Frances Reid (born on December 9, 1914 in Wichita Falls, Texas) is an actress known to millions of younger audiences as matriarch and widow Alice Horton on Days of Our Lives since its debut in November 1965.
She grew up in Berkeley, California. Her acting career started in 1938 with a bit part in the movie Man-Proof. In 1954, she was awarded the title part in the soap opera Portia Faces Life.
When that show was canceled, she took bit parts on nighttime television programs until she was given a three-year contract on As The World Turns, playing Grace Baker from 1959 to 1962.
She moved on to The Edge of Night before she was offered the role of matriarch Alice Horton on Days of Our Lives, which premiered in November 1965 and has run ever since.
With the retirement of John Clarke, who played Mickey Horton, in 2004, she is the only original cast member still on the show.