Billie hasn’t been seen in nearly five years, so newer viewers might find themselves wondering: Who is Billie Reed on DAYS OF OUR LIVES? Well, the character has quite a colorful history, so let us run down some of the highlights for you. Billie made her debut in 1992, played by Lisa Rinna. In 1996, the role was recast with Krista Allen, and Rinna returned for a brief stint in 2002. In 2004, Julie Pinson stepped into the role, and Rinna came back again for a bit in 2012.
Billie Reed first arrived in Salem dreaming of becoming a professional singer, but her cocaine addiction got in the way and almost returned her to a life of prostitution. She believed that her brother, Austin, was her only family in town, but she would later be proven wrong. Billie got her life together and started her own cosmetics company, Countess Wilhelmina. Kate Roberts bought out the company to spite Billie, who ended up running the company again when Tony DiMera bought control and hired her.
Curtis Reed was responsible for getting Billie addicted to drugs and raped her, so she was stunned when her presumed-dead father showed up very much alive. When he was murdered in 1993, Billie was the prime suspect, and Bo Brady fell in love with her while proving her innocence. After it was revealed that Stefano DiMera had killed Curtis in self-defense and framed Billie, she and Austin learned that Kate was their mother, who had been led to believe her children had died in a car crash with Curtis.
Billie was determined to make Bo her husband! (Photo Credit: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Despite the appearance of a woman named Gina who strongly resembled Bo’s first wife, he and Billie became engaged and it wasn’t until after they tied the knot that Gina got her memories back and realized she was Hope! Realizing Bo would always be in love with his ex, Billie left Salem for Europe. She returned a year later as Bo was preparing to remarry Hope, and things got complicated after Hope found Billie naked with her fiancé! (She was just trying to stave off hypothermia with body heat after rescuing Bo from drowning, honest!)
Billie found herself wrapped up in Bo’s undercover sting to expose a drug lord, and was forced to pose as his girlfriend even as he continued to remind her that Hope was his true love. But as part of the charade, Bo and Billie had to get married! Later, believing that Hope had moved on, Bo made love with Billie and she became pregnant. Unfortunately, while following Bo and Hope to New Orleans, Billie was attacked and went into premature labor, giving birth to a stillborn daughter she named Georgia. She later picked a fight with Hope so she could fall and blame her for the miscarriage, but still Bo remained loyal to Hope. After the truth came out, no one would have anything to do with Billie, who attempted to date Roman Brady and Nicholas Alamain before skipping town.
When Billie returned to Salem in 2002, she’d joined the police force and promised she had changed, but was still looking to split up Bo and Hope. She helped Larry Welch kidnap Hope and Zack, but when she had second thoughts, Larry shot her! After Billie recovered, she went to London to join the ISA.
Billie picked a heck of a time to get modest! (Photo Credit: Paul Skipper/jpistudios.com)
The next time Bo ran into Billie was when he found her on the mysterious island where all the victims of the Salem Stalker had been imprisoned. Once everyone was home in Salem, Billie was shocked to learn that her daughter, Georgia, hadn’t died, and was Abby’s friend, Chelsea Benson! When Chelsea’s parents were killed in a car accident, Billie told the girl the truth and invited her to move in with her. Tragically, Bo and Hope’s young son, Zack, was killed in a car accident, and Chelsea was revealed to have been behind the wheel.
Insisting she didn’t want Bo anymore, Billie then pursued another unavailable guy, Steve “Patch” Johnson. He dated Billie during the time when he had amnesia and felt pressured by Kayla to remember their past together. Billie began working as head of security at Salem University, but after she was fired, accepted a job from Victor to work for Titan in England. There, she was in a car accident, and Chelsea left town to help her mother recuperate.
Billie sure could pick ‘em! Steve went back to Kayla as soon as his memory returned! (Photo Credit: Paul Skipper/jpistudios.com)
In 2012, Billie came home to help Kate run Countess Wilhelmina, but it was later revealed that she was secretly working for the ISA to dig up information on Stefano. However, since the villain was working as an informant for the CIA, her investigation came to an abrupt halt. Billie tried to stay in Salem and work with her mom, but she soon became frustrated with Kate’s scheming and left for Europe.
Now that Billie has returned to Salem, she’s certain to have brought plenty of drama with her! How long will she be in town, and how many lives will she ruin while she’s here? Stay tuned to find out and for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!