“Days of Our Lives” viewers first met the character Bill Horton (John Clarke) in 1965. Bill is the youngest son of Salem’s original beloved couple, Tom and Alice Horton (via Soaps). Bill returned to Salem while on vacation from Harvard Medical School. After his graduation in June 1966, he moved back to his hometown and took a job at Salem University Hospital alongside his father.
Bill’s older brother, Mickey Horton, was a prominent lawyer in Salem, and although the character is best known for his epic romance with the love of his life, Maggie Horton (Suzanne Rogers), Mickey and his brother originally battled for the affection of Dr. Laura Spencer (Susan Flannery and Jaime Lyn Bauer), per Soap Central. Laura was a young psychiatric intern when she met and fell in love with Bill (via Soaps in Depth). The couple began dating and eventually got engaged. However, he later called it off, and she moved on with Tony Merrit. When Laura and Tony’s marriage ended, she was assigned to evaluate one of Mickey’s clients. The two worked closely together and formed a close bond. The two eventually got married, but things took a dark turn when Laura was raped by Bill and became pregnant with her son, Mike Horton.
After Laura became pregnant, her marriage to Mickey became increasingly difficult. Mickey eventually turned to Linda Patterson for comfort and when Laura found out about her husband’s affair, she tried to work things out with Mickey.
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