List of Days of Our Lives characters (1980s)

A list of notable characters from the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives that significantly impacted storylines and debuted between January 1, 1980, and the end of 1989, in order of first appearance.

DJ CraigEdit

DJ Craig
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byMatthew Bischof
Created byAnn Marcus
Introduced byBetty Corday
ClassificationFormer, recurring

Donald Craig Jr., known as "DJ" and "Donnie", is the firstborn child of Marlena Evans, whom she has with her first onscreen husband, Don Craig. Marlena and Don meet and fall in love in 1976, and they marry on March 5, 1979. DJ's birth is portrayed onscreen in the episode of February 26, 1980, Donnie is premature, and dies three months later from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The couple separate when they cannot come to terms with their baby's death.[1][2][3][4][5]

Journalist Dorathy Gass called the storyline "shocking". She noted the value of soaps relaying issues and situations that occur in real-life and helping spreading awareness to audiences, but also said the storyline "may have been far too sensitive to bring up in the first place – leaving many fans devastated and heartbroken over the baby and entire situation".[6]

External link: Children of Salem

Jessica Blake FallonEdit

Jessica Blake Fallon
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byJean Bruce Scott
  • 1980–82
  • 2012
First appearanceApril 30, 1980
Last appearanceSeptember 6, 2012
Created byNina Laemmle
Introduced by
ClassificationFormer; regular
Other namesAngelique Horton (birth name)
Angel and Angelica (alternate personalities)

Jessica Blake Fallon was portrayed by Jean Bruce Scott from April 30, 1980. Scott departed from the series on November 9, 1982. In August 2012, it was announced that Scott would return to the show after nearly a thirty-year absence, airing on August 31 till September 6, 2012.[7][8][9][10]

The character of Jessica is the daughter of Marie Horton and Alex Marshall, granddaughter of Tom and Alice Horton and mother of recent character, Nick Fallon. Jessica suffers from dissociative identity disorder; one of her alters, Angelica, terrorized her mother while the other one, Angel, became involved with Jake Kositchek, who would later be known as the Salem Strangler, a serial killer. Angel and Jake ran off to Las Vegas to elope, but Jessica came to and called Alex. Marie and Alex rushed to Vegas and stopped the wedding just in the nick of time. Jessica fell apart and was hospitalized.

In 1982 after recovering from her mental problems, Jessica broke off her relationship with Jake and became engaged to Joshua Fallon. Joshua and Jessica married and eventually left Salem. Offscreen, they had a son named Nick who came to Salem without his parents in 2006.

In 2012, Jessica came to Salem to see Nick, who was in prison for murder and was getting paroled. Nick was put on probation and chose to serve out his probation in Salem, so Jessica left Salem alone. In 2014, Jessica received horrible news that Nick had been murdered, and Julie Olson Williams delivered Nick's body to her and Joshua, so they could bury him. Nick's murderer, Gabi Hernandez, accepted a plea deal and Jessica agreed to it, not wanting the heartache of a trial.

Pete JanningsEdit

Pete Jannings
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byMichael Leon
First appearanceJuly 5, 1983
Last appearanceDecember 23, 1986
ClassificationFormer; regular

Pete Jannings is a fictional character on the NBC daytime television soap opera Days of Our Lives. The character was played by Michael Leon from July 5, 1983 to December 23, 1986.

Tess JanningsEdit

Tess Jannings
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byMelonie Mazman
First appearanceFebruary 1, 1984
Last appearanceNovember 20, 1984
Created byMargaret DePriest and Sheri Anderson
ClassificationFormer; regular

Tess Jannings is a fictional character on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives, The character was played by Melonie Mazman from February 1, 1984 to November 20, 1984.

Ivy JanningsEdit

Ivy Selejko Jannings
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byHolly Gagnier
First appearanceJanuary 17, 1985
Last appearanceJanuary 9, 1987
Created bySheri Anderson
Introduced byBetty Corday and Al Rabin
ClassificationFormer; regular

Ivy Selejko Jannings is a fictional character on the American daytime television soap opera Days of Our Lives. The character was played by Holly Gagnier from January 17, 1985 until January 9, 1987.

