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Also Known As: Eileen M Davidson Died:
Born: June 15, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Artesia, California, USA Profession: actor, model

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Best known as a star of daytime dramas, Eileen Davidson first gained prominence and popularity as Ashley Abbott on "The Young and the Restless" (CBS), a role she played from 1982 until 1989. Since 1993, this tall attractive actress with long blonde hair, full pouty lips and sparkling green eyes thrilled viewers of NBC's "Days of Our Lives" with her portrayal of the strong-willed, calculating Kristen Blake, her lookalike, Susan, and Susan's twin, a nun. Davidson began her show business career as a model after catching the eye of a photographer. She studied acting and appeared in a number of stage productions before taking the plunge in soap operas as the upper-crust Ashley Abbott. Like many daytime performers, Davidson attempted to translate her daytime success into feature and primetime work. She ventured into films with the low-budget "Goin' All the Way" (1982) and was alongside Harley Jane Kozak as one of the women-in-jeopardy in the horror film "House on Sorority Row" (1983). Davidson had the lead as a female biker who had been raised by wolves in the adventure comedy "Easy Wheels" (1989) and was the apex of a love triangle with Jon Voight and Armand Assante in "Eternity" (1990). Davidson...

Best known as a star of daytime dramas, Eileen Davidson first gained prominence and popularity as Ashley Abbott on "The Young and the Restless" (CBS), a role she played from 1982 until 1989. Since 1993, this tall attractive actress with long blonde hair, full pouty lips and sparkling green eyes thrilled viewers of NBC's "Days of Our Lives" with her portrayal of the strong-willed, calculating Kristen Blake, her lookalike, Susan, and Susan's twin, a nun.

Davidson began her show business career as a model after catching the eye of a photographer. She studied acting and appeared in a number of stage productions before taking the plunge in soap operas as the upper-crust Ashley Abbott. Like many daytime performers, Davidson attempted to translate her daytime success into feature and primetime work. She ventured into films with the low-budget "Goin' All the Way" (1982) and was alongside Harley Jane Kozak as one of the women-in-jeopardy in the horror film "House on Sorority Row" (1983). Davidson had the lead as a female biker who had been raised by wolves in the adventure comedy "Easy Wheels" (1989) and was the apex of a love triangle with Jon Voight and Armand Assante in "Eternity" (1990).

Davidson debuted in primetime with the TV-movie "Sharing Richard" (CBS, 1988), co-starring with fellow daytime stars Hillary B Smith and Nancy Frangione in a tale of three friends who discover they are all dating the same man (Ed Marinaro). She was a danger-loving cop on the short-lived police drama "Broken Badges" (CBS, 1990-91) before returning to daytime assuming Robin Wright's role as heiress Kelly Capwell in the acclaimed but low-rated "Santa Barbara" (NBC).

Her stint as the duplicitous Kristen on "Days of Our Lives" has offered the actress an opportunity to shine. Despite playing a villain, she brings a humor and humanity to the part and makes some of the more absurd plot points (like faking a pregnancy and hiring a pregnant doppelganger to pose as her character) palatable. Davidson earned widespread attention, landed on the covers of numerous magazines specializing in daytime TV and was expected to be on the short list for an Emmy nomination. While the latter did not happen in 1997, Davidson still managed to impress, especially as she was playing multiple roles. She finally received the recognition of an Emmy nod in 1998, just before she left the role. After a respite, Davidson returned to the daytime grind reprising her role of Ashley Abbott on the long-running CBS serial "The Young and the Restless".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Eternity (1990) Valerie/Dahlia
2.
 Easy Wheels (1989) She-Wolf
3.
 Sharing Richard (1988) J C
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9.
 Soap Opera Digest Awards (1992) Presenter
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Raised in Newport Beach and La Mirada, California
1978:
At age 19, spotted by fashion photographer; became model (date approximate)
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Began acting career in stage productions like "Born Yesterday" and "In the Boom Boom Room"
1982:
Played Ashley Abbott on "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
1982:
Made feature film debut in "Goin' All the Way"
1988:
Made TV-movie debut in "Sharing Richard" (CBS)
1990:
Starred in prime time series "Broken Badges" (CBS)
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Was in cast of "Santa Barbara" as Kelly Capwell (NBC)
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Played Kristen Blake on "Days of Our Lives" (NBC)
1999:
Reprised role of Ashley on "The Young and the Restless"
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Education

Corona Del Mar High School: -

Notes

Davidson is active in Para Los Ninos, a Los Angeles organization devoted to inner-city kids.

For years, there have been rumors circulating that Davidson was actually a man. No one quite knows where the rumors began (although the actress has spoofed the notion by posing in male drag in an 1994 issue of SOAP OPERA DIGEST). Periodically, the preposterous idea re-surfaces. Some believe it has to do with transsexual model Tula, who bears some resemblance to the actress. Nevertheless, Davidson has exhibited a sense of humor about the matter: "I heard [the rumor] from an old boyfriend who lives in Hawaii. He said, 'There's this rumor going around that you were fired from ['The Young and the Restless'] because you're really a man.' It wasn't so much that they think I'm a man that bothers me. It's that they think I was fired!" --quoted in SOAP OPERA DIGEST, June 17, 1997

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companion:
Nicholas Walker. Actor. Together in the early 1980s; announced plans to marry; separated; no longer together.
husband:
Chip Mayer. Actor. Met when they appeared together on "Santa Barbara"; married briefly in the mid-1980s; divorced.
companion:
Don Diamant. Actor. Met when they appeared together on "The Young and the Restless"; together in the late 1980s; no longer together.
companion:
Jon Voight. Actor. Reportedly involved during filming of "Eternity" (1990).
husband:
Jon Lindstrom. Actor. Born c. 1957; married May 3, 1997 in Cambria, California; separated in 2000.
companion:
Vincent Van Patten. Director, actor. Reportedly dating as of summer 2001.
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father:
Richard Davidson. Airplane parts manufacturer. Died in 1981.
mother:
Charlotte Davidson. Remarried after Davidson's father died.
sister:
Mary Davidson. Older.
sister:
Connie Davidson. Older.
brother:
John B Davidson. Born in 1945.
sister:
Patricia Davidson. Born in 1949.
sister:
Ruth Davidson. Born in 1952.
brother:
Thomas Davidson. Born in 1954.
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