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.