Jake KositchekEdit

Jake Kositchek
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byJack Coleman
First appearanceJune 10, 1981
Last appearanceJune 1, 1982
Created byGary Tomlin and Michelle Poteet Lisanti
Introduced byBetty Corday and Al Rabin
ClassificationFormer; regular
Other namesSalem Strangler (serial killer alias)

Jake Kositchek was played by Jack Coleman from June 10, 1981, until June 1, 1982, when the character was written out of the show. After Days, Coleman would later be known as the second actor to play Steven Carrington in the ABC prime time soap opera Dynasty and as Noah Bennet in the NBC science-fiction drama series Heroes and its spin-off Heroes Reborn.

Jake was the younger brother of Chris Kositchek (Josh Taylor), shortly after coming to town he fell in love with Angel, the alternate personality of Jessica Blake Fallon (Jean Bruce Scott). Jake was also briefly involved with Jessica's cousin, Hope Williams (Tammy Taylor). When Jake and "Angel" got engaged and planned to elope in Las Vegas, Jessica's parents Marie Horton (Lanna Saunders) and Alex Marshall (Quinn Redeker) learned of the elopement after Hope discovered Jessica's illness. Marie and Alex arrived in the nick of time to see Jessica reemerge and the wedding be interrupted. Jake was heartbroken after being rejected by Jessica who was going through psychiatric treatment under Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). Jessica's rejection became the catalyst for Jake's mental breakdown, leading him to become the Salem Strangler, a serial killer who strangled many women to death including Mary Anderson (Melinda O. Fee) and Marlena's twin Samantha Evans (Andrea Hall), who was killed in a case of mistaken identity.

The Salem Strangler storyline was the very first serial killer storyline in the soap's history, and the supposed murder of Marlena at the hands of the killer resulted in one of the first fan campaigns ever.

Eugene BradfordEdit

Eugene Bradford
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byJohn de Lancie
  • 1982–86
  • 1989–90
First appearanceJanuary 18, 1982
Last appearanceJanuary 10, 1990
Created byPat Falken Smith
Introduced by
ClassificationFormer; regular
Other namesBettina Lovelcraft
ResidenceNew York City

Eugene Bradford was played by John de Lancie from 1981 to 1986 and again in 1989. Also known as Gene and Euge, he went by the pseudonym Bettina Lovecraft while working as a Salem Today columnist.

Eugene was a distant relative of the DiMera family through a prior marriage, and referred to Tony DiMera as a cousin. Prior to marrying Calliope Jones on December 31, 1985, Eugene had been married four other times. Eugene's first two wives were murdered, while his third marriage to Marlena Evans was actually a cover-up (Eugene pretended to be married to Marlena when she was pregnant with Roman Brady's twins; at this time Roman was believed to be dead) and not legal. He later served as the namesake for Roman and Marlena's daughter Samantha Gene (Sami Brady).

Throughout the show, Eugene was portrayed as having psychic premonitions, and on a number of occasions they were useful in helping Salem Police and the ISA. In the last episode in which he appeared, he created a time machine type device and used the device. Upon activation, there was a big explosion and Eugene disappeared. He has not been seen on Days since. In 2006, Calliope returned as the fashion designer hired to make Mimi Lockhart's wedding dress, and she stated that she and Eugene remain happily married.

Ilya PetrovEdit

Ilya Petrov
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed by
  • 1983–85
  • 1991
  • 2016
First appearanceFebruary 18, 1983
Last appearanceMarch 8, 2016
Created byMargaret DePriest and Sheri Anderson
Introduced by
ClassificationFormer; guest
  • Henchman
  • Teacher
  • Assassin

Ilya Petrov was portrayed by Kai Wulff from 1983 to 1986 and for a few episodes in 1991. With the exception of Bart and Rolf, Petrov is the most well known henchman of Stefano. In comparison to Bart, he mostly succeeded and completed his assignments. Petrov assisted Stefano in a few of his many schemes. When Stefano kidnapped Marlena Evans & Liz Chandler in early 1983, Petrov was the one who kept an eye of them so they wouldn't escape. He then had small assignments in Stefano's devilish Salem Slasher plot. When Stefano had to escape after some failures of both himself and André DiMera, Petrov was already in the car. But Roman and Abe were ready as well and chased them. After struggling to shake off the police, and a drunk Alex Marshall caused some problem, the car drove off a bridge and fell down into a river. Alex was found but neither Petrov or Stefano.

A few months later, Stefano was seen very much alive looking for the three prisms, and soon Petrov was seen taking orders from Stefano. He kidnapped Hope Williams for Stefano in an attempt to faster lure Roman into Stefano's trap. He also got instructions from Stefano on how to activate the volcano. After locking up a noisy Shane Donovan, he fulfilled his orders and activated the volcano successfully.

