Dr. Valerie Grant is — after a decades-long absence — back in.
NBC’s Days of Our Lives has cast Melrose Place and Soul Food actress Vanessa Williams as Dr. Grant, a role that originated in the 1970s and was controversial at the time, our sister site Deadline reports.
In the late ’70s, Valerie (then played by Tina Andrews) and David Banning were daytime’s first interracial couple. They planned to marry, though that endeavor went south after he had an affair. Diane Sommerfield later took over the part; Valerie left the fictional Salem in 1982.
Per Deadline, Valerie — now a cardiologist — will come back to town in a storyline involving her old love, Abe Carver. Her first airdate is Tuesday, Oct. 25.
In addition to the original Melrose Place and Soul Food, Williams’ TV credits include a recent stint on The Flash as well as roles on Chicago Hope, Murder One and The Cosby Show.