Carrie was brought to Salem by her mother Anna Brady in 1982, much to Roman's surprise who thought his wife was dead and never knew he had a daughter.
Later Carrie was hypnotized by her mother Anna into placing deposit slips in Roman's apartment to set him up.
Carrie took the death of her father hard, and when the new face in Salem John Black turned out to be her father, or so they thought, it took Carrie awhile too accept him into her life.
In 1988 Carrie was kidnapped by Shane's twin brother Drew, under orders from Stefano. Carrie was the bait to lure Roman II/John to Stefano's island where a trap had been set. Roman II/John managed to rescue Carrie, but Stefano had gotten away.
In 1989 Carrie ran away from home after having a huge fight with Roman II/John Black. Carrie met up with Yvette DuPres who convinced her the streets were no place for her and she convinced Carrie to return home. Carrie didn't get along with her dad, so she moved to Europe in 1990 to live with her mother, Anna DiMera.
Carrie returned to Salem in 1992. Carrie was furious at John Black for pretending to be her father, but later Carrie realized it wasn't his fault. Carrie also became smitten with Lawrence Alamain and tried to seduce him, but John put an end to her plans.
Later that year, Carrie Brady met Jesse Lombard, a young man who her father arrested for owning a hand-gun. Carrie and Jesse eventually became friends and decided to move into an apartment together. Her father wasn't pleased with this and Carrie got a job at the department store Ballistics to pay her portion of the rent.
Austin came to Salem in 1992 and moved into the apartment across from Carrie's. Austin was boxing by day and playing the piano at Wings by night. Carrie became smitten with Austin, but he wasn't taken by her at first. Carrie did everything she could to get his attention. Austin had a MA in music and enjoyed listening to classical music and jazz, so Carrie pretended to be really into that. Eventually they started seeing each other, but Austin's boxing career caused problems. Austin was mixed up with a bad crowd who ordered him to purposely throw fights.
By the end of 1992, Jesse moved out of Carrie's apartment and Austin's sister Billie moved in.
In 1993 Carrie was nominated and won Bella Magazine's "Face of the 90s" contest. At the party that was thrown for her, Carrie was hit in the face with acid by a man who was aiming for Austin. Austin had not thrown a fight and was the intended target. Carrie's father, Roman, was furious and was going to arrest Austin for his part in an illegal gambling ring. Carrie managed to keep Austin out of jail by promising her father that she would no longer see Austin.
Carrie met Lucas Roberts when he came to town in 1993. Lucas liked Carrie, but Carrie was still in love with Austin. Lucas did manage to convince Carrie to have plastic surgery to remove the scar on her face.
Carrie and Lucas grew close and the two almost made love, but Sami stopped them from doing so when she learned that Lucas was only interested in taking Carrie's virginity.
Alan came to Salem as Lucas' old buddy from West Point. Alan became infatuated with Carrie and even tried to rape her at Green Mountain Lodge. However, once Alan learned that Carrie had lost her virginity to Austin, Alad decided to go after Carrie's sister Sami. Alan dated Sami and eventually raped her. When Sami finally came forward, with this fact, Lucas and Carrie came up with a plan to trap Alan. Carrie attempted to trick Alan into admitting that he raped Sami. Carrie went to his apartment, but was shocked when she found a shrine to her in Alan's bathroom. Carrie saw a ski mask and realized that Alan was the person of attempted to rape her at Green Mountain Lodge. Sami learned what her sister was attempting to do and she raced to Alan's apartment. Alan took both Sami and Carrie hostage, but Austin and the police managed to save them. A rape trial followed. In an attempt to make Sami look like a liar, the defense made Carrie admit that her sister had lied about many things in the past. Alan was found not guilty and Sami vowed to destroy Carrie's relationship with Austin.
After a good amount of time had past, Alan showed back up to get his revenge on Sami. Alan had a gun and intended to rape Sami again. Alan and Sami fought on the docks and Sami managed to get the gun from Alan. Sami shot Alan in the crotch, which mamed him for life. Lucas managed to get Alan drunk in the hospital and got Alan to admit to raping Sami and many other woman. Alan was sent to prison.
After Alan went to jail, Sami was teased by men and feared that nobody would ever love her. Lucas Roberts was also depressed about the fact that Carrie made it clear that they could only be friends. Both seeking the comfort of the opposite sex, Lucas and Sami made love in the Titan building. Austin saw them, but he assumed it was Carrie and Lucas making love because he saw Carrie's shirt on the floor. Later, Sami drugged Austin and tricked him into sleeping with her because she pretended to be Carrie. The next morning, Austin told Sami he made a mistake and they could not be a couple. Sami ran away as a result. Carrie learned that Austin had slept with someone else, she just didn't know who. Both Austin and Carrie were apart because they both suspected the other of being unfaithful.
