Eileen Davidson
Birth Date:
Artesia, California, USA
Birth Place:
June 15, 1959
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Days of Our Lives


American actress and author Eileen Davidson is very well-known for her roles on the television soap operas “Days of Our Lives” as Kristen DiMera (1993-1998, 2012-2015), from which she won a Daytime Emmy Award, and “The Young and the Restless” as Ashley Abbott (1982-1988; 1999-2007; 2008-2013, 2014-?). She also played the character Ashley on “The Bold and the Beautiful” from 2007 to 2008. Davidson has written several novels in 2000s.

As for her personal life, Davidson has been married three times. She and her present husband  Vincent Van Patten have one son, Jesse Thomas (born 2003).     

Mrs. Van Patten

Childhood and Family:

Eileen Davidson was born on June 15, 1959, in Artesia, California, to Richard Davidson, an airplane parts manufacturer, and Charlotte, a homemaker. She was raised a Catholic.

On August 16, 1986, Eileen was married to actor Christopher Mayer, but they later divorced in 1988. She then married actor Jon Lindstrom from May 3, 1997 to 2000. Eileen married her present husband, Vincent Van Patten, an actor, former tennis professional, and World Poker Tour commentator. The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Jesse Thomas on May 20, 2003.       

The Young and the Restless


Eileen Davidson made her television debut when she portrayed Ellie in an episode of the ABC science fiction series “The Phoenix” called “The Fire Within,” broadcast on April 16, 1982. Later that same year, she had a supporting role on the comedy film “Goin' All the Way!,” starring Adam Lightplay, Gina Calabrese and Alan Shubin.  

However, Davidson did not experience a big break until she originated the role of Ashley Abbott, the daughter of Dina Mergeron and Brent Davis, on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” in June 1982. Ashley turned to be a front-burner character that made Davidson became an integral part of the show. She left the soap on December 2, 1988 and was replaced by Brenda Epperson in the role. During her first tenure on the show, Davidson received Soap Opera Digest nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Daytime Serial (1986) and Outstanding Heroine: Daytime (1988).    

Davidson starred with Katherine McNeil in the slasher movie “The House on Sorority Row” (1983), directed by Mark Rosman, and with Nancy Frangione in the made for television film “Sharing Richard” (1989). She played the leader of  the female biker gang “Women of the Wolf” in the film “Easy Wheels” (1989), which was  written by Ivan Raimi and his brother Sam Raimi, and co-starred in the drama film “Eternity” (1990), opposite Jon Voight and Armand Assante.

After her exit from “Y&R,” Davidson played the regular role of J.J. 'Bullet' Tingreedes on the primetime series “Broken Badges,” but the show was soon canceled. TheStephen J. Cannell co-created police drama aired on CBS from November 24, 1990 to December 22, 1990 and in June 1991. She returned to the soap opera realm by taking on the role of Kelly Capwell on NBC's “Santa Barbara” from November 8, 1991 to the show's end on January 15, 1993.

Starting in May 1993, Davidson played the role of Kristen Blake on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” She went on to play other characters on the show like Susan Banks, a Kristen look-alike,  Sister Mary Moira, Thomas, and Penelope, until her departure in in 1998. For her work on the show, the actress received Soap Opera Digest nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress (1997 and 1998), a Online Film & Television Association nomination for Best Actress in a Daytime Serial (1998) and a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1998).

Following a year long holiday, Davidson returned to her role as Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” in March 1999. She was nominated for an Online Film & Television Association for Best Supporting Actress in a Daytime Serial in 1999 and for a Soap Opera Digest in the category of Favorite Return in 2000. This successful return also earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2003. She was fired from the show and  made her last airdate appearance as Ashley on January 11, 2007.

A few months after leaving “Y&R,” Davidson signed a three year contract with “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless's sister soap, to once again play the character Ashley Abbott. She debuted on the show on March 9, 2007. She left the show in 2008 and returned to “The Young and the Restless.” She departed “Y&R” again on August 3, 2012, but was brought back briefly to the soap in March 2013 for it's 40th anniversary.

Following a 14 year absence, Davidson returned to play the role of Kristen in “Days of Our Lives” in the fall of 2012. She left the series again in 2013, but returned on July 28, 2014, for a twelve week tenure, which ended on November 6, 2014. The role brought her a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2014.   

After returning for a few sporadic guest appearances, Davidson returned to “The Young and the Restless” as a series regular on September 3, 2014.

Also in 2014, Davidson joined the cast of Bravo reality television series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Davidson returned to the role of Kristen once again for another stint that ran from April 14, 2015, to April 30, 2015.    

Davidson is also an author. With author Robert J. Randisi, she co-wrote her first novel “Death in Daytime,” a mystery set in the soap opera world. The novel was launched in October 2008. It was followed by three installments: “Dial Emmy for Murder” (2009), “Diva Las Vegas” (2010) and “Swinging in the Rain” (2011).

Davidson will play the role of Dr. Hopkins in the upcoming thriller film “The Guest House” (2015). She also is set to star in the 2016 action film “Spychosis” with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Savage, and  the 2018 action/drama film “The Last Game” with Carlotta Montanari and Shauna Chin.  


Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “Days of Our Lives,” 2014
CineRockom International Film Festival: Lifetime Achievement Diamond Award, Lifetime Achievement Award TV Entertainment, Best Actress Lifetime Achievement in TV Entertainment, 2013 Show Less