What you don’t know about reality and soap star Eileen Davidson
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Eileen Davidson has been an icon in daytime television for almost 3 decades.
She divided her time between The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives. When not busy filming dramatic scenes for soap operas, Davidson lets the cameras follow her for the Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
In a move that shocked his longtime fans, Davidson joined the reality show in 2014. Davidson had to deal with drama created by fellow housewives Lisa Rinna and Lisa Vanderpump.
Davidson’s reality TV career introduced her to a new fan base. For those who are curious about Eileen, here is some brief information you should know.
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As fans now know, Eileen is a popular soap opera actress.
In 1982, she landed the iconic role of Ashley Abbott in the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. Davidson would play the character on and off for the next 37 years.
In 1993, she joined the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, where she played the villainous Kristen DiMera. Davidson would also play the role of Kristen over the years.
Davidson received praise for her work on both shows, and in 2014, she won her first Daytime Emmy for her role as Kristen on Days.
In 2018, Davidson captured his second Daytime Emmy victory, this time for The Young and the Restless.
Soap fans were thrilled for Eileen, who they said was long overdue for a prize.
Besides being an actress and reality TV star, Eileen added another job to her resume: author.
Davidson is a published author. She began her writing career in 2008 when she worked with author Robert J. Randisi on the book Death in Daytime.
The fictional book is about a mysterious murder that takes place on a soap opera set.
The book was a hit with Eileen fans, and she and Robert wrote three sequels. His last book Swinging in the Rain was released in 2011.
Like her soap opera characters, Eileen’s love life hasn’t always been easy.
The actress is happily married to her third husband Vincent Van Patten, who is the son of television star Dick Van Patten.
Eileen and Vincent have been married since April 2003, and their son Jesse was born a month later in May 2003.
Before settling down with Vincent, Eileen was married and divorced twice before.
Her first marriage was to actor Christopher Mayer, whom she married in 1986. Their marriage ended two years later.
Her second marriage was to soap opera actor Jon Lindstorm, whom she married in 1997. However, three years later the couple broke up and soon after, Eileen met Vincent.
Like many celebrities, Eileen has been the subject of frequent gossip.
Gossip often revolves around a soap opera actor, and in the 1980s she became the subject of a strange rumor.
The rumor that circulated is that Eileen really was a man. As we all know, that’s not true, but how did this rumor start?
In an episode of The Phil Donahue Show, there was a transgender model named Tula, who was interviewed. Viewers noticed that he looked strikingly like Eileen, and that’s how the rumor started.