The magnificant Louise Sorel talks about her most famous soap opera storyline to date—burying Dr. Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell) alive— in Part III of her interview with We Love Soaps' Damon Jacobs.
We Love Soaps: And Vivian burying Carly alive during the summer of 1993 ended up being one of the most famous and beloved story lines in soap opera history. When you learned that Vivian was going to be responsible for trying to pull of one of the most grisly and cruel murders on daytime, how did you respond? READ MORE
In Part I of his lunchtime chat with the legendary Louise Sorel (soon-to-be returning to soaps as DAYS' Vivian), We Love Soaps' interviewer extraordinaire Damon Jacobs gets the grande dame to open up about how she landed the part that made her a daytime superstar— Santa Barbara's Augusta Lockridge. Sorel also shares what it was like to work with the late Dame Judith Anderson who originated the role of Augusta's meddling mother-in-law Minx, and shares which General Hospital diva almost ended up playing the iconic role of Augusta.
We Love Soaps: How did Santa Barbara come about for you?
Louise Sorel: Actually that came about because another actress was going to do it, who was on a show called General Hospital, Jane Elliot. I didn't know she was going to do it. I think I had read for the Dobsons, then they went away or something and months went by. Then I think Jane was going to do it, and then opted out. I can't remember why. Actually she was very sweet. I had only read once and then they called and said, 'Would you do it?' And I said, 'Sure!' I had never done a soap. I had never seen a soap. And everybody said, 'You don't want to do a soap. You just don't want to do that. It's not what you do.' And I said, 'Well, gee, it's continuous work. We have Dame Judith Anderson and Nick Coster. How bad can it be?' And the role was terrific so we made a deal. Jane and I spoke and she said, 'You should get such and such' because she was going to do the show and she was very sweet about it.
Santa Barbara fans you are in for an anniversary treat! Well, it's more like an appetizer (Pigeon perhaps?). We Love Soaps' Damon Jacobs recently had lunch with the fabu Louise Sorel, and has sneak peek on WLS's latest podcast. Check it out here!
For all you younger Days of Our Lives fans—and Luke—who first came to know and love Louise Sorel as Vivian Alamain, here a few clips from her breakout daytime role as snooty, California socialite Augusta Wainright Lockridge on Santa Barbara opposite Another World veteran Nicolas Coster (in the first clip above), who played her husband Lionel on SB. Lionel and Augusta were reportedly based on series creators Bridget and Jerome Dobson. Augusta was the older sister of fiercely feminist attorney Julia Wainright, played by a pre-Alexis Davis Nancy Lee Grahn (seen in the final clip below in her first episode on the soap). God I can't wait 'till September when both my Wainright's will be back on my screen!
Oh happy DAYS. Well it looks like it is official. Louise Sorel is returning to Days of Our Lives as our beloved Aunt Vivian! Many of you sent in tips stating the news has been posted by the anonymous blogger The Diva of Days of Our Lives, well it looks like The Diva was right as Soap Opera Digest has confirmed the story. Can't wait to see Viv and Carly (Crystal Chappell) duke it out again this September!
Now you know you can't have Carly (Crystal Chappell) without Vivian (Louise Sorel), it would be like Alexis without Krystal, Amanda without Alison, Obama without Hillary, okay, bad example. The only thing that could make this awesome, soap news confection any sweeter, would be to learn that Gary Tomlin is also planning to bring Louise Sorel back as the fabulous Vivian Alamain. With the DiMeras vs. the Kiriakises' Days of Our Lives current tentpole storyline, the timing would be perfect for Vivian— a past flame of both Victor (John Aniston) and Stefano (Joe Mascolo), Kate's (Lauren Koslow) arch nemesis, Sami's (Alison Sweeney) partner-in-crime and Phillip's (Jay Kenneth Johnson) birth mother/gestational host, the return of Aunt Viv, in conjunctiion with Carly could prove to be ratings gold. Oh, and don't forget Ivan! READ MORE