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Days of Our Lives
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Days of our Lives 45 years a celebration in photos is an unprecedented photographic journey behind the scenes of the longest-running scripted program in NBC's history, Days of our Lives. Including both vintage and recent behind-the-scenes photos, this book showcases the beautiful cast, dedicated crew, and familiar sets of a television icon that continues to this day to...

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Days of Our Lives
A Celebration in Photos

Days of our Lives 45 years a celebration in photos is an unprecedented photographic journey behind the scenes of the longest-running scripted program in NBC's history, Days of our Lives. Including both vintage and recent behind-the-scenes photos, this book showcases the beautiful cast, dedicated crew, and familiar sets of a television icon that continues to this day to bring the beloved world of Salem to its loyal viewers.

Beginning with rare black-and-white historical photos and including a wealth of new never-before-seen full-color photos, this is a spectacular tour of over 250 pages of the cast, crew, sets, and styling from 1965 to 2010 that create the magic behind the show.

Welcome to an unparalleled peek into the TV magic of creating Days of our Lives-a blast from the past all the way to the stars of today, with a glimpse of what's to come.

"What began as a dream of my parents, Ted and Betty Corday, 45 years ago has become one of the most beloved shows on television. Days of our Lives is not just part of my family; it is also part of America's family. This book is a beautiful and unparalleled photographic celebration of Days of our Lives today."
KEN CORDAY
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

"What a wonderful celebration of 45 years of hard work, dedication, love, and family. I am honored to be part of television history and excited to share a glimpse of our world with our fans."
KRISTIAN ALFONSO
"HOPE"

"I am so excited that this beautiful book will offer our family of Days fans a special behind-the-scenes tour. This book is an amazing celebration in photos."
ALISON SWEENEY
"SAMI"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
You have to hand it to the authors of this splashy coffee-table celebration of NBC's long-running soap: they know what fans want. The only words here are in photo captions and single-paragraph introductions, which is not such a bad thing for this handsome volume. Most of the book, arranged in day-in-the-life format, takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour to wardrobe, makeup, dressing rooms, and the set, where actors rehearse and the bountiful homes seen on-air contrast sharply with the drab soundstages. There are trips inside dressing rooms for quiet moments and playful mugging, and ample space is devoted to veterans like Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes who, as Doug and Julie, were the Luke and Laura of the ‘70s. Longtime cast members like Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso, who became the daytime drama's ‘90s super-couple Bo and Hope, also show up often. Candid shots of the younger set are here too, and if it's excessive (why have just one photo of Shawn Christian changing his shirt when you can have four?), it only helps to illustrate what has kept fans tuning in for 45 years. Hint: it's not restraint. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos makes a nice addition to any fan's collection." - My Book Views

""If you're a Days of our Lives fan who likes pictures, this book is for you...a rich picturesque history."

" - Sunday Star-Ledger

"Bursting with production notes, cast info and a virtual archive of rare images, it's as much a book about pop culture as it is a document of the popular series. " - AOL News

"For someone (and there are many) who has watched this show from the first Days, you'll know what I mean when I say it feels like a family album from the first picture to the last." - MyShelf.com

"The espresso of coffee table books...Those who love TV show of any kind will enjoy the candid shots of cast and crew members." - Oakland Press

"It's a beautiful book — perfect for the 'DOOL' fan on your holiday gift list.

" - Examiner.com

"This is a picturesque history of the show with some never before seen photographs, cast information and production notes to help commemorate Days celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. I looked through a copy at the Day of Days fan event in November and can personally attest to its greatness. " - Examiner.com

"While it celebrates the past with photos of gone-but-not-forgotten stars Frances Reid, MacDonald Carey, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, the book also gives a really great, fun look at the current cast of the series." - JimHalterman.com

"Clearly great time and attention was given to deliver something original and unique to DAYS fans. Meng and Campbell painstaking crafted a book that not only illustrates a daily creative process, but also stands as a piece of art on its own. You may have seen other DAYS books, but you haven't seen life in Salem this close before.

" - We Love Soaps

"You have to hand it to the authors of this splashy coffee-table celebration of NBC's long-running soap: they know what fans want...Candid shots of the younger set are here too, and if it's excessive (why have just one photo of Shawn Christian changing his shirt when you can have four?), it only helps to illustrate what has kept fans tuning in for 45 years. Hint: it's not restraint. " - Publishers Weekly

My Book Views
Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos makes a nice addition to any fan's collection.
Sunday Star-Ledger
"If you're a Days of our Lives fan who likes pictures, this book is for you...a rich picturesque history."
AOL News
Bursting with production notes, cast info and a virtual archive of rare images, it's as much a book about pop culture as it is a document of the popular series.
MyShelf.com
For someone (and there are many) who has watched this show from the first Days, you'll know what I mean when I say it feels like a family album from the first picture to the last.
Oakland Press
The espresso of coffee table books...Those who love TV show of any kind will enjoy the candid shots of cast and crew members.
Examiner.com
This is a picturesque history of the show with some never before seen photographs, cast information and production notes to help commemorate Days celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. I looked through a copy at the Day of Days fan event in November and can personally attest to its greatness.
JimHalterman.com
While it celebrates the past with photos of gone-but-not-forgotten stars Frances Reid, MacDonald Carey, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, the book also gives a really great, fun look at the current cast of the series.
We Love Soaps
Clearly great time and attention was given to deliver something original and unique to DAYS fans. Meng and Campbell painstaking crafted a book that not only illustrates a daily creative process, but also stands as a piece of art on its own. You may have seen other DAYS books, but you haven't seen life in Salem this close before.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402243493
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Meng is Sr. Vice President, Corday Productions, Inc., and Executive in Charge of Production for Days of our Lives. He is co-author of the book Cooking With Days of our Lives. An Oklahoma native, Meng resides in Beverly Hills, California.

