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Morgantown recollections of cleaning soap star Invoice Hayes

Invoice Hayes, the “Days of Our Lives” cleaning soap opera star who died final week on the age of 98, had a little bit of the hills and hollows of West Virginia threading via his Hollywood-Broadway DNA.

He and his spouse, Susan Seaforth Hayes, who was additionally his tv partner on “Days,” made a number of jaunts to Morgantown through the years, showing in quite a few productions staged by West Virginia Public Theatre.

A part of it was being loyal to a buddy, Ron Iannone stated Tuesday, as he remembered the actor.

They turned buddies when Iannone, who based the native performing troupe, was interning as a screenwriter of the cleaning soap that Invoice Hayes had starred on as Doug Williams since 1970.

Susan Seaforth Hayes performed Julie Olsen Williams, the socialite who was wedded to Doug greater than as soon as on-camera, as cleaning soap opera plot twists and story arcs go.

Iannone stated he’ll all the time bear in mind how Invoice Hayes interacted with followers in Morgantown.

“Cleaning soap opera followers are like rock ‘n’ roll followers,” he stated, chuckling.

Followers, who, say, may place themselves on the restroom door a sure cleaning soap star might have entered whereas eating in an area restaurant, Iannone stated.

“Oh, yeah,” he stated. “They had been proper there. That was Doug, from ‘Days of Our Lives.’”

Hayes’ response, Iannone stated, wasn’t play-acting.

“He would shake fingers and provides hugs and signal autographs,” Iannone stated.

“He was affected person and sort. He’d say to me, ‘Ron, the followers are every little thing, and Doug and Julie are vital to them. I’m not gonna be impolite. They’re why I’ve a profession.’”

From the little display screen to the massive stage

It was a profession going again to 1949 and the kinescope of days of tv – the place Hayes made his first appearances on digital camera as a solid member of “Your Present of Reveals,” the landmark Sid Caeser automobile that employed Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks as writers.

“Your Reveals of Reveals” was stated to be the inspiration of “The Dick Van Dyke Present,” a Reiner creation that adopted later and would have a contributing verse in Hayes’ swan tune on “Days” a long time later.

He parlayed his TV expertise to Broadway, the place he trod the boards as a number one man to Shirley Jones, Florence Henderson and different luminaries in “Me and Juliet” and “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

Hayes was additionally a recording star.

His rendition of “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” from the Disney present starring Fess Parker because the intrepid outdoorsman topped the Billboard charts in 1955.

He by no means stopped working. He was a divorced dad with custody of his younger kids when he took the “Days” gig in 1970, Iannone stated.

“Invoice didn’t need to do a cleaning soap opera at first,” he stated, “however he knew it was going to be a gentle paycheck.”

Take me residence

When Iannone sought Invoice and Susan for roles in productions of then-fledgling firm, that friendship wasn’t the one regular fixed.

Hayes, Iannone stated, wished to discover his West Virginia roots. He was born and raised in Illinois, however his mom had family members in Upshur County and Buckhannon.

“It was vital for him to study that department of his household,” Iannone stated.

Hayes, Iannone stated, would even go on to earn a doctorate in training from WVU.

He and Susan had been West Virginia Public Theatre mainstays since that first look in 1986, once they carried out in “I do, I do.”

An interview with radio entertainer Larry Nelson on the previous WMQC was a required cease.

Nelson grew up a present enterprise child, the son of ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson, who was a part of Milton Berle’s madcap staple of gamers on the “Texaco Star Theater.”

“I beloved having Invoice on,” Nelson stated.

“He was real. He had all these nice tales about dwell TV. A few of that atmosphere I remembered, despite the fact that I used to be somewhat child on the time. And he actually was a fan of my dad.”

Hayes’ final look on “Days of Our Lives” was in December. Within the episodes main as much as that, he introduced again round to his small-screen beginnings.

Dick Van Dyke, then 97, was enlisted for a reoccurring function and he and Hayes danced a soft-shoe, making for a poignant second.

Mother (on the road)

Iannone’s favourite second and reminiscence of Hayes, in the meantime, concerned a enjoyable, little fib on the Morgantown Airport.

The actor had flown in solo. Susan Seaforth Hayes wasn’t in a position to accompany her husband this time due to her manufacturing schedule on “Days,” Iannone stated.

“So we’re there, and this worker comes up and says, ‘Mr. Hayes, I’ve a vital telephone name for you.’”

The actor, considering one thing could be mistaken, walked briskly behind that worker on the best way to his work station.

Once they bought there, Iannone stated, the worker was sheepish.

“He stated, ‘I’m sorry. I didn’t inform you the reality. It’s truly my mom on the road. She loves the present. Might you say hiya to her?’”

Hayes, Iannone remembered, laughed.

“Give me that telephone.”