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Actor HistoryEdit

  • Charla Doherty (1965 to 1966)
  • Catherine Dunn (1967)
  • Catherine Ferrar (1967 to 1968)
  • Susan Seaforth Hayes

(1968 to 1987; 1990 to 1994; 1996; 1999 to January 24, 2012)

Other NamesEdit

  • Julie Olson (birth name)
  • Julie Horton (name referred to in the early nineties)


  • Retired/world traveler
  • Former owner of Wings
  • Former owner of the Spectator
  • Former owner of Julie's Antiques
  • Former owner of Doug's Coffee House

Resides AtEdit

Somewhere in Salem (Julie and Doug have a house for when they are in town)

Marital StatusEdit

Married to Douglas Williams [Married: Jan 4, 1994 to Present]

Past MarriagesEdit

  • Scott Banning (married 1969; dissolved by his death)
  • Robert Anderson Sr. (married in 1974; divorced)
  • Douglas Williams (divorced; first time)
  • Douglas Williams (divorced; second time)


  • Ben Olson (father)
  • Addie Horton (mother; deceased)
  • Steven Olson (brother)
  • Hope Williams (maternal half-sister)
  • Tom Horton Sr. (maternal grandfather; deceased)
  • Alice Grayson (maternal grandmother; deceased)
  • Tommy Horton Jr. (maternal uncle)
  • Mickey Horton (maternal uncle; deceased)
  • Bill Horton (maternal uncle)
  • Marie Horton (maternal aunt)
  • Byron Carmichael (paternal half-uncle; deceased)
  • Sandy Horton (maternal first cousin; via Tommy)
  • Melissa Horton (maternal first cousin; via Mickey; via adoption)
  • Sarah Horton (maternal first cousin; via Mickey; via adoption)
  • Mike Horton (maternal first cousin; via Bill)
  • Jennifer Horton (maternal first cousin; via Bill)
  • Lucas Horton (maternal first cousin; via Bill)
  • Jessica Blake (maternal first cousin; via Marie)
  • Spencer Olson (maternal nephew; via Steven)
  • Shawn-Douglas Brady (maternal half-nephew; via Hope)
  • Zack Brady (maternal half-nephew; via Hope; deceased)
  • Ciara Brady (maternal half-niece; via Hope)
  • Claire Brady (maternal half-grand-niece; via Shawn)
  • Nathan Horton (maternal second cousin; via Melissa)
  • Jeremy Horton (maternal second cousin; via Mike)
  • Abigail Deveraux (maternal second cousin; via Jennifer)
  • Jack Deveraux Jr. (maternal second cousin; via Jennifer)
  • Will Horton (maternal second cousin; via Lucas)
  • Allie Horton (maternal second cousin; via Lucas)
  • Nick Fallon (maternal second cousin; via Jessica)
  • Claire Brady (maternal grand-half-niece; via Shawn)
  • Thomas Deveraux (maternal third cousin; via Abigail)
  • Arianna Horton (maternal third cousin; via Will)


  • David Banning (son; with David Martin/adopted by Scott)
  • Robert Anderson Jr. (son; died in infancy)
  • Scotty Banning (grandson; via David)

Flings & AffairsEdit

  • David Martin
  • Don Craig
  • Larry Atwood (he raped her)
  • Jordan Barr
  • Nico
  • Victor Kiriakis
  • Kurt Randall
  • Dr. Chip Lakin

Julie Olson Williams (previously Olson,  Banning and Anderson) is an original fictional character and member of the Horton family on the NBC daytime drama, Days of Our Lives, a long running serial about working class life in the fictional town of Salem.

The character of Julie was introduced as a 16-year-old when the show premiered in 1965, with 19-year-old Charla Doherty being the first actress to play Julie. The role is unsuccessfully recast twice with Catherine Dunn in 1967, followed by Catherine Ferrar from 1967 until 1968. The role is then taken over by actress Susan Seaforth Hayes in 1968, who still portrays the character to this day. Julie is the last remaining character from the pilot, and Hayes the earliest-appearing actor to currently appear on the serial. Hayes is most recognizable in the role, having portrayed the character in the show all six decades it has been on the air.

