Vale: Frances Reid

Frances Reid, best known for her long-running role as ‘Alice Horton’ on Days of our Lives has die in Los Angeles, aged 95.

Reid played the role of the martriarch over four decades, from the first episode in 1965 until her final appearance in 2007.

NBC said in a statement the network “is deeply saddened by the passing of Frances Reid. She was a true icon of the daytime genre and while we mourn her passing, we also celebrate her long life and the tremendous talent she shared with her generations of fans. She will be sorely missed.”

Days of Our Lives producer Ken Corday said in a statement: “This is a very sad day, indeed; not only for me personally, but for the Days of our Lives family and the entire Hollywood community. From day one until she taped her last scene, Frances epitomized the past, present and future of the show. Frances was truly one of a kind. Her class cannot be matched and her shoes cannot be filled…we will miss her all the rest of our days.”

“I’m so sad to hear the news about Frances Reid,” Alison Sweeney (and Biggest Loser host), who plays Sami on the show, said via Twitter. “She was a truly talented actress and we are all lucky and proud to have known her.”

Co-star Deidre Hall joined in the praise noting, “Greg Meng called me this morning to tell me of the loss of our darling Frances Reid. She was loved, revered, and will be remembered.” Other former co-stars including Nadya Bjorlin and Shawn Christian also paid tribute.

Reid was nominated twice for Daytime Emmys, and in 2004 she was awarded a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Source: CNN,


  1. @stevie g … that’s exactly what she had … Grace
    It’s something you don’t see very often now.

    May she rest in peace.

    Goodbye Mrs H. We love you.

  2. higgle-ti-pigglety

    Oh Alice you were a star! You carried the show for many decades. I gave up hope of seeing you just walk into a scene long ago. The last time I saw her on Days was during the Salem Serial Killer when Marlena brutally killed her and she popped up alive on that Island (note the powder from her donuts was what caught the Killer). Miss you Frances Reid.

  3. so sad to hear mrs h was so good in the 80s and 90s when she was the main star of days with her famous donuts…she was one of the best you will be missed by a true Days Fan!!!

  4. Its very sad news,but the lady had a long life and a of joy in her life because of her role on Days of our lives ,a few years prior to her leaving the show she was only appearing a few eps a year and she still would go on the set too watch filming because she missed not appearing on the show,she thought of the cast as her family.She was a true soap legend with over 40yrs on one series.RIP Frances.

  5. So sad!! 🙁
    I started watching “Days Of Our Lives” during the school holidays when I was about 10 or 11. I loved Alice & Tom. They were such wonderful characters.

    She will be sadly missed but always remembered.

    As a fan, I say “Thank you for the wonderful memories”.

    My prayers & thoughts go to her family & friends.

  6. Rest in Peace Frances.

    I remember when I was as young as five (1974) seeing Frances play Alice. I vaguely remember Mrs Horton with the hair tightly done up in a bun. Back then it was almost a religion for my mother to watch her daily shows such as “The Mike Walsh Show”, “Y&R” and “DOOLS”.

    Thankfully DOOLS didn’t become part of my daily routine! I wonder if the producers will write up a funeral/death episode now she has gone??

  7. That’s sad news but she led a good life.

    I’m not quite sure whether she’d want to be remembered soley for being on Days but at least fans will remember her with fondness for her role.

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