Susan Seaforth Hayes, the American actress best known for her six-decade-long stint on the Days of Our Lives (1965), was born Susan Seabold on July 11, 1943 in Oakland, California. She was the daughter of the actress and writer, Elizabeth Harrower. She made her debut on the Cavalcade of America (1952) omnibus TV series in 1954 and, beginning in 1956, started working steadily on series television, though not as a regular in any one series.
In 1968, she made the transition to daytime soap operas when she was cast as “Julie Williams” on Days of Our Lives (1965), playing the role continuously from 1968 to 1984 and 1990 to 1993. She made recurring appearances on the show in 1994 and 1996 and has appeared regularly since 1999. She married her co-star, Bill Hayes, in 1974. They became the first soap opera actors to appear on the cover of Time Magazine in its January 12, 1976 issue. She was nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for her work on “Days of Our Lives” from 1975 through 1979. She lost to her fellow “Days of Our Lives” co-star, Susan Flannery, in 1975 and to Helen Gallagher of Ryan’s Hope (1975) in 1976, Laurie Heineman of Another World (1964) in 1978, and Irene Daly of Another World (1964) in 1979.
From 1984 to 1989, she appeared as “JoAnna Manning” on The Young and the Restless (1973), with guest appearances in 2005-06 and 2010. She also had a recurring role on the show, Sunset Beach (1997), as “District Attorney Patricia Steele”.
In 2005, she and husband Bill Hayes published a joint autobiography, “Like Sands through the Hour Glass”, taking its title from their soap opera’s catch phrase.