In late 1985-early 1986, Petrov was seen in Miami, representing Stefano in a three-way wager with Victor Kiriakis and corrupt ISA chief George Nickerson, with the stakes being "the Purse (provided by Victor, which turned out to be clues to the locations of (1) a set of stolen U.S. Treasury engravings which were hidden in 1979 in Stockholm, and (2) a priceless Mayan treasure that could only be located during a specific astronomical event in 1991), The Power (provided by the ISA, a codebook with information that ostensibly gave the holder total immunity from every intelligence and law enforcement network in the world), and the Pawn (a "most formidable and dangerous man" controlled by Stefano, at the time believed to be the missing-and-presumed-dead Roman Brady but later retconned into the separate character of John Black)."

In 2015, John Black embarked on an ISA-assisted quest to unravel the mysteries of his heretofore unknown past, including his parentage, once and for all. This coincided with the show's 50th anniversary. An important scene showed John viewing an ISA computer file on Petrov, which expanded his story to reveal that he was a Cold War-era Soviet agent who defected to the West, and became at one point a teacher at a private school in Vermont called Winterthorne around the time he became one of Stefano's henchmen. Winterthorne was later revealed to be a "front" for a secret training facility for assassins, run by a Far Eastern organization called the Phantom Alliance, which turned out to have been founded in the 1950s by John's real father, Timothy Robecheaux aka "Yo Ling". Petrov was revealed to have been Yo Ling's accomplice, and temporarily "defected" to Stefano's organization. In this storyline, it was suggested that Petrov eventually returned to the Phantom Alliance's fold.

Trista Evans BradfordEdit

Trista Evans Bradford
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byBarbara Crampton
First appearanceMarch 4, 1983
Last appearanceMarch 9, 1984
Created byMargaret DePriest and Sheri Anderson
Introduced byBetty Corday and Al Rabin
ClassificationFormer; regular

Trista Evans Bradford was played by Barbara Crampton from March 4, 1983. Crampton only lasted in the role for seven months; she departed from the series on October 24, 1983, when the character was killed off during the Salem Slasher storyline. Crampton later returned as Trista in flashbacks from February 14 to March 9, 1984.

Larry WelchEdit

Larry Welch
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byAndrew Masset
  • 1983–85
  • 2002–03
  • 2016
First appearanceJuly 11, 1983
Last appearanceJune 8, 2016
Created byMargaret DePriest and Sheri Anderson
Introduced by
ClassificationFormer; guest
OccupationDistrict Attorney

Larry Welch, played by Andrew Hyatt Masset from July 11 to October 21, 1983 on a recurring status and November 1, 1983 to December 9, 1985 and again from October 15, 2002 to March 11, 2003 on contract status, then back to recurring from June 10 to July 23, 2003 and finally a guest appearance on June 8, 2016, was a constant obstacle in Bo and Hope's supercouple love story. Larry blackmailed Hope into marrying him but on the day of the wedding Bo rode in on his motorcycle and kidnapped Hope from the wedding. In 1985, Larry killed Stefano's daughter, Megan, and dumped her body in a hot tub; Hope was the prime suspect. Victor Kiriakis learned the truth and forced Larry to take the fall for the crime syndicate that he was running.

Larry returned in 2002 when he again kidnapped Hope in an attempt to get his revenge on her, Bo and Victor. He was presumed dead after a prison break, but in reality, was helping Nicole in her plans to murder Victor. Larry was hit and killed by a car in early 2003.

Calliope Jones BradfordEdit

Calliope Jones Bradford
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byArleen Sorkin
  • 1984–90
  • 1992
  • 2001
  • 2006
  • 2010
First appearanceJune 29, 1984
Last appearanceMay 14, 2010
Created byMargaret DePriest and Sheri Anderson

Calliope Jones Bradford was played by Arleen Sorkin from 1984 to 1990, 1992, 2001, 2006 and 2010.[11]

Calliope came to Salem in 1984.[12] She was employed in Liz Curtis's clothing business and her first scenes featured her making a dress for Anna DiMera. One of her trademarks was her endless collections of hats, which were very creative and sometimes very outlandish. However, Calliope soon came to possess a diamond necklace which was originally owned by Daphne DiMera. She claimed it as her own, but didn't realize that Stefano DiMera was after it, for it contained one of three prisms he was after. Her white lie unknowingly thrust her into a major storyline.[12]

Calliope went on to co-host a daytime talk show with Jennifer Horton-Deveraux. The show was a success, but Calliope would eventually turn over the show over to Jennifer and leave town. However, since her departure in 1990, Calliope has visited Salem several times.

