Kristian Alfonso

Role Hope

Show Days Of Our Lives

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BIRTHDATE: September 5

BIRTHPLACE: Brockton, Massachusetts

STAR SIGN: Virgo

YEARS ON SHOW: 1983-'87, 1990, 1994-present

MARITAL STATUS: Alfonso wed attorney/businessman Danny Daggenhurst on Oct. 6, 2001. Previously married to Simon Macauley, 1987-'91

CHILDREN: Gino (b. October 1990), Spartan (stepson) and Jack (b. July 2002)


Growing up in chilly New England — Brockton, MA, specifically — Kristian Alfonso developed an early passion for figure skating. She became a Junior Olympic Champion with bright prospects, until a tobogganing accident caused multiple fractures to her landing leg. The Wilhelmina modeling agency offered Alfonso a contract, and by age 15, her “fancy face” graced the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. An NBC casting director saw her photographs and gave Alfonso her first acting role, opposite Rock Hudson in THE STAR MAKER, a 1981 TV movie. She was then asked to audition for Hope Williams on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but she passed, fearing she might actually land the role and have to move to Los Angeles. A year later, she did audition. When she tripped and fell down the staircase in the Horton house during her screen test, her clumsiness captivated producers and she was cast. Alfonso left the role in 1987, returned in 1990 for a 13-week stint and came back once again in 1994 as amnesiac Gina. She has played Gina as Hope, Hope, and Princess Gina.

Alfonso was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Ingenue in 1985. She has also been nominated for eight Soap Opera Digest Awards and won four — two with co-star Peter Reckell (Bo) for Favorite Couple (2001, 2003), Hottest Female Star (1999) and Favorite Newcomer (1984). She was also nominated for three Young Artist Awards (1984-’86). In 2002 she and Reckell won a Special Fan Award (voted online) at the Daytime Emmys as Favorite Couple. Alfonso’s official Web site is www.kristianonline.com.

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Random facts

  • Birth name is Kristian-Joy Alfonso.
  • Won a gold medal in the Junior Olympic Figure Skating Championships at age 13.
  • Appeared on the cover of Seventeen in 1979.
  • Kristian, whose grandparents hail from Sicily and Calabria, is 100 percent Italian.
  • The white gold and diamond fleur de lis earrings that Hope wears on DAYS are from Kristian's jewelry collection — Hope • Faith • Miracles.

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