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Zucker, the quintessential Southern California native, was discovered at 16 years of age by a modeling scout. As her modeling career prospered, so did Arianneâ€™s interest in television. She appeared in several national commercials including Mazda Miata and McDonald's.
Zucker began her studies as an actress at Pierce College in Los Angeles. It was there that she first acquired her love for theater. She was involved in several workshops that included her performances in Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart and Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers. She continued her studies at the highly reputable Howard Fine Studios where she has been a student now for many years.
Zucker got her first role in a student film at AFI (American Film Institute) and, two months after shooting, auditioned for the role of Nicole Walker on the long running Soap Opera, Days of our Lives. Four months later, Zucker became the newest member of Days of our Lives and won the Soap Opera Digest Award in 2004 for Outstanding Villainess. Zucker has also worked on CSI Miami and in 2007 did a feature film called The Last Resort scheduled for release in 2008. Since then she has done a pilot, Life in General for striketv.com scheduled to air in 2008 as well.
During her time on Days of our Lives, Zucker also worked on the stage. She co-starred in a film-noir spoof written by Frank Semerano and John Rustan called The Tangled Snarl / Murder Me Once, performed at The Fremont Center Theatre in South Pasadena. She received rave reviews, most notably from the Los Angeles Times, portraying the character of Myra Fontaine. The show ran for seven consecutive months and received six awards at the ADA Awards (Artistic Director Achievement) including Best Ensemble Cast-Comedy. The play has since been published at Samuel French Inc., The House of Plays.
In addition to her career as an actress, Zucker is also an active board member for a non-profit theater company called the Virtual Theatre Project. The company creates opportunities for actors, playwrights, directors, designers, technicians and students to express their talents in original play development and production. The company is known for its very successful play writing competition, The Pen is the Mighty Sword. Zucker believes in the idea that new talent and ideas need to be heard, and ultimately expressed, through the love and joy of writing.
Zucker devotes her time to several charities and other organizations that allows her the ability to give back to a world that has been so giving to her. She joined the USO Tour, traveling to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2004 in order to support our troops during the war effort. In more recent years, with her ever-growing passion for charity work, Zucker has become an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity in San Fernando Valley, CA and has traveled to major cities around the country leading teams in Habitat for Humanity builds. She has worked closely with co-founder Zack Rosenburg of the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans building homes in the 9th ward and raising money for families who have been displaced due to Hurricane Katrina. Zucker has joined the Step Up Womenâ€™s Network and taken part in the effort to represent and support a year of after-school college prep and career-readiness programming for an underserved girls. She has acquired relationships with other amazing organizations such as Miss World, Global Citizens, Global Volunteers, and Amigos de las Americas.
Her dedication to making a difference in this world has resulted in the recent launch of Arianneâ€™s new passion project, LifeCHANGE Leadership Programs (www.officiallifechange.com). The mission is to give young adults the opportunity to challenge themselves and each other to the highest possible degree, in order to realize their strength as true leaders and forces for a positive change in their world.
Zucker currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.
Unfortunately, Nicole felt like a prisoner while married to Victor, so the marriage didn't last. She went on to work for Austin Reed's new company, later transferring to Los Angeles.
Nicole returned to Salem to take care of some unfinished business - namely, securing her divorce settlement from Victor. She hired the dashing EJ DiMera to help her build a case. After it was revealed that Nicole was married to the sinister Trent Robbins during her marriage to Victor, she was left penniless. Luckily, her dashing attorney offered a sympathetic ear, and before long, Nicole and EJ began falling for each other. After Nicole became pregnant, she and EJ married. When Nicole miscarried, she took desperate measures to keep the truth from EJ, kidnapping Sami's baby and passing her off as her own. Nicole was eventually caught and spent time in prison.
After Nicole was released from prison, she set her sights on Brady Black. He admitted he would always love her and be her friend, but he was "in love" with Arianna. Nicole didn't let that stop her. Eventually, she framed Arianna for the crimes Hope had committed. EJ and Rafe, however, both started to suspect Nicole knew more than she let on. Nicole got nervous and broke into the DiMera Mansion to find some dirt on EJ - and she did. She discovered that EJ had been the mastermind behind Sydney's kidnapping. She used the information against EJ to get him to back off.
Nicole and Brady grew closer. He received the news that Arianna had been killed, and he was still her beneficiary. Included in them was a tape recording of Sami admitting that she was the one who shot EJ. Nicole eventually used it to her advantage. She moved into the DiMera mansion to act as EJ's children's stepmother, even though it meant she had to give up her relationship with Brady. EJ asked Nicole to marry him. The motive was still to get back at Sami, but eventually, Nicole began to develop feelings for EJ.
Nicole's sister Taylor showed up and asked Nicole for a place to stay. Nicole was reluctant at first, due to their rough history together, but eventually agreed. Taylor had a chance meeting with EJ, and the two fell in love at first sight. It wasn't until the day of Nicole and EJ's wedding that Taylor realized that she was in love with her sister's husband. After the wedding, EJ and Taylor started a relationship. Nicole caught them kissing. She was heartbroken and determined to make both of them pay. When the truth about EJ and Stefano's involvement in Fay's death came out, Taylor left him, and then Salem.
EJ recruited Nicole to serve as his campaign manager for his mayoral election. She realized that she was still in love with him. She happily fell back into the role of his wife, and the two planned a life together. Their happiness ended, however, when Rafe revealed that EJ and Sami had slept together on the night Johnny went missing.
Nicole walked out on EJ. Daniel found an upset Nicole in Horton Square and tried to comfort her. Nicole soon learned that she was pregnant. She did not want EJ to know and swore Daniel to secrecy. Rafe also learned the truth and agreed to keep it a secret, too. When EJ learned Nicole was pregnant, Rafe claimed he was the father.
Nicole and Daniel's relationship heated up, even after he caught her switching the DNA samples on her paternity test. Daniel, Nicole and Rafe continue with the charade about who the real father of her baby is, but how long before the truth comes out?