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Louise Sorel (born August 6, 1940) is an American actress. Sorel was born in Los Angeles into a theatrical family; her mother was actress and pianist Jeanne Sorel, while her father was producer Albert J. Cohen. She received theatrical training at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She also briefly attended the Institut de Français abroad. Sorel has had a prolific career making guest appearances on primetime television, appearing on over 50 primetime programs and television movies. From the late 1960s to the early 1980s, Sorel appeared on a number of shows, including a notable guest appearance on Star Trek as Rayna Kapec, in the episode "Requiem for Methuselah", first broadcast in 1969. She also was a guest star on Knots Landing, The Curse of Dracula, Bonanza, co-starred on Ladies Man, Charlie`s Angels, Vega$, Medical Center, and Hawaii Five-O, to name a few. She had a principal role as the wife of Don Rickles on the 1972 sitcom The Don Rickles Show. In addition she also guest starred as Alicia Donato on 1972`s Banacek with George Peppard.
She appeared on Santa Barbara from 1984 to 1986, from 1988 to 1989, and finally from 1990 to 1991. When her character Augusta Lockridge went temporarily blind, Louise herself received a "get well soon" card from Ronald Reagan. In between stints, she also spent a year appearing as Judith Sanders on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, in 1987. She is probably best known as outrageous villainess Vivian Alamain on the NBC daytime serial, Days of our Lives. Sorel played the role from June 1992 to February 2000. Sorel`s performance as the comic villainess garnered her five Soap Opera Digest Awards as "Outstanding Villainess" in 1994, "Outstanding Showstopper" in 1997 and again in 1999 as "Outstanding Scene Stealer." Her character was evil early on but became many shades of grey later on - among her many misdeeds was burying a woman alive, and stealing her rival`s embryo, which she had implanted into her womb and subsequently carried to term - but the character also had a comic bent. The character was married several times during her run on the program, making Vivian`s full name "Vivian Alamain Kiriakis Jones DiMera". In 2000, shortly after being let go from Days of our Lives, Sorel briefly joined the cast of the now defunct ABC daytime soap opera Port Charles as fashion maven "Donatella Stewart" (a pun on the names Donatella Versace and Martha Stewart). The role lasted for a month. In 2001, she had a brief role on another ABC soap opera All My Children as "Judge Kay Campobello". Most recently, she made a brief appearance on the NBC show Passions as the cannery worker Dort in 2004. Soap Opera Digest can confirm that Louise Sorel (Vivian) is returning to Salem in the Fall of 2009. Look for her to hit town in late September.
Her first husband was late comic actor Herb Edelman, who was perhaps best known for his role as Dorothy`s husband Stan on The Golden Girls. Edelman and Sorel were married from 1964 to 1970. (Sorel was later Edelman`s co-star on the series Ladies Man, made several years after their divorce.) She met actor Ken Howard in 1972, they were married in 1973, but they were divorced in 1976.
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Louise Sorel (born August 6, 1940) is an American actress.
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