10 Things You Didn’t Know About Eileen Davidson
Eileen Davidson is well recognized for her long career in the soap industry, but she’s also known for her role on Bravo’s widely popular reality series known as the Real Housewives. Currently starring as Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless, Davidson is also credited as an award-winning actress, reality star, author, former model and mother/step-mother of three children. In honor of her upcoming birthday, here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Eileen Davidson!
10. She’s Been Married 3 Times
Eileen’s love life has been a little bit rocky in the past! She’s been married three times, first to actor Christopher Mayer from 1985 to 1986. She then married fellow soap opera actor Jon Lindstrom from General Hospital and As the World Turns in 1997 until 2000. In an odd twist of events, both her ex-husbands appeared on Santa Barbara, a show that Davidson worked on for two years, but they never appeared on screen together. Her last and final marriage is to her current husband, Vince Van Patten. She met Vince while working on the set of The Young and the Restless when he appeared as the boyfriend of Ashley Abbott, played by Davidson. Vince isn’t necessarily recognized as a soap actor, but more as a former tennis professional and Poker Tour commentator. They wed in 2003, the same year she gave birth to their son, Jesse. The couple lives in Malibu and Eileen acts as the stepmother to Van Patten’s two sons from his previous marriage, Duke and Vinny, who are both in their twenties.
9. Family Life
She was born on June 15, 1959, in Artesia, California. Davidson is the youngest of seven children. Her mother, Charlotte was a homemaker while her father, Richard, was an airplane parts manufacturer. Eileen is no stranger to tragedy as she’s lost two sisters and a niece recently. In 2014, Davidson lost her sister Connie after a long battle with breast cancer. According to Eileen, who talked about the passing of her sister while filming RHOBH, she said her sister Connie did not share her health problems with their family until that last few months and so Eileen experienced a lot of guilt as a result. On Real Housewives she traveled to Italy and scattered her sister’s ashes in the ocean. A few months later she lost her niece, Brooke Watkins, a daughter of another sister of Davidson’s. Brooke passed away in her sleep due to a drug overdose and left behind two children.