Celebrity of the Day: Alison Sweeney

Actress Alison Sweeney who turns 43 today is our celebrity of the day.

Alison Ann Sweeney (born September 19, 1976) is an American actress, reality show host, director and author. Sweeney is best known for her portrayal of Samantha “Sami” Brady on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” , a role she has played under contract with the show since January 6 1993.

In this role, she has earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination, four Soap Opera Digest Awards and a Fan Voted Daytime Emmy Award.

In 2007, she became the host of The Biggest Loser, and left the series at the sixteenth season in 2015.

Sweeney is of Irish descent. Sweeney has two brothers. She studied Economics at UCLA but left due to her commitment to Days of Our Lives.

On July 8, 2000, Sweeney married David Sanov after dating for nearly three years.

The couple has two children: a son born on February 25, 2005 and a daughter born on January 12, 2009.

The family currently lives in Los Angeles.

Her television debut was at age five in a Kodak advertisement. A few years later, she was in the episode “I Can’t Help Saying Goodbye” of the horror series Tales from the Darkside, playing a young girl who could sense when others were going to die shortly before their deaths. In 1988, she appeared on the short-lived ABC sitcom Family Man, and the following year, was cast as Christy McCray on Brand New Life, a miniseries from future X-Files creator Chris Carter that aired within NBC’s Magical World of Disney in October 1989. The miniseries, which co-starred Barbara Eden as Sweeney’s mother and Don Murray as her new stepfather, was considered for pick-up as a stand-alone series beyond its Disney tryout, but the regular series never materialized.

On January 6, 1993, then 16-year-old Sweeney first appeared in the role of Samantha “Sami” Brady in the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives—a show of which she was a fan.

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