Everything from the 1980s seems so dramatic, especially when it comes to soap operas! There were over-the-top storylines, crazy romances, and then there’s the big hair from female soap stars! There were also some great times in daytime drama back then and a lot of it had to do with the incredible (and unforgettable) female soap opera stars of the ‘80s. Below is a list of eight unforgettable female characters from 1980s soap operas.
8. Days’ Marlena Evans
Dr. Marlena Evans has evolved into a secondary character on the soap today, making way for younger Salemites to spread their wings and fly within storylines for the soap opera. She strolled into town in 1976, and spent nine years on the show during her first stint. It was in the 1980s that Evans shared an incredible romance with Roman Brady and built a solid foundation in the town she has grown to call home. Interestingly enough, the actress who plays Evans, Deidre Hall, decided to pursue primetime opportunities in 1987 and left the Days of Our Lives (DOOL) before the decade wound to a close. She would come back in 1991 and Days would experience a 10 percent increase in the ratings. It was clear, the fans missed their ‘Doc.’