Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Soap opera actress Eileen Davidson used to be a man.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1999]
Origins: Imagine being one of the most beautiful women in the world and having a rumor that you were once a man dog your steps for close to two decades.
That is the reality of TV soap actress Eileen Davidson. She's been Ashley Suzanne Abbott on The Bold and the Beautiful, Kristen Blake, Kristen's lookalike Susan Banks, and Susan's sister Sister Mary Moira on Days of Our Lives; Kelly Capwell on Santa Barbara; and Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless. Soap Opera Digest has repeatedly named her one of the most beautiful women in daytime drama.
The rumor is false, but it's amazing how even the most specious of rumors can stick with a person year upon year. Davidson, a typical high school student who'd grown up a typical little girl in a Southern California home, started down the road to fame when as a 19-year-old she was approached on a beach by a photographer who asked if she'd consider becoming a model. Modeling led to acting, and she began her soap opera career in 1982 as Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless when she was 23. She was married to Jon Lindstrom, who plays
In 1999, Davidson offered the following possible explanation as to why this claim has attached to her:
People swear they saw me on Donahue talking about my surgery. But it was Tula [a transgender model], who has long blond hair and angular features like I do. I never appeared on Donahue, and I am not a transexual.This is a pleasing explanation for the origin of this silliness (because it's based upon nothing more than a confusion over similarity of appearances), but it's wrong. Caroline Cossey (a transsexual model and actress known professionally as Tula) appeared on Donahue on
Being the subject of gossip and silly rumors is often part and parcel of being famous.
Barbara "born to be riled" Mikkelson
Last updated: 14 June 2008
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