As an actress, director, reality TV presenter, author, and mother, American-born television star Alison Sweeney actually has her hands full. She is known to television audiences for her recurring role as Sami Brady in the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives, as well as her 8 years as host of the NBC reality show The Biggest Loser.
Alison Sweeney is also a highly successful author and has several publications to her credit, the first of which was her memoir All The Days Of My Life (So Far) in 2005. In this piece, we can reveal the different sides of this multi-talented all-around diva of showbiz.
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’ three children, Alison Sweeney grew up with her two brothers Ryan and Sten. Information about her early education is not available. It is known, however, that she enrolled in business studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, which she left halfway through due to the demands of her acting career.
Alison Sweeney had her first television appearance in a Kodak commercial at the age of 4. She appeared in numerous other television commercials and also played a number of smaller acting roles in the following years. The talented young woman had guest roles in the television 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 received a guest role as Adrienne Johnson in the long-running series Days of Our Lives. A few years later, Sweeney, then 16 years old, returned to the series as Sami Brady, whose recurring role eventually became her break-out role. Her first assignment as Sami Brady lasted from 1993 to 2015, and after a two-year absence, she returned to the series in 2017. In addition to her longstanding involvement in Days of Our Lives, the actress has also appeared as a guest in Friends (2001), Fear Factor (2002), American Dreams (2004), and Las Vegas (2004).
In 2007, Alison Sweeney was given another major television role as host of the NBC reality show The Biggest Loser (2007-15). Her 8-year tenure as host of the show is the longest to date. Despite her success on television, Sweeney doesn’t have much action to offer on the big screen. In the early years of her career, she starred in a number of indie films, including The Price of Life (1987) and The End of Innocence (1991). Beginning in 2013, the talented actress starred in a series of telefilms on the Hallmark Network, of which the most notable is the film series Murder, She Baked, in which she stars Hannah Swensen.
Alison Sweeney Husband and Family Life
Alison Sweeney is married to her nearly two-decade-old husband David Sanov, a California highway patrol officer. Interestingly, the two have known each other since childhood, as their parents were colleagues. After living apart for several years, their friendship rekindled after meeting at a party in the late 1990s, and they eventually blossomed into an exclusive relationship.
Alison Sweeney and David Sanov tied the knot on July 8, 2000, after a two-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 Alison Sweeney started acting full-time at the age of 16, she has steadily developed in the world of show business. Among other profitable endorsements and investments, in 2013 Sweeney signed a two-year partnership agreement with the ARM & HAMMER Oral Care brand. The talented actress has a net worth of $9 million.
Alison Sweeney is 165 cm (5 feet 5 inches) tall. The TV star is known for her well-formed hourglass and holds a bodyweight of 59 kg (129 lb). Unlike the fitness champion she has become, the actress actually struggled a lot with her body weight in her teenage years. This also affected the early years of her career as a casting agent, which she described as “fat”. Thanks to healthier living habits, the former “Biggest Loser” presenter gained control of her body. Sweeney went from size 12 to size 4, and over the years she has maintained her weight loss of 30 pounds.
Alison Sweeney has received a number of awards and recognitions for her role as Sami Brady in Days of Our Lives. 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 for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
The Price of Fame
In June 2017, Alison Sweeney obtained a restraining order against an obsessed fan named Jon Christopher LuVisi. The measure became necessary after months of being constantly stalked in social media beyond threatening messages.