Carrie and Austin both searched in LA for Sami, but they could not find her. The two made up and soon became lovers again. Though Austin wanted to tell Carrie who he slept with, Carrie told him not to tell her. The two became engaged and prepared to be married. Tragically, Austin's mother, Kate Roberts, was killed in a plane crash and could not make it to the wedding. As the wedding began, Sami Brady returned and fainted during their wedding. Sami murmured about her "baby" and she revealed to everyone that she was pregnant. A stunned Austin told Carrie that he could be the father because Sami was the woman he slept with. Carrie slapped Austin and the rest of the Brady clan spurned him for what he had done to their poor Sami.
Austin and Carrie still had feelings for one another, even after baby Will's birth, and they agreed to meet up on the roof of their apartment building at the stroke of midnight. They decided that if one of them didn't show up, then it meant that they were over. Unknown to Austin and Carrie, Sami changed the time on Austin's watch so they went to the roof at the wrong time. As a result, both Austin and Carrie thought the other had given up.
Sami managed to drug Carrie's glass of champaign and carried her to bed. Lucas showed up drunk as a skunk and when he passed out, Sami put him in bed with Carrie. Sami then arranged for Austin to see them in bed together. The next morning both Carrie and Lucas were clueless as to how they ended up in bed. As a side effect of running around in the cold weather, Sami developed a high fever and infection and was admitted into the hospital. At the hospital, Austin gave Carrie the cold shoulder and told her that he saw her and Lucas in bed together. Carrie couldn't explain what had happened. After Sami was released, Austin took Sami back to his place to stay. Thinking it was over between her and Austin, Carrie began dating Lucas.
In June of 96, Nurse Lynn Burke and Jaime Caldwell eventually broke and told Kate that Sami drugged Austin to get him to sleep with her and then she and Lucas pulled countless numbers of schemes to break the couple up. Kate proceeded to expose both Lucas and Sami. After Carrie decked Sami, Carrie and Austin reunited and went to Green Mountain Lodge for a few days. Upon returning, Austin and Carrie prepared to sue Sami for custody of Will.
Austin and Carrie attempt to sue Sami for custody of Will fails, Sami wins in the end. Sami moves into a run down apartment and finds things for Austin to come over and fix. Eventually, Austin catches onto her scheme and refuses to come over. Kate gives Austin and Carrie a surprise engagement party and a pre-wedding-honeymoon trip to Paris. Carrie and Austin go to Paris. Not knowing Will has been kidnapped and brought to Paris, Austin and Carrie end up in a room right next to the woman who has kidnapped Will. Austin and Carrie decided to marry in Paris, but their marriage came to a halt when they learned about Will's kidnapping. Sami came to Paris and they all searched for Mary. When she was found, Will had already been sold. Luckily, the couple was apprehended before they could flee the country with Will. Unfortunately, the French child protective services refused to turn Will over to an unmarried couple, so Austin and Sami were forced to marry in order to get Will back. They almost had to remain in Paris under observation for 6 months, but a judge decided to let them go when Sami assured him that she and Austin were in love and even offered to stay as long as it was necessary for the courts to see that.
Upon returning to Salem, Austin filed for divorce, so Sami fought back. Sami followed Austin and Carrie up to Green Mountain Lodge and Carrie caught Sami in their room, wearing her negligee. A huge fight followed and Sami pressed charges against Carrie, who was arrested. Sami had a restraining order put on Carrie which forced her to keep 100 feet away from her and Will.
Sami managed to worm her way into the Kiriakis mansion and searched Kate's room. She hit the jackpot when she found a shoebox in Kate's closet full of incriminating evidence. Sami blackmailed Kate and ordered her to give Carrie a promotion at Titan, one that would make her travel a lot. Unfortunately, Sami's plan backfired when Austin said he'd be traveling with Carrie. However, Kate managed to let Carrie continue with her new job without having to travel. Austin and Carrie had planned a romantic, but Sami learned about their trip and stole Austin's car. Something was wrong with the car and she crashed it. Austin was forced to go to the impound to pick his car up. Sami tried to tell Austin that something was wrong with his car, but he didn't believe her. In the parking garage at the impound, Sami begged Austin not to drive it. Austin ignored her and went to take off, but the car's gears slipped and Austin back into Sami and hit her up a wall. Sami is rushed to the hospital and fell into a deep coma.