Doug Williams and Julie Olson were the first super couple in the history of the daytime industry. The January 12, 1976 cover of Time magazine featured Days of our Lives '​ Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, the first and only daytime actors to ever appear on its cover. The Hayeses themselves were a couple whose onscreen and real-life romance (they met on the series in 1970 and married in 1974) was widely covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press.

Julie was often the subject of notable press during the time on her serial. Widely read magazines would routinely publish forthcoming developments in her storylines. For her work as Julie, Susan Seaforth Hayes has been nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1975, 1976, 1978, and 1979. No other actress has received as many nominations for their work on Days. She has also won two Soapy Awards for Best Actress and Favorite Romantic Female in 1977. She has been described as a legend, and television icon for the soap.

Character creationEdit


Ted Corday and Irna Phillips created Julie in the 1960s as part of the story bible for Days of our Lives, a light-hearted soap opera focusing on the troubles of its core family, the Hortons. The Cordays and Bell combined the "hospital soap" idea with the tradition of centering a series on a family, by making the show about a family of doctors, including one who worked in a mental hospital.The Julie character officially aired on November 8, 1965 when the show premiered on NBC in color. Julie was the sole character to represent the younger side of the series' main family compared to her adult co-stars. She was the first character to ever speak on the serial when it first broadcast in 1965, and was also the star of the two main scenes in the serial. Julie was also the first to mention the last name of the series when she gave a false name (Julie Horton) to a police officer when he arrested her for theft of a mink stole

Casting Edit

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Susan Seaforth as Julie Olson in 1970

At the time, soap operas featured mostly older casts. To add a contemporary feel to the show, Corday and Philips focused on younger characters, while also mixing in older ones so as not to lose traditional soap opera viewers.Charla Doherty originated the role of Julie on November 8, 1965 when the show first premiered. Doherty had been in previous short roles on Wagon Train and Dr. Kildare. Charla was quite a bit younger than her co-stars when the show first aired in 1965. Frances  Reid was in her fifties, as was MacDonald Carey. Maree Cheatham was in her early twenties, John Clarke and Patricia Huston were both in their thirties, with Doherty being in her late teens and early twenties during her first few years on the program.

On December 23, 1966, Doherty departed the serial to focus on other career options. The role went through a series of unsuccessful recasts in a short amount of time. The show replaced Doherty with actress Catherine Dunn from January 24 to June 20, 1967, who was in turn replaced by Catherine Ferrar that same year from July 13, 1967 until September 2, 1968. Both actresses proved to be unpopular in the role, and were both fired in the same year. William J. Bell - the show's main writer at the time - decided to give the character a short break from the serial. It was not until 1968 that the character resurfaced again.

On December 11, 1968, the character was brought back onto the canvas. The role was now played by newcomer actress, Susan Seaforth Hayes.At the time she was simply credited as "Susan Seaforth" because she had not yet met her husband Bill. Susan's previous soap roles included General Hospital  and  The Young Marrieds, but made a few appearances on Hallmark Hall of Fame, Bonanza, and Dragnet. In portraying Julie, the actress drew on the "self-centered" and "haughty" traits she recognized in herself while in college. In 1970, Bill Hayes joined the cast as Doug Williams. The Hayeses themselves were a couple whose onscreen and real-life romance (they met on the series in 1970) was widely covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press. Bill and Susan eventually fell in love and married, becoming the first soap couple to be together in real life (they married in 1974).  With Frances Reid's passing in 2010, Susan Hayes is the only cast member to have aired on Days of our Lives in all six decades that it has been on the air. Macdonald Carey often helped her in her early years on the show.

"Mac had been helpful to me, earlier. Once I had a job, I had a tendency to read a script and point out the flaws and imperfections of other people's writing. And often it was quite a list. After a few weeks of this, he said to me, "You'll catch more honey with flies than vinegar here."