In 2006, Calliope returned to town as a successful wedding planner. Although hired to plan her good friend Marlena's wedding to Alex North, she was also able to help Shawn-Douglas Brady and Mimi Lockhart with theirs, despite normally being booked two years in advance. Still eccentric, Calliope butted heads with Mimi's mother Bonnie Lockhart, a fellow eccentric, but with a different wild taste. During her trip, Calliope also commented Eugene was doing just fine and she was now living in New York City.

Calliope briefly returned in 2010, when she was hired by Rafe Hernandez to collect evidence to prove that Anna DiMera was hired by EJ to kidnap Sami and EJ's daughter Sydney DiMera.

Shane DonovanEdit

Shane Donovan
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byCharles Shaughnessy
  • 1984–92
  • 2002
  • 2010
  • 2012–13
  • 2016–17
First appearanceJuly 31, 1984 (1984-07-31)
Last appearanceFebruary 21, 2017 (2017-02-21)
Created by
Introduced by
ClassificationFormer; regular
Other namesStefano DiMera (2017)
OccupationRetired isa agent
ResidenceLos Angeles, California

Shane Donovan is an agent of the ISA and husband to Kimberly Brady Donovan.[13] Donovan and Brady were a supercouple.[14]

In 1984, Shane came to Salem to keep an eye on Stefano DiMera's illegal dealings. He posed as Larry Welche's butler, and eventually learned of Stefano's acquisitions of two of three rare prisms designed by Larry's father. Shane teamed up with Bo, and the two intended on taking Stefano down. Later that year Shane learned that Stefano was about to acquire the third and final prism through a Russian ice skating troop that came to town. Hope and Bo got the prism from the troop, but after a long chase with Stefano's men the prism ended up embedded in the ice rink.

Shane returned to Salem briefly in the winter of 2002 when Hope was kidnapped by Larry Welch.

Shane later returned in 2010 and was revealed to have been held prisoner in a South American prison while on assignment with the ISA. Shane escaped with the help of Rafe and both returned to Salem in time for Alice Horton's funeral. Shane reconnected with Kimberly, who was in town for Alice's memorial service, and admitted that he wanted his future with her and the family and not with the ISA. Shane and Kimberly reunited and moved to LA to be together as a family.

In July 2013, Jeannie appeared in Salem having dropped the name and instead uses her middle name, Theresa. She worked at the hospital as Jennifer Horton's assistant and then in Human Resources as the assistant to Anne Milbauer.

In late 2016, Shane, apparently back in the ISA, returned to warn Theresa that her ex-boyfriend, a Mexican drug cartel boss, was back in town and wanting to reunite with her. The man was apparently so powerful that even Victor Kiriakis as afraid to cross him. Theresa relented and staged her disappearance to return to Mexico with him to protect her friends and family, who the man had threatened.

In January 2017, agent Shane was back in town to inform the Salem gang that Stefano DiMera, for whose murder Hope Brady was serving a life sentence, was actually seen alive and well in Prague orchestrating a series of arms deals. Shane's mysterious demeanor during these appearances suggest more to the story than he was letting on. This proved to be true when it was revealed that Shane and brother-in-law Steve Johnson engineered the whole affair, and that Shane himself was impersonating Stefano, to "prove" that Stefano was alive and thereby secure Hope's freedom.

Andrew DonovanEdit

Andrew Donovan
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed by
  • Robert Eliot Canko (1986–88)
  • Brandon Ambar (1988–89)
  • Sky Rumph (1989)
  • Justin Page (1989–90)
  • Bradley Pierce (1990–91)
  • Brian Davila (1991–92)
  • ?? (1996–97)
  • 1986–92
  • 1996–97
First appearanceMay 16, 1986
Last appearanceDecember 24, 1997
Created bySheri Anderson, Thom Racina, and Leah Laiman
Introduced byBetty Corday, Ken Corday and Al Rabin
ClassificationFormer; recurring
Other namesTeddy Stewart
Andrew Shawn Donovan IV

Andrew Donovan was portrayed by several child actors including Bradley Pierce, later known for his role in movies such as Jumanji and Beauty and the Beast, until the character left the series in 1992, with further guest appearances in both 1996 and 1997. Andrew is the eldest son of supercouple Shane Donovan and Kimberly Brady (Charles Shaughnessy and, most prominently, Patsy Pease).

