She was the product of a love affair between one of the most popular supercouples in soap opera history — not just on Days of Our Lives. While her parents were do-gooders — dad Shane Donovan was an agent with the International Security Alliance and her mom, Kimberly Brady, a therapist — Jeannie Theresa was a schemer of the highest order, no doubt taking a page out of big (half) sister Eve’s playbook.
Although she was only onscreen a relatively short period of time, Theresa certainly left an indelible mark on the memory of Days of Our Lives viewers — thanks in no small part to actress Jen Lilley’s truly inspired performance.
In the Beginning
Jeannie “Caroline” Donovan (later retconned Theresa) was born on September 3, 1990, but Kim’s excitement at welcoming her baby girl was tempered due to the fact that Jeannie’s paternity was in question.
In her heart of hearts, Kim believed that Shane was the father but ne’er-do-well Cal Winters – a man who had terrorized Kim and committed murder — was also a potential papa.
Blood tests and a confession proved Kim’s suspicions correct and she, Shane, and Jeannie made the move from Salem to California. Proving that she acquired her taste for bad men early in life, a teenage Theresa fell in love with a man named Mateo whom she learned was a murderous drug baron.
Years later, Jeanie “Theresa” returned to Salem and immediately established a rapport with JJ Deveraux after learning he could keep her supplied with marijuana and other illegal substances. In a bit of irony, she would end up working for JJ’s mother Jennifer at Salem University Hospital.
Theresa’s use of recreational drugs continued to escalate and she overdosed on ecstasy one night while sharing a romantic clinch with JJ. Her parents attempted to force her to return to Los Angels but Theresa refused, but Shane and Kimberly relented on the condition that Theresa attends Narcotics Anonyms meetings.
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