Archetypes Edit

Over the years Julie developed into different character archetypes. Soap operas once featured only one-dimensional characters who were either good or bad. By the 1970s, characters were written with more depth, fitting into archetypes consisting of the young-and-vulnerable romantic heroine, the old-fashioned villain, the rival, the suffering antagonist, Mr. Right, the former playboy, the meddlesome and villainous mother/ grandmother, the benevolent mother/grandmother, and the career woman. Julie was established as the rival to Susan Martin's young-and-vulnerable romantic heroine. As the rival, Julie was written as a younger leading heroine, often portraying her vulnerable sides. Julie was generally positioned as the main protagonist being part of the prestigious Horton family.

By the late 1970s, a different set of character types was established, including the chic suburbanite, the subtle single, the traditional family person, the successful professional, and the elegant socialite. Julie was in the elegant socialite category which comprised "flashy", achievement-oriented characters that often loved their families and friends. Like others in this category, Julie was written as "flamboyant", "frivolous and carefree". Overall, Julie is the embodiment of "young hero", a soap opera archetype that "transformed and defined" the soap opera genre. Irna Phillips, Nixon, and William J. Bell created the archetype in the 1960s and it became one of their defining legacies. The archetype is an assertive Cinderella who goes after material things.

Character developmentEdit


Julie is a member of the high class Horton family, around which Days of our Lives was originally built.

Lineage and personality.

Julie is a headstrong teenager when Days of our Lives  premiered in 1965. She is part of the soaps core family, the Hortons, around which the soap was originally structured. At the beginning of the serial in 1965, Julie was a 16 year old schoolgirl. The fictional history of her younger years has been told via behind-the-scenes books such as Days of our Lives: The True Story of one Family's Dream, and the second tie-in novel by Ken Corday, which explains that Julie was born and raised in Salem with the rest of her family before the show premiered.

Whereas most of the other female characters in Days of our Lives were portrayed in a somewhat more glamorous working class way, Julie Olson was the exception to the rule, being the sole character to represent the emotional side of the Horton family. As the serial progresses, Julie grew and matured much like the other characters. After the death of her mother  Addie Horton in 1974, Julie matured into a young heroine, often helping to raise her baby sister, Hope Williams. Julie married Doug in the seventies and the two have remained relatively intact ever since. They are known as daytime's first supercouple

Crimes Committed Edit

  • Shoplifted from Bartlett's Department Store
  • Accused of killing Larry Atwood; found not guilty

Character History Edit

Julie is the daughter, and youngest child, of Addie and Ben Olson. Julie was born on March 31, 1949. Julie's only brother is Steven Olson. As Days of our Lives begins in 1965, Julie is a rebellious teenager part of the series' Horton Family. In the first episode, Julie steals an expensive mink from a department store and is caught by a security guard and arrested Julie moved in with her grandparents Tom and Alice when her parents moved to Europe. Julie had planned on eloping with David Martin, but backed out after talking to Tom about it. Later, Julie pursues David while he was married to her best friend, Susan, and maintains hope that he will leave Susan one day and marry her. However, that dream was shattered in 1967 when David was killed by his wife Susan, who blamed him for the death of their son. To make things worse, during the trial of Susan Martin, Julie was exposed as being pregnant with David Martin's child. Julie would eventually give birth to her child, who she named David, and following her Grandfather's advice she gave the child up for adoption.

Little David would be adopted by Scott and Janet Banning, who named him Brad and all three would move to Salem. After Janet Banning died Julie's ex-best friend Susan began to move in on Scott and grew fond of his adopted son. Eventually Julie would learn that the boy Scott and Janet were adopting was her little David, so she sued for custody of him and won. She allowed Scott visitation rights to see little David, and eventually the two married in 1969.


Doug and Julie are daytime's first supercouple.

In December of 1970 Julie met Doug Williams, who at the time, was being paid by Susan Martin to have an affair with Julie. Incidentally, Julie fell in love with Doug, and vice versa. In 1970 Doug and Julie would eventually make love at Doug's apartment.

