Original Santa Barbara Leading Man Dane Witherspoon Dead at 56 (VIDEO)

The star-crossed, forbidden love of Kelly Capwell and Joe Perkins launched NBC's short-lived, cult fave soap opera Santa Barbara in 1984. Fans of the show couldn't decide who was more beautiful, Robin Wright, who played heiress Kelly Capwell, or Dane Witherspoon, who starred as her wrongfully-accused-of-murder beau Joe Perkins.

Fellow SB hunk A Martinez (ex-Cruz) had the difficult task of announcing Witherspoon's death via Facebook. He was 56. Watch a clip of Witherspoon, Wright and Louise Sorel, who played SB's sex-crazed socialite Augusta Lockridge, after the jump!


Nadia Bjorlin Jokes Re: Soap Absence and Return: “Without Chloe, You Could Have Put De Niro on DAYS and Nothing Would Happen!”

Nadia Bjorlin fans, rejoice! TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan is reporting the raven-haired vixen is bringing songbird Chloe Lane  home to Salem!
TV Guide Magazine: What happens when Chloe returns?

Bjorlin: I have heard she's going to come back as her old self again, the Chloe with good self-esteem, a stronger and more confident Chloe who can really stand up for herself and not be bullied. Toward the end there, she was being bullied by everyone in Salem! No more. She's coming back a lot more mature and who knows? [Laughs] Maybe she'll get some revenge! There are so many possibilities for the character and they've only told me a little bit right now because they don't trust me with the information. It's been very hush-hush. [A Days rep adds that Chloe's return will be heavily centered around her son, Parker.]

Bollywood Ending: Fired DAYS Vet Louise Sorel Blasts Soap Over Way Character Exits

I bet Louise Sorel wishes she had just told then Days of Our Lives executive producer Gary Tomlin to kick rocks when he asked her to return as Vivian Alamain back in December of 2009. The actress is speaking out again to Michael Logan in this week's print edition of TV Guide; this time about the insipid manner in which the beloved, comic villain she portrays is being written out of town. Auntie Viv's going Bollywood!
"This turns my character into an idiot, a cartoon," says the actress. "It's embarassing and pathetic for a woman of Vivian's age to suddenly announce she's going to be in Bollywood movies! I expressed my opinion to one of the producers much more crassly than I had intended because I was just so full of sadness and rage."

Two Snaps: Days of Our Lives’ Louise Sorel Goes IN on Ken Corday!

You just don't mess with Louise Sorel! The soap veteran spilled the tea on her firing from Days of Our Lives via a blog for Soap Opera Digest. Sorel revealed how she was cruelly terminated from the soap opera, without so much as a personal word from showrunner Ken Corday! The actress stated:

I have been terminated. Told I am no longer needed, scram, easily replaced, not necessary. I have not been actually contacted by my employer. So I am speaking for him. This person who is not present and who clearly feels it is not necessary to communicate with me in any shape or form, except of course, by check. Since he owes me for the time he is not using me and contractually he must pay up. I am actress. This just happens to be my profession and in truth it is like any other job when it comes to the hiring and firing routine.

Will Ivan Escort His Madame Out of Salem on DAYS?

When Vivian (Louise Sorel) returned to Salem, Days of Our Lives fans hoped her beloved manservant Ivan (Ivan G’Vera) wouldn't be far behind. That didn’t happen, however, it looks like we will get a chance to see Vivian and Ivan together before Sorel exits the series.

Spoiler photos have popped up on the web of the pair together in scenes. Does this mean G'Vera is back to help usher his Madame off the canvas? Watch a classic clip of Vivian and Ivan after the jump!

Louise Sorel Reveals Jarlena’s Summer Return in Touching DAYS Exit Interview

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Prissy, quick, run into town and fetch Dr. Meade. Okay, sorry, but decisions done in a state of abject panic don't inspire me. They just don't. TV Guide's Michael Logan broke news today that will likely thrill many a Days of Our Lives fan (including this one once I'm over being pissed off at the asinine firings), Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn are reportedly returning this summer as the iconic Dr. Marlena Evans and John Black. The lovely and legendary Louise Sorel revealed the news to Logan in her exit interview. That's right gang, Auntie Viv is being cut too!

Louise Sorel Talks Wacky Vivian’s Next Move on Days of Our Lives

You can't keep a good crackpot down. That seems to be the motto of Louise Sorel's Days of Our Lives alter ego Vivian Alamain. The legendary actress spoke with TV Guide's Michael Logan about what happens next  for Madame Alamain and her romantic rival Maggie Horton (Suzanne Rogers).
TV Guide Magazine: Won't Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) be pretty pissed at Vivian when she gets sprung? Can we look forward to a grande dame smackdown?

Sorel: [Laughs] Well, they're not exactly chums, but frankly, I never thought Maggie did enough for Vivian to go as far as she went. Maggie didn't really do anything. Vivian should have gone after her husband, Victor. He told Maggie he loved her. Maggie acted like a mature woman and said, "I'm not ready for this. You're a married man." She was very oatmeal-cookie about it, but Vivian didn't see it that way. Now she's not just pissed at Maggie, she's pissed at everyone.