Davidson) nearly had everyone fooled that she was Kristen DiMera – until her fake teeth flew out of her mouth during a struggle at John (Drake Hogestyn) and “Kristen’s” wedding.
8. Death Becomes Her
Ratings soared as the Salem Serial Killer started knocking off beloved characters. Initially, it was believed that none other than saintly Marlena Evans (played by Deidre Hall) was committing the heinous murders.
7. You Bitch
Sami (Alison Sweeney) nearly succeeded in manipulating Austin Peck, her son’s father, into a second marriage. But Carrie (Christie Clark), Sami’s half-sister and Austin’s true love, showed up at the church and revealed that Lucas was the toddler’s true dad. Carrie – and the viewers – enjoyed a cathartic moment when Carrie smacked her sister to the floor!
6. Beautiful Bride
“Days” had a plethora of supercouples in the ‘80s. The 1988 wedding of Patch and Kayla, played by Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans, shot the show to #1 in the ratings. Today, Nichols and Evans are still one of Days’ most popular duos! And, yes, he still calls her “Sweetness.”
5. Will Comes Out
Chandler Massey, who plays Will, and head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr. won Daytime Emmys for telling Will’s poignant storyline in 2012. The show recently announced that Massey is returning to the role of Will, despite the character’s gruesome demise in 2015.
4. Buried Alive
Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel, 3rd from right) ingested some wild herbs, prompting her to bury rival Carly (Crystal Chappell, right) alive. The fan-favorite heroine was six feet under, but ratings went through the roof as viewers anxiously awaited her rescue.
3. Fall of Roman Brady
Thanksgiving 1984 was a tough one. That’s because devoted family man Roman Brady (then portrayed by Wayne Northrop, pictured, right; Josh Taylor, left, now plays the part) had plummeted to his “death” off a cliff during a November sweeps showdown with Stefano DiMera.
2. The Devil Wears Marlena
After committing adultery, Deidre Hall’s heroine Marlena fell prey to demonic possession. In 2015, a key script from this controversial story was donated to the Smithsonian Institute.
1. I Need a Hero
Ingénue Hope Williams (Kristian Alfonso) was about to walk down the aisle and wed unscrupulous politician Larry Welch (Andrew Hyatt Masset). Cue Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero” and the dramatic entrance of Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), Hope’s true love. It was “Days” at its best – romance, couples, adventure and family.