Frances Reid, who has played the beloved Alice Horton since the very first episode of Days of our Lives, has died. The actress passed away on February 3, at the age of 95. For more on the life of Frances Reid, please click here.
"I'm so sad to hear the news about Frances Reid," Reid's co-star Alison Sweeney posted on Twitter. "She was a truly talented actress and we are all lucky and proud to have known her."
"Rest in peace Frances Reid," offered Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane). "She was a great lady whom I feel honored to have known... the heart and soul of Days of our Lives."
"Rest in peace Frances Reid. Condolences to your loved ones," added Shawn Christian (Daniel Jonas). "Your stories and your spirit live in the hearts of those you have touched."
"The news of Frances Reid passing breaks my heart. She was an incredible friend and mentor, not to mention an incredible 'Gram' with a wicked sense of humor!" Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) said in a statement. "What an honor and blessing to have known her for so many years. I pray she is in great peace now. What a beautiful woman! I am so glad many of you got to know her through Days of our Lives."
"Frances, although the consummate actor's actor, was far from the doughnut-baking, apron-clad wife of Tom Horton that most of America knew and loved. She was a saucy, wildly outspoken and politically incorrect woman. Frances was never shy about speaking her mind openly and passionately — even as we counted down to tape. She called it like she saw it," Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans) told TVGuide Canada's Nelson Branco. "Frances was a magnificent teacher, mentor, and friend. I feel a strong sense of personal loss as Frances makes her way to heaven, and know that we shall not look upon the likes of her again."
"Frances was always a source of joy and inspiration to me," James Reynolds (Abe Carver) recalled. "Her professionalism always inspired me to be better. Her joy and interest in life was such a pleasure to be around. I miss our conversations on politics and life. What a wonderful person."
"Frances Reid was a force of nature, part scamp, highly intelligent, funny, and spirited," added Louis Sorel (Vivian Alamain). "We were blessed with her smile and compassion. What a lovely spirit we have to cherish."
Acknowledging the loss of Reid, NBC released the following statement, "NBC is deeply saddened by the passing of Frances Reid. She was a true icon of the daytime genre and while we mourn her passing, we also celebrate her long life and the tremendous talent she shared with her generations of fans. She will be sorely missed."
"This is a very sad day, indeed; not only for me personally, but for the Days of our Lives family and the entire Hollywood community," Days of our Lives executive producer Ken Corday said in a statement. "From day one until she taped her last scene, Frances epitomized the past, present and future of the show. Frances was truly one of a kind. Her class cannot be matched and her shoes cannot be filled... we will miss her all the rest of our days."