Frances Reid was born in 1914 in Wichita Falls, Texas and moved to California when she was a child, gaining her acting education at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Frances Reid’s Many Roles on Television
Frances Reid began on the soap Days of Our Lives in its first episode in 1965. Reid had a long career in television prior and during her stay on the popular soap. She played the Duchess of Devonshire in the Hallmark Hall of Fame from 1952-1959. Before coming to Days of Our Lives, she starred in another soap opera, As the World Turns as Grace Baker from 1959-1962.
Frances Reid guest starred in a number of television shows, including Matt Helm (1975), SWAT (1975), The FBI (1968), Dr. Kildare (1965), Wagon Train (as Dr. Katy Piper from 1962-1965), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1965), Perry Mason (1963-1965), Ben Casey (1963), and You Are There (1953). She also had a bit part in the 1971 movie The Andromeda Strain, which starred Arthur Hill and David Wayne.
Frances Reid Award Nominations and Wins
Frances Reid played the matriarch Alice Horton for almost 40 years and was a cornerstone character in the soap opera Days of Our Lives. It is on this daytime series where she made her home and garnered the fan appreciation that made her a popular woman, both on and off screen.
Frances Reid won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Mature Role in 1978, 1979, 1984, and 1985. She won the Soapy Award in both 1978 and 1979 for Favorite Actress in a Mature Role. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1986-1987) and for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1978-1979). In 2004 Reid was given the Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Although she was still listed as a case member on DOOL, Reid’s last appearance on the daytime drama was in 2007. Before coming to television, Reid began her acting career in the theater and on the radio.