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Soap star Eileen Davidson joins ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ season 5 cast

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Get ready for a double dose of daytime drama on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” On the heels of the announcement that “Days of Our Lives” alum Lisa Rinna is joining the cast of the Bravo reality series, comes the news that her former co-star, Eileen Davidson, has also been added to the cast.

On Wednesday, The Wrap reported that Davidson -- who originated the role of Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” and went on to play the evil Kristen Di Mera on “Days of Our Lives” -- will be joining reality show alums Lisa Vanderpump, Brandi Glanville, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards and Yolanda Foster on the upcoming season of the show. (Last season’s newbies, Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, are reportedly out for season 5.)

According to People, Davidson, 55, and Rinna, 51, first worked together on “Days” in the mid-1990s, when Davidson debuted the role of DiMera while Rinna played the character Billie Reed. Both actresses later reprised their roles after leaving “Days,” but it remains to be seen if their soap scenes will compare to the drama on “RHOBH.”

Of course, everyone knows the husbands are half the fun of “Real Housewives,” and longtime viewers of the Bravo reality franchise have been treated to appearances by everyone from music mogul David Foster (Yolanda Foster’s husband) to brief cameos from actor Kelsey Grammer (Camille Grammer’s ex).

Davidson is married to actor Vincent Van Patten. The actor is the son of TV legend Dick Van Patten (“Eight is Enough”), and in addition to his own stint on “Y&R,” fans may remember him from the 1970s Earl Hamner Jr. series “Apples Way” (he played oldest son Paul) and the short-lived drama “Three For the Road.”

Incidentally, Davidson’s father-in-law isn’t exactly a fan of reality TV. In an interview with RetroalityTV, Dick Van Patten once said, “I can’t stand all of that reality stuff, that improvisation. I can spot it in a minute. Good scriptwriting and doing your writers’ lines—that’s what I think is great. I don’t go for all of that improvising; I never did. The actor’s lines are the important thing. (In reality TV), they try to act like it’s so real. But it isn’t. It comes off as very artificial. It’s not real.”

Season 5 of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” premieres this fall on Bravo.


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