Eileen Davidson
Salem Presence
1993 to 1998; October 11, 2012 to Present
At A Glance
Davidson originated the role of Jabot Cosmetics Executive Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless in 1982. She departed the show in 1989 and returned in 1999 where she remained a central character until 2006. In 2007 and 2008, Davidson's Ashley took a trip to Y&R's sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful.

In 1998, she made daytime television history for portraying five characters at one time on Days of Our Lives. Davidson also portrayed Kelly Capwell on the daytime series Santa Barbara and starred in the primetime television series Broken Badges and the telefilm Sharing Richard with Ed Marinaro.

Her feature film credits include starring roles in Eternity with Jon Voight and Armande Assante, and Easy Wheels with Paul LeMat. She also starred in The House on Sorority Row.

A Southern California native, Davidson lives in Los Angeles with her husband Vincent Van Patten, her son Jesse; and two stepsons, Duke and Vinny. When she is not working, she surfs, snow skis, and scuba dives. She also plays piano, paints, and enjoys writing.
Acting Portfolio
The Bold and the Beautiful
Ashley Abbott
March 9, 2007 to August 2007 [contract]; August 2007 to September 2007 [recurring]

Days of our Lives
Penelope Kent

Days of our Lives
Thomas Banks

Days of our Lives
Sister Mary Moira Banks

Days of our Lives
Susan Banks

Days of our Lives
Kristen Blake
1993-1998; October 11, 2012 to Present

Santa Barbara
Kelly Capwell #4

Broken Badges
J.J. 'Bullet' Tingreedes

The Young and the Restless
Ashley Abbott
1982 to December 11, 1986 [contract]; May 25, 1988 [guest]; March 19, 1999 to January 11, 2007 [contract]; December 28, 2007 to January 3, 2008; February 27 and 28, 2008; March 25 and 26, 2008; June 19, 2008 to June 23, 2008 [guest]; September 26, 2007 to June 23, 2008; September 26, 2008 to August 3, 2012 contract; March 18, 2013 to March 19, 2013 [guest]; October 25, 2013 to Present [recurring]
Acting Portfolio
Easy Wheels
She Wolf


The House on Sorority Row

Goin' All the Way

Awards & Acclaim
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress (2003; for The Young and the Restless)
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress (1998, 2014; for Days of our Lives)
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress (2014)
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress (2003, 2004; for The Young and the Restless)
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2007; for The Young and the Restless)
Soap Opera Digest Awards Nominee, Favorite Return (1999)
Vital Statistics
PLACE OF BIRTH: Artesia, California
DATE OF BIRTH: June 15, 1959
HEIGHT: 5' 7"
HAIR: Blonde
EYES: Green
MARITAL STATUS: Married; Vincent Van Patten [Apr 15, 2003]
CHILDREN: Jesse Thomas (May 20, 2003; 8 pounds 4 ounces)
PREVIOUS MARRIAGES: Jon Lindstrom [May 3, 1997 to 2000], Christopher Mayer [1980s]
News Archives
News Archive: Davidson back to Y&R following leave. [Aug 11, 2000]
News Archive: Davidson to take maternity leave. [Apr 7, 2000]
News Archive: Davidson, soap actor husband split [Dec 11, 2000]
News Archive: Y&R axes long-time vet Eileen Davidson. [Nov 16, 2006]
News Archive: Fired by Y&R, Davidson takes Y&R role to B&B. [Feb 5, 2007]
News Archive: Davidson makes a return trip to Genoa City. [Dec 24, 2007]
News Archive: Eileen Davidson to return to Y&R full-time. [Aug 28, 2008]
News Archive: LISTEN NOW: Eileen Davidson talks soaps, dogs, and murder! on Soap Central Live [Aug 6, 2010]
News Archive: Eileen Davidson let go from Y&R. [May 9, 2012]
News Archive: Davidson confirms she's headed back to DAYS. [Jul 5, 2012]
News Archive: Eileen Davidson wraps up DAYS stint. [Jul 31, 2013]
News Archive: Davidson back to Y&R for three days. [Aug 28, 2013]
News Archive: Davidson adds additional Y&R appearances. [Sep 11, 2013]
News Archive: Davidson selling dresses to benefit children's charity. [Jan 6, 2014]
News Archive: Davidson returning for DAYS story arc. [Jan 28, 2014]
News Archive: Davidson inks a contract with Y&R. [Jun 17, 2014]
News Archive: Report: Eileen Davidson paid $750K to join Real Housewives [Jul 23, 2014]
News Archive: Davidson confirms she's a Housewife. [Nov 5, 2014]
News Archive: Eileen Davidson back taping DAYS return. [Nov 17, 2014]
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