Moonlighting With
Maddie Hayes  
Madolyn (Maddie) Hayes
Managing Partner, Blue Moon Detective Agency

To merely classify Maddie Hayes as a beautiful woman is like saying the Coliseum is just another abandoned building. She is classically beautiful...a tall, cool, blonde...poised, charming and socially savvy. She prefers the finer things in life and is quite used to getting her own way.

She has extraordinary strength -- an iron will -- and an outlook that is occasionally inflexible. She is at her most comfortable when she is in control...and faces her biggest challenge when she has to strip away the outward facade and let somebody in. When the ice begins to thaw, we get a look at the Maddie who often seems afraid to come out and play...the woman who is soft-hearted and vulnerable, and who just needs a hand to help her step down from the pedestal.

Her sense of honor and fairness are without compromise, and her determination and intelligence take her places where most would dismiss her as just another pretty face. And how can you not like a woman who says things like, "Why am I living this life? What did I do to deserve this? If I had known that being good didn't count, I would have stayed up later...slept around more."

Maddie Hayes, Former Model and Current Owner of Blue Moon Investigations

Biographical Data:
  • Name: Madolyn Hayes
  • Date of Birth: February 4, 1951
  • Hair: Blonde
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Birthplace: Chicago, IL
  • Childhood Address: 88 East Oak Avenue Chicago
  • Parents: Alexander and Virginia Hayes
  • Siblings: None
  • Childhood pets: Dog, Sport (deceased - squished)
  • Marital Status: Single, marriage to Walter Bishop annulled
  • Religion: Self-Proclaimed Atheist
  • Former occupation: Model, spokesperson for Blue Moon Shampoo (retired at age 30)
  • Nicknames: The Blue Moon Girl, Blondie, Goldilocks
  • Likes: the symphony, art, couture clothing
  • Dislikes: bars, not being in control
Notable Quotes About Maddie Hayes:
  • From "The Pilot", David Addison to Maddie Hayes: "You need me, Maddie Hayes. You need me to live, lady. You are one cold, icy broad. You've got your nose so high up its snowing on your brain. You need somebody like me around. I'm fun, Maddie Hayes. When was the last time you had fun?"
  • From "It's A Wonderful Job", David Addison to Richie Addison (in Maddie's "dream" as if she had closed the agency instead of keeping it open): "She slapped me once. She was even a great slapper.... There was something about her. She just had class. Strength. I really admired her. She had this softness about her. This warmth....It was just a feeling. I bet she was really a special girl...Who knows Richie, maybe we could have been great together."
  • From "Womb with A View", Emissary Jerome to Baby Hayes: "Your mother is quite an extraordinary woman. Bright. Beautiful. A huge heart, although often times she pays it little heed. It is the Creator's hope that your arrival will help amend that situation."
  • From "Plastic Fantastic Lovers", David Addison to Maddie Hayes after she has asked him what did he think of her the first time she walked into his office: "You were high-strung, over-dressed, over-bred, had a hairdo from another century, and you were probably the most drop-dead gorgeous broad I had ever seen in my real life."
Site Editors' Indulgences
Editors picks for the moment we found this character most endearing: A particular moment in a scene that captures the essence of what it is we love about Maddie Hayes.
Cindy K:
Maddie in To Heiress HumanMy pick is Maddie in "To Heiress Human" when she is sitting in the car with David discussing how comfortable she feels with the pact, and the "conversation begins to take a turn." I am amused by the way she practically squirms in the seat, casts her eyes out the window and then tries to maintain her decorum. But then this incredible sigh escapes her lips as David proceeds to describe to her just what he wants to be doing. Maddie tries to act un-phased and in control about it all while actually hanging onto his every word. Finally she glances over at him, and then she cannot take it anymore. The look she gives him tells him everything he needs to know, and they both just leap at each other. Maddie totally surrenders to her passions at that moment and you can see written all over her face how delighted she is with the turn of events--how liberating, yet somewhat frightening this is to her.