Anjelica DeverauxEdit

Anjelica Deveraux
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed by
  • 1987–91
  • 2017–18
First appearanceMarch 18, 1987 (1987-03-18)
Last appearanceOctober 31, 2018 (2018-10-31)
Created byLeah Laiman
Introduced byBetty Corday, Ken Corday and Al Rabin
ClassificationPast; guest
Other namesAnjelica Deveraux Curtis

Anjelica Deveraux was originated by Jane Elliot on March 18, 1987. Elliot was best known for her portrayal of Tracy Quartermaine on General Hospital. Elliot vacated the role on February 15, 1989. Shelley Taylor Morgan briefly played Anjelica for one month from February 21 to March 24, 1989. Judith Chapman later took over on April 7, 1989 until March 19, 1990, when the character was killed off in a plane accident with her son Alexander. Chapman returned for two episodes, airing on January 22 and 23, 1991. Anjelica is known for being the second wife of Harper Deveraux, the Riverfront Knifer, and the mistress of Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth).

On May 11, 2017, it was announced that veteran actress Morgan Fairchild had been cast to portray Anjelica.[15] Fairchild departed the show on August 29, 2017, when Anjelica suffers a sudden heart attack and dies. Chapman reprised the role as apparition during the 2018 Halloween episode. In a January 2019 interview, Chapman revealed she had been previously asked to reprise the role of Anjelica prior to Fairchild's casting.[16]

Diana ColvilleEdit

Diana Colville
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed by
  • 1987–1989
  • 2019
First appearanceApril 13, 1987 (1987-04-13)
Last appearanceMarch 25, 2019
Created byLeah Laiman
Introduced byBetty Corday, Ken Corday and Al Rabin
ClassificationPast; recurring
Other namesDiana Cooper
  • Journalist

Diana Colville was portrayed by Genie Francis, known for her portrayal of Laura Spencer on ABC's General Hospital.

Francis joined Days of Our Lives in the regular role of Diana Colville on April 13, 1987.[17] In June 1989, Francis announced her decision to depart the series.[18] She last appeared during the June 21, 1989, episode. In January 2019, it was announced that Judith Chapman, who previously portrayed the role of Anjelica Deveraux, had been cast in the role of Diana, now going by the surname of Cooper.[19][20][16]

Brief Character historyEdit

Diana came to Salem in 1987 and was Mike Horton's college friend. Diana was competing against both her mother, Serena, and Victor Kiriakis to find a computer disk containing the location of a valuable mineral.

Diana met John Black, who at the time believed himself to be Roman Brady, when she saved Roman's daughter Carrie Brady from drowning in a river. Diana bonded with both Carrie and "Roman," but maintained her pursuit of the disk by feigning a romantic interest in Victor. When Serena obtained the disk, Victor vowed revenge. While in Greece with Victor for his nephew's wedding, Diana made love to "Roman" and they began to pursue a relationship. Serena shot "Roman." He arrested her and found out she was Diana's mother.

After returning to Salem, Diana inherited the Colville fortune when her father was murdered. Victor and Serena plotted to steal the fortune from her. Victor tricked Diana into marrying him to protect Serena, who was supposedly in danger. "Roman" rescued Diana from one planned wedding. At a second ceremony, Serena's kidnapping was staged and Diana was to pay her fortune as ransom. However, Diana's assets were frozen and she was taken hostage by terrorists. Diana was eventually freed and "Roman" revealed Serena and Victor's plot. Diana moved into "Roman's" house for protection. Diana wanted revenge against Victor for losing her inheritance. Diana stole a statue from a museum and planned to frame Victor for it. The plan backfired when "Roman" learned of it. Victor was never charged with the crime, and "Roman" broke up with her over the deception.

Diana and "Roman" resumed their relationship after his investigation of the Torres family put her in danger and she moved back in with him. They hid from the Torreses in the Bahamas and became engaged. Thinking they were safe, they returned to Salem. "Roman" was almost killed by a bomb the Torreses planted. "Roman" began having memory flashes of John's life. When "Roman" also began to suspect that Roman's presumed-dead wife, Marlena Evans was actually alive, it strained his relationship with Diana. Soon after Marlena was found alive, Diana abruptly left Salem, believing her relationship with "Roman" to be unsalvageable.

