Kate Roberts (Days of Our Lives)
Lauren Koslow as Kate Roberts
|Days of Our Lives character|
|First appearance||February 24, 1993|
|Created by||Sheri Anderson|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday and Tom Langan (1993, 1996)|
|Other names||Katherine Elizabeth Roberts |
Deborah Adair as Kate Roberts
Kate Roberts is a fictional character on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. The matriarch of the series' Roberts family, the role was originated by Deborah Adair in 1993, and is currently played by (and most associated with) Lauren Koslow, who has held the role since 1996. Kate is the mother of Austin Reed, Billie Reed, Lucas Horton, Philip Kiriakis, and the twins Cassie and Rex Brady. Kate is the ex-wife of Curtis Reed, Victor Kiriakis, Roman Brady, Stefano DiMera, and is the widow of André DiMera. She is known for getting what she wants via scheming. In 2000, Koslow received a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, for her portrayal of Kate.
The character was created by Days of Our Lives head writer Sheri Anderson, and first portrayed by actress Deborah Adair in 1993. Adair played Kate through to April 1995, when she retired from acting. The character was reintroduced in 1996 under the pen of head writer James E. Reilly, and played by Lauren Koslow, who had previously starred on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Anderson, who wrote for Adair, said in an interview in 2011 that Reilly put a bit of a different spin on the character of Kate to Anderson's initial conception.
Kate's primary role within the narrative is that of a femme-fatale and villainess. She is portrayed as a stoic, aggressive and family-oriented woman who is generally loving and supportive, but often interferes in her friends and relatives lives through any means she thinks necessary. When Kate arrives in Salem (the town where the soap opera is set) in 1993 she is single, with one adult son, Lucas Roberts. As the story develops it is revealed that Kate has lived in Salem before, where she was married with two children; but when Kate got pregnant with Lucas by another man (Dr Bill Horton), her husband kicked her out, and vanished with their two children, faking their deaths. In the storyline, Kate discovers her elder children (Austin Reed and Billie Reed) are alive and living in Salem and she is reunited with them.
Some sources confuse Kate Roberts with 1970s Days of Our Lives character Dr Kate Winograd (played by Elaine Princi), who was Head of Anesthesiology at Salem University Hospital, and who had a friendship and attraction with her colleague Bill Horton in Days of Our Lives episodes broadcast from 1977 to 1979. However, the broadcast story of Dr Kate Winograd and the backstory of Kate Roberts are incompatibly different, and other sources, including Sony Pictures Television's official website, keep the two Kates as separate characters. Moreover, Days headwriter Sheri Anderson stated in 2011 that she "actually originally created the character of Kate" with her friend Deborah Adair initially playing her (in 1993); and actress Lauren Koslow showed no knowledge of Dr Kate Winograd in a 2015 interview with Afterbuzz TV.
In February 1993, businesswoman Kate Roberts (Deborah Adair) arrives in Salem to work at Titan Publishing Company for Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston). Although a new character to Days of Our Lives, it is revealed that Kate has lived in Salem before. She is friends with psychiatrist Dr Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall), and is actually a former patient of hers. Kate kept a journal back when she was Marlena's patient, and Kate breaks in to the house she used to live in Salem trying to find it. At Titan, Kate is given a manuscript of a novel to consider for publication. When she reads it, she realizes it is her life story, plagariazed from her journal, and she blocks its publication.
Kate's son Lucas Roberts (Bryan Dattilo) joins her in Salem, on a spring break from West Point Military Academy. When Kate meets Dr Tom and Alice Horton (Macdonald Carey and Frances Reid), Alice realizes Kate used to be a tenant in a house owned by her son Bill Horton (now occupied by his daughter Jennifer, and her husband Jack Deveraux, who found her journal, and wrote the novel); and Tom recognizes her as a former patient, a battered woman. Tom remembers that he delivered her a baby boy (this was Lucas). Kate wants the secrets about her past to remain hidden, but Lucas wants to know the identity of his father. Kate has told him that his father was "Alan Roberts" and given him a photo, but Lucas discovers that the photo is of a random stranger, and "Alan Roberts" does not exist. In response to Lucas's anger, Kate tells him she does not know his father's name. Kate informs a stunned Lucas that before he was born, she was married to an abusive man, with whom she had two children, and she turned to Lucas's father for comfort. She cries when she tells him the children, his half-brother and half-sister, later died in a motor accident.
