Every time Kristen DiMera returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES she brings nothing but trouble in her wake! Although Eileen Davidson reprised the role she originated back in 1993 for a brief appearance in November of 2017 (along with Susan Banks), now it’s Stacy Haiduk (ex-Patty, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) who has stepped into Kristen’s (and Susan’s) shoes! The vixen was believed dead in 2015, but she's feeling much better these days! And for those viewers who aren’t up on their DAYS history or simply need a refresher on all the horrible things Kristen has done in the past, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered!
Kristen first appeared in 1993 when John Black rescued her from a mugger. The two were immediately drawn to each other, but the fact that she was raised by Stefano DiMera complicated things. She was promised to marry Tony DiMera, but it was later revealed she’d actually tied the knot with his look-alike, André! At Maison Blanche, Kristen was taken captive by a presumed-dead Stefano to force John to come to her rescue.
Kristen’s plan to marry John was kiboshed when she learned he was actually a priest. When Marlena Evans was possessed by a demon, she assisted John in the exorcism. After John was released from his vows, the couple finally got together, and although she was told she was infertile, Kristen was delighted to learn she was pregnant. But worried that John would leave her for Marlena, Kristen helped Stefano fake her rival’s death.
Unfortunately, after being caught in an explosion that killed her mother, Kristen lost her baby. Stefano returned to Salem with Susan Banks, a woman who looked remarkably like Kristen, to carry a child she and John could raise together. But when John married Kristen when she went into labor, he actually wed Susan! Kristen plotted to get rid of her rival, but Susan turned the tables and locked Kristen up so she could take over her life. Kristen escaped, but her schemes had cost her John’s love.
After all the chaos of Susan and Kristen impersonating each other back and forth, Kristen retired to Europe, but Stefano convinced her to return. She tried to make amends, but John and Marlena weren’t having any of it. At least, not until she saved Brady Black from a mugger. Everyone was appalled when Brady fell in love with Kristen and wanted to marry her. Kristen was delighted when John plotted to have sex with her so Brady could find them together, but then she realized she actually did love Brady and didn’t go through with it.
But after Marlena revealed that Kristen had hired the mugger that attacked Brady, he called off the wedding. To take revenge, Kristen drugged and seduced Marlena’s son, Eric! But she changed her plans to expose the video she’d taken of the encounter when Brady decided to give her another shot. Unfortunately, it was on their wedding day that Marlena played the video! Kristen tried to make a run for it, but got in a car accident and disappeared.
Later, Kristen resurfaced when she kidnapped Daniel in St. Louis hoping to use him to lure Brady to her. But Daniel turned the tables on her and brought Kristen back to Salem where she was arrested. In order to stay out of jail, she offered the formula for a miracle drug that would wake John from his coma. Unfortunately, her hopes of reuniting with Brady were dashed when he caught her in bed with Daniel! A devastated Kristen overheard Theresa Donovan saying she was pregnant with Brady’s baby, so she ordered the young woman kidnapped and arranged for a transplant so she could carry Brady’s child herself!
Living in Italy, Kristen gave birth to Theresa and Brady’s baby, naming him Christopher. But the ailing infant required a bone marrow transplant, and in her quest for a donor, the truth about her insane scheme was revealed. When Brady confronted her, Kristen claimed the child was Daniel’s but he insisted on DNA tests for conclusive proof. Kristen had Theresa abducted so she could be the bone marrow donor, and left Brady and Melanie to die. But Kristen was shocked to find John and Marlena on her doorstep, and as the two women struggled over a gun, Kristen fell through a window into a bay. No body was ever recovered, but the authorities pronounced Kristen dead.
However, Kristen was very much alive, and in the fall of 2017, made a secret appearance in Susan’s home in Memphis to laugh to herself about how Susan tricked Will Horton into believing he was EJ DiMera when she could’ve had the real EJ all along. She then returned to Salem in 2018 hot on the heels of Sami, who had escaped her clutches. She tried to seduce Brady, who reluctantly went along with it to find out what she was up to. He tracked her to a warehouse where he found a semi-conscious patient he suspected could be EJ, as well as other rooms with initials on them that could be other presumed-dead Salem residents. Kristen was working with Xander Cook, and they tried to keep Brady quiet, but before anyone could discover the truth abou what was going on there, a terrible explosion left everyone believing Xander, Kristen, and Nicole Walker had perished.
Given how many times Kristen has come back like the Phoenix who was her father, it's likely she'll resurface again, so stay tuned to see how the story unfolds! And for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!