Who is Eileen Davidson?
Eileen Davidson is an American actress and model. She is best known for her roles in soap operas like Days of Our Lives, The Young and The Restless, and The Bold and The Beautiful. She is also part of the cast of the reality series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Artesia, California, United States
Davison has been in three marriages. First, she wed actor Christopher Mayer between 1985 and 1986. Then, between 1997 and 2000, she wed Jon Lindstrom. Both men were soap opera actors, appearing in series like Santa Barbara. Finally, in 2003, Davidson married actor and athlete Vincent Van Patten. The two had a son.
Davidson started acting in 1982. This year, she originated the role of Ashley Abbott on the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless. This character was hugely popular and made Ashley a central character on the series. She would remain with the series until 1988, when she was replaced by Brenda Epperson. In the 80s, Davidson also would appear in The House on Sorority Row and Easy Wheels.
She would appear in Broken Badges between 1990 and 1991 and returned to daytime television later. She would play Kelly Capwell in Santa Barbara between 1991 and 1993 until Santa Barbara was canceled. In 1993, she took the role of Kristen Blake in Days of Our Lives. On the series, she would play five characters, including look-alikes, which she would portray until 1998. This earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination.
In 1999, Davidson went back to the role of Ashley Abbott in The Young and the Restless, which earned her a second Emmy nomination, but she was fired from the series in 2007. So instead, she joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful, portraying Ashley Abbott on this sister series.
In 2008, Davidson co-authored Death in Daytime with Robert J. Randisi. This book got three sequels. The same year, she returned to The Young and the Restless as Ashley but then went back to Days of Our Lives as Kristen until 2013. After that, she would go back to these two roles.
Davidson joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for its fifth season in 2014.
Other cast members seen in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills include Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, Garcelle Beauvais, Sutton Stracke, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Paul Kemsley, Mauricio Umansky, Harry Hamlin, Amelia Hamlin, Delilah Hamlin, Lisa Vanderpump, Ken Todd, Kim Richards, Yolanda Hadid, Brandi Glanville, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, Taylor Armstrong, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, Joyce Giraud and Kathy Hilton.
In 2020, she was cast in Middleton Christmas.
In 2014, Davidson got a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Days of Our Lives, becoming the second actress to win the award for her role in a soap. In 2018, she won the award for her role in The Young and the Restless.
On Days of Our Lives, Davison would portray five different characters, such as Kristen and Susan, Kristen’s look-alike. She would reprise the roles at different points several times, returning to and leaving the soap.
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