Alison Sweeney
Birth Date:
September 19, 1976
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 4" (1.63 m)
Famous for:
Her role as Sami Brady in TV series Days of Our Lives (1965)
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Days of Our Lives


 “I love that Sami is really aggressive and doesn't give up. If she has a goal or an ambition, she goes after it. She needs other things in her life. If her goal was school or a career, the audience would cheer her on, but because it's her love life, they think she is selfish.” Alison Sweeney (on her “Days of Our Lives” character, Sami)     
Alison Sweeney is an American actress and television host. She is most famous for playing Samantha “Sami” Brady Hernandez on the NBC long running series “Days of Our Lives,” a role she has played under contract with the show since early 1993. For her acting efforts, she has received a Daytime Emmy Award and six Soap Opera Digest Awards. In 2007, Sweeney was named a new host of the NBC reality game show “The Biggest Loser.”    
In 2004, Sweeney released a memoir titled “All The Days of My Life (So Far),” which documented all the tabloid talk and personal torment when she struggled with her weights in the 1990s. Sweeney, who once suffered from Bulimia, released another book called “The Mommy Diet: A Month-by-Month Plan for a Healthy Body and Mind Before, During and After Pregnancy” in 2011, which she wrote with Christie Matheson.

Sweeney has two children with her husband Dave Sanov, to whom she has been married since 2000. She speaks Spanish fluently. She has several pets even though she is a long-time allergy sufferer.

Mother of 2

Childhood and Family:

In Los Angeles, California, on September 19, 1976, Alison Ann Sweeney was born the only daughter of a concert and studio violinist mother and a business investor father. She has an older brother and a younger brother. Growing up in a musical family, she once attempted to follow in the footsteps of her mom with the violin before eventually finding a true love in acting. She started working in television commercials when she was five years old.  

On July 8, 2000, Alison married highway patrol man Dave Sanov, whom she met when she was very young because their parents were friends and they began dating when they were much older.  Alison and her husband welcomed their first child, son Benjamin Edward Sanov, on February 25, 2005. Their second child, daughter Megan Hope Sanov, was born on January 12, 2009. The family currently live in Los Angeles, California.    

“I save my dreams and hopes for my kids. When I'm making a wish under a bridge or tunnel, it's always for them.” Alison Sweeney

The Biggest Loser


A few years after making her television debut in a Kodak commercial, Alison Sweeney landed guest spots in television series like “Simon & Simon” (1984), “Webster” (1985, as Beth), “St. Elsewhere” (1985, as Chrissy), “American Playhouse” (1987, as Young Alice), “Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color” (1987) and “I Married Dora” (1987). In an episode of “Tales from the Darkside” called “I Can't Help Saying Goodbye” (1986), she was cast as Karen, a young girl who could  sense when others were going to die shortly before their deaths. She reprised the role in one more episode in 1988 called “Going Native.”

Sweeney had her first series regular role on the ABC short lived sitcom “Family Man,” which ran from March 18, 1988 to April 29, 1988. There she played Rosie, a teenage stepdaughter to Shelly Tobin (played by Richard Libertini).  

After the cancellation of the series, Sweeney scored her next regular on the NBC comedy series “A Brand New Life” (1989), opposite Don Murray and Barbara Eden. The show, however, only had a short life.

In 1990, Sweeney made her big screen debut in the drama “The End of Innocence,” in which she played the young incarnation of Dyan Cannon's character, Stephanie.

Sweeney's big break on television came in 1993 when she was cast as Sami Brady in the NBC  daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” a show of which she was a fan. Playing the daughter of longtime Salem resident Dr. Marlena Evans and police officer Roman Brady, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category of Best Youth Actress a in a Soap Opera in 1994 and again in 1997, this time for Best Performance in a Daytime Drama - Young Actress. She won her first out of three Soap Opera Digest Awards in the category of Outstanding Villainess in 1996 and continued to pick up a Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress in 2001 and a Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Supporting Actress and for Favorite New Couple (shared with Bryan Dattilo) both in 2005. She also was handed the Daytime Emmy Special Fan Award for America's Favorite Villain in 2002. The actress recreated the Sami Brady role in the television film “Days of Our Lives: Night Sins”  (1993).

Aside from her regular TV stint, Sweeney managed to find other acting jobs. She played Jessica Ashley in two episodes of the NBC hit sitcom “Friends” (2001) and appeared as Miss USA in an episode of “American Dreams” called “Old Enough to Fight” (2004). She also appeared in episodes of the NBC shows “Las Vegas” (2004) and “Mercy” (2010).

In  2007, Sweeney replaced Caroline Rhea as the host of the NBC reality game show “The Biggest Loser,” a gig which she still holds until now. Commenting on hosting the show, she stated, “They approached me out of the blue. I'm really excited about it. I love the show! I definitely haven't been shy talking about my weight issues. I hope that does make me an emphatic and supportive host.”

Still in that same year, Sweeney joined the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon as a co-host for the live television broadcast. She returned to her co-hosting duties for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 telethons.

In 2011, Sweeney served as an executive producer on “Hollywood Girls Night,” which premiered on TV Guide Network in November 2011. The same year, she also made her directing debut with two episodes of “Days of Our Lives.”    


Soap Opera Digest: Favorite New Couple, “Days of Our Lives,” 2005
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Supporting Actress, “Days of Our Lives,” 2005
Daytime Emmy: Special Fan Award, America's Favorite Villain, “Days of Our Lives,” 2002
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Younger Lead Actress, “Days of Our Lives,” 2001
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Villainess, “Days of Our Lives,” 1999
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Villainess, “Days of Our Lives,” 1998
Soap Opera Digest : Outstanding Villainess, “Days of Our Lives,” 1996 Show Less
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SP_COP - January 22, 2014 -
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SP_COP - January 21, 2014 -
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SP_COP - December 05, 2013 -
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