Stage & Screen Artist
Born December 9, 1918, Wichita Falls, Texas
Frances Reid made her professional acting debut in the West Coast Touring production of Tovarich in 1937. And in 1939, Reid made her Broadway debut in Where There's a Will. On Broadway, she performed Julia in the Theatre Guild production of The Rivals (1942), Beth in Little Women (1944), Ophelia in Maurice Evans' GI Hamlet (1945), Roxanne in Jose Ferrer's Cyrano de Bergerac (1946), and Viola in Twelfth Night (1949), among many others. She made her debut on the airwaves on Charlotte Corday (NBC, 1939). Her prolific television career included As the World Turns (CBS, 1959-60), Edge of the Night (CBS, 1964), and Perry Mason (CBS). Though her Broadway and television credits are notable and extensive, she continued to return throughout the country and the years to perform in stock, regional and touring productions. Her work graced the stages of the Utah Drama Festival, the Olney Theatre, the Ann Arbor Drama Festival and the Marine's Memorial Theatre in San Francisco. She often returned to the Bucks County Playhouse, which during the 50s and 60s was near her home in Solebury. In 1965, NBC premiered the daytime serial drama Days of Our Lives featuring Reid in the role of Mrs. Alice Horton, a role she continues to play.