It is totally endearing to watch her finally go with the moment after how hard she has tried to resist. Her reaction demonstrates the real fire that is underneath all the layers of cultivated coolness and control that is her facade. We also get cued into Maddie's conflict and begin to understand some of her resistance to and fear of this relationship with David. While listening to him and observing her reaction to what he is saying, it becomes obvious that he devoted the night before to learning what she liked, and by what we hear, we find out she is quite sensuous and not the stereo-typical ice queen at all.

This one scene is also interesting in that it tells us a whole lot about what their night before in bed must have been like without having to show much at all. A great case of where less is more and more and more. It certainly reveals a side of Maddie that we don't get to see very much, a side that she works hard to hide. I love how her brain and her lips say "NO!" but her body and her heart says "GO!" It is so wonderful to see Maddie "unthaw." I think I love her the most in her during these "thawing out" moments. And this one in "Heiress" is one of the best.

Diane H:
Maddie in Atlas BelchedI definitely want to choose a scene from "Atlas Belched" for Maddie. I think this is such an under appreciated episode! The scene I love is the one where Maddie and David are sitting on the spiral staircase in her house, lamenting their decisions. At first, they both dance around how things are going, then they admit that they've both made mistakes (a big moment in itself for Maddie). David rises to leave, and Maddie begs him to hire her….so she can help him. He asks her why, and she imitates him from earlier in the episode.. "cause I see what you don't, cause I see what you can't, because you've just begun to hit your stride, because the best is yet to come..."

He interrupts her and says "You're hired", and then flirts with her a bit, telling her he'll meet her by the couch in the morning. He then thanks her.

Then she does a telltale thing...and you have to watch this carefully. She gets very self conscious, gets that little embarrassed look, her voice softens, she does a little giggle of sorts, and turns away to avoid looking at him. This is also something she does in several other episodes when her emotions get uncovered...most notably in "A Trip to the Moon" when he declares his love for her in front of the entire office.

This does it for me. I think in this episode, Maddie falls in love with David. Do I think she acknowledges it, or even knows it yet - NO!! But for me there are several significant things that happen to Maddie - she has to almost lose him to realize how much she wants and loves him. Additionally, she does something here that in my philosophy of loving, is THE MOMENT……..she crosses over, and begins to think of him and his well being as much as she does her own. She stops being "Maddie Hayes, persona" and becomes "Maddie Hayes, person/woman." When Maddie listens to her heart, she is at her very best.
Editors picks for seminal moments for the character, from each season.

