Alison Sweeney attending "Susan G. Komen's 8th Annual Fashion For The Cure" event - Hollywood, CA on September 24, 2009
|Born||Alison Ann Sweeney
September 19, 1976
Los Angeles, California
|Spouse(s)||David Sanov (2000–present)|
Alison "Ali" Ann Sweeney (born September 19, 1976) is an American dramatic actress, reality show host, director and author. Sweeney is best known for her portrayal of Samantha "Sami" Brady on NBC's long running Days of Our Lives, a role she has played under contract with the show since January 6, 1993. In this role, she has earned four Soap Opera Digest Awards and a Fan Voted Daytime Emmy Award. In 2007, she became the host of The Biggest Loser.
She is the only daughter, and has two brothers, Sten and Ryan. Sweeney attended UCLA, but left due to the commitment at the time. On July 8, 2000, Sweeney married David Sanov, after dating for nearly three years. The couple have two children: Benjamin, born in February 2005 and Megan, born in January 2009. The family currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Her television debut was at age five in a Kodak advertisement. A few years later, she was in an episode of Tales from the Darkside. The episode, titled I Can't Help Saying Goodbye, first aired on October 5, 1986. She played the part of a young girl named Karen 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 A 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.
In the 1990s, Sweeney struggled with her weight. She eventually was a US dress size 12 (UK dress size 16), not obese by medical standards, but still larger than her television peers. She documented all the tabloid talk and personal anguish in her 2004 memoir, All The Days of My Life (So Far).
In 2002, she appeared on a celebrity episode of the NBC reality game show Fear Factor. She has appeared in other NBC shows such as Friends and Las Vegas. In 2007, she joined the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon as a co-host for the live television broadcast. She returned to her co-hosting duties for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 telethons.
In 2007, Sweeney took over hosting duties on The Biggest Loser, replacing Caroline Rhea since the fourth season. She was surprised but happy to be offered the role, where she is able to cheer on contestants and share their victories.
In July 2013, Sweeney appeared in Second Chances, a Hallmark Original Movie, alongside Days co-star Greg Vaughan. The movie was filmed before Sweeney and Vaughn became siblings on Days of Our Lives.
On January 20, 2014, Sweeney announced on The Ellen Degeneres Show that after 21 years of being on the air on Days of Our Lives, she will be leaving the show, to focus on spending more time with her family, as well as more time to work on her other show, The Biggest Loser. She has stated in the interview that she is going to be on the show in all of 2014, along with that she would like her character on the show to have a happy ending with a Breaking Bad twist.
|1985||St. Elsewhere||Chrissy||Episode: Santa Claus is Dead|
|1985||Webster||Beth||Episode: The Uh-Oh Feeling|
|1985||Tales from the Darkside||Karen||Episode: I Can't Help Saying Goodbye|
|1987; 1993–2014||Days of Our Lives||Young Adrienne Johnson
|Role: 1987 – Flashbacks
Role: January 1993–October 2014
Role: July 2007 – September 2007; February 2008
|2001||Friends||Jessica Ashley||Episode: The One With Joey's Award|
|2002||Fear Factor||Herself||Episode: Celebrity Fear Factor|
|2004||American Dreams||Miss USA||Episode: Old Enough to Fight|
|2004||Las Vegas||Caroline Pzarchik||Episode: Nevada State|
|2007–present||The Biggest Loser||Herself||Host|
|2010||Mercy||Becky Sorensen||Episode: I Did Kill You, Didn't I?|
|1987||The Price of Life||Alice|
|1989–90||A Brand New Life||Christy McCary|
|1991||The End of Innocence||Stephanie||12–15 years old|
|2013||Second Chances||Jenny McLean||Hallmark Original Movie|
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