Julie would stay married to Scott Banning and continue to see Doug, but in 1972 Julie began legal preparations to divorce Scott. In 1972 Julie and Doug planned a getaway to Portofino, but the night they were to leave they had a fight over whether not Julie would bring her son David with her. Julie walked out on Doug, and in turn he married Julie's mother Addie on the spur of the moment. After learning of the marriage Julie became depressed, and ultimately stopped the divorce and remained married to Scott Banning.

In 1973 Julie's husband, Scott, was killed in a construction accident while working for Anderson Manufacturing. Phyllis and Bob Anderson felt guilty and offered Julie a house to live in, and financial support. Julie would be dealt another blow when she learned her mother Addie and Doug were expecting a child.

In 1974 Julie became engaged to Don Craig, however she broke it of when she learned her mother Addie was dying, and their may be a chance for her and Doug after all. Julie and Doug stayed by Addie's side, who had finally slipped into a coma. On December 24 1974 Hope Williams was born. Addie came out of her coma and made Julie promise to care for the baby and Doug, however Addie would soon go into remission. Julie would then turn to a recently divorced Bob Anderson, and they married in late 1974. Phyllis felt betrayed by Julie, and in an attempt to murder her she accidentally shot her own daughter Mary.

Julie's marriage to Bob Anderson wasn't up to par with the exciting life she was living, and by 1975 Julie decided to leave Bob Anderson. Julie was pregnant with Bob's child when she decided to divorce him. Julie thought she might have a chance with Doug, but Doug knew she was with child and told her he didn't love her and to return to Bob.

Julie moved into Doug's guest room, and eventually began to rebuild her relationship with her son David. However David's girlfriend Brooke grew jealous of their relationships and began spreading lies that Julie was pregnant with Doug's child and not Bob's. Brooke's lies worked, and David became disgusted with his mother. After having a huge argument with Julie, David took Doug's car and speed off, eventually driving off of a bridge. When no body was found David was pronounced dead, and a memorial service was held for him.

Near the end of 1975 Julie would receive news from Paul Grant that David was alive and staying with his family. Julie was in such a rush to see David she tripped down some stairs and suffered a miscarriage (the baby was thought of as Robert Anderson, Jr).

In 1976 Julie divorced Bob Anderson and reunited with Doug and they became engaged. Shortly after, Kim Douglas showed up in Salem claiming to the legal wife of Brent Douglas, Doug's real name. After a few months Kim eventually revealed that she and Doug had been divorced for many years and Julie and Doug married in 1976.

In 1977 Doug fell on hard times when he lost his liquor license and eventually the club. Julie bought back the club and turned it into Doug's Coffee House, but Doug was forced to leave Salem for awhile to take care of business elsewhere. During his absence Julie faced problems with the club staff, and Larry Atwood was there to help her through it. Julie was not aware of it, but Larry had set Doug up in a dope bust to keep him out of Salem while he went after Julie.

In 1978 Larry Atwood would succeed in his plan and raped Julie. Julie was traumatized by the event and pulled away from everyone, including Doug. Doug felt Julie had turned his back on him because of the drug bust, but when Doug received a letter form Jeri Clayton accusing Julie of having an affair with Larry he believed it. Julie eventually told Doug about the rape, and soon after Larry was found dead. Julie would stand trial for his death, and during the trial Julie's rape was made public. Eventually Larry Atwood's assistant Arlo Roberts admitted to killing Larry and Julie was cleared.

Later that year Julie met her brother while vacationing in Paris and brought him home to work at Doug's Coffee House, and later at her own antique store she opened. At both businesses Steven cheated and stole from his sister Julie.

In 1979 Julie was badly burned by Maggie Horton's oven when it blew up in her face. When Julie saw what her appearance was she was sure that Doug would no longer want her as his wife. When a reconstructive operation failed Julie went to Mexico and got a divorce behind Doug's back. Julie began dating her doctor Jordan Barr, and later that year, when she underwent surgery again the operation was a success. Julie felt she could pick up her marriage with Doug again, but was soon found out that Doug had married Lee Dumonde in her absence.

