Primetime television and musical stars have played a part in Days of Our Lives’
long history. Over the years, a slew of famous faces have popped up on the show, be it at a local Salem club, out and about town, or way off in the wilderness. Relive some stars’ visits with this trip down memory lane.
1. Ruth Buzzi
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In 1983 Days introduced oddball Eugene Bradford’s equally odd cousin, Leticia. Laugh In star Ruth Buzzi portrayed the quirky character for a few short weeks, until she met her demise at the hands of the Salem Slasher. Eugene was accused of her murder, but swore he didn’t do it. Turned out he wasn’t lying. Months later, Andre DiMera was revealed as the serial killer.
2. Al Jarreau
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After meeting Al Jarreau in 1984, Liz Chandler asked the crooner to perform a duet with her at a charity event to benefit Salem University Hospital, and he agreed. The pair’s voices blended beautifully, and they mesmerized the guests in attendance. Two years later, Jarreau and actress Gloria Loring, who played Liz, recorded the single, Friends and Lovers. The song was a big hit and spent 14 weeks on the Top 40 list. You can listen to it, here.
3. LeAnn Rimes
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It was a dream come true for LeAnn Rimes
, when she got to guest star on her favorite soap opera in 1998. The Grammy-winning country star appeared on Days
for three days, playing Madison. She shared scenes with Jensen Ackles
(ex-Eric), who befriended the teenage runaway.
4. Michael Buble
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In 2003 Bo and Hope
fantasized about how different their lives would have been if they’d met as adults instead of children. The story twist gave Peter Reckell
and Kristian Alfonso
the chance to share the stage with Michael Buble
. Buble portrayed a lounge singer at a bar, where the couple accidentally met and shared a dance, while he serenaded them.
5. Blue County
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During the height of country western band Blue County
’s fame, they put on a show at Alice’s bar. Lead singer Scott Reeves
(Scott, General Hospital
) had an “in” with the soap: his wife Melissa Reeves
plays Jennifer. The 2004 appearance was a memorable Days
highlight; especially when Judi Evans
’ Bonnie hopped on stage to shake and shimmy with the guys.
6. Heather Mills
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Adopt-A-Minefield Ambassador Heather Mills
guest-starred as herself back in 2005. It was a moving and memorable visit. Mills stopped by to see Marine Private Philip Kiriakis
, who had been injured in the line of duty by a landmine explosion and lost his leg. She offered him comfort and advice and, most importantly, urged him to move forward despite his new handicap.
7. Donald Trump
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Business magnate/billionaire Donald Trump
made a cameo on Days
in 2005, sharing scenes with John Ingle (ex-Mickey) and Arianne Zucker
(Nicole). The Donald had a meeting with Mickey, ran into Nicole, who tried to hit him for a job, and wrapped things up by plugging The Apprentice
. However, he didn’t get to utter his famous phrase, “You’re fired!”
8. Kathy Griffin
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Comedienne Kathy Griffin
made her daytime debut in 2005, playing a spunky, wisecracking limo driver who drove Austin Peck (ex-Austin) back to the show after 3 years away from the fold. Austin was an easy target for her jibes and jokes once he revealed he was back in town to attend the nuptials of his former fiancé, Sami
, his brother, Lucas
9. Clay Aiken
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Steve and Kayla got serenaded by an American Idol
in 2006, when the season two runner-up made a cameo appearance on the show and gave them a private concert. Stephen Nichols (Steve) called Aiken
’s performance of Everything I Have
“absolutely beautiful,” while Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) was quite impressed with the singing star's acting talent. “He did everything on the first take,” she reported. You can listen the song, here
10. Smokey Robinson
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While flying to Canada to find an antidote for Steve and Kayla
, who had been poisoned, Marlena and John
found themselves with their own emergency in 2006: their plane began losing altitude. Having nowhere else to go but down, Marlena bravely parachuted from their plane and landed in the snowy wilderness. Lucky for her, Smokey Robinson
was there to save her.