Meanwhile, Kate and Victor have become close, and she and Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), who loves Victor, have become rivals in their pursuit of his love. It looks like Kate is the winner, when Victor asks Kate to marry him – he wants to have a child with her – and Kate accepts, and they marry.
A man named Curtis Reed (Nick Benedict) arrives in Salem, and starts blackmailing Kate about her past. Lucas learns that this is Kate's former husband, who was violent to her. Then suddenly, in November 1993, Curtis is found shot dead, apparently murdered. Found next to his body in a drugged state is Billie Reed (Lisa Rinna), whom Curtis drugged and abused before his death. Kate, Lucas, Billie, and her brother Austin Reed (Patrick Muldoon) all come under suspicion for Curtis's murder, but Billie becomes the prime suspect. There is a trial where they all have to testify.
Meanwhile, Vivian Alamain has rescued Bill Horton's wife, Laura Horton (Jaime Lyn Bauer) from the sanitarium where she was being kept comatose by corrupt staff (in order to extort money for her care from the Horton family). Vivian and Laura crash the trial, and Laura tells the whole court that Kate was married to Curtis (a fact she knows from them both being former tenants of Bill and hers). Then Billie admits on the stand that she is Curtis's daughter, and was sexually abused by Curtis during her childhood. Billie and Austin realize that Kate is their mother, and vice versa. Initially Billie blames Kate for the abuse she suffered; but when Curtis had found out Kate was pregnant with another man's child, he beat her and left her abanded by the side of a road, and vanished with Austin and Billie. Billie is found to be innocent when it is discovered that Curtis was accidentally shot during a scuffle with Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo).
Vivian, who wants to break up Kate and Victor, urges Laura to go public with the fact that Kate had a sexual affair with Laura's husband Bill Horton. Bill was the other man – the father of Lucas. Laura crashes a party Victor is holding for Kate and tells all. Lucas is outraged that Kate has kept his father from him. Victor also learns from a tabloid reporter that his marriage to Kate is invalid, as Curtis was still alive when they married.
Kate wants to get married to Victor legally, and Victor promises to marry her, but only if she gives him an heir; and when Kate learns she will have difficulty in conceiving another child, they decide to use in vitro fertilization. Some embryos begin to form, but Vivian swaps the embryos and has Victor and Kate's embryos implanted in her. Vivian gives birth to a healthy baby boy, Philip Kiriakis on February 21, 1995. While pregnant with Philip, Vivian drives a wedge between Kate and Victor's relationship, and tricks Victor into marrying her. Vivian poisons the pilot of a plane transporting Kate, and when the plane crashes on April 24, 1995, Kate is believed killed.
After surviving the crash, Kate (now Lauren Koslow) returns to Salem on January 25, 1996, determined to win custody of her son Philip. Learning Vivian and Victor are together, Kate seeks revenge. Kate vows to take Victor's Titan Corporation and his son Philip (still an infant at the time) away from them. Victor suffers a stroke, and Vivian is arrested for her schemes. Kate is now in charge of Victor's empire. Billie also returns, closely followed by Franco Kelly (Victor Alfieri). Kate hires Franco to break up Bo and Hope, so Billie can be happy with Bo.
Kate is also now a grandmother: Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) gave birth to a son whilst Kate was away. His name is Will, and Sami claims he is Austin's, but he is actually Lucas's child. Sami misleads everyone in her bid to get Austin to marry her, and when the truth of Will's paternity comes out, Sami fights Lucas for custody. Thus begins an epic battle between Kate and Sami. Sami finds out that Kate was once a prostitute and blackmails Kate. Sami falls in love with Franco and they prepare to marry. Kate wants to stop it, because she fears Lucas will lose Will. Kate tries to blackmail Franco about his mob past, but Franco attacks Kate with a poker on the eve of the wedding. Lucas saves Kate by shooting Franco, who dies instantly, and Kate frames Sami for the killing. At the trial for Franco's death, Sami is convicted and is sentenced to death. As she is about to be executed, Lucas confesses in a bid to save her. However, Kate has just persuaded a dying man to sign a false confession and Sami is saved, and she and Lucas both go free.
