Eve Donovan is a major troublemaker in Salem.
Not even the death of her beloved daughter Paige changed her for long. After losing Brady Black to her own lies and manipulations in 2019, Eve again became bitter, resentful of Jennifer Horton, and hellbent on revenge.
But Eve wasn't always this way. She was once a troubled teenager who just wanted a stable, loving home, preferably with her father.
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Here's a look at one of Salem's most complex, fascinating women throughout the years.
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A Runaway Teen Arrives in Salem
In 1989 16-year-old Eve (then played by Charlotte Ross) arrived in Salem. Eve had been bounced from foster home to foster home and was desperate to find her father, Shane Donovan. Her heart was broken when she saw that Shane was no longer with her mother but instead was married to Kimberly Brady, and she also lacked the courage to tell him directly who she was to him. Eventually, after Eve was arrested for running over eight-year-old Sarah Horton while driving a stolen car, she blurted out the truth, shocking her father and prompting an awkward reuninon.
Sucked Into Prostitution
Soon after arriving in Salem, Eve crossed paths with a pimp named Nick Corelli, who had his eye on her from the second she walked into Shenanigan's restaurant. Eve was a runaway with no money or place to stay and Nick had one of his other working girls, Sasha, treat her to a burger and offer her a room. After Eve accepted, Nick told her she owed him for taking care of her and that she could pay him back by selling her body for him. Eve did not want to do this but had no other options and reluctantly became part of Nick's prostitution ring. Later, she was attacked by the Riverfront Knifer, a serial killer who targeted prostitutes, and survived in part thanks to Kimberly, but ended up with a scar across her cheek.
A Lifelong Rivalry Begins
When Eve returned in 2014, Jennifer claimed they were high school rivals, but that was a slight rewrite of history. Eve came to Salem shortly after Jennifer graduated high school. At first, Jennifer was nice to her and even asked Alice to get Eve a job at the hospital, where Jen was volunteering. However, Eve was jealous of Jennifer, who she felt had all the advantages in life she wished she had, and set out to destroy her. In particular, Eve had her eye on Frankie Brady, Jennifer's boyfriend at the time, and attempted to make Jennifer think Frankie had cheated on her to break them up.
Eve Tries to Break Up Shane and Kim's Marriage
Shane and Kim took Eve in after Shane learned he was Eve's father. They tried to give her a more normal, stable life, and Kim entrusted Eve to babysit their son Andrew. However, Eve secretly hated Kim because she wanted Shane to be with her mother instead and plotted constantly to break them up.
A Cruel Joke Leads to a Suicide Attempt
Eve's attempt to fit in at high school after Shane and Kim took her in didn't go very well. Other kids knew about her past as a prostitute and used it to slut shame and bully her. Eve suffered from low self-esteem and coiuldn't believe her luck when a boy named Jake asked her out. However, this was a particularly cruel joke -- Jake only wanted to be with her so he could brag to his buddies about scoring with a prostitute -- and when Eve found out she went home and attempted to take an entire bottle of pills.
Love Affair With Nick Corelli
Even though Nick had forced Eve into prostitution, over time it seemed to her he was her best friend. He helped her seek revenge against the boys at school who were cruel to her and tried his best to bolster her self-esteem. Eve thought Nick had died when his car exploded over a cliff but it turned out he was just badly burned After she found him she helped nurse him back to health and even convinced him to get plastic surgery for his burns in exchange for her getting her scar removed. This began a controversial but popular love story between a former prostitute and her ex-pimp.