In 1980 Doug realized his marriage was a mistake, and wanted to return to Julie. Lee wouldn't allow that and attempted to have Julie killed. Julie was shot, but managed to survive. Lee then tried to fake a suicide by overdosing. Lee accidentally mixed the wrong pills and suffered a stroke which left her paralyzed. Lee's plan worked, and Doug told Julie he couldn't leave Lee while she was paralyzed.

In 1981 the man who tried to murder Julie for Lee Dumonde returned after having plastic surgery and he called himself Brad. When Brad tried to kill Julie, Lee Dumonde managed to knock him down, but was knocked unconscious. Julie was shocked because everyone believed Lee was paralyzed. As Brad went to kill Julie Lee woke up and shot him dead. Lee was put into Bayview Sanitarium afterwards, and Julie and Doug resumed their relationship.

After divorcing Lee Dumonde in 1981, Julie and Doug were married again. However, Lee managed to turn little Hope against her father and Julie, and she refused to live with them, instead choosing to live with Tom and Alice Horton.

In 1982 Julie and Doug became involved in an adventure involving titanium deposits. A set of geological maps showed titanium deposits underneath Doug's place, and both Stefano and Stuart Whyland wanted to get their hands on the deposits. Stefano and Tony had constructed a tunnel from the DiMera mansion to the wine cellar of Doug's place in order to get the deposits, but in the end the entire titanium deposits ended up being a hoax.

When Renee DiMera was killed, David was the first suspect, prompting Julie to confess. They were both cleared, but Julie lost her son when he left Salem. In 1986 Julie and Doug divorced once again, and both left Salem. Julie returned to Salem in 1990 when her partner Nick was murdered. Doug returns to town later and the two once again begin their romance until their second departure in 1994. Julie was determined to bring down Victor Kiriakis. Julie had a battle with Nick over his nightclub Wings. Though Nick bought the club, Julie still owned the land it was on and was a constant nuisance to Nick.

Still without the diary of his late wife Loretta, Ernesto planned a cruise in which he plotted to pay back all his enemies and recover the diary. Ernesto invited Roman II/John Black, Isabella, Victor Kiriakis, Julie Williams, Jack Deveraux, Jennifer Horton, and Bo and Hope Brady. Onboard the ship, Ernesto was reunited with his daughter Isabella. Their host was a mystery to all but Victor, who knew Ernesto well. Deciding that the truth had to be known, Jack returned the missing pages of Ernesto's diary to Isabella. Isabella learned that she was Victor's child. Isabella told this to her father and then confessed to killing Marina. Ernesto claimed he did not love her any less, but secretly he despised her and felt she truly was the daughter of Kiriakis.

Ernesto escaped his ship with Isabella and fled to a nearby Island. There he held Isabella prisoner and slowly poisoned her as he had done to her mother. A bomb exploded aboard the cruise ship and miraculously the passengers found their way to the island. On the island, Jack and Jennifer made love. Roman II/John Black sought to find Isabella because he knew she would be in grave danger. John and Bo set out to search the island and Hope followed Bo against his wishes. John made it to Toscano's house and rescued Isabella.

However, Ernesto had captured Hope and was holding her prison. Everyone was lured to a cave where Ernesto held Hope with him in a cage that suspended a vat of acid. Ernesto offered Bo the chance to save Hope if he could convince him that she should be spared. Bo made a moving speech to Hope, but it failed to move Ernesto. Suddenly and explosion occurred which sent the cage crashing down into the vat of acid. Both Ernesto and Hope vanished and were declared dead after hours of searching the island. Shane eventually arrived and everyone was escorted back to Salem.

In late 1990, Julie's partner Nick was murdered. In Nick's will he left the club to Julie and his money to Eve Donovan. However, Eve was not allowed to have the money until she was married. Eve eventually married Jack Deveraux to get her fortune.

In 1991, Julie befriended Molly Brinker and allowed her to stay at her penthouse. Julie also gave Molly a job working at Wings.

In 1992, Julie was nearly killed after a bomb planted at a museum party by Raffi Torres exploded. Julie was caught in the blast, but lived after a life saving procedure was performed by Dr. Chip Lakin, who she later dated.

