Nicole was an overworked, underpaid waitress with dreams of being a model and escaping the secrets of her past. Then she met Eric Brady. He eventually became enamored with Nicole's pretty face, and convinced Sami to offer her a modeling contract. Sami offered, and Nicole graced the cover of Bella magazine. She moved from the wrong side of the tracks to queen of the right side within a month or two. But she was always held back by a fear of someone -- viewers weren't sure who -- finding out where she lived. She periodically wrote checks to someone and was afraid. Jay, her ex boyfriend, appeared and followed Nicole and Brady around, even on their trip to Los Angeles for a photo shoot.
Eric and Nicole were falling in love, and Jay was getting jealous. He even threatened to spill the beans about her past. She met Kate Roberts and became good friends with Sami Brady. She coordinated Sami's bachelorette party, and allowed Kate to pick out the entertainment for the night: the stripper with whom Franco was having an affair. Kate threatened Nicole about this fact and told her to keep quiet. Nicole complied.
Lucas then decided he needed a wife to get custody of Will, and Nicole was the one he wanted. Lucas showered Nicole with attention, much to the dismay of Kate, who thought Lucas deserved better. Taylor was also an obstacle in her quest to become exclusive with Eric. Taylor wanted Eric, and Nicole wanted Eric, but was showing interest in Lucas. Taylor also treaded on sacred territory. She was becoming a New Face, and could have taken over Nicole's modeling gigs. Nicole didn't like it one bit.
Taylor disappeared from town, and Nicole married Lucas...for the tune of five million dollars. She became ticked off when Victor hired a man to worm her money away from her. She agreed to help Eric's sister Sami get custody of Will, even though Eric had left her and left town. A cancer scare led to a brief reconciliation with Eric, but that didn't last. Nicole did, however, reveal that as a teenager, her father had forced her into the pornographic film industry.
After breaking up with Eric, Nicole told Lucas she wanted a divorce, and ended up starting a relationship with Victor. She was instrumental in helping Victor learn that Kate was out to kill him, and took Kate's place not only in Victor's bedroom, but also in the boardroom. Unfortunately, it wasn't long before things again changed, and Nicole started planning to kill Victor. She even paired up with Larry Welch, but that didn't last long. Next, she tried to get to Victor through his grandson. She thought Brady would work perfectly for her plans, but she was willing to use Shawn or even Victor's son Philip if necessary.
Nicole joined forces with Jan Spears, and Jan "killed" Victor for Nicole, although Victor soon turned up alive again. For a while, Nicole was a very wealthy widow, with a grieving step-grandson she soon fell in love with. Unfortunately, it wasn't just Victor's "murder" that was looming over her head -- once she learned that Brady's first love, Chloe, was alive, she was desperate to keep Brady from learning the truth, so much so that she let Stan and Tony help her in sabotaging Chloe's surgery so that Chloe would never get rid of her scars. Once she realized Stan was Sami, she attempted to blow Sami out of the water, but Sami had the goods on Nicole. When Brady discovered Chloe was alive, he accused Nicole of masterminding Chloe's "death," and kicked Nicole out of his life.
Nicole landed on her feet again when she teamed up with Sami and Austin to open Austin Reed and Company (ARC). Nicole agreed to move to L.A. to manage the newly acquired branch, formerly known as High Style, of ARC. Before she left, she had a one-night stand with Roman Brady.
In 2008, Nicole returned to Salem with the news that she was still Mrs. Victor Kiriakis, since the divorce had not actually gone through. She hired E.J. Dimera to be her divorce attorney, which did not sit well with Sami Brady. E.J. used Nicole to make Sami jealous, and even paid Nicole to be around Sami at opportune times. Sami and E.J.'s relationship continued to sour. On the night that Sami told E.J. to move on, E.J. slept with Nicole.
