B&B Lands Eileen Davidson

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Genoa City's loss is Los Angeles' gain as Ashley Abbott takes on the LA fashion world thanks to Brooke


Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott, B&B)Soapdom is delighted to now confirm that Eileen Davidson joins the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful in the role of Ashley Abbott. Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell has made the official announcement saying: “Eileen is an extraordinary actress with an unlimited range of talent. It is my pleasure to welcome her to B&B."

This is a contract role for Davidson, who will shake things up in the LA fashion world.  "The character of Ashley will arrive in Los Angeles at the request of Brooke Forrester (played by Katherine Kelly Lange) when she asks her to create a new fragrance line for Forrester Originals," said Bell.  "Things will heat up within the family when it comes to light that Ashley has had a secret relationship with one of our core characters.”

Davidson originated the role of Jabot Cosmetics Executive Ashley Abbott, which was created by the late William J. Bell for The Young and the Restless, in 1982.  She departed the show in 1989 and returned in 1999 where she remained a central character until late last year.  Mere weeks ago, the character moved to Hong Kong to oversee the business in that part of the world, but now, she is on her way back stateside to take on the Forresters.

In 1998, Davidson made daytime television history for portraying five characters at one time on Days of our Lives.  Davidson also portrayed Kelly Capwell on the daytime series Santa Barbara and starred in the primetime television series Broken Badges and the telefilm Sharing Richard with Ed Marinaro. 

Her feature film credits include starring roles in ETERNITY with Jon Voight and Armande Assante, and EASY WHEELS with Paul LeMat.  She also starred in THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW.

A Southern California native, Davidson lives in Los Angeles with her husband Vincent Van Patten, her son Jesse; and two stepsons, Duke and Vinny.  When she is not working, she surfs, snow skis, and scuba dives.  She also plays piano, paints, and enjoys writing.

The Bold and the Beautiful is a Bell-Phillip Television production, broadcast weekdays (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Currently in its fifth year of being the first and only daytime drama to simulcast in Spanish utilizing SAP (Secondary Audio Program) technology, the show has taped over 5,000 episodes and is the most watched daily dramatic serial in the world, viewed in more than 110 countries. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary on the CBS Television Network on March 23, 2007.  Bradley P. Bell is Executive Producer and Head Writer.