Vivian Alamain has always brought trouble to DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and she's a woman who never says die... Literally! The character has been played by Louise Sorel on and off since her introduction in 1992, although Marj Dusay stepped in once as a temporary replacement and when Sorel was unavailable for a return in September of 2019, ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Robin Strasser was tapped to step into her villainous shoes temporarily.
Vivian arrived in Salem in March of 1992 determined to take over the Alamain family business but John inherited it instead. To maintain some power, Vivian married Victor, but it didn’t last long and he left her for Kate Roberts. When Carly learned that Vivian’s adopted son, Nicholas, was really her and Lawrence’s child she had been led to believe was dead, she went after custody and started a bitter feud.
Vivian’s attempt to have her manservant, Ivan, tamper with Carly’s brakes failed, so she goaded Carly into an argument on a terrace so she could throw herself off and frame her! After that, Vivian plotted to poison Carly’s hospital patients to frame her for murder! She then drugged the doc so everyone would think she was dead, and when Carly was buried, Viv included some oxygen and water so she would wake up buried alive!
Vivian soon came to realize that the medication she was taking for her heart was making her crazy, and she and Ivan quickly dug Carly up. She then set her sights on destroying Kate and Victor’s marriage, and even stole Kate's egg so she would become pregnant with Victor's son, Philip! Later, Vivian married a man she thought was wealthy, but was really just Stefano’s caretaker. But after Jonesy died, Stefano romanced Vivian to get his possessions back and even put a mood-controlling device in her tooth! Eventually, Vivian left town with Ivan to live off his lottery winnings.
In 2009, Vivian returned to Salem seeking revenge on Carly for Lawrence’s death. Learning that Carly had an illegitimate daughter, Viv plotted to kill Melanie to make Carly suffer. Unfortunately, her multiple attempts failed miserably, so, at Victor’s urging, she focused her ire on Carly again. But enlisting Chloe Lane’s help didn’t work because the young woman backed out and couldn’t go through with their plan to kill Carly. A jealous Vivian was still in love with Victor, and feeling threatened by Maggie Horton, plotted to have her newest rival buried alive as well!
Unfortunately, Vivian’s plan backfired when Brady Black learned of it and he had her put in the sarcophagus instead! Gus freed his employer and they buried Maggie, but Victor rescued her. Later, it was revealed that Vivian had a son, Quinn, who was forcing Chloe to be a prostitute. Gus grew jealous of Quinn and framed him for a series of murders, but the truth eventually was revealed. Ivan returned to Salem to reveal to Vivian that he had made a fortune as a producer and director of Bollywood movies and took her back to India where they could live happily ever after.
However, as the residents of Salem prepared to ring in 2018, Vivian crashed the New Year's Eve party at Doug’s Place with Stefan Octavius DiMera and revealed that he is her and Stefano’s son she was told had died at birth. Together the two plotted to take over DiMera and she even planned to kill Andre before Abigail beat her to it! Vivian also paid Leo to seduce Sonny, and threatened to kill Kate when she uncovered their schemes. The two women struggled over a gun and Vivian was shot. Although Kayla later informed Stefano they were unable to save his mother's life, a mysterious man dressed as a doctor injected Vivian with some kind of solution. And a short time later, she was revealed to be alive, if not entirely well!
Vivian returned to Salem eager to take revenge on Kate, shooting her and burying her. But when Kate survived and clawed her way out of the grave, Vivian went to the hospital to try and finish her off. Stefan and Gabi weren't thrilled to continue trying to protect her, so Vivian decided to get out of town. Unfortunately, she was confronted by Lani Price, and when Stefan jumped in between the two women, the cop fired and shot him in the throat! Horrified to learn that her son was brain dead, and with the walls closing in on her, Vivian once again beat a hasty retreat.
Stay tuned to see if Vivian returns for another round of chaos (and who will be playing her then!) and for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!