In 2019, Diana returned to Salem. John, by now a private detective and no longer living as Roman, searched for the mother of Matthew Cooper, who under the alias Leo Stark was blackmailing John's grandson Will Horton. Leo's mother, Diana Cooper, turned out to be Colville, having married a Richard Cooper shortly after leaving Salem. Diana had become an embittered schemer, due in part to Richard's abuse. She kept blackmail material against her own son, who killed Richard. Diana told John that he is Leo's real father; she was pregnant when she left Salem, and Richard agreed to raise her child as his own. Hoping to seduce John, Diana poisoned Marlena with penicillin, to which Marlena is allergic; Marlena survived. Diana was caught and arrested, and she admitted that John is not Leo's father.

Harper DeverauxEdit

Harper Deveraux
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byJoseph Campanella
  • 1987–88
  • 1990–92
First appearanceMay 8, 1987
Last appearanceApril 22, 1992
Created byLeah Laiman
Introduced byBetty Corday, Ken Corday and Al Rabin
ClassificationFormer; regular
Other namesRiverfront Knifer (serial killer alias)

Harper Deveraux was played by Joseph Campanella on a recurring status May 8, 1987. On May 10, 1988, Campanella was upgraded to contract status when Harper was revealed to be the Riverfront Knifer, a serial killer who murdered women in Salem including Janice Barnes (Elizabeth Storm) and Grace Forrester (Camilla More). Among his other victims, Eve Donovan (Charlotte Ross), Kayla Brady (Mary Beth Evans), Kimberly Brady (Patsy Pease) and several others managed to survive. Campanella briefly departed the role on July 5, 1988, when he was downgraded back to recurring from August 9, 1988 until October 21, 1988. Campanella later returned as Harper one last time to thwart the second wedding of Steve Johnson and Kayla Brady and later in visions had by his adopted son Jack from March 9, 1990 to April 22, 1992.

Eve DonovanEdit

Eve Donovan
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed by
  • 1987–1991
  • 2014–present
First appearanceJuly 16, 1987 (1987-07-16)
Created byLeah Laiman
Introduced by
ClassificationPresent; recurring
Other names
  • Eve Baron
  • Eve Larson
  • Blair
  • Chelsea
  • Singer
  • Prostitute
ResidenceSalem, Illinois

Eve Donovan was portrayed by actress Charlotte Ross, until her exit in 1991. In June 2014, the character returned, this time portrayed by actress Kassie DePaiva. Introduced as a prostitute, Eve is the daughter of Shane Donovan (Charles Shaughnessy) and Gabrielle Pascal. She is also the half-sister of Andrew Donovan IV and Theresa Donovan (Jen Lilley). Upon her return on June 18, 2014, she made an immediate connection with Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) and reunited with her daughter Paige Larson (True O'Brien). In September 2015, DePaiva was let go from the soap, and last appeared on February 2, 2016.[21] In May 2016, it was announced that DePaiva would briefly reprise her role as Eve, and she aired from September 8 to October 4, 2016.[22][23][24][25][26] The character returned from December 9 to 12, 2016 following a two-month hiatus. In May 2017, it was revealed the character would yet again return on October 27, 2017 and departed the role again on December 24, 2019 - following her character's release from prison. Kassie Depaiva has earned two Daytime Emmy nominations in 2016 and 2019 for Outstanding Lead Actress for the role.[27]

DePaiva announced in May 2020 that she would returning to the series and would begin airing on July 30, 2020.

In 2014, after 22 years, Eve returned to Salem and is shown meeting with Dr Daniel Jonas to discuss a throat surgery which she hopes will help relaunch her singing career. She soon reunites with her daughter Paige Larson who she does not know is dating JJ Deveraux, the son of Eve's ex-husband Jack Deveraux and her old high school rival, Jennifer Horton. Eve hopes to gain financial support by obtaining half the profits made by Jack's book about his life in the army, which he apparently owed her as part of their annulment agreement. Jennifer, who is the executive of Jack's estate, refuses to give her any share of the money as it being donated to a charity which supports war veterans, when Eve threatens to sue her, Jennifer can not risk the toll this will have on her family and agrees to give Eve her share.

