Veteran Character Returns
Not hugely surprised by this one, but it’s pleasant news.
Jaime Lyn Bauer, who portrayed Dr. Laura Horton from 1993-99 and again in 2003, 2010, and 2013, returns to Days this September. She posted a message on her Facebook page announcing that although her husband, who’s worked as a makeup artist on Days for years, had been let go, the show contacted her asking her to reprise the role of Laura for at least three episodes this fall. It sounds like there’s potential for it to be more. I certainly wouldn’t mind Laura having the sort of presence Julie and Doug had for several years — popping into town for major events, hanging around for a while, etc.
Bauer might not be the “classic” Laura (who was most famously played by Susan Flannery back in the day), but she’s the only actress to have played the role in the last three decades, and also the only one who’s ever worked with Melissa Reeves (Jennifer). Plus I have fond/hilarious memories of the time when she was on staff at University Hospital as — somehow — an even worse choice of psychiatrist than Marlena. Can you imagine those scheduling calls? “Oh, you want Dr. Evans? Yes, she’s wonderful, though she did just get over a Satanic possession. Shoot — she’s actually being held captive in a birdcage in the sewers of Paris. You could see Dr. Horton, though. She was recently released from the mental institution and hasn’t been gaslit in at least a month!”