Who is Arianne Zucker?

The Actress Who Played Nicole Walker for Almost 20 Years

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Actress Arianne Zucker is best known as the scheming Nicole Walker on the long-running soap opera “Days of our Lives.” She also gained some unwelcome notoriety during the 2016 presidential campaign when an old video of Donald Trump surfaced. On the video, then-candidate Trump spoke about Zucker in lewd terms.

She left “Days” in 2017 after almost two decades playing Nicole.

Arianne Zucker Early Life

Zucker was born in Northridge, California on June 3, 1974.

She was a high school cheerleader and was a theater major at Pierce College in Los Angeles. She studied acting at Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood.

She has a brother, Todd, and married her former “Days” co-star Kyle Lowder in 2002. The couple had one child, a daughter. Lowder and Zucker divorced in 2014.

Zucker began modeling at the age of 16 when she was discovered by a modeling scout from It Models. She began modeling in Los Angeles and her career took her to destinations around the world such as Paris, Japan, Australia and New York.

Trivia About Arianne Zucker

  • She was once engaged to actor Michael Dietz.
  • In 2004, she joined the USO Tour and traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to support the troops.
  • She has a green belt in taekwondo and is an avid horseback rider.

Arianne Zucker Charity Work

Arianne has been actively involved in charity work very near and dear to her heart. Being an animal lover, Arianne did an event for Dogs in Danger, which is a charity for abused and abandoned dogs.

She’s also been involved with The Shepherd’s Door, which supports abused women.

Arianne has served on the board of directors for the Virtual Theater Project. This charity promotes artists and helps create opportunities for them. Make a Wish Foundation is another one of Arianne’s favorite charities.

Arianne Zucker Acting Career

Her television appearances include guest roles on "The Last Resort," "CSI: Miami" and "Looking for Bobby D." She also has numerous theater performances:

  • Tangled Snarl / Murder Me Once - Myra Fontaine, performed at the Freemont Center Theatre in South Pasadena, California
  • Talking With Marti - Planned Parenthood Benefit
  • Crimes of the Heart - Babe Bortrelle, performed at Pierce College
  • It Had to Be You - Theda Blau, performed at Pierce College
  • A Couple of White Chicks - Maude, performed at Pierce College
  • Last of the Red Hot Lovers - Elaine, performed at Pierce College

In addition to her television and theater credits, Zucker has appeared on reality and talk shows, including Soapography, Fear Factor, 1 Day With (hosted by 'Days' actor Wally Kurth), and Soap Talk

Zucker and the Donald Trump Tape

During the 2016 presidential campaign, a video surfaced with then-candidate Donald Trump and television personality Billy Bush discussing women on a tour bus in vulgar terms. Trump and Bush were preparing to meet Zucker, who can be seen in the video greeting the two men as they emerge from the bus.

Arianne Zucker Leaves "Days"

In March 2017, Zucker told “Soap Opera Digest” that she would be leaving “Days” after 19 years. “I know there are a thousand girls who would take my job in a second, for me, it is my time to go."