Dear Soaps,
I've asked this twice before, hopefully this time it comes through and I'll get some answers. Recently, a friend and I were in a dispute over whether Y&R's Eileen Davidson, who plays Ashley Abbott now, was the original Ashley back when she was once married to Anthony or Tony (I believe that's what his name was). I have watched this show since I was 11 and I'm 21 now, but I could swear it was a different girl. Please end this confusion! — Christine

Dear Christine,
I will try to end your confusion. Ashley's current portrayer, Eileen Davidson, did originate the role back in 1982 and played her until 1988, before returning in 1999. According to your numbers, you've probably been watching since 1990, so that could be why you don't remember Davidson. You probably watched the actress who followed her in the role: Brenda Epperson Doumani, who played Ashley from 1988 to 1995. Ashley hasn't been married to an Anthony or Tony. Ashley's husbands were the late Dr. Steven Lassiter, Victor Newman, the late Alex "Blade" Bladeson and most recently to Cole Howard, now estranged. If it helps at all, Davidson has played a character who's been married to a Tony — Tony DiMera — but it wasn't on Y&R. It was Kristen Blake on Days of Our Lives, a part she played from 1993-1998. (MJM)