Trent Robbins arrived in town in the summer of 2008 and immediately began threatening Nicole. Viewers soon learned that Nicole had married Trent while in college. Trent was so abusive towards Nicole that she had eventually packed her things and left him. However, she never filed for divorce, so technically, she was still married to Trent. If that news were discovered, Nicole would lose her huge divorce settlement from Victor. So, in exchange for his silence, Nicole did whatever Trent told her to do. Nicole told E.J. that their relationship needed to remain professional. Nicole spied on Max Brady for Trent. Eventually, Nicole asked E.J. for his help in dealing with Trent.
Nicole did not have to worry about Trent much longer. Trent was found stabbed to death in September 2008. Nicole was on the suspect list, but she had other problems to worry about. She learned that she was pregnant with E.J. DiMera's child. Nicole was happy about the baby but worried about E.J.'s reaction. She was pleasantly surprised when E.J. asked her to move into the DiMera mansion. The two began planning their future together. But their happiness wouldn't last long. On November 24, 2008 Nicole went into premature labor and delivered a baby girl. The baby did not survive. The doctor told Nicole that while she might be physically able to become pregnant again, due to internal scarring she had suffered after being shot years before, she would not be able to carry a baby to full term.
When Nicole couldn't reach E.J., she turned to Brady Black for help. Brady took care of Nicole during her recovery and was the only one privy to her secret: she would fake her pregnancy until she found an adequate "substitute" baby to pass off as her own child. Nicole blackmailed Dr. Baker, the doctor who had delivered her baby, to go along with her fake pregnancy scam. In addition to giving him a $20,000 vase for his silence, she also threatened to expose that he was a black market baby broker.
Nicole tracked down a pregnant teenager named Mia through Dr. Baker. Nicole convinced Mia to let Nicole adopt Mia's baby. But, when Nicole learned that Sami was secretly pregnant with E.J.'s baby, Nicole decided that she wanted Sami's baby instead. Nicole tracked down Sami, who was in witness protection, and eavesdropped on Sami's conversation with Sister Theresa. Nicole learned that Sami was looking for a discreet place to give birth. Nicole, posing as a pregnant woman named "Mary," gave Dr. Baker's business card to Sister Theresa. When Sami went into labor, Sister Theresa took her to Dr. Baker's clinic. Dr. Baker told Nicole that Sami was on her way to the clinic.
Mia went into labor on the same day as Sami. Mia called Nicole. Knowing that Sami was on her way to the clinic, Nicole did not take Mia to the clinic to deliver. Instead, Nicole told Mia that they would have to deliver the baby in Mia's apartment. Mia gave birth to a baby girl. After Nicole promised to always love Mia's baby, Mia told Nicole to take the baby and leave.
Nicole went to the clinic, where she blackmailed Dr. Baker into switching Mia's baby with Sami's baby. She had Dr. Baker call E.J. and tell him that she was in labor. When E.J. arrived at the clinic, Nicole was sitting in a gown, on a hospital bed, and presented E.J. with "their" baby. They named the baby Sydney. In April of 2009, E.J. and Nicole were married, and Nicole tried to settle into life as a DiMera wife. Nicole even participated in the family business when she helped E.J. facilitate a kidnapping of Stephanie Johnson.
But Nicole's plans for a happy DiMera family soon unraveled. FBI Agent Rafe Hernandez felt that Nicole was acting strangely after Grace, the baby Sami thought was her own, died. He investigated Nicole, which eventually led him to run a DNA test on Sydney. The test revealed that Sami was Sydney's biological mother. Nicole tearfully handed over Sydney to Sami and E.J., but when she returned to the DiMera mansion and heard Sami and E.J. fighting, she sneaked in and kidnapped Sydney.
Nicole and Sydney ended up in Cleveland, Ohio, where they met up with Nicole's mother, Fay, who was living there and working as a waitress. Nicole lied to her mother. She said that E.J. was abusing her, and she was simply on the run from him. Because of Nicole's stories, Fay pulled favors to get Nicole money and fake passports for both her and the baby. However, Nicole had a last-minute change of heart and decided to return Sydney to Sami and E.J. Unfortunately, while she was at the bus station, ready to turn herself in, she was attacked from behind and knocked unconscious, and Sydney was stolen from her. Afterwards, Nicole was arrested and sent to prison for twenty years.
