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Profile of Judi Evans

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Profile of Judi Evans

Judi Evans

Courtesy: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Just the Facts:

Birth Name:
Judi Evans
Date of Birth:
July 12, 1964
Birth Place:
Montebello, California
Astrological Sign:
Cancer

Portrays:
Adrienne Johnson (1986 to 1991; 2007 to Present)

Acting Roles:

Diana, Ron and Laura Take Back America (2012)
Bonnie, Days of Our Lives (2003 to 2007)
Connie, Healing Hands (2010)
Maeve, As the World Turns (2009)
Amy, Screening Party (2008)
Patsy, Getting Away with Murder: The JonBenet Ramsey Mystery (2000)
Paulina, Another World (1991 to 1999)
Penelope, Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story (1986)
Beth, Guiding Light (1983 to 1986)

Personal:

Married to Michael Luciano since 1993. They have one son, Austin, born May 26, 1996.

Trivia:

• After winning a Best Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy Award in 1984, Evans was nominated again in the same category in 2008 for her role as Days’ Bonnie.
• Evans' 80-pound weight gain, after giving birth to her son, was written into her Another World storyline, when Paulina became addicted to crystal meth.
• Her real-life son, Austin, played her character's son on Another World.
• Briefly used her married name, Judi Evans Luciano, professionally, but went back to Judi Evans "because people who didn’t know me were picturing a brown-eyed, brown-haired Italian girl."
• When she's not working on Days, Evans sells cemetery plots at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.

Biography:

A true California girl, Evans was born in Montebello, but grew up in Monterey Park. She spent her childhood traveling with the circus. Her parents were trapeze artists, her three older brothers juggled, and Evans performed as a baby clown.

Eventually, Evans segued into acting. She made her television debut on Guiding Light as tortured heroine Beth Raines, a teenager who had been sexually abused by her stepfather. Her performance won her critical acclaim. In fact, Evans won the Best Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy Award in 1984.

After three years, Evans left the New York-based, CBS soap and headed home to California. She promptly landed her next daytime gig, playing another tortured heroine, Adrienne Johnson, on Days of Our Lives. Her soap opera career continued to flourish over the years. In 1991, she returned to New York for the role of Paulina Cory on Another World.

Upon the soap's cancellation in 1999, Evans took a break from acting to focus on her family, as she, her husband Michael Luciano, and their son Austin moved back to California. Evans was considering taking a permanent position as a teacher's aide at her son's school, when Days contacted her agent about creating a new role on the show: brash and sassy Bonnie Lockhart. The gig lasted four years, until Bonnie was written out of Salem in 2007. Shortly thereafter, Evans returned to Days in her original role of Adrienne.

In between her numerous daytime gigs, Evans starred in the made-for-television movie, Getting Away with Murder: The JonBenet Ramsey Mystery, which aired in 2000. She held down the pivotal role of Jonbenet’s mother, Patsy Ramsey.

In her spare time, Evans enjoys playing miniature golf and tennis. "I love being outdoors. I love doing physical things," says the self professed tomboy. She is also an avid poker player.

Evan's currently lives in Hacienda Heights with her husband, Michael, a camera operator for CNBC, and their son, Austin.


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