Frances Reid

Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In her one-and-a-half hour Archive interview, actress Frances Reid talks about her early career working in live television, and her first experiences working on daytime dramas, on programs such as Portia Faces Life and As the World Turns. She describes in detail her longtime role as matriarch "Alice Horton" on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives from its inception to the present day. She discusses her many co-stars throughout the years on the show, notably Macdonald Carey, who portrayed patriarch "Tom Horton." Reid explains the production process on a daytime drama and touches on some of the memorable storylines featured on the show throughout the years. Finally, she briefly describes her involvement in the actors union AFTRA and notes how important it is for her to continue working. Jennifer Howard conducted the interview in Los Angeles, CA on August 13, 2003.

"You have to be good-natured. You have to know that these things that are done in a hurry are not done to make you miserable or make you look bad. They're part of the way of our making a living.  We must adjust to them and give them the best we can."

Highlights
Frances Reid on advice she would give an actor on a soap opera today
00:34
Frances Reid on how she would like to be remembered
00:36
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early years, education, and interest in theatre; her early stage and film work
On first seeing television; on some of the roles she played on live television; on the Blacklist
On being cast on Portia Faces Life

Chapter 2

On starring in Portia Faces Life and the state of early TV soap operas
On appearing on Perry Mason, The Defenders and other dramatic series
On appearing on As the World Turns
On her 30-plus years on Days of Our Lives as matriarch "Alice Horton"; how the show was initially set up; on fellow castmembers

Chapter 3

On the production schedule of Days of Our Lives; on how she works
On some notable storylines of Days of our Lives
On her acting style; her involvement in the launch of AFTRA, on her advice to aspiring soap actors; on how she'd like to be remembered
Shows

Days of Our Lives

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Frances Reid on her 30-plus years on Days of Our Lives as matriarch "Alice Horton"; how the show was initially set up; on fellow castmembers
16:00
Frances Reid on the production schedule and some notable storylines of Days of our Lives
13:19

Portia Faces Life

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Frances Reid on being cast as Portia Blake Manning on Portia Faces Life
00:50
Frances Reid on starring in Portia Faces Life and the state of early TV soap operas
02:21
Topics

Women

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Frances Reid on being cast as Portia Blake Manning on Portia Faces Life
00:50
Genres

Daytime/Primetime Serials

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Frances Reid on advice she would give an actor on a soap opera today
00:34

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