Down but not out, Nicole, while in prison, continued to try to piece together the events that had led to Sydney's kidnapping. She remembered that, after being hit on the head, she'd heard a woman's voice talking sweetly to Sydney and had seen a pair of high-end boots walking away with the stroller. More and more memories returned to her, and eventually she realized the kidnapper was Anna DiMera. Being the opportunist she was, Nicole blackmailed Anna. She made Anna convince Governor Jim Ford, one of Anna's old boyfriends, to issue Nicole a full pardon for her kidnapping crimes. Everyone in Salem was shocked by Nicole's release and didn't hold their tongues when Nicole strolled back into town.
After Nicole's pardon and subsequent divorce from E.J. in March 2010, she set her sights on her one true love - Brady Black. Upon being released from prison, she traveled to the Caribbean to see Brady, unaware that he was there to marry Arianna Hernandez. Much to Nicole's delight, the wedding plans fell through. Afterwards, Nicole began to focus on getting Brady back. He admitted he would always love her and be her friend, but he was "in love" with Arianna.
Nicole didn't let Brady's words stop her. She knew he loved her deep down. And she continued to scheme to get him back in her life. She even used her new job as a reporter for Titan's TV station, WXIR, help her score points with Brady. Unfortunately for Nicole, Arianna was hired on as her production assistant and the two ladies were often at odds.
In late spring of 2010, Nicole was dealt a lucky hand. She ran into Dr. Baker who, as it turned out, was not dead as everyone had previously thought. She quickly linked him to a recent crime wave in Salem. Someone was mugging predominate men and stealing their wallets. Dr. Baker knew who was behind the muggings and was merely working as an accomplice because he wanted the men's money to gamble with. Nicole used this to her advantage and, with Dr. Baker's help, framed Arianna for the crimes.
Nicole's plan seemingly worked. Brady and Arianna broke up, Arianna was sent to jail, and Nicole and Brady grew closer. However, E.J. and Rafe both started to suspect Nicole knew more than she let on. E.J., who was working as Arianna's lawyer and who generally hated Nicole, accused her of framing Arianna. Nicole got nervous and broke into the DiMera Mansion to find some dirt on E.J. -- and her plan worked. She discovered that Anna had simply been an accomplice in Sydney's kidnapping and that E.J. had been the mastermind. She quickly used the information against E.J. to get him to back off. But the only thing Nicole didn't count on was that Rafe was investigating both her and E.J. and was close to discovering the truth about them both.
Rafe seduced Nicole in order to gain access to her apartment. He found the CD recording of E.J.'s confession. Rafe granted Nicole immunity and FBI protection in exchange for her authenticating the recording. When E.J. found out that Rafe had gotten the proof from Nicole, he froze her bank account and threatened to kill her. Broke and scared for her life, she moved in with Daniel and Chloe.
Rafe confronted E.J. with the tape on Sami and E.J.'s wedding day. E.J. was heartbroken when Sami left him and took the kids with her. Later that night, Kate called Sami and told her that E.J. might be planning on kidnapping the kids. Sami rushed over the to DiMera mansion and found a passed out E.J. with a gun next to him. Seeing the opportunity, she picked up the gun and shot E.J. in the head. The next morning, people immediately starting buzzing about who could have shot E.J.
Nicole was immediately cleared as a suspect, but she was still curious as to who shot E.J. Needing a safer place to stay, Nicole moved in with Brady. The two began to get closer. Nicole even helped Brady cover up his crime- burying Vivian alive in a sarcophagus.
While living there, Brady received the news that his ex-fiancée, Arianna, had been killed and Brady was the still the beneficiary of her belongings. Included in them was a taped of Sami admitting that she was the one who shot E.J. Nicole found the tape and went to blackmail Sami into letting Nicole spend time with Sydney.
