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Alison Sweeney

On January 6th, 1993, Alison Sweeney joined the cast of the Emmy Award-winning, NBC-TV series Days of Our Lives as Sami Brady -- the sassy, clever and sometimes dangerous daughter of Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). In the U.S., Days of Our Lives is viewed by more than 5.9 million people per week and consistently ranks among the top three daytime dramas in the most important demographic to television advertisers -- Women 18-49.

Throughout her eight years on the series, Sweeney has taken Sami Brady from a troubled teen to a devoted young mother. In the process, Sweeney has won The Soap Opera Digest Award four times (1996, '98, '99 and 2001) and has graced more than fifty magazine covers. "Young Sweeney holds her own with the best of them on Days of Our Lives, including powerhouse Deidre Hall," wrote Soap Opera Digest.

Soap Opera Weekly named Sweeney Breakout Performer of the Year in 1999 and praised her portrayal of Sami Brady as the stuff of which Emmy nominations are made.

In addition to her role on Days of Our Lives, Sweeney recently guest-starred on an episode of Friends. Opposite Matt LeBlanc and Jennifer Aniston, Sweeney portrayed an award-winning, diva actress.

Born in Los Angeles, California on September 19th, Sweeney has an older and younger brother; however, she is the only daughter of their concert and studio violinist mother (Dances with Wolves, Jaws) and their business investor father. Growing-up in a musical household, Sweeney tried following in her mother's footsteps with the violin; however, it wasn't long before she realized her true calling -- acting.

At the age of four, Sweeney began appearing in television commercials for products such as Kodak Film. At six, she appeared on Days of Our Lives for the first time in the role of Adrienne for two days of flashback sequences. Starring roles on Simon & Simon, Webster, St. Elsewhere, Family Man, Brand New Life, I Married Dora and Tales from the Darkside followed shortly thereafter. In Dyan Cannon's feature film The End of Innocence, Sweeney played the role of Stephanie (Cannon's character as a preteen), and she also starred as Alice in the film The Price of Life. Throughout her career, Sweeney has starred with such respected actresses as Dyan Cannon, Barbara Eden, Sally Kirkland and Mimi Kennedy.

Away from the television and film studios, Sweeney leads an active life. Her passions are swing dancing and riding her horse Apparition (nick-named Ghost). If she were not acting, writing and directing would be major career considerations. An extensive traveler, Sweeney has developed an appreciation for various cultures and speaks semi-fluent Spanish. When she has the opportunity to travel, her ideal destinations are Italy, France and anywhere she can find a ski slope. Sweeney recently married her childhood sweetheart, Dave, who is a California Highway Patrol Officer. They reside in Los Angeles.

From the Official Web Site for Alison Sweeney

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