Longtime fans of NBC‘s Days of Our Lives should set their Tivos and DVRs for Wednesday’s episode (or catch it later on Soapnet) because fan-favorite Staci Greason is making an appearance as the ghost of Isabella Toscano once again.
In recent months, the character of Isabella, who died shortly after giving birth to her son Brady Black in 1992, has figured prominently into the DAYS landscape. Months ago, evil Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorrel) devised a plan to bury Maggie Horton (Suzanne Rogers) alive in order to torment Maggie while Viv seduced Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston). In order to carry out her devilish plot, Vivian decided to pretend she wanted to honor the memory of Victor‘s late daughter, Isabella by having her remains exhumed and moved to a sarcophagus.
Astute fans of DAYS should have realized this might result in the eventual return of Isabella‘s ghost, especially considering a photo of Isabella (Greason) and Victor (Aniston) suddenly reappeared at the Kiriakis mansion during Vivian‘s plotting.
It was back in 1989 when Staci Greason first joined the cast of Days of Our Lives as Isabella Beatrice Toscano, an inmate at a mental institution, who, with the help of Jack Deveraux, gained her freedom and moved to DAYS‘ fictional Salem.
In the summer of 1990, Isabella was among the Salemites invited aboard her father Ernesto’s yacht for DAYS‘ legendary Cruise of Deception miniseries story arc. It was during the cruise that Isabella learned she was in fact not Ernesto’s daughter, but instead the result of an affair her mother Loretta had with Victor Kiriakis.
Following this revelation, Isabella joined forces with her newly-found brother, Bo Brady, when the pair opened a private investigative company together. She also began dating Bo‘s brother Roman until his wife Marlena returned from the dead and Isabella assured Roman she wouldn’t stand in the way of rebuilding his relationship with Marlena.
Of course, in true soap opera fashion, there were a few complications. First, Isabella soon discovered she was pregnant, then Roman was revealed to be an impostor named John Black. John and Isabella found their way back to each other. She gave birth to their son, Brady Victor Black and all seemed well. Again, because we’re talking soap opera, that wasn’t the case. Dr. Carly Manning diagnosed Isabella with advanced pancreatic cancer and she died in the arms of her beloved John in October of 1992.
In a bit of clever writing, a year later, when Marlena and Roman Brady give birth to a baby girl, they name her Isabella/Belle in honor of their late friend. Even more clever, it was soon discovered that Belle wasn’t Roman‘s, but instead the product of Marlena‘s affair with John, making the baby’s name more poignant.
Wednesday’s appearance isn’t the first time Greason has come back to haunt the residents of Salem. In 1995, when Marlena was possessed by Satan, Greason donned Isabella‘s burial gown. In 2000, the ghost of Isabella returned to Salem in an attempt to help John and Marlena‘s son, Eric Brady. That same year, Greason‘s Isabella appeared to her former husband, John as he prayed for guidance with their now college-age son, Brady. In 2002, she made her first appearance to son Brady, and prior to Wednesday’s appearance, the last time anyone in Salem saw an apparition of Isabella was in 2003 when she again appeared to Brady as he struggled with his feelings for Chloe.
While Greason‘s current return to DAYS is limited, perhaps DAYS‘ creative team should reconsider. After all, NBC daytime hasn’t had a good haunting since Passions was cancelled back in 2007.
In between the occasional DAYS ghostly sightings, Greason has turned to writing. CLICK HERE to check out her blog. You can also CLICK HERE to follow her on Twitter.
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