Meanwhile, Kate is still battling with Vivian for control over Titan. Kate begins a relationship with Vivian's nephew, Nicholas Alamain, but he leaves town. She then attempts to sly her way back into Victor's good graces. She blows her chances, however, when she is caught in flagrante delicto with mob boss Vincent Moroni (Carl Weintraub). She conspires with him to kill Victor at the coronation of Greta Von Amberg. The plan accidentally kills Vincent's only child, Angela Moroni (Ayda Field), and causes Vincent to commit suicide. Victor, realizing Kate's plan, flees for his life and fakes his death. He reveals himself to her the night she sets the Kiriakis mansion on fire and attempts to kill him with a poker. Victor escapes, but Lucas is severely burned. Victor kicks Kate out of the house, but does not tell Philip about his mother's murder attempts on him. Philip's plea causes Victor to provide Kate with a small allowance.
Kate gets a job at Basic Black, and begins dating Roman Brady (Josh Taylor). Kate and Roman find out that they are the biological parents of twins Rex Brady (Eric Winter) and Cassie Brady (Alexis Thorpe). Roman asks Kate to marry him, and she agrees. They have a beautiful wedding, but the reception is shattered when Kate finds Roman's apparently-dead body. She mourns him deeply, but it doesn't stop her from destroying his daughter Sami's relationship with her son Lucas. Kate encourages Philip to spend more time with Belle Black (Martha Madison). Cassie, too, is apparently murdered. Her body is found with multiple stab wounds in a Thanksgiving pinata. Kate is found holding the bloody knife and is arrested but, in reality, Cassie's and Roman's apparent deaths, as well as several other Salem residents, are staged in a plot by André DiMera (Thaao Penghlis).
Kate begins a relationship with John Black (Drake Hogestyn), after helping him deal with a drug addiction. However, as soon as the John and Kate make plans to marry, both their spouses return to Salem alive. Roman ends things with Kate for good. Lucas and Sami are to marry, but Kate stops the wedding in the nick of time, thanks to her discovery and revelation that Sami has been disguising herself as a man called Stan, and selling John the illicit drugs he became addicted to. Kate invites John Black to live with her after Marlena kicks him out of her home. Kate comforts Philip when Belle Black's daughter Claire Brady, whom Philip believes is his, turns out Shawn-Douglas Brady's. Philip leaves town. She is terrified when he goes missing, but comes back after receiving extensive amounts of surgery. He is granted temporary custody of Claire, but is devastated when Shawn and Belle kidnap her.
Kate, in her ongoing efforts to keep Lucas from marrying Sami, enlists the help of EJ DiMera (James Scott), who is using the alias EJ Wells, to seduce Sami away from Lucas. Her efforts fail when EJ is revealed to be the son of Stefano DiMera. Lucas and Sami are deeply in love, and are set to marry again, and this time Kate fails to stop it, despite her best effforts. Sami and Lucas start their life together despite Kate's interference. In retaliation for their scheming, Lucas turns Kate and EJ in to the FTC for their questionable financial records. Kate turns to Stefano DiMera after learning she is broke. Stefano provides her with enough money to start her own business called Kate's Hearth and Home, a Martha Stewart-like brand of housewares. She hires Stefano's son Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghis) to do the advertising. Kate no longer worries about Lucas and Sami, because Stefano has blackmailed Sami into a marriage with EJ, and Sami has fallen for him.
Kate turns her attention back to Philip, who is in trouble with John Black, and to her granddaughter Chelsea Brady (Rachel Melvin), who is recovering from surgery. Chelsea's surgery is successful, and soon starts dating her surgeon Daniel Jonas (Shawn Cristian). In November 2008, Kate is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, and receives bone marrow from Chloe Lane. Lucas begins a relationship with Chloe Lane. Kate learns that Chloe cheated on Lucas with Daniel Jonas, and is set on revenge. She poisons her, and Chloe is put in a coma. Kate becomes the only suspect, and to avoid jail time she marries Stefano DiMera who destroys the evidence against her. Later Phillip has a one-night stand with Chloe, resulting in grandson Parker being born, one month premature. When the truth comes out, Kate does everything in her power to make sure Chloe doesn't see her son, including driving her to suicide (which failed, thanks to Phillip saving her) and calling Phillip (as Chloe), using a recording of Chloe's voice that she edited to make Chloe sound like an unfit mother. When Phillip subsequently moves to Chicago with Parker, Kate blames Chloe (even though it was Kate's own doing) and later hires a thug named Quinn who forces Chloe to become a prostitute, much like Kate was forced to be in her own youth.
