The marriage was not to last, however, and Larry died within one year.
Charla was quite a bit younger than her co-stars when the show first aired in Frances Reid was in her fifties,  as was MacDonald Carey. On December 23, , Doherty departed the serial to focus on other career options. The show replaced Doherty with actress Catherine Dunn from January 24 to June 20, ,  who was in turn replaced by Catherine Ferrar that same year from July 13, until September 2, Bell - the show's main writer at the time - decided to give the character a short break from the serial.
It was not until that the character resurfaced again. On December 11, , the character was brought back onto the canvas. The role was now played by newcomer actress, Susan Seaforth Hayes. In , Bill Hayes joined the cast as Doug Williams. Over the years Julie developed into different character archetypes. Soap operas once featured only one-dimensional characters who were either good or bad. As the rival, Julie was written as a younger leading heroine, often portraying her vulnerable sides.
Julie was generally positioned as the main protagonist being part of the prestigious Horton family. By the late s, a different set of character types was established, including the chic suburbanite, the subtle single, the traditional family person, the successful professional, and the elegant socialite.
Julie was in the elegant socialite category which comprised "flashy", achievement-oriented characters that often loved their families and friends. Irna Phillips , Nixon, and William J. Bell created the archetype in the s and it became one of their defining legacies. The archetype is an assertive Cinderella who goes after material things. Julie is a member of the high class Horton family, around which Days of our Lives was originally built.
Julie is a headstrong teenager when Days of our Lives premiered in At the beginning of the serial in , Julie was a 16 year old schoolgirl. The fictional history of her younger years has been told via behind-the-scenes books such as Days of our Lives: The True Story of one Family's Dream, and the second tie-in novel by Ken Corday, which explains that Julie was born and raised in Salem with the rest of her family before the show premiered.
Whereas most of the other female characters in Days of our Lives were portrayed in a somewhat more glamorous working class way, Julie Olson was the exception to the rule, being the sole character to represent the emotional side of the Horton family. After the death of her mother Addie Horton in , Julie matured into a young heroine, often helping to raise her baby sister, Hope Williams.
Julie married Doug in the seventies and the two have remained relatively intact ever since. They are known as daytime's first supercouple. As Days of our Lives beings in , Julie is a rebellious teenager part of the series's Horton family. In the first episode, Julie steals an expensive mink from a department store and is caught by a security guard and arrested.
Julie moves in with her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, when her parents move to Europe. She plans on eloping with David Martin, but backs out after talking to Tom about it. Later, Julie pursues David while he is married to her best friend Susan, and maintains hope that he will leave Susan one day and marry her.
However, that dream is shattered in when Susan, who blames David for the death of their son, kills David. Julie eventually gives birth to a son who she names David, and following her Grandfather's advice, she gives the child up for adoption. After Janet passed away, Julie sued for custody and, by quirk, wound up marrying Scott later on.
A happy family wasn't to last and Julie soon found herself in love with Doug Williams. Little did she know that he was being paid by Susan Martin to seduce her. Their affair lasted two years before she began preparing for a divorce. Things with Doug came to a halt, however, when he refused to bring her son with them on a trip to Portafino. She walked out on him and, in a fit, he married her mother, an affront which wasn't easy to bear.
She sunk into depression and remained married to Scott until he was accidentally killed during an accident at work the following year. To make things worse, she then found out that her former lover, now father-in-law, and her mother were expecting a child. By the next year she had bounced back with a new man, Don Craig, who she became engaged to.
Things got trickier when she later discovered that her mother was on death's door. This gave her the chance to slip back into Doug's life. Together, they watched as her mother drifted into a coma. She came out for a moment, to ask her daughter to take care of her baby, Hope, and then fell back under.
Things weren't going anywhere with Doug, so Julie found yet another man, Bob Anderson, and married him quickly after. Within months, she was bored and decided to ditch him, carrying his child with her and running back to Doug. He didn't want her and she ended up living in the guest room and became uncomfortably close to her alienated son David. This made his girlfriend uncomfortable so she began spreading rumors about her and this broke apart the relationship between mother and son.
After a fearsome quarrel, he sped of into the night in a car and drove off a bridge. With her son thought dead, Julie was crushed but soon received news that he was alive. Excited, she rushed out to see him but fell and suffered a miscarriage. After that, she divorced Bob and became engaged to Doug. This turned out to be a problem because Doug's real wife, Kim Douglas, arrived in Salem with news that he was not who he claimed to be. After months of confused agony, it came out that Doug and Kim had been long divorced and this left Julie and Doug the chance to be married.
