Kristian-Joy Alfonso was born on September 5, 1963 in Boston suburb of Brockton, Massachusetts, to her parents Gino and Joanne. As a child, Alfonso was always smiling, having an agreeable nature and sunny disposition which charmed her family and strangers alike. When she was a young girl she liked to ice skate and dance, and was always a good athlete. She became a gold medalist figure skater and a contender for the Olympic Games.
Kristian Alfonso was also approached by modeling agents but she turned down their offer, expressing that she was more interested in skating more than anything else. However, her dream of pursuing professional ice/figure skating was shattered when she got into an accident, massively hurting her leg. This was the time she turned to modeling. At fifteen years old, she became cover girl for Vogue and Bazaar, among thirty other international magazines. On television, her first appearance was on The Starmaker in 1981. In 1983 she was cast for the role of Hope Williams
on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. In 1987 she was cast for another soap opera, Falcon Crest and stayed for its last two seasons. She also appeared shortly in an episode of Friends, as her character Hope Brady in Days of Our Lives.
Other than her acting jobs, Alfonso is also a multiple-time judge for the Miss USA Pageant. She also volunteers for various causes, such as in Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting the spirits and morale of American troops overseas by sending them a little bit of home. She also has a jewelry collection named Hope Faith Miracles, which is worn by some of the other cast members in Days of our Lives. In 2001, she married long-time boyfriend Danny Daggenhurst in a spur of the moment private ceremony at her home. They since had three children.