Rafe urged Sami to agree to the deal at first, in order to give him time to get the tape from Nicole. Rafe tried infecting Nicole's computer with a virus and stealing the video. When Nicole found out, she went straight to E.J. and offered him the same deal- the tape of Sami's confession in exchange for time with Sydney. E.J. took the deal, but wanted more.
In order to pay Sami back, E.J. asked Nicole to move in with him and act as the children's stepmother. Nicole reluctantly agreed, even though she knew it means she had to give up her relationship with Brady. Not long after she moved in, E.J. asked Nicole to marry him. The motive was still to get back at Sami, but eventually, Nicole began to develop feelings for E.J. She loved their life together.
A few weeks before their wedding day, Nicole's sister, Taylor, showed up at the DiMera mansion and asked Nicole for a place to stay. Nicole was reluctant at first, due to their rough history together, but eventually Nicole agreed to let Taylor move in. She was excited to learn more about her sister.
Around the same time, Taylor had a chance meeting with E.J. on the pier. The two fell in love at first sight, despite not knowing who the other was. It wasn't until the day of Nicole and E.J.'s wedding that Taylor realized that she was in love with her sister's husband. After the wedding, E.J. and Taylor immediately started a relationship.
One day, Nicole caught them kissing in the living room. She was heartbroken, but determined to make both of them pay. She didn't have to wait long as a few days later the truth about E.J. and Stefano's involvement in Fay's death came out. Taylor left E.J. Nicole and Taylor worked, hesitantly, on rebuilding their relationship. They bonded over their distrust of E.J. and their desire to keep Brady safe. (He had gotten away with assaulting E.J. and not getting caught.) However, Taylor soon left town and Nicole was left to rebuild her life alone.
E.J. recruited Nicole to serve as his campaign manager. She took the job because she needed the money. But, soon, she began to realize that her love for E.J. was still there. She happily fell back into the role of his wife and the two planned a life together. Nicole helped E.J. win the election. But, their celebration was interrupted when Rafe burst into the DiMera mansion and announced that E.J. and Sami had slept together, just a few month before, on the night Johnny went missing.
Nicole walked out on E.J. and moved into the Salem hotel, trying to cope with her grief. Daniel found an upset Nicole in Horton Square and tried to comfort her. But, when Nicole fainted, he took her to the hospital. Test confirmed that Nicole was pregnant. She did not want E.J. to know and swore Daniel to secrecy.
A few days later, E.J. tried to talk to Nicole in the town square. When she refused, Rafe (who was passing by) stepped in and told E.J. to leave Nicole alone. Rafe took Nicole back to her hotel. He came to check on her a few days later with some food. Nicole got sick. Rafe knew that it was morning sickness and confronted Nicole about being pregnant. Nicole confirmed that she was, but asked Rafe to keep it a secret too. He agreed.
He convinced Nicole to take care of herself and get something to eat. They went to lunch on the Horton Square. While at lunch, E.J. overheard Nicole saying that she was pregnant. E.J. immediately assumed that the baby was his, but Rafe stepped in and claimed to be the baby's father. Nicole played along with Rafe's lie. She even switched DNA samples to guarantee that the paternity test E.J. ordered would say that Rafe is the father.
Daniel caught Nicole switching the tests. But, she distracted him by seducing him. Their attraction continued and Daniel and Nicole spent more time together - as friends with benefits. And when Nicole's pregnancy encountered trouble during an explosion in Salem, Daniel was able to save the baby. From that point on Nicole decided that Daniel was the man for her.
She played upon his good nature and told him that E.J. was breathing down her neck about the baby, in hopes of getting Daniel to invited her move in with him. Daniel wanted to protect Nicole, but he wasn't ready for that type of commitment. So, he asked Victor and Maggie if Nicole could live with them. When Victor refused, Jennifer offered to let Nicole move in with her. After Jack's death, Jennifer said that the house was empty and she could use the distraction.