Eddie Campbell was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has a bachelor's degree from USC Annenberg School of Communication and USC School of Cinema-Television. His background is in art direction for both TV and film, creative direction, and graphic design.

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INTRODUCTION

This book is a celebration of Days of our Lives, beginning with never-before-seen vintage black-and-white and color photos, and culminating in a once-in-a-lifetime photographic journey of a day in the life of the show's taping. Also included are beautiful hand sketches of costumes that transformed Deidre Hall and other cast members into amazing works of living art. The book begins with early 1960s photos, continuing through the colorful '70s, and on through the fun and creative fashions of the '80s and '90s and into the new millennium and today. This book embraces the over four decades Days has been on television. Corday Productions is proud to present this unprecedented book, and dedicates it to the millions of fans worldwide who have made the show a historic success.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

IN THE BEGINNING 3
INTRODUCTION 17
ROMANCE 34
WEDDINGS 44
A DAY IN OUR LIFE 56

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

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    something for the fans

    To celebrate the 45th anniversary, a Days of our Lives picture book has been put together. It features current photos of course, but there are some great ones from the early days. Although publicity shots are included, this book also showcases a lot of behind the scenes looks, which I loved. Of particular interest to me were the shots that showed the cameras and control room. (I'm a little worried for the future since the control still has 4x3 CRTs!!) Other elements featured are the props, set design outlines, and sketches for some of those amazing wedding dresses that so frequently pop up.

    It was also fun to have glimpses of the actors in their off time: there are hilarious pictures of Mark Hapka (Nathan) and a great sequence of Shawn Christian (Daniel) crashing Arianne Zucker's (Nicole) dressing room as she naps with Molly Burnett (Melanie).

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2010

    Beautiful book

    Loved this book, the pictures were beautiful, candid and insightful. Well done!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    Amazing book!

    Wow. I am a huge fan of the show and I was so pleasantly surprised with this book! The beautiful and unique behind the scenes photos of the set and actors made me feel like I really am a part of the Days of Our Lives family. This is a must have for any fan of the show!!! It would make a perfect Christmas gift!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    Gorgeous!

    Really visually stunning book. I never thought I would go "behind the scenes" of my favorite soap! How special! I bought this for everyone on my list who loves Days.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    STUNNING PICTURES AND INTERESTING !

    although the book isnt a complete history of the DAYS its just enough to bring back so so so many memories. i adore this book it sits on my coffee table as its called a "coffee table" book. thanks to the authors greg and eddie for really making this special. i hope DAYS is on the air for another 45. please. please. please.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Must have for any Days Fan!

    This collection of behind-the-scenes photos is a great treasure for any fan of this longtime NBC daytime show. I've been watching Days of Our Lives since the 1980's, and it was great to see so many photos of the stars. A lot of thought was put into the making of this book, and it's a great way to honor a beloved show. The only thing I might have liked to see is a little more text; it's mostly photos with sparse amounts of text. But it's a great coffee table book and a wonderful souvenir!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    GREAT ADDITION TO MY COLLECTION!

    I love this book! The pictures are so crisp and clear, and it's a really fun look behind the scenes. I have a bunch of other DooL books, but this by far is my favorite. I especially love the wedding pictures - such classic, vintage photos were used - definitely brought me back to when I first started to watch the show with my mom.

    Definitely worth the money - it's not even expensive!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    STUNNING TO SEE BEHIND THE SCENES

    I just love this book. For 45 years fans have never really seen the day to day taping so this is a super treat. Thanks

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Highly Recommend as a Beautiful Gift!

    I bought several of these charming books! I wanted my friends to share the experience too so I gave them as presents and the book actually brought us closer together! We all had different ideas as to what we liked best about this treasure of photos. One thing we all agreed on is that we loved this book! It was a welcome surprise for all us DOOL fans!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Beautiful coffee table book

    I loved the pictures, alot of them were candid photographs, and you really can see the time taken to choose the best and most original photographs of some of my favorite stars.

    I liked the behind the scenes photos that unveil how the show was produced. This will be a great memento to remember one of my all-time favorite soaps.

    I really enjoy having a piece of history, and will cherish this book for many years. I cannot wait to share it with all of my friends, they have been just as impressed as I have been once they get a chance to enjoy it.

    I look forward to the NEXT book by Greg and Eddie. They did a fabulous job, any fan of Days of our Lives MUST get their own copy. This will make a terrific holiday gift for all Days Fans.

    I was also fortunate to be at a book signing in California, at Barnes and Noble, where I got to meet and greet the authors and some of the stars from Days. This was a fun and exhuberating experience as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Not What I thought

    This is only a picture book.
    I hoped for behind the scenes stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    Big Days Fan is sadden by this book!

    I bought the 35th anniversary book when it came out ten years ago and I was hoping the 45th one would be even better, but it wasn't. This does have some nice candied shot's, but that's about all this book has to offer.
    In the 35th anniversary book it has the hot story lines of that era and a list of the cast and who played who and when. The 45th anniversary didn't hold a candle to the 35th.
    I was so disappointed with this book. I really wish I could just get my money back and chalk this book to another bad story line!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    disappointing

    As a fan of the show since the beginning, I was hoping for more pictures from the past.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2010

    NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

    VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS BOOK---LOTS OF PICTURES---BUT MOST OF THEM ARE ONLY A FEW YEARS OLD---NOT A LOT OF HISTORY---I HAVE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK WHICH IS GREAT---THIS BOOK IS JUST A BUNCH OF PICTURES IN NO KIND OF ORDER---SOME OF JUST THE RIGGING FOR THE SETS---NOT WORTH THE MONEY---I WAS EXPECTING WAY MORE---

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 7, 2010

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