When Eve learns about JJ's history of drug dealing from her half-sister Theresa, she becomes wary of his and Paige's relationship and does everything she can to split them up. When Eve learns that she will never be able to sing again she is devastated, JJ comes by her apartment hoping to have it out with her after having just broken up with Paige but once he sees how fragile she is he comforts her, they end up having sex and are distraught afterwards when they realize what they have just done to Paige. JJ and Paige soon get back together but are forced to break up when JJ once again sleeps with Eve.

Eve and JJ continue their affair until they are caught in bed together by Jennifer who furiously attacks Eve. Jennifer decides not to tell Paige the truth about JJ and Eve but blackmails Eve into encouraging Paige to get back together with JJ. Eve tries to get JJ arrested by having drugs planted in his backpack, when JJ confronts her about it to get a recorded confession, they do not realize that Paige is in the next room and hears them confessing to their affair. An enraged Paige slaps Eve and disowns her as her mother before going to JJ's house and revealing the truth to all his friends and family who were attending a surprise birthday party JJ was throwing for Paige.

Eve's life is shattered when Paige is murdered by a serial killer known as the Neck-tie killer, who is later revealed to be Ben Rogers. This prompts Paige's estranged father and Eve's ex-husband Eduardo Larson to come to Salem in the hope of consoling Eve through her grief but Eve is still resentful towards him for abandoning her and Paige years previously. She is even more angered to learn that Eduardo is the father of Rafe and Gabi Hernandez, who are part of another family Eduardo left before he met Eve.

Eve begins a relationship with Justin Kiriakis who helped console Eve after Paige's death, when Eduardo wants to set up a music program in Paige's name at the community center, he asks Eve to run it and she accepts. Eve takes a particular interest in Claire Brady, one of her students and believes she possesses great talent as a singer. Eve starts indulging much of her time with Claire much to the annoyance of her mother Belle Brady, who believes Eve is using Claire as a surrogate daughter to replace Paige. When Eve gets Claire an audition for a place at Juilliard School for the performing arts in New York City, she and Claire sneak off to New York without Belle's permission.

Claire returns soon after and reveals that she did not get a place in Juilliard but Eve does not return with her and her Whereabouts remain unknown until her sister Theresa reveals that she is no longer living in Salem when talking about her upcoming wedding to her fiancée Brady Black.

Eve returns several months later for Theresa's bachelorette party and wedding. However, before the wedding starts the party is invaded by former Salem criminal Orpheus who grabs Eve and holds her at gunpoint. She and several other guests are released when Paul Narita takes her place as a hostage. Afterwards at the police station, Eve forms a bond with Nicole Walker over their shared grief of lost loved one's. Eve goes back to New York soon after but not before helping her ex-boyfriend Justin realize he still has feelings for his ex-wife Adrienne.

Alexander KiriakisEdit

Alexander Kiriakis
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byJonathan Thornton
First appearanceFebruary 21, 1989
Created byLeah Laiman
Introduced byKen Corday and Al Rabin
ClassificationFormer; recurring
Other namesAlexander Neil Kiriakis
ResidenceScottsdale, Arizona

Alexander Kiriakis was portrayed by child actor, Jonathan Thornton.

Alexander was conceived by Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth) and Anjelica Deveraux (Jane Elliot, Shelley Taylor Morgan, Judith Chapman, Morgan Fairchild), when Justin was separated from his wife Adrienne Johnson (Judi Evans). Alexander was originally thought to be Harper Deveraux's (Joseph Campanella) son, before Anjelica realized that Harper was sterile, thus couldn't be the baby's father. Even then, she lied to Justin about the child's paternity and she married Neil Curtis (Joseph Gallison) in hopes of giving her child a name. Victor Kiriakis wanted Angelica to marry him so he could use the baby as his heir, but she refused him. Neil planned on adopting Alexander as his own, but the adoption never went through because Anjelica realized she had a chance with Justin, and told him that Alexander was his son. Justin put her and Alexander up in a penthouse of their own, complete with a nanny, J.J. Bagwood (Patti Johns), because she knew that there was no way Justin would let his ruthless uncle raise his son.

Angelica tried to use Alexander to split up Adrienne and Justin, and she almost succeeded by telling Justin that Adrienne had faked a pregnancy of her own to hold onto him. Justin and Adrienne still remained in love and Anjelica decided to get Adrienne out of the picture once and for all, and hired Hank Tobin (John Lavachielli, Ron Kuhlman, Rick J. Porter) to bomb the site that Adrienne's construction company was working on. Tobin had an attack of conscience at the last minute, and lost his own life saving Adrienne's. When Justin learned the truth behind the bombing, Angelica fled town with Alexander. The two were presumed dead in a plane crash and Justin and Adrienne found their way back to each other.

