Thomas de Villiers Associate Producer Love of Life Introduction Letter July 17 1974 Christopher Reeve

by Alexei

Here we have a Letter from Thomas de Villiers Associate Producer of Love of Life introducing Christopher Reeve as Ben Harper (Ski Bum) to Paul Denis Editor of Daytime TV. Included is a Bio of Christopher Reeve and also a short outline of what will be happening in the future new characters and old.

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William Wilmot February 13, 2016 - 4:46 pm

To Whom It May Concern

I am the Personal Assistant to Thomas De Villiers retired CBS Producer and signatory to the letter you have posted regarding Christoper Reeve. Mr. De Villiers is interested in acquiring the document for his personal collection. Please do be so kind and contact me in this regard.


W. Wilmot
Personal Assistant
Thomas De Villiers

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I had a summer job at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City during the Summer of 1974.

My office was in Room 6400 at 518 West 57 Street, one floor above the “Love of Life” office which was in Room 5400.

I used to visit the control rooms of “Love of Life” and “As the World Turns” daily during my lunch hour.

I got to chat with Jean Arley, Thomas de Villiers, Robert Kochman, Ray Wise, Deborah Courtney, and others from “Love of Life.”

I was sitting in the control room of “Love of Life” during the dress rehearsal of the episode in which Christopher Reeve first appeared.

Larry Auerbach was directing the episode.

Larry got annoyed at the announcer, Ken Roberts, who was kidding around during the opening billboard, speculating as to who Ben was and whether he was going to be Meg’s new lover.

Larry yelled at Ken, “All I want to hear out of you is ‘This is Love of Life’ and that’s it!!!”

In 1976, I took organ lessons from Eddie Layton who was the musical director and organist of “Love of Life” during part of 1973 and 1974.

Eddie played for other CBS shows such as “The Secret Storm,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” and “Where the Heart Is.”

Thomas de Villiers was the Associate Producer of “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and knew Eddie prior to both of them moving to “Love of Life.”

I was friendly with Charlie Paul who was the musical director and organist of “Love of Life” during part of the 1960s up until the time when Eddie Layton took over.

By the time Christopher Reeve started on “Love of Life,” Carey Gold was the musical director who gave the show a “more modern” sound.

Here’s my rendition of one of Charlie Paul’s opening themes to “Love of Life”:

Here’s my rendition of Eddie Layton’s version of the opening theme to “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”:

Christopher was an extremely talented actor.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching his performances on “Love of Life.”

On one occasion, we passed each other walking through the second floor scenic storage area of the CBS Broadcast Center and said hi.

Chris was carrying a gym bag and was drinking a can of Coke at the time.


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