The return of Susan Banks to DAYS OF OUR LIVES may have some viewers slightly confused, wondering who this odd woman is and why she bears a striking resemblance to Kristen DiMera! Well, that’s because both characters are played by the same actress, athough this time it's Stacy Haiduk. Back in 1996, Eileen Davidson introduced Susan to viewers, along with some other roles she eventually played on DAYS! In addition, she also portrayed Susan’s siblings Sister Mary Moira Banks, Thomas Banks, and Penelope Kent! But right now it looks as though only Susan and Kristen have returned to Salem...
From left to right, Davidson has played Susan, Mary Moira, Thomas, and Penelope on DAYS! (Photo Credit: John Paschal/jpistudios.com)
Susan Banks first arrived in Salem in 1996 when Stefano brought the pregnant woman to town to impersonate Kristen, who had recently lost her baby. The plan was for Susan to give her baby to Kristen after it was born to be raised by her and John. Unfortunately, when John married Kristen in the hospital while in labor, he actually tied the knot with Susan! Although Susan handed over the infant, when she learned it had a heart defect, she wanted it back. Kristen argued that she and John could provide John Jr. with the medical care he needed, but Susan also still believed John was her husband.
Stefano built a secret room in the mansion where they were going to keep Susan, but when Marlena realized they’d stolen Susan’s baby, she was locked up there herself! Wanting John for herself, a jealous Susan tricked Kristen and locked her up with Marlena so that she could impersonate her and take over her life! Susan planned an Elvis-themed wedding for her and John, but at the ceremony, her secret was exposed and Kristen and Marlena were rescued!
Susan nearly got the wedding of her dreams! (Photo Credit: John Paschal/jpistudios.com)
After things calmed down, Susan moved into Marlena’s penthouse with her son, who she had re-named Little Elvis. When her sister, Mary Moira, demanded to know who the father of the child was, Susan insisted it was Elvis. Unfortunately, she was later shocked to discover that it had really been Stefano in disguise!
Kristen continued to try and get the baby back, but everyone else sided with Susan, including Stefano. John arranged for Susan and Little Elvis to move to England, where she met Edmund P. Crumb and fell madly in love. Unfortunately, Kristen would not be stopped, and lured Susan back to Salem where she drugged her and sold her into white slavery, taking over Susan’s life to raise her son! Luckily, Susan managed to escape and exposed Kristen, reuniting her odd little family and tying the knot with Edmund.
Adam Caine as Edmund with Susan and Little Elvis in 1998. (Photo Credit: John Paschal/jpistudios.com)
In 2014, Susan returned to Salem to visit her now adult son, who was going by the name EJ. She was worried because she didn’t believe Sami was the right woman for him and she had also had a premonition that he was in terrible danger. She confessed that she’d allowed Stefano to raise EJ because she and Edmund couldn’t give him the same life. EJ insisted that everything was fine, but he was shot to death shortly thereafter!
Susan resurfaced in November of 2017 when Sami discovered that her son, Will Horton, was alive and living with Susan beliving he was her son, EJ! Will's loved ones were able to convince him of his true identity, though his memories remained MIA, and he returned to Salem, leaving Susan behind. What does the unpredictable woman have planned this time around? Stay tuned as this exciting storyline unfolds! And for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!