The soap opera Days of Our Lives aka DOOL will be celebrating almost 50 years of broadcasting on November 8, 2012. It has been on the air since 1965. Currently, the show airs just short of seven days a week around the world, often showing each episode two or three times a day in various markets.
The show’s format hasn’t changed much over the years. The premises of the show is much like the Hattfield and the McCoy’s pitting Salem’s Dimera’s against the Brady’s family with the Dimera clan run by Stefano being the prime dangerest, disgusting and diabolical planner against anyone who bears the names Brady and sometimes Horton, in their lineage.
The show has made many milestones during its career that includes having the voiceover that introduces the show by an original cast member since its debut, actor Macdonald Carey, matriarch of the Horton family, who is now deceased. Another major milestone is the show having the longest appearing female African American actor on a series. The well respected in the industry, Renee Jones, who plays the well-liked character Lexie Carter has been on the show for twenty years.
Renee Jones recently announced that she is not only quitting Days of Our Lives, but that acting in general will be taking a backseat in her life, maybe forever as she pursues her lifelong dreams of working with children and charity organizations. Her exit has been written in with her having an incurable brain disorder. She is one of Salem’s premiere resident doctor’s on the show, the wife of Abe Carver, played by African American actor, James Reynolds, who was once the chief of Salem’s Police Department and the Mayor of the town. On the show, they have a son who suffers from autism.
Renee Jones, who is also the product of an interracial relationship on the show, is also the daughter of Stefano Dimera who recently was murdered on the show as a farewell to his character he also has chosen to leave. Although Ms. Jones has acted on Days of Our Lives for the past twenty years, she is no stranger to magnificent character acting. She has a long list of credits that includes working in movies and various sitcoms and dramas. She played on WKRP in Cincinnati, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, What’s Happening Now, Night Count, Knots Landing, 21 Jump Street, Highway to Heaven, T.J. Hooker and Trapper John, MD just to name a few hit television series.
© 2012 Sharon L. West