Eileen Davidson originated the role of Jabot Cosmetics executive Ashley Abbott on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in 1982 and remained on the show until 1989. Her other stints in the role were from 1999-2007 and from 2008-2012. From 2007-2008, Davidson starred as Ashley Abbott on the daytime drama series THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. In 2012, she returned to “Days of Our Lives” to once again play the role of Kristen DiMera until 2014 when she returned to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.
Davidson won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2013, having also been nominated for the award in 2003. In 1998, she made daytime television history for portraying five characters at one time on “Days of Our Lives,” and was honored with a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performances. Previously, she portrayed Kelly Capwell on the daytime drama “Santa Barbara.” She also starred in the primetime television series “Broken Badges” and the telefilm “Sharing Richard” with Ed Marinaro. In 2014 she joined the cast of the Bravo reality series, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Her feature film credits include starring roles in “Eternity” with Jon Voight and Armand Asssante, “Easy Wheels” with Paul Le Mat, and the horror film cult favorite “House on Sorority Row.”
Davidson has written four mystery novels, including Death in Daytime, Dial Emmy for Murder, Diva Las Vegas and Swingin’ in the Rain. She is active in a number of community organizations and charitable causes. The gowns that she wears on the red carpet are sold and the proceeds, along with a matching donation from Eileen, are given to No Kid Hungry, an organization fighting child hunger across the United States.
A Southern California native, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Vincent Van Patten, her son, Jesse, and two stepsons, Duke and Vinny. When Davidson is not working, she surfs, snow-skis, scuba dives, plays piano, paints and enjoys writing and playing the electric guitar.
Her birthday is June 15. Follow her on Twitter @eileen_davidson.