The 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards is set to award two pairs of entertainers with lifetime achievement honors: Sid and Marty Krofft and Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes. The Krofft brothers received their accolades on the day of the Awards, Friday, April 27th. The Hayes, who have played a married couple on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and have been married since 1974, will receive their accolades on Sunday, April 29th. Both events will have occurred at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Bill and Susan played characters Doug and Julie Olson Williams, respectively. While Susan was introduced to the show in 1968, serving as the third actor to be cast in the role of Julie Olson, Bill did not appear until 1970. The duo were an early example of a media power couple, even jointly appearing on the cover of “Time” Magazine’s January 12, 1976 issue. The Hayes carry the unique distinction of being the only daytime actors to ever make an appearance on the magazine’s cover. Susan Seaforth Hayes’s character Julie is notable for being the last remaining character from Days of our Lives’ pilot episode, a role she continues to play to this day.
Sid and Marty Krofft, born as Cydus and Moshopopoulos Yolas, are a Canadian duo of puppeteers who got their big start in television in the 1960s, starting with set and costume design for Hanna-Barbera’s “The Banana Splits.” After working with Hanna-Barbera, the Kroffts moved on to producing other children’s programs like “H.R. Pufnstuf.” The series launched as part of NBC’s programming in 1969 and revolved around the Jimmy, a boy who gets stuck in a psychedelic wonderland with a talking flute and the eponymous H.R. Pufnstuf, an adult-sized dragon and mayor of the realm. While the H.R. Pufnstuf was ripe with concepts fit for the 1970’s, it would not be the only children’s program to be helmed by the brothers. Other shows to feature the Krofft brand include “The Bugaloos,” “Electra Woman & Dyna Girl,” “Lidsville,” and “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.” Beyond their work on children’s television fare, the Krofft brothers have been involved with variety shows featuring talent like “Donny & Marie Osmond” and the Mandrell siblings. The duo continue to produce content to this day; their impending body of work includes a remake of The Bugaloos and “Mayim’s Wonderlab,” an educational series revolving around actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik.