Kate Roberts has been on DAYS OF OUR LIVES for decades, so it’s understandable that some viewers might not be aware of her epic history in Salem. This schemer always seems to come out on top, even cheating death on occasion to do it! Kate first appeared in 1993 and was played by Deborah Adair until 1995 when she retired from acting. In 1996, the character was reintroduced with Lauren Koslow in the role that she continues to play to this day.
Kate Roberts arrived in Salem to work for Victor Kiriakis at Titan Publishing, but she had lived in town before and was a former patient of Marlena Evans. Her son, Lucas Roberts, joined her in Salem and asked about his father. Kate tried to keep her past hidden, but eventually confessed that she had married an abusive man and had two children before turning to Lucas’ father for comfort. She also admitted that those two children had died in a car accident.
After vying for Victor’s attention with Vivian Alamain, Kate emerged the winner and she became Mrs. Kiriakis. However, Curtis Reed began blackmailing Kate about her past, and it was revealed that this was Kate’s abusive husband. When he was found dead, the prime suspect was his daughter, Billie Reed, and during the trial it came out that Billie and her brother, Austin Reed, were Kate’s presumed-dead children. In the end, it was revealed Curtis died during a struggle with Stefano DiMera.
Vivian, hoping to split up Kate and Victor, exposed the truth that Curtis had left Kate when she became pregnant with another man’s child and that Lucas was really Bill Horton’s son! Lucas was furious with his mother for keeping the truth from him, and Victor was upset to learn that their marriage was invalid as Kate was still legally married to Curtis when they tied the knot. Kate promised Victor a child so he would remarry her, but when she had trouble conceiving, they used in vitro fertilization. Vivian swapped out the embryos and gave birth to their son, Philip Kiriakis. After tricking Victor into marrying her, Vivian caused a plane crash that left Kate presumed dead.
Kate returned to salem the following year very much alive, seeking revenge and custody of her son, Philip. She also fought bitterly with Sami Brady, who claimed her son, Will Horton, was Austin’s when Lucas was really the babydaddy. Sami blackmailed Kate by threatening to reveal her past as a prostitute, and Kate framed Sami for murder. But as Sami was about to be sentenced to death, Kate arranged for a false confession to be made that set her free.
After a failed relationship with Nicholas Alamain, Kate tried to get back together with Victor, but that fell apart when she was caught with mob boss Vincent Moroni. She plotted to kill Victor but accidentally killed Vincent’s only child causing him to take his own life in grief. Kate set the Kiriakis mansion on fire but Victor escaped and didn’t tell Philip about his mother’s murder attempts. Kate began working at Basic Black and dating Roman Brady. They were stunned to learn that they were the parents of Rex Brady and Cassie Brady, who were created with their stolen sperm and embryos.
Kate married Roman, but he was murdered at the reception. Cassie was also found dead, but it turned out that the multiple murders committed in Salem were all faked as part of an evil scheme of Andre DiMera’s. Kate helped John Black deal with his drug addiction, and they began dating. After multiple attempts to keep Lucas from marrying Sami, including enlisting EJ DiMera‘s help, Kate was crushed when they tied the knot. At least the marriage didn’t last long!
Diagnosed with lung cancer, Kate’s life was saved with a bone marrow transplant from Chloe Lane, who also began dating Lucas. After learning Chloe cheated on Lucas with Daniel Jonas, Kate poisoned her, putting her in a coma! To avoid jail, Kate became Mrs. Stefano DiMera and he destroyed the evidence against her. Then Chloe’s one-night stand with Philip resulted in Kate’s grandson, Parker, being born. After Philip and Parker left town, Kate blamed Chloe for driving them away and hired a thug to force her into prostitution!
Kate relaunched Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics under Titan, but working closely with her ex, Ian McAllister, caused them to fall into bed together. Furious, Stefano exposed her affair and took the company away from her and giving it to Sami to run. When Stefano was murdered, Kate was a prime suspect, but he wasn’t really dead, and instead being held captive by Ian. In the end, Kate begged for another chance, but Stefano kicked her to the curb.
While taking Chad DiMera under her wing after his mother died, Kate also supported grandson Will when he came out as gay. She started a secret relationship with Rafe Hernandez, but broke it off fearing Stefano might go after him. She then had a string of bad luck with men that included drug lord Clyde Weston, the villainous Deimos Kiriakis, Eduardo Hernandez, and Andre DiMera. She actually married the evil Andre and ran DiMera Enterprises until he sold her out to her old rival, Vivian. After Andre’s murder, Kate learned Vivian was framing Sonny for sexual harassment, and while confronting her, a gun went off, leaving Vivian dead!
Stefan DiMera plotted against Kate to get revenge for his mother’s death, and Kate decided to continue Vivian’s scheme against Sonny in the hopes of taking over Titan, sleeping with attorney Ted Laurent in the process. But when she found out Ted was blackmailing Will and Sonny, she held a gun on him to force him out of town. After he came back, things heated back up between them when they were kidnapped by Nicole (really Kristen) but Ted was then murdered. In the battle to control DiMera Enterprises, Kate found herself being given the job, but Vivian was back from the dead and out for revenge, shooting Kate and burying her alive! Thankfully, Kate clawed her way out and to the hospital, but this isn’t over!
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