Who is Eileen Davidson?
Eileen Davidson is quite a multi-talented personality – she is an actress, television star as well as an author who is perhaps best known for starring in the role of Kristen DiMera on the American soap opera “Days of Our Lives”, for which she was honored with the Daytime Emmy Award. Additionally, she is widely recognized for starring in other TV soap opera series’ – “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”.
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Early Life, Childhood and Education
Eileen Marie Davidson was born under the zodiac sign of Gemini on the 15th June 1959, in Artesia, California, of American nationality and white ethnicity.
She’s the youngest of seven children of housewife Charlotte, and Richard Davidson who was an airplane parts fabricator; she has four sisters – Connie, Mary, Patricia and Ruth, and two brothers – John and Thomas.
When it comes to her educational background, it has only been acknowledged that she matriculated from St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, California.
Eileen began her career in the entertainment industry as a model in Mexico City, Mexico.
She later transferred to Europe where she appeared in television commercials before returning to the States to pursue her career in acting. Her on-screen real acting debut occurred in 1981, when she appeared in the comedy movie “Goin’ All the Way!”. This was followed by an appearance in an episode of the TV Sci-Fi series “The Phoenix”, and by the leading role in the horror thriller movie “The House of Sorority Row”, both in 1982.
To greater prominence Eileen came in 1984, when she was cast for the recurring role of Ashley Abbott in the CBS’ soap opera series “The Young and the Restless”.
Prior to leaving the show after four years in May 1988, Eileen recommended her lookalike, actress Brenda Epperson, to portray the character of Ashley, while she went on to appear in critically booed movies “Easy Wheels” in 1989, and “Eternity” in 1990. Through 1990 and 1991 she starred as J.J. ‘Bullet’ Tingreedes in the TV mini crime drama series “Broken Badges”, while from 1991 to 1993 she portrayed the recurring character of Kelly Capwell in the TV drama romance series “Santa Barbara”.
The real breakthrough in Eileen’s acting career occurred in 1993, when she joined the main cast of one of the longest-running American soap operas – “Days of Our Lives” – in which she starred as Kristen Blake ’til 1998.
After over a decade-long hiatus, in 1999 Davidson returned to her role of Ashley Abbott in “The Young and the Restless” which she’s continued with ever since. For this two-and-a-half decade-long performance, Eileen has earned three nominations for the Soap Opera Digest Award, in 1986, 1988 and 2000, as well as a nomination for the Gold Derby Award in 2009. In 2018 she was honored with the Daytime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Additionally, between 2007 and 2008 she reprised the same role in the show’s spin-off TV series “The Bold and the Beautiful”
In 2012, Eileen returned to “Days of Our Lives”, and ’til 2015 starred in the role of Kristen DiMera, while between 2017 and 2018 she portrayed the recurring character of Susan Banks. For all her engagements in this soap opera, Davidson earned two consecutive nominations for the Soap Opera Digest Award, in 1997 and 1998, while in 2013 and 2015 she was honored with the Gold Derby Award. In 2014, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Additionally, as a main cast member, in November 2014 Eileen joined the crew of the fifth season of Bravo’s reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, in which she regularly appeared over the course of the next three years.
In December 2017 she made several guest appearances in the show’s eight season, and is about to appear in its 10th season, scheduled for April 2020.
Some other on-screen engagements from Eileen Davidson‘s professional portfolio include appearances in movies such as the 2012 biographical drama “Hell and Mr. Fudge”, as well as two critically booed films – “The Guest House” (2016) and “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time” (2018). Her most recent acting engagement is an appearance in the 2019 comedy film “7 Days to Vegas”.
In 2008 Davidson published her first novel, co-authored with Robert J. Randisi and entitled “Death in Daytime”. It is the first book of her soap opera mystery literary saga, about ‘bold and beautiful’ soap opera actress Alexis Peterson. It has been followed by three more sequels so far – “Dial Emmy for Murder” released in 2009, “Diva Las Vegas” (2010) and “Swingin’ in the Rain” which hit the shelves in 2011.
When it comes to Eileen’s private life, she has married three times – in 1986 she married colleague American actor Christopher Mayer, from whom she divorced only two years later. Between 1997 and 2000 she was married to Daytime Emmy-nominated actor, producer and screenwriter Jon Lindstrom. Since April 2003, Davidson has been married to American actor Vincent Van Patten, with whom she welcomed a son they named Jesse Thomas Van Patten, who was born in 2003.
The 60-year-old Eileen sports a toned body with a genuine hourglass silhouette, with vital statistics of 32-26-32. Additionally, she is standing 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall while weighing around 125lbs (57kgs).
In 2007, alongside her cousin Devon Martt, Davidson launched her own line of women’s fashion apparel named Femmeology.
Authoritative sources have estimated that the total of Eileen Davidson‘s wealth, speaking as of mid-2020, revolves around the sum of $3 million, with an estimated fee of $750,000 per season. It has all been acquired through her lucrative on-screen acting career since the early 1980s.