But, Nicole knew that with Jennifer single again, Daniel's feelings for Jennifer could return. So, Nicole agreed to move in with Jennifer, but Nicole really wanted to make it clear to Jennifer that Daniel was taken. Nicole and Jennifer continued to butt heads over Daniel, especially when Jennifer learned that Daniel was helping Nicole hide the paternity of Nicole's baby. But, Nicole used Jennifer's anger to imply that Jennifer was just simply stressed out about Jack's death and not thinking clearly. Abigail and Daniel both began to believe Nicole. Frustrated with all of the mind games, Jennifer kicked Nicole out of the Horton house.
Nicole took this opportunity to put more pressure on Daniel to make a commitment to her. She even presented him with the idea of the two of them moving to Utah together, where the custody laws were apparently more favorable to mothers than fathers. Leaving him to think about it, Nicole headed to her doctor's appointment to check on the baby.
Nicole's regular doctor was called away on an emergency so she saw a new doctor, who was scheduled to leave the country immediately after Nicole's appointment. However, the doctor could not find a heartbeat for the baby and pronounced the baby dead. She also told Nicole that she needed to induce labor within 24 hours. This doctor promises to have a nurse call Nicole to schedule the appointment. Nicole was devastated.
She wandered out into the hospital hallway to see Jennifer and Daniel together. Nicole left and went to Daniel's apartment. While there, she heard Jennifer leaving a voicemail for Daniel to meet her in the town square. Nicole went instead and confronted Jennifer. Jennifer tried to walk away, but Nicole rushed after her. Nicole followed Jennifer up the stairs and grabbed Jennifer's arm. When Jennifer jerked her arm away, Nicole fell down the stairs. When people rushed to see if Nicole was okay, Nicole immediately said that Jennifer pushed her.
Nicole was rushed to the hospital where she delivered her baby. When Dr. Davis pronounced that the baby was dead, Nicole insisted that Jennifer was the one who killed the baby. Jennifer was arrested. But, Daniel was sure that Jennifer was innocent. So, Daniel offered Nicole a deal -- drop the charges against Jennifer and he would move to Hawaii with Nicole. Nicole agreed and told the police that she misremembered the events of her fall and that her fall was an accident.
As Daniel was closing up some loose ends at the hospital, he came across an infant t-shirt in the lost and found that he recognized as part of a set that Nicole had purchased for her baby. Wondering why it was in an exam room, Daniel looked into Nicole's last doctor's appointment and learned that Nicole had actually miscarried the baby before the altercation with Jennifer on the stairs. Daniel confronted Nicole with the information. Rafe, E.J., Jennifer, Brady, and Abigail all witnessed it. Nicole cried and admitted that she had, in fact, made the whole thing up to keep Daniel from going back to Jennifer. Daniel told Nicole that they were not moving to Hawaii.
With her things cleared out of Daniel's apartment, Nicole began looking for a new place to live, and a friend to confide in. She found them both when she ran into Eric Brady at the Brady Pub. She was thrilled to learn that he'd returned to Salem; and shocked to learn that he'd returned as a priest. Eric listened to Nicole's sordid tale of the past few months and encouraged her to seek forgiveness from everyone, especially Jennifer and Daniel.
Nicole took Eric's advice. When Jennifer and Daniel forgave her, she started to feel better. Eric offered Nicole a job as a secretary at the church and a place to stay in the convent. Nicole agreed and started her life over. She also became a confidant for Eric, who was living with his own demons of violent acts he'd witnessed while working as a photographer in the Congo. Nicole began to develop feelings for Eric, but fought hard to contain them.
When Eric expressed concern over his step-brother, Brady's, involvement with Kristen DiMera, Nicole wanted to help. So, she stole Titan documents and planted them on Kristen's computer for Brady to see. However, Kristen soon figured out that Nicole stole the documents. Victor had Nicole arrested, but did not press charges. Nicole went back to work at the convent and tried to stay out of trouble.
Eric began reaching out to other people in trouble by starting a program for recently released prisoners. His first participant was Vargas. Nicole wasn't thrilled with the idea at first, but changed her mind after she met Vargas.
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