As an actress, director, reality TV host, writer and mother, American-born TV star Alison Sweeney indeed has her hands full. She is well-known to TV audiences for her recurring role as Sami Brady in the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives as well as her 8-year stint as host of the NBC reality show The Biggest Loser.
Also a well-accomplished author, Alison Sweeney has several publications to her name the first of which was her 2005 memoir All The Days Of My Life (So Far). We get to uncover the different sides of this multitalented all-round showbiz diva in this piece.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Alison Jane Sweeney was born on September 19, 1976, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother Polly Sweeney worked as a concert violinist and her father Stender Sweeney was a business investor. The second of her parents’ 3 children, Alison grew up alongside 2 brothers Ryan and Sten. Information regarding her early education is not available. However, she is known to have enrolled to study Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles but she left midway due to the demands of her acting career.
As early as age 4, Alison Sweeney made her first television appearance in a Kodak commercial. She appeared in numerous other TV ads and also played a number of minor acting roles in the years that followed. The talented youngster had guest roles in the TV series St. Elsewhere, Webster, and Tales from the Darkside, all in 1985 and later appeared in the short-lived comedy-drama Brand New Life (1987).
Also in 1987, Alison Sweeney landed a guest role as Adrienne Johnson on the long-running series Days of Our Lives. Several years later, then-16-year-old Sweeney returned to the show as a recurring character Sami Brady which eventually became her breakout role. Her first stint as Sami Brady stretched from 1993 to 2015 and after a 2-year absence, she returned to the series in 2017. In addition to her long-running stint on Days of Our Lives, the actress equally guest-starred in Friends (2001), Fear Factor (2002), American Dreams (2004) and Las Vegas (2004).
In 2007, Alison Sweeney landed yet another major TV role as the host of the NBC hit reality show, The Biggest Loser (2007-15). Her 8-year run as the show’s host remains the longest yet. Despite her success on television, Sweeney has not got much action on the big screen. In the early years of her career, she appeared in a number of Indie films including The Price of Life (1987) and The End of Innocence (1991). Starting from 2013, the talented actress has starred in a series of telefilms on the Hallmark Network the most notable of which is the Murder, She Baked film series where she plays the lead character, Hannah Swensen.
Alison Sweeney Husband and Family Life
Alison Sweeney is married to her husband of nearly 2 decades David Sanov, a California Highway Patrol officer. Interestingly, both have known each other since they were kids as their parents were colleagues. After several years of staying apart, they rekindled their friendship after meeting at a party in the late 90s and it eventually blossomed into an exclusive relationship.
Alison Sweeney and David Sanov tied the knot on July 8, 2000, following a 2-year courtship. Their first child, a son named Benjamin Edward Sanov was born on February 25, 2005. The couple welcomed their second child on January 12, 2009 – a daughter named Megan Hope Sanov.
Her Net Worth
Since going fulltime into acting at the age of 16, Alison Sweeney has had a steady run in the world of showbiz. Among other profitable endorsements and investments, Sweeney snagged a 2-year partnership deal with ARM & HAMMER Oral Care brand in 2013. The talented actress has a net worth of $9 million.
Alison Sweeney is 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm) tall. Known for her well-sculpted hourglass physique, the TV star maintains a body weight of 59 kg (129 lb). In contrast to the fitness champion she has become, the actress actually struggled a lot with her body weight during her teenage years. It equally affected the early years of her career as casting agents referred to her as “fat”. Thanks to healthier lifestyle choices, the former Biggest Loser host gained control over her body. Sweeney went from a size 12 to a size 4 and over the years, she has maintained her 30-pound weight loss.
Alison Sweeney has received a number of awards and recognition for her role as Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives. Back in 2002, she received the Special Fan Award for America’s Favorite Villain at the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The talented actress was also nominated in 2015 for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
The Price of Fame
In June 2017, Alison Sweeney obtained a temporary restraining order against an obsessed fan named Jon Christopher LuVisi. The measure became necessary following months of constant social media stalking in addition to threat messages.