“I may be an actress, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stick to your script.”
“I’m not a bitch, but I’ve played one on TV.”
Birthday: June 15th, 1959
Elegant and charming, Eileen is an actress and daytime soap royalty. The California native began her acting career at 20, starring in several independent films, including the cult horror classic The House on Sorority Row. She went on to star in Eternity, opposite Jon Voight and Armand Assante and Stephen Cannell’s primetime drama series Broken Badges. Eileen is best known for playing Ashley Abbott on the #1 rated daytime drama The Young and the Restless and Kristen DiMera on Days of Our Lives, where she made television history in 1997 by simultaneously playing five roles. After three nominations, she won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2014. Eileen also penned the Death in Daytime mystery novel series with co-author Robert J. Randisi. She is currently working on a film adaptation of one of those books with her niece Annamarie Davidson. When not acting or writing, Eileen enjoys painting, surfing, playing piano and the electric guitar. She lives in Malibu with her husband, who is an actor, writer and producer and host of The World Poker Tour, Vince Van Patten (son of acting legend Dick Van Patten) and their 13-year-old son Jesse. She is a proud stepmom to 23-year-old Duke and 21-year-old Vinny.