They have played the happily married couple Doug and Julie Williams on Days of Our Lives (DOOL) for a long time, but off-screen Bill and Susan Hayes have had quite the whirlwind romance. Married for over four decades, they met on the DOOL set and have been blissfully in love since. As interesting as their DOOL characters are, both Bill and Susan have had a pretty interesting relationship outside of Salem. Below are nine things you probably didn’t know about Bill and Susan Hayes’ relationship.
9. The Original Soap Opera Super Couple
Long before General Hospital’s Luke and Laura Spencer shattered daytime television ratings with their wedding episode in November of 1981, Doug and Julie Williams were paving the way for soap opera couples. As the original super couple of daytime, they hit the cover to Time Magazine in the January 1976 edition, becoming the first and only daytime drama stars to achieve this goal. So, while we all adore our soap opera super couples, there would be no Bo and Hope, Patch and Kayla, or Luke and Laura for that matter, had there not been a Doug and Julie.