Who is Susan Seaforth Hayes?
Susan Seaforth Hayes (nee Seabold) was born in Oakland, California USA, on 11 July 1943 – her zodiac sign is Cancer and she holds American nationality. She is an actress who might still be known best for her role of Julie Williams in the romantic drama series “Days of Our Lives” created by Irna Phillips, Allan Chase and Ted Corday, and which has been running since 1965, counting close to 13,000 episodes. It today stars John Clarke, Frances Reid and Deidre Hall, and follows the lives of people living in the made-up town Salem – the series has won 228 awards and has been nominated for 502 others, including four Primetime Emmys.
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For her performance, Susan was nominated for seven Daytime Emmy Awards winning one in 2018 for Lifetime Achievement – she has also won two Soapy Awards in 1977 for Outstanding Actress and Favorite Heroine.
Childhood and education
Susan was raised in Oakland solely by her mother Elizabeth Harrower, as her father Harry Seabold fought in World War II and didn’t get to see his daughter for the first time until she was around three years old. Susan’s mother was a screenwriter and an actress, who was at one point a writer for two series – “Days of our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless”.
Susan attended a local high school at which she was mostly interested in acting, appearing in nearly all the plays performed at the school as well as in a local theatre.
Upon matriculation in 1961, she chose not to immediately enroll at a college but to focus on her acting career – she eventually attended Los Angeles City College, and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in history.
Roles in TV series
Susan has been credited with roughly 60 roles in movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of her most notable performances in this article.
She started her career by appearing in single episodes of many series such as the drama “Cavalcade of America”, the family adventure drama “Lassie”, and the family comedy “The Danny Thomas Show”. She went on to appear in many other series before being invited to appear in the drama “The Loretta Young Show”.
In 1961, Susan appeared in the episodes “Find Leroy Burdette” and “The Empty House” of the drama “Surfside 6”, which starred Ran Williams, Margarita Sierra and Lee Patterson, and is about three private detectives living and working on a houseboat located in Miami, Florida. In the same year, Susan appeared in the episodes “Satonka” and “The Bad Penny” of the western “Cheyenne”, which was a hit in the USA as it won a Golden Globe Award for Television Achievement. Susan then portrayed two characters in two episodes of the critically acclaimed action adventure crime series “Hawaiian Eye”, and continued to appear in single episodes of many more series, such as the crime comedy “Vacation Playhouse”, the western “Redigo” and the mystery crime drama “Kraft Suspense Theatre”.
Susan gained further recognition in 1964, when cast to play Carol West in 59 episodes of the drama “The Young Marrieds”, which also starred Susan Brown, Michael T. Mikler and Peggy McCay, and is about the lives of several married couples; although it aired nearly 400 episodes, the series failed to win any awards or nominations. Susan’s following notable performance was when she played four characters in four episodes of the mystery crime drama “Dragnet 1967”, which starred Jack Webb (the series’ creator), Harry Morgan and Don Ross, and is about Joe Friday, a Police Detective Sergeant, who is working on crimes in Los Angeles.
In 1984, Susan’s mother helped her win a role of Joanna Manning in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” created by Lee Phillip Bell and William J. Bell and which starred Doug Davidson, Eric Braeden and Peter Bergman – Susan starred in over 80 episodes out of the more than 12,000 that the series has aired since 1973. It follows both professional and private lives of people living in Genoa City, and has won 293 awards and been nominated for 710 others.
Since 1999, Susan has played the recurring role of D. A. Patricia Steele in the romantic drama “Sunset Beach”, created by Josh Griffith, Robert Guza Jr. and Charles Pratt Jr., and which has starred Lesley-Anne Down, Sam Behrens and Susan Ward – it follows a woman who leaves her fiancé after seeing him kiss another woman.
Susan’s most recent role in a TV series has been in 12 episodes of the drama “Venice the Series” in 2011 and 2012.
Roles in movies
Susan made her debut (uncredited) film appearance in 1957, when she portrayed Alma Acosta Mesa in the crime drama “The Tijuana Story”, then two years later, she made another uncredited appearance portrayed Girl at Birthday Party in the biographical he musical “The Five Pennies”.
In 1962, Susan starred in the short film “Should I Marry Outside My Faith”, and the following year saw her play Marianna De La Rosa in the western “California”, written by James West, directed by Hamil Petroff, and which starred Jock Mahoney, Faith Domergue and Michael Pate – it is about revolutionaries who rose up in the 1840s against the Mexican government in California.
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Susan also portrayed Janie in the crime western “Gunfight at Comanche Creek” which received mixed reviews.
The year 1965 saw her play Jean Matthews, one of the lead characters in the family comedy musical “Billie”, which failed to attract much attention, and in 1968 Susan played Sally Blair in the crime drama “If He Hollers, Let Him Go!” The following year she appeared as Mrs Grant in the family comedy “Angel in My Pocket”, written by James Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum and which starred Andy Griffith and Jerrry Van Dyke, and she then portrayed supporting characters in two movies: the 1990 biographical drama “Wrestling with God” written and directed by Jerry L. Jackson, and the 1991 crime action comedy “Dream Machine” which starred Corey Haim and Evan Richards.
In 2005, Susan played Mrs. Schneider in the comedy “Knight to F4”, written and directed by Aaron Burnett and her next role came eight years later in the 2013 drama “Miracle at Gate 213”. Susan’s most recent appearance in a movie has been in the 2017 romantic drama “A Million Happy Nows” in which she portrayed Katy.
Love life and marriage
Susan prefers to keep her personal matters to herself but it is known that she has been married to Bill Hayes, an actor and a singer, for 46 years as they married on 12 October 1974. The two decided not to have children as Bill already had five children from his previous marriage.
William Foster Hayes III was born in Harvey, Illinois USA, on 5 June 1925, his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality.
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He might be known best for his hit song “The Ballad of Davy Crockett”, as well as for his portrayal of Doug Williams in the series “Days of Our Lives”. Before meeting Susan, Bill was married to Mary Hobbs from 1947 to 1969.
Susan hasn’t talked about any other men she might have been with, and as of November 2020, she is married and doesn’t have biological children, but is a stepmom to Bill’s five kids.
Hobbies and other interests
Susan likes to teach acting other than just act, and has lectured at various universities including Boston University and Los Angeles Valley College.
She was physically quite active during her 20s and 30s, as it was important for her acting and modelling career to stay fit, and Susan thus followed a strict diet, and had several training sessions at the gym each week, while she occasionally played tennis and golf with her friends.
Travelling has been her favorite hobby ever since she was a teenager, and Susan has been all around the world and has visited each continent at least once.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are the late Robin Williams, Tom Hanks and Anne Hathaway, while a few of her favorite movies are “Patch Adams”, “You’ve Got Mail” and “Les Miserables”.
Age, height and net worth
Susan’s age is 77. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) and she weighs around 130lbs (58kgs).
As of November 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $5 million.