Eileen was born in Asheville, North Carolina on September 13; she currently resides in Manhattan; she is the daughter of a Methodist minister and a descendant of a long line of clergymen.


Eileen majored in music and minored in dramatics at Greensboro College in North Carolina; and made her professional debut in the Lost Colony.

In 1956 she moved to New York City and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.


Eileen originated the role of Lisa on ATWT in May 1960; in 1991 she was honored for her work with the Soap Opera Digestís Editorís Award; Eileen was also named best actress by Daytime TV magazineís readers poll, and she remained in the Top Ten in the category for 58 of the first 80 issues; they were printed between 1970 and 1977.


For a while Eileen worked mornings on ATWT, afternoons on Broadway in a matinee of Whoís Afraid of Virginia Wolf; and evenings in off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks.

Additional theater credits include; off-Broadway productions of Abe Lincoln in Illinois with Hal Holbrook; Many Loves, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Nite Club Confidential.


Eileen has been an active supporter as such charities as UNICEF, the March of Dimes, Cerebral Palsy, the Lupus Foundation, and Marthaís Table an organization that benefits homeless mothers and children; she established a musical scholarship in her late fatherís name at Brevard College in North Carolina; and a Fine Arts Scholarship in herís and her motherís name at the Greensboro College.

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