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!”

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8 Comments on “Veteran Character Returns”

  1. fluffysmom Says:

    Hopefully Laura will be a help to both Jennifer and Abby.

  2. marypickford Says:

    Oh, this should be interesting. I’ll be interested in whether Abby and Jen will still be off the deep end by then!

    And yes, it’s somehow so perfectly Salemtastic that the two psychiatrists are the craziest people in town!

    • mykleraus Says:

      I hate that it’s so far down the road that we don’t even know what the landscape will look like by then (or who will be playing Abigail!). But yeah, this seems like a very good time for Laura to be there for them.

  3. Jamie Says:

    I love Laura!! Even when she’s “sane”… She’s still crazy.

    Maybe Laura will be bringing Abigail back to Salem? I don’t know how the timing plays out.

  4. ADW Says:

    This is good news, I figured Laura might be back after hearing her mentioned often; Jennifer went to visit Mom 2x in a 6 month period to care for her following surgery. I suppose it’s fitting Laura would be back to return the favor and take care of Jen. I don’t remember the “classic Laura” because was before my time. I love her crazy eyes looks she would do. I can’t believe Jamie Lyn Bauer is 67, she looks more like she could be Jennifer’s sister.

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