On August 31, 2011, Kate announces to Victor plans to resurrect Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics with brand expansion and new product ideas, under Titan's rule, with Billie's blessing. However, Victor seems apprehensive about the deal, believing Stefano turned down her deal. She later brings back her daughter, Billie, to help run the company by her side. She also interacts with new arrival, Ian McAllister (Ian Buchanan), with whom she once had a romantic relationship in Paris. The two fall into bed in April 2012, which she later regrets. Upon Stefano's return from Alamania, he holds a romantic dinner for Kate with all of her favorite foods, then reveals that he knows about her affair with Ian McAllister. Kate tries to explain but Stefano ends their marriage and takes control of Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics and Kate's Hearth and Home, making Kate's longtime enemy, Sami Brady, CEO. Ian then offers Kate a job as co-CEO of MadWorld, to work alongside Madison James as competition against Sami. Kate and Ian continue their relationship as Kate begins to get along with Madison. Stefano is apparently murdered, and with so many enemies, there are many suspects, including Kate. However, during a town-wide disaster, when Salem is rocked with a series of explosions, Ian reveals that he is behind the death of Stefano and framing of EJ, and that he only loved Madison, and is merely using Kate to take the DiMera fortune. Kate ends their relationship, and he is sent to jail; but it is revealed that only an imposter of Stefano died, and that Stefano was really alive and held captive by Ian. Stefano fails to make amends with his son, EJ, and heads to Europe for business. Kate tracks down Stefano, insisting he give her another chance, but they finalize the divorce, and Kate realizes that she and Stefano are finished.
Kate takes Chad DiMera (Casey Deidrick) under her wing, kind of as a proxy mother, after his own mother dies. Kate supports her grandson Will (Chandler Massey), when he comes out as gay. Kate also makes amends with Daniel Jonas, and updates him on Parker. Kate is challenged in 2013 when Chloe Lane and her mother, Nancy Wesley (Patrika Darbo), return to Salem, and it turns out that Parker is Daniel Jonas's son after all. Kate eventually starts a secret relationship with Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering) after they have a drunken one-night stand. She worries that Stefano may threaten Rafe because of this. Kate later breaks things off with Rafe. Kate becomes a great-grandmother when Will has a daughter, Arianna Horton (Harper and Sydnee Udell), with his ex-girlfriend Gabi Hernandez (Camilla Banus). Kate offers to have Gabi and Arianna live with her, but Gabi chooses to live with Will and his partner Sonny, thanking Kate for the offer.
Kate begins a series of ill-fated short-lived romantic relationships with some extremely dubious and villainous men: the drug lord Clyde Weston (jailed); her ex-husband Victor Kiriakis's no-good half-brother Deimos Kiriakis (murdered); Rafe and Gabi's assassin father Eduardo Hernandez (jailed); and then the serial-killer André DiMera, whom she marries. She runs DiMera Enterprises with Chad (now Billy Flynn) and André, until André betrays them, selling them out to her old rival Vivian Alamain and her ill-begotten son with Stefano DiMera: Stefan O. DiMera (Tyler Christopher). And then André is killed by Chad's wife Abigail when she learns he has betrayed them all. Kate finds out that Vivian is framing Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith), the current CEO of Titan Industries for sexual harassment. When Kate confronts her, Vivian, cornered, pulls a gun on her, and they scuffle for possession. Vivian is killed, and Kate claims the gun went off accidentally, but Salem PD are not so sure, but they do not have enough evidence to charge her. Stefan is certain that Kate murdered his mother Vivian, and sets out to destroy her. Meanwhile, Kate, being sacked from DiMera, takes over Vivian's scheme to frame Sonny Kiriakis, in the hope she can take over Titan when Sonny is inevitably fired. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to anyone, Vivian has been revived, and is being held in a secret lab.
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- Victor and Kate were originally married on September 8, 1993. The marriage was proven to be invalid in March 1994 when it was revealed that Kate was still married to Curtis Reed when they married. They married in 1995 again but because on January 19, 1995, Vivian Alamain tricked Victor into marriage during the rehearsal dinner, this marriage was also invalid