In 1993, Julie left Salem and would later return for special events. Julie also re-married Doug. Since then, Julie and Doug have been seen only as needed.

Julie and Doug came back to town for a visit in 2004 and were soon enmeshed in the serial killer storyline. Julie was devastated when Doug was killed by the serial killer, and began focusing herself on helping Mickey get over Maggie while keeping him from the advances of his avaricious housekeeper Bonnie. Unfortunately, she couldn't keep the two from running off to get married. When Doug turned up alive and well Julie was in seventh heaven, and now she and Doug are trying to help Maggie get Mickey back. It's made all the harder because Mickey is now legally married to Bonnie. After some convincing, their joint effort is ultimately successful and Mickey decided to stay with Maggie.

In the summer of 2006, Doug and Julie came to town to discover that Lexie had been kept prisoner in the tunnels underneath the old "Doug's Place". They helped rescue Lexie and nurse her back to health.

Doug and Julie returned the following summer for Bo and Hope's 4th of July BBQ with advice for Bo and Hope about dealing with Chelsea dating someone that they don't initially approve of. They returned a few weeks later to watch Bo and Hope renew their wedding vows.

Over the next few years, Julie and Doug continued to call Salem their home, but still traveled often. Unfortunately in 2010, Julie was dealt two painful blows. In January, her Uncle Mickey passed away. Months later, in June, upon hearing the news of her beloved grandmother Alice's passing, Julie and Doug returned for Alice's funeral. Julie took her passing extremely hard, but Doug was there to support his wife and the rest of his family.

Julie continued to be a presence around Salem, supporting her family in times of need. Julie (with or without Doug) has made sporadic appearances ever since (most notably) when Nick Fallon was up for parole. Julie championed his release, leading the charge that he had changed and needed a second chance. Nick was released on parole, but Nick had not changed. He had been raped in prison and was not ready to deal with the outside world. He began blackmailing people, focusing on his cousin Will Horton, who was in a relationship with Sonny Kiriakis. Eventually, due to in insertion into Gabi and Will's custody agreement over Arianna, his enemy list grew to include Sami, Kate, E.J., Gabi, Will, Sonny, Lucas, and Abigail. But Julie kept her faith in him through all of it.

One night Julie met Nick outside the Horton Town Square. He was distraught. Julie tried to cheer him up by telling him about the mistakes she'd made in the past too. She asked him to have dinner with her so they could talk some more. But, after Julie left, Nick was shot. He stumbled onto the square and collapsed into Julie's arms. Julie was heartbroken.

More recently, both Doug and Julie were highly involved with the show's 50th anniversary and were around to help Hope deal with the sudden death of Bo Brady from cancer.

Cultural impactEdit

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Doug & Julie grace the cover of Time magazine on January 12, 1976.

Julie has been described as one of Days of our Lives's most high-profile characters. Hayes has won several awards for her performance as Julie. In 1997, she won a Soapy award for outstanding lead actress in a daytime drama on her own.[1] She has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy award four times; once in 1976, 1976, 1978 and another in 1979. The character has been received quite favorably. Hayes is known for "dominating the seventies" in the daytime genre.

Critics originally praised the show for its non-reliance on nostalgia (in contrast to shows such as As the World Turns) and its portrayal of "real American contemporary families."[2] By the 1970s, critics deemed Days the most daring daytime drama, as it led the way in using then-controversial themes that other shows of the period avoided, such as artificial insemination and interracial romance.[3] The January 12, 1976 cover of Time magazine featured Days of our LivesTemplate:'s Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, the first and only daytime actors to ever appear on its cover.[4][5][6] The Hayeses themselves were a couple whose onscreen and real-life romance (they met on the series in 1970 and married in 1974) was widely covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press.[7]


  1. Susan Seaforth Hayes - Days Of Our Lives - Soap Opera Digest and Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-05-31.
  2. Gilbert, Annie, All My Afternoons, p. 109
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  4. Soap Star Stats: Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, DAYS). Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
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