Cathy Jenéen Doe as Simone Russell
|Portrayed by||Lena Cardwell
Cathy Jenéen Doe
|First appearance||July 5, 1999|
|Last appearance||September 4, 2007|
|Created by||James E. Reilly|
|Residence||New Orleans, Louisiana|
Chrystee Pharris as Simone Russell
Lena Cardwell as Simone Russell
Simone Russell is a fictional character on the 1999-2008 NBC/DirecTV soap opera Passions. She is a lesbian African-American. She was portrayed by three actresses on the show: Lena Cardwell from July 5, 1999 to April 16, 2001, Chrystee Pharris from April 17, 2001 to April 22, 2004, and Cathy Jenéen Doe from July 23, 2004 to September 4, 2007.
Simone Russell was born in 1983, the youngest daughter of T.C. Russell and Eve Johnson. Growing up, Simone had always been in the shadow of her older sister Whitney Russell. Simone was best friends with Kay Bennett, often helping Kay with her schemes to win Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald, but later she became friends with Kay's younger sister Jessica Bennett and Miguel's younger sister Paloma Lopez-Fitzgerald. Simone and Paloma repeatedly tried to convince Jessica to divorce her abusive husband Spike Lester.
Simone was in a relationship with a woman named Rae Thomas. Her father, who fell into a deep depression coupled with alcoholism, eventually apologized for his anti-gay behavior towards her; the rest of her family attempted to be supportive. Before coming out, she had been involved with Chad Harris, the man that was at one time thought to be her half-brother, who was really in love with her sister Whitney. She also briefly dated John Standish, the son of David Hastings, who was falsely assumed to be Grace Standish's son and thus the half-brother of Noah, Kay and Jessica.
After Rae Thomas died, Simone attempted to move on with her life. She tried to help Jessica get her life back, and was supportive of Jessica's pregnancy. She even offered to let Jessica move into Rae's old apartment with her, where she could help protect Jessica and her baby from Spike.
On the August 9, 2007 episode, her mother Eve admitted that it was her half brother Vincent that had killed both Rae and the bartender Dylan. Simone decided to leave Harmony with her sister Whitney to New Orleans to help her settle in.
In July 2008, Simone sent Kay a note wishing she could attend Kay's wedding to Miguel. In addition to the note, Simone provided Kay with "something new", a pair of dazzling earrings.
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