Cindy K:
  • Season 1: "The Pilot:" The scene in the bar where David dances with Maddie, and she is concerned that he thinks she is cold. When he tells her no way, he finds her plenty hot, she is pleased. As she leaves the bar she wants him to know that she wasn't as put off by him as she acted, and she stops, turns back toward him and tells him for what its worth she "had fun, tons of fun."
  • Season 2: From "Lady in the Iron Mask" when she goes into David's office at the end to apologize, she is practically seductive standing in the doorway (she knows how to handle this guy!) And in her apology she tells him she wants him to be her partner and coyly tells him that she has never had a man put on a dress for her before. Very cute, yet sexy, and she totally wraps him around her finger, although she does it very sweetly and sincerely.
  • Season 3: From "Big Man on Mulberry Street" Her monologue in David's New York City hotel room shows her at her most vulnerable (almost young girl-like) moment as she tries to justify her impulsive, uninvited trip without admitting exactly what has motivated her. Maddie is about as timid, subdued, and embarrassed in front of him as we ever see her act. She begins explaining and won't look up and see his reaction, just keeps letting the words pour out as she fumbles around for some explanation that she can offer. You get a sense that maybe Maddie herself isn't sure why or if she should be there, and it is one of the great moments that we get to see her react from her heart instead of her head.
  • Season 4: "A Trip to The Moon" in the laundromat: Maddie dances with David somewhat reluctantly, and she tells him she loves him but admits to him she isn't sure about their relationship or anything at that point. As she turns to go, she turns around with this concerned look on her face and wonders that once she has left if he is going to dance with someone else. "Better not" she tells him. This is her way of telling him that they are not over and for him to be patient with her, and she does it in such a way that gives him and all of us hope.
  • Season 5: "Take My Wife, For Example" when David gives her the pearl necklace, and she is so surprised and touched. Maddie expresses her appreciation with a very meaningful kiss--she really lays it on him right on top of her desk. Not only does she thank him with the kiss, but she also does it in an effort to apologize to him about the comment she had made earlier about him kissing too hard. It's very nice to see both of them completely at ease with each other and very much enjoying the kiss equally. Maddie seems to have come a long way in her attitude toward physical expression with David, and seems open and relaxed about their relationship.
Diane H:
  • Season 1: I like the car chase scene in "The Murder's in the Mail". Until this point, we've seen Maddie as a little whiney, a bit willful and self-absorbed. In this scene, we get a peek at the strength inside. She is clearly terrified, but summons up courage and determination, which together with a lot of stubbornness, is the glue that holds Maddie Hayes together.
  • Season 2: I find it hard to imagine a scene that is more representative of Maddie than the garage scene in "Witness for the Execution". The range of emotions there is astounding---sad and depressed as she drags herself from the car, heading for the office where she knows David won't be...the surprise and joy on her face when he pops up behind the pillar...her reluctance to let him go...the tears and honest feelings...the spontaneity of the kiss..and her immediate defensive reaction to laying herself bare as she fights to regain control...When you look up Maddie Hayes in the dictionary, this is the scene you see.
  • Season 3: Looking at the scene in "Big Man on Mulberry Street", almost all other scenes pale in comparison. For a second, I guess I would have to choose a basically overlooked scene in "It's a Wonderful Job". Maddie and Albert are in the car, on the way to her "suicide" when Maddie realizes what is happening. She begins fighting for her life -- her old life, and acknowledges that David and the agency are very important to her. The montage of photos emphasizes what she has had and not appreciated, and we get the feeling that if she succeeds in getting her life back, she will never look at in the same way again...
  • Season 4: I love the argument in "Maddie Hayes Got Married" that Maddie and David have in the office after the first time David has seen Walter. David is finally giving Maddie back some grief...and pretty much nailing all the things she has floating around her head. But Maddie is classic...she digs in and becomes so stubborn and defensive, the scene becomes like poetry -- a classic David and Maddie argument with Maddie just escalating more and more, and becoming more and more defensive about things that are definitely not Maddie. It is very typically fourth season to me. I just need to drop in one other moment in the same episode -- when Maddie is standing at the altar trying to figure out who Terri is and what her relationship with David is...her reactions kind of make the prior argument with David seem even more outrageous.
  • Season 5: It's hard to pick any scenes in season five...I'll have to go to one that for me is reminiscent of earlier scenes. I love Maddie's "Pink Panther" break-in of David's office in "Shirts and Skins." It's kind of classic, wacky ML, and proves to me how far Maddie has actually come from the woman who found herself broke and owning a detective agency. It also shows that Maddie is admitting that she considers David an equal, and even that she considers he might be better than her at something. That's a big step for Maddie.
Photos from the pilot through the final season
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Cybill Shepherd
Cybill Shepherd
Lovely Cybill Shepherd from her "Moonlighting" period, circa 1987.

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Not that you need to be told, but Cybill Shepherd played Maddie Hayes on "Moonlighting." I had followed her career early as a model and then watched her break into movies in the 1970's. Many of us tuned into "Moonlighting" for the first time when the pilot aired because we were fans of Ms. Shepherd's. As Maddie Hayes, Shepherd was perfect--alternately beautiful and elegant while also being feisty and funny.

The Official Cybill Shepherd Web Site
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There is a lot of good info there and you can keep up with Ms. Shepherd's career at the site. The site is very nice, well-done and well-maintained. I recommend you visit it whenever possible.

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