25 Facts About 'Days of Our Lives' Actress Alison Sweeney

A collection of tidbits about the former "Days of Our Lives" actress

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Do you consider yourself an Alison Sweeney fan? Think you know everything about the actress who played Sami Brady from 1993 to 2015? There’s a lot more than meets the eye to the former Days of Our Lives star, who once hosted The Biggest Loser. She's married to Los Angeles highway patrol officer Dave Sanov, and mother to their two children: Benjamin, born in 2005, and Megan, born in 2009.

Here's a collection of information about Sweeney that any true fan should know.


Five Random Facts About Alison Sweeney

1. Sweeney has been a multitasker since childhood when she began taking voice, piano, violin, gymnastics, tennis, ballet, tap dancing and trampoline lessons.

2. Sweeney lost 30 pounds in the late 1990s thanks to her dentist, who told her her high sugar consumption was behind her tooth decay. She went cold turkey on sweets, white bread, and processed carbs and watched her weight dramatically decline.

3. Sweeney’s first celebrity crush was Tom Cruise.

4.  An extremely healthy eater, she forbids fast food in her home.

5. Sweeney got her first kiss on television when she appeared on "I Married Dora."

Five Facts About Alison Sweeney's Acting Career

1. Her pre-kindergarten teacher suggested an acting career might be right for Sweeney, who was a talkative child. The teacher told her mother, “Your daughter talks so much. Why don’t you send her out on auditions and make money for all that chatter,” Sweeney has said.

2. A movie buff, Sweeney loves quoting lines from films like Princess Bride. 

3. Sweeney got her first kiss on television when she appeared on I Married Dora.

4. She credits her career success to working with “the experts,” Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John) and Wayne Northrop (ex-Roman) when she was a teenager.


5. She is a game show veteran. She won the daytime stars edition of Weakest Link in 2002. She laid in a coffin filled with worms and scorpions on Celebrity Fear Factor. And she appeared on 1 vs. 100 in 2007 but was eliminated after guessing the wrong postage rate to mail a standard letter.

Five Facts About Alison on 'Days of Our Lives'

1. She’s been part of a few Salem super couples, including an all-female one: Sole, a tribute to Sami and Nicole.

2. Her favorite dramatic storyline was when Sami was convicted of Franco Kelly's murder and was on death row.

3. Sweeney was excited when Sami shot EJ in 2010. "I love that side of Sami and it was so much fun to play," she said at the time. "My only concern was you never want your character up against a brick wall."

4. She admits was a bit of a mother hen to TV son Chandler Massey (ex-Will). 

5. Sweeney played Sami for 22 years before retiring from Days in 2015.

Five Facts About Alison Sweeney's Hobbies

1. Sweeney is an avid reader and particularly loved the series.

2. A huge basketball fan, Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) have shared season tickets to the LA Clippers for years. She also admits she was “starstruck” upon meeting Shaquille O'Neal.

3. Despite her busy work schedule, she loves to cook and bake and cites Martha Stewart as an inspiration.

4. As for jewelry, she often wears pieces from Kristian Alfonso’s (Hope) Hope Faith Miracles line.

5. When it comes to designer shoes, the actress has a favorite brand: Jimmy Choos.

Alison Sweeney at Home: Five Facts

1. Sweeney often flies off on local weekend getaways with her family. Her husband is a pilot and they have a private plane.

2. She calls herself a “very strict parent. I’m crazy about that."

3. Sweeney says her husband’s pet peeve is how she rolls her eyes. “He hates when I do that,” she admits.

4. Her homemade chocolate chip cookies were legendary at the Days studio. 

5. The mother of two flaunted her figure in a bikini in People magazine in April 2011. To get ready for the shoot she told the magazine, “I cut the crap out of my diet – cheese, dairy, carbs like bread and pasta, and fatty meats."