Alexander was finally reunited with his father in 1991, when Johnny Corelli found him and Anjelica, when it was revealed they switched flights before the crash. Anjelica had a miraculous change of heart and agreed to let Johnny take Alexander back to Salem, where he was reunited with his father and stepmother. Justin and Adrienne soon took Alexander to Dallas, Texas, with his adopted twin brothers Joey Kiriakis (Loren Mead, Jacob Iorio) and Victor Kiriakis II (Candace Mead, Benjamin Iorio). Soon after they arrived in Texas, Adrienne gave birth to his younger half-brother, Jackson "Sonny" Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Although never shown on-screen, Alexander returned to Salem in 2007 with his parents and brothers, where he attended Salem High School. His time in town was short lived, however, and by January 2008 the entire family moved again – this time to Dubai. In 2011, Sonny revealed that Alexander had a difficult time at first accepting when he first came out as gay. In 2015, Alexander was revealed to be living in Arizona when Sonny was going through troubles with his husband Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and he went to visit him.

Tamara PriceEdit

Tamara Price
Days of Our Lives character
Portrayed byMarilyn McCoo
Duration1986–87, 2019–20
First appearanceAugust 21, 1986 (1986-08-21)
Created bySheri Anderson, Thom Racina and Leah Laiman
Introduced byBetty Corday, Ken Corday and Al Rabin
ClassificationPresent, guest
ResidenceMiami, Florida

Tamara Price, portrayed by Marilyn McCoo, was introduced in August 1986 as the college roommate of Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall).[28] Tamara surprises Marlena as she is set to remarry Roman Brady (Drake Hogestyn). Tamara initially clashes with Roman's best friend Abe Carver (James Reynolds) as she cut him off in traffic rushing to the ceremony.[29] Tamara is running from Coleman, a mysterious man from her past. Tamara gets a gig singing at Blondie's which upsets Liz Chandler's (Gloria Loring) as she is out of a job. Despite their rocky start, Abe and Tamara begin dating. However, it becomes obvious Tamara is keeping something from him. She is horrified when Coleman confronts her and promises to go "legit" if she returns to him.[30] However, Coleman does not want to leave his wife. Abe looks into Coleman's background when Tamara suddenly announces that they have reunited. She leaves town in May 1987.[31] and on October 2019 Tamara returns to Salem for her daughter Lani's wedding.


Henderson is Victor's butler. Ron Leath is the actor who plays Henderson. He is routinely seen answering the door and serving meals in the Kiriakis mansion. He is extremely loyal to Victor Kiriakis.[32]

Kristina AndropolousEdit

Kristina is the sole daughter of Teodor Andropolous. The Andropolous were wealthy neighbors, business partners, and friends of the Kiriakis. Thus, She grew up in the Greek island of Naphleon along with Justin Kiriakis, and she even attended the same Swiss boarding school as he. Kristina and Justin had always been fierce rivals in everything they did, but at the same time kept a very close relationship that turned into a high school romance. After they graduated, they went their separate ways. Kristina eventually became a savvy business woman, as her father prepped her to take over the helm of the Andropolous business.

Vern ScofieldEdit

Vern Scofield, played by Wayne Heffley from 1988 to 1993 and again in 2002, 2003, and 2006, raised three children (Brian, Tanner, and Cassie) after the death of his wife. Vern's primary role was to be Jack's right-hand man at the Spectator and supported Jack's relationship with Jennifer. Vern began dating Jo Johnson, Jack's mother, in 1999 when both characters left the canvas. In 2002, it was revealed that Vern and Jo had married and were still living in Salem. They returned for Jack's "funeral" in 2003 and later for Jack and Jennifer's wedding and farewell in 2006. Although Heffley died in 2008, Vern was mentioned as alive in December 2016.

Paul StewartEdit

Paul Stewart played by Robert S. Woods from 1986 to 1987.

Savannah WilderEdit

Savannah Wilder is a fictional character on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives, played by Shannon Tweed from 1985 to 1986.[33]

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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  1. ^ Eve revealed during a conversation with Paige, in 2014, that she and Frankie were once married outside of Salem.