The marriage was far from smooth. After losing his liquor license, Doug left town, leaving Julie to turn his club into a coffee house. To run the business, she brought in Larry Atwood, who happened to be setting Doug up at the time to keep him out of the picture. When Doug was busted for drugs, Larry took the opportunity to rape Julie, an event which left her deeply traumatized and turned away from the world. To make things worse, Doug was convinced that she was having an affair with Larry.
Although he kept his distance, Julie eventually told Doug what had really happened. She was still hurt and alienated by his rejection and confused about her life. When the time came for them to remarry, Hope caught Bo and Billy in an awkward position and jumped to a conclusion, which ended the wedding.
She quickly moved on with Franco Kelly. Her life was about to take an abrupt shift though. When she had been Gina, she had lived for four years at Stefano's Maison Blanche. It was there that he'd had the memories of the real Princess Gina, an accomplished art thief, saved on a chip and then installed in Hope's head.
For years she had lived as this other woman and now, when Stefano was seeking to get his art treasures from Vivian Alamain, he turned her back into Gina to help him.
He had her kidnap John Black and they made love on his yacht. When Stefano found them, he ditched John and made love to her himself. They went on to Paris and were then held prisoner by the real Gina as she tried to reclaim her life.
They were finally rescued and she found herself pregnant. She hoped that the baby was Bo's but that wasn't possible. She came to believe that the baby was John's, but the truth was stranger.
The baby belonged to Marlo and had been switched at birth by Stefano. She discovered that the son that she actually had was being raised by Lexie and she demanded him back. She managed to get this child back, but lost the other in a custody suit to his biological father. After this, she and Bo began to work as bounty hunters.
Along their adventures, Larry Welch returned from the dead to kidnap Hope but she was soon recovered and she decided that it was time to go back to the police force.
It was at this time that the Salem Stalker case began to explode and claim most of their friends and family. Becoming increasingly distraught as the losses piled up, she went after her prime suspect, Patrick Lockhart. Pursuing him, they ended up in an affair and trapped on an island which, it turned out, happened to contain all of the people she thought had died. Bo found his way to the island as well and all of the captives began to rally for an escape.
Even escape was bittersweet for Hope, however, because, beyond her friends and loved ones, the island also contained Billie. Determined to put things right with Bo, despite Billie's re-appearance, she wasn't helped when Billie discovered that the daughter, Georgia, who she had believed long since dead, was actually alive. Hope was pushed into the background as Billie and Bo sought out their daughter. She took the moments she could to put things back together with Bo, but this was complicated by his family and the return of his daughter Chelsea.
Just when things started to settle, her son died in a hit and run accident. Hope was crushed and, to make matters worse, the driver of the car was Billie. It wasn't really Billie however, it was Chelsea, and Hope found it impossible to forgive her, or Bo, for letting her have the car that she drove. To add further to the complications, Hope turned out to be pregnant again and a paternity test easily made it clear that Lockhart was the father.
Bo was angry and tried to bring Lockhart down for his ill deeds. Although Bo was suspended from the force for going over the top, he felt vindicated when Lockhart finally confessed to everything, including the fact that the child Hope was carrying was really Bo's and that he had faked the test results.
Hope and Bo happily reunited. Hope and Chelsea also fixed their relationship and now get along well. Hope and Bo helped Shawn and belle when they were on the run with Claire. She was caught in the middle between telling her son the truth and keeping Belle's secret. Hope pressured Belle about telling Shawn the truth and this put a strain on her relationship with Belle. Eventually, the truth came out and Belle resented Hope's invovlement.
Hope was sad to see Shawn and Belle separated. They were surprised to meet an alive Colleen Brady, and learned that Colleen had Claire to protect her. She also revealed that she was John's mother and that she was terminally ill. She died shortly after. During the trip, Hope became concerned about Bo's health as he was experiencing pain and discomfort.
Julie Olson Williams is an original fictional character and member of the Horton family on the NBC daytime drama, Days of Our Lives, a long running serial about working class life . Julie and Doug soon went on a cruise, after Hope was incarcerated and recently visited her in prison while they're home for the holidays. Hope was eventually released and Julie and Doug returned from their travels for the opening of the Horton Town Square. Still without the diary of his late wife Loretta, Ernesto planned a cruise in which he plotted to pay back all his enemies and recover the diary. Ernesto invited Roman II/John Black, Isabella, Victor Kiriakis, Julie Williams, Jack Deveraux, Jennifer Horton, and Bo and Hope Brady. Onboard the ship, Ernesto was reunited with his daughter Isabella.