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45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Announce Lifetime Achievement Awards

45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Announce Lifetime Achievement Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today proudly announced that Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, stars of television, film and stage and Sid and Marty Krofft, two legendary television producers, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards this year during the Daytime Emmy® Awards. The Krofft Brothers will be celebrated at the 45th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards which will take place on Friday, April 27th, 2018, while Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes will be celebrated on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at the 45th Daytime Emmy® Awards. Both presentations will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.

"I've been star-struck by the dynamic duo of Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes for decades," said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime Emmy Awards, NATAS. "The scope of their work across the television, film and stage landscape is amazing. Their continuing roles of almost 50 years on Days of Our Lives, where they also met and married, is a Daytime story like no other! Sid and Marty Krofft, our Daytime Creative Arts honorees, are masters of children's television programming and have been part of my family viewing since the creation of H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund & the Sea Monsters and Land Of The Lost. Their terrific variety programs such as The Donny and Marie Series on ABC and Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters have only solidified the breadth of their talent across the television spectrum."

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and THE DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2017 calendar year.

The 45th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and THE DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Yangaroo, Inc. is the official provider of the Digital Media Distribution System Awards Management Solution ("DMDS") for the submission, judging and voting of all programs in the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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Bill Hayes burst onto the national television scene in Olsen & Johnson's 1949 madcap series Fire-Ball Fun-for-All. From there he was tapped to be a featured singer on Your Show of Shows starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca (1950-1954). Bill made his Broadway debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Me and Juliet (1953-1954), and followed with a gold record for "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" (over 4,000,000 sold; still selling!), acclaimed Best Record of 1955. Hayes's feature films: the Warner Bros. farce Stop! You're Killing Me (1953), Otto Preminger's The Cardinal (1963) and the award-winning Wrestling with God (1989). Since 1970, Bill Hayes has portrayed "Doug Williams" on NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES (2,085 episodes to date!), garnering two Emmy nominations and several Best Actor Awards. Bill also appeared as a regular on Hollywood Squares and as a talk-show guest with Johnny, Phil, Dinah, Merv, Geraldo, Regis, Oprah and Martha. Bill has three degrees: Bachelor of Arts (DePauw University, 1947), Master of Music (Northwestern University, 1949), and Doctor of Education (West Virginia University, 1998).

Susan Seaforth Hayes is a professional actress by trade and historian by desire. Her degree from Los Angeles City College is in history and the stack of books on her desk reflect an intense interest in the American West, European history, art history and Native American cultures. Had she not been so talented an actress she probably would be teaching or writing history books today Ultimately, Susan was destined to spend her life on stage and in front of cameras. Her initial theatrical experience was at the age of four, playing "Trouble" to Dorothy Kirsten's "Madame Butterfly" for the Metropolitan Opera Company. At age eleven, she toured a year with Billie Burke in Mother Was a Bachelor and as a developing teenager, she honed her crafts in the exciting world of television: Matinee Theatre, Lassie, Eve Arden, Wyatt Earp, Loretta Young, Danny Thomas; and films: Five Pennies, Angel in My Pocket, Billy, California. When she was cast again and again in the exciting/demanding world of TV soaps, Susan was finally forced to curtail her academic work. Young Marrieds (2 yrs), General Hospital (1 yr), THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (5 yrs), Sunset Beach and forty-nine (yes, 49!) years on DAYS OF OUR LIVES put a serious dent in her classroom attendance. The sudsy genre produced four Emmy nominations, several Best Actress Awards, a Time Magazine cover, many years of Top-Ten Lists in fan-mags, and even a husband when Susan Seaforth married her Days co-star Bill Hayes in 1974. The sweep of her credits in film, stage, and television include Oklahoma, The Two of Us, I Do I Do, Same Time Next Year, Harvey, Matlock, Heartbeat, Dream Machine, Wrestling with God, 42nd Street, Social Security, Mame, and a 1993 13-week tour of Oliver in Florida, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur! In the 90s, Susan wowed Birmingham audiences with her "Mama Rose" in Gypsy, toured Love Letters extensively, played the wily "Mrs. Rubinstein" on TV's Platypus Man, and charmed West Virginia Public Theatre fans in A Christmas Carol and Cinderella. In 1997, Susan co-starred in the premiere of Bernard Slade's sequel play Same Time Another Year and in the spring of 1999, she created the role of District Attorney Steele on NBC-TV's Sunset Beach. In 2007, she sang "I'm Still Here" in Follies and added Funny Girl to her credits in 2008. Her memoir Like Sands Through the Hourglass, was published by Penguin-Putnam in 2005 and enjoyed robust sales. She and her husband published their first historical novel, Trumpet, in 2012.Presently, Susan continues to add her personal spice to the role of "Julie" on DAYS OF OUR LIVES (over 3,900 episodes)!

Many of the most colorful and fondly remembered children's series of the 1970s and 1980s sprang from the imaginations of Sid and Marty Krofft. Their groundbreaking, live-action fantasy shows were mainstays of the Saturday morning airwaves, which had previously been the exclusive domain of cartoons. To this day, DVD box sets of beloved Krofft creations H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, and Land of the Lost are brisk sellers, a testament to the artistry and charm of the Krofft brothers and the magical spell they cast on generations of TV viewers. The Kroffts made their television debut in 1969 with NBC's H.R. Pufnstuf, which centered on the magical adventures of boy named Jimmy, a talking flute and a six-foot dragon. The series, which introduced the brothers' innovative mix of live-action and puppetry, was made into a Universal Pictures feature in 1970. The show continues to be broadcast around the world. Pufnstuf was quickly followed by on NBC (1970) and Lidsville on ABC (1971). Sigmund & the Sea Monsters and Land Of The Lost premiered on NBC in 1973 and in 1974, respectively. Later kids shows included Far Out Space Nuts, Lost Saucer and The Krofft Supershow, which included installments of Wonderbug, Big Foot & Wildboy, Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, Dr. Shrinker and Captain Kool and the Kongs. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Kroffts also found success as producers of popular primetime variety series such as the top-rated The Donny and Marie Series on ABC and Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters, which reached as high as #10 on the charts, along with the beloved The Brady Bunch Variety Hours. In 1984, the Kroffts made the bold move of giving comedian Richard Pryor his own award-winning Saturday morning children's series on CBS, Pryor's Place. Besides capitalizing on Pryor's irreverent humor, the show explored important social issues such as child abuse, divorce and the importance of reading. The Kroffts got political in 1987 with D.C. Follies, a satirical TV series lampooning current events with amazing, larger-than-life puppets of celebrities, politicians and newsmakers. In 2009, Sid and Marty were presented with the Pop Culture Award at the TV Land Awards. As Sid & Marty are approach their "Golden Anniversary", they are still going strong as they have created three series and five pilots in the past three years. The three series include the 2-time Emmy nominated Nickelodeon television series Mutt & Stuff, a remake of Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, which aired on Fullscreen from Legendary, and a remake of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, which is currently airing on Amazon with David Arquette starring as Captain Barnabas. Included among the pilots are a remake of their beloved The Bugaloos and an original Science series starring The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik called Mayim's WonderLab.


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