I’m sure many of you were glued to Twitter all weekend like I was, looking at pictures and videos from the anniversary party this weekend. It was great to see everyone having such a good time. Wally Kurth singing “Superstition”! Billy Flynn photobombing Stephen and Mary Beth! Matt Ashford!
What really got me going, though, was seeing some actors and actresses from the late 70s and early 80s, starting with this guy:
Credit commenter Liz for the photo!
This is Quinn Redeker, aka Alex Marshall. As I have mentioned before, I loved him as a villain, and I especially loved his relationship with Sister Marie Horton.
But this is the picture that really got me going:
For those who don’t know, this is David Banning, Anna Dimera, Liz Chandler, Renee DuMonde (Dimera), and of course Tony/Andre Dimera.
I love all of these characters so much! David Banning (Gregg Marx) was the deeply troubled son of Julie, who she had given up for adoption. His father was David Martin, of Martin mansion fame! I tried to find a clip of him on YouTube, and I found his very first appearance. Check out this clip:
I was so startled by the outdoor shots, I thought maybe it was a commercial, LOL! Imagine the budget they had to work with. And Scotty, David’s son, did turn up on Salem again as a young adult. I wasn’t watching then, but I always thought Julie’s grandson would be another Horton to add back into the mix. In this clip, you can also see Alex, referring to “Sister Marie” (be still, my heart!), as well as Mickey and Don.
David was married to Renee, but she didn’t love him. She married him after she and Tony found out they were brother and sister. The best scene of Renee (Philece Sampler), is this famous monologue, when she tells off everyone in town:
This is EPIC.
“Alex, you are scum.”
(to Julie) “I wanted to tell David just how foolish and immature he is, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone, after all, he’s your son!”
(to Daphne Dimera) “Stop sniveling!”
“Anna, I think I hate you most of all.”
It’s so cool that of the people in this clip, Marlena, Tony, Doug, Julie, and Chris (as Roman) are currently on the show. And Anna has been on very recently. Also notice how Marie reacts when she hears Alex and Renee are married (be still, my heart!).
Thanks to Daytime Royalty, you can see Philece re-enacting a piece of this monologue!
AND here she is introducing herself to her little brother Chad:
Regarding Liz, I was a major shipper for her and Neil in 1983. He was married to Marie at the time, but he and Liz finally hooked up, only to have Liz shoot Marie right afterwards (she mistook her for a prowler). Liz’s trial had me on the edge of my seat, and when she was found guilty, I was so upset that I stopped watching the show. I tried to write a letter to Soap Opera Digest about the injustice of it all, but I was crying too hard to get through it. I assumed this meant Liz was leaving the show. She wasn’t – instead she and Neil tried to get married while she was in prison, but then Liz was shot.
I love Joe Gallison in this clip. It’s reminding me what I loved so much about them. I love his desperation at the fact Liz won’t wake up, and his line “When will this misery end?” is something all Salemites must ask themselves, isn’t it? You can also see Bo and Hope, Marlena the MD offering advice to Neil, and Chris talking about the “grand opening” coming up – for Shenanigans!
And then, Liz finally does wake up, and she has amnesia and she’s in love with Don, her ex-husand. Shot through the heart!