On the 22nd Anniversary of Nadia Bjorlin’s Days of Our Lives Debut, a Photo Album of Chloe’s Salem Life Reminds Us Why We Can Never Get Enough
Ever since she first appeared on our screens on November 24, 1999, we’ve been clamoring for more.
When Nadia Bjorlin brought 15-year-old Chloe Lane to Salem, who could have known the black-clad social outcast would turn into the opera-singing diva that she is today? Especially given the hard-luck life she started out with.
Chloe spent her first decade and a half in an orphanage before Nancy Wesley grabbed her and admitted that she’d given birth to her as a teen. By then, Chloe was a defensive, condescending adolescent who had a serious aversion to color. And let us assure you, that did not endear her to her fellow students. But it didn’t take long for this caterpillar to emerge from her cocoon, and once Chloe went full butterfly, she never looked back.
Over the years, Bjorlin has pretty much done it all with Chloe, even incorporating her own incredible talents into her alter ego’s opera singing. She weaves in and out of Salem effortlessly, coming back every time, it seems, to let a different aspect of Chloe shine. Bjorlin’s played her beloved character as everything from a prostitute to a protective mom, but at her core, Chloe’s always been a survivor.
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From the moment she appeared on our screens, she’s fought through abandonment, bullying, cancer, mental-health issues and serial killers. And somehow, none of it ever seems to get old, no matter how many times Chloe’s been back and forth over the past two decades. She’s tried Chicago, New York and even Kansas City, but no matter where she goes, something always draws her back.
Maybe it’s the availability of wealthy young men always ready to fight over her. Maybe it’s the excitement of the catfights, the kidnappings and the near-death experiences. Heck, maybe it’s even the thrill of waking up never knowing if you’re going to be running Salem’s hottest restaurant or taking down a Mexican drug cartel. Either way, we know that whenever Chloe puts Salem in her rearview mirror, it’s only a matter of time before she comes cruising back.
As Bjorlin told Soaps.com back in 2013, returning to Days of Our Lives always “feels great. It is like going home again. It never feels like this big passage of time has gone by because when I walk back in, it is like, ‘Oh, hi guys.’”
And we, in turn, are always happy to say “hi” right back. So on this special day, take a look at the brand-new photo gallery we’ve pulled together of Chloe’s wild life in Salem, then let us know all your favorite moments.
<p>When 15-year-old Chloe first came to Salem from the orphanage and moved in with mom Nancy, the local teens threw up some balloons and celebrated her arrival. Ha, no. Pretty much everyone but Belle and Shawn (then Jason Cook) called the new goth chick Ghoul Girl and left dead chickens on her doorstep. Those little scamps.</p>
<p>After Nancy got hit by a truck, Chloe sang her awake from a coma. (Yes, we mean that literally.) If only that hadn’t been <em>after </em>Chloe watched her mom get intimately acquainted with said truck and still run off with the money she stole. At least her guilt got the better of her. Eventually. </p>
<p>Ghoul Girl lasted until the Last Blast dance when Chloe started experimenting with — brace yourselves — color. Her fellow students agreed that she looked ravishing in red, so they tried adding a bucket of chicken blood to her outfit. Because <em>that’s</em> never gone wrong. In the end, Philip took the bloodbath meant for Chloe, and true love blossomed between them. Until she and Brady started making googly eyes.</p>
<p>Chloe’s leukemia diagnosis resulted in a search for a father that ended with the shocker that it was none other Nancy’s husband, Craig! With whom Chloe had been living since she moved to town. And with whom Nancy had apparently already slept when she got pregnant with Chloe back in high school. And… OK, this is getting less and less surprising.</p>
<p>After shaking her cancer, Chloe moved away to use her singing power for something more than coma victims. But we guess she really got into the drama of performing while she was gone, because when a horribly disfiguring car accident sent her back to Salem, she went all <em>Phantom of the Opera</em> with Brady (then Kyle Lowder).</p>
<p>Chloe and Brady soon married, and just to make sure her wedding had that extra drama, she waited until the big day to reveal her perfectly reconstructed face. Then the two ran off into the sunset, to live a life of eternal bliss! Wait, they split up off screen? Never mind.</p>
<p>Chloe returned to Salem to jump from Brady to Philip to Lucas, but the thought of being a mother sent her screaming (singing?) for the hills of the Kansas City Opera. Eventually, though, she figured “What the hell?” and came back (again) for a life in the woods with Lucas and Allie. </p>
<p>Eventually the stepmom thing got boring, and Chloe turned to Daniel — who was dating Lucas’ mom, Kate. Kate found out, took the whole thing in stride, and dealt with it calmly and maturely… is something that would never happen. She poisoned the hell out of Chloe, framed Daniel for attempted murder and laughed while their lives burned down.</p>
<p>Poisoning didn’t slow Chloe and her beau down, but Daniel’s daughter, Melanie, did. The new family addition sent Chloe spiraling, so she dealt with it by hopping into bed with Philip. Without protection. We guess she and Nancy never had “the talk.” The resulting baby got passed off as Daniel’s until Caroline admitted she had switched the paternity-test results. Whoops. </p>
<p>Chloe’s new fella, Quinn, turned out to be an enterprising small-businessman hired by Kate to ruin Chloe’s life. He pulled a reverse <em>Pretty Woman</em> and blackmailed her into prostitution. Though horrified at first, Chloe kept at it even after Quinn backed off. After all, a paycheck is a paycheck. Get it, girl.</p>
<p>When there was a prostitute serial killer on the loose in Salem — that is, a serial killer of prostitutes, not a prostitute who was also a serial killer — Chloe ran off again, only to return to tell Daniel that he really was Parker’s father! The paternity test had been… <em>double</em> switched? Fine, why not? Good for Daniel. </p>
<p>Chloe learned that hard way that all the crazy eyes in the world wouldn’t split Jennifer and Daniel up. Threatening to keep Parker away from him, though, would. But eventually the clock struck midnight, and it was time for Chloe to leave Salem before she turned into a pumpkin. Or whatever her reason was that time.</p>
<p>For Chloe’s next return, she got knocked up with Nicole and (the now-dead) Daniel’s baby through the magic of IVF, then won custody of the kid in court. But she handed the tot back to her real mom after Nicole proved she’d be a great parent by attacking Chloe and kidnapping the infant. It’s a low bar in Salem.</p>
<p>Next stop: New York! But obviously that place is a snoozefest, so Chloe returned to Salem to get mixed back up with Brady and kidnapped by a jealous Kristen. Her high school bully, Jan Spears, did “save” her, but she also seemed to think Chloe should kill Claire as a thank-you. Sure, Jan.</p>
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