Austin thought that by playing the video tape of his wedding to Sami, the music may help her. When the music seemed to have an effect on her, Marlena urged Austin to tell Sami that he loved her. When Sami finally awoke, she thought it was four years back and that she was still sixteen. Sami was also paralyzed from the waste down. Sami's family had to tell her that she was not a teenager anymore, she was a mother now. Slowly, Sami began to remember bits and pieces. Suddenly, Sami remembered her wedding to Austin and she believed she and Austin were happily married. Unfortunately for Carrie and Austin, Mickey told Austin he could not legally divorce Sami when she was not in her right mind. A further blow was dealt when Marlena said that telling Sami the truth could cause her to relapse. Much to Carrie's dismay, Austin had to play the loving husband to Sami.
Lucas decided to use Sami's situation to his own advantage and convinced Sami to go home to Austin and surprise him. Upon arriving at Austin's place, Sami found a woman's negligee and lipstick in the apartment. Sami thought Austin was cheating on her and accused Carrie of stealing her husband, which Carrie denied. Both Austin and Carrie convinced Sami that Austin wasn't cheating on her. Later, Sami asked Mike to release her as an out patient so she could spend time at home with her husband and son. Sami moved in with Austin and Austin slept on the couch and told her that he is a restless sleeper and didn't want to make her uncomfortable. Sami decided that her sister needs a boyfriend and tried to set Carrie and Lucas up. Sami began to recall bits and pieces of her past, but kept silent when Lucas urged her not to tell Austin. Sami also convinced Austin to sleep in the same bed with her, but he actually snuck out of the bed after she fell asleep and snuck back in before she woke up.
While ironing some clothes, an electric shocked jogged Sami's memory and also gave her back the use of her legs. Sami believed that Austin really loved her and wanted to tell him the truth, but Lucas made her realize that Austin never loved her. Lucas convinced Sami to help him with a new plot. Lucas came up with the idea to convince Austin that Carrie was falling in love with Mike Horton. Lucas thought that once Austin gave up on Carrie, he could easily steal Carrie from Mike. Once Austin was free, Sami was planning to steal him from Carrie. Sami and Lucas arranged for Mike to go to Green Mountain Lodge where Carrie is supposedly waiting for Austin. When Austin finally showed up he saw Mike and Carrie in a hot tub and thought that he was loosing Carrie.
After finding a discrepancy in Will's birth records, Sami realized that Lucas was Will's real father. Sami broke into the hospital records to attempt to change Will's blood type, but she was confronted by Austin, Carrie, and Mike. All of them were stunned to see Sami was walking. Sami claimed that she was so concerned about her mom, who was almost kidnapped by Stefano, that she suddenly gained the strength to walk to the hospital to check on Marlena.
Upon learning that her father, Roman Brady, wasn't dead, Sami used him to stir up more trouble for Austin and Carrie. Sami had recently learned that Austin had filed for an annulment, he just hadn't told her about it because he still thought that she had no memory of what had happened. Sami went to see Roman and told him that she was very happy with Austin and that Carrie was in love with Mike Horton now. Carrie didn't want to upset her father and played along, unaware that Austin was outside Roman's room and hear Carrie say that Mike made her happy.
Eric Brady returned to Salem in August of 1997 when he learned that John and Marlena were going to marry. However, when he came back he learned that his dad, Roman Brady, was alive.Eric posed a threat to Sami because she feared Eric would be able to sense that Sami was lying about having her memory back. Carrie was already suspicious of this and asked Eric if he could sense anything. However, Sami managed to fool Eric and he was unable to tell if she was lying.
Roman was admitted to the hospital to undergo a series of tests. Unfortunately, the diseases Roman had was very advanced. Marlena wanted to attend a conference in LA, but was unable to leave Roman. However, Carrie and Mike agreed to go in her place.
In L.A., Mike and Carrie were forced to share a room. Mike and Carrie also posed as boy friend and girlfriend to make an old competitor of Mike's, Craig Wesely, jealous. Austin learned that Mike and Carrie were sharing a room and thought that they were an item and that he had lost Carrie forever. Later, Mike and Carrie took a trip up to the mountains of California to meet with a man who may be able to help with Roman's situation. On the way to the Dr's house, a severe rainstorm forced Mike and Carrie's car off the road. Mike carried an unconscious Carrie to an abandoned cabin and kept her warm with body heat because she had contracted a fever. During the night, Carrie dreamt of Austin and ended up kissing Mike. Mike kept the secret to himself. When Carrie's fever broke, Mike ended up getting bit by a rattlesnake. Carrie saved Mike's life with quick thinking and the two made it up to the Dr. House. Dr. Brock treated Mike and then gave Carrie the name of a drug that could help Roman. Carrie faxed the prescription to Marlena in Salem and the drug gave Roman renewed strength, though it wasn't a cure.
Back in Salem, Austin began feeling guilty about Sami and eventually proposed to her when he thought that Carrie was in love with Mike. Sami called Carrie in LA to gloat about her engagement to Austin. Carrie and Mike rushed home from L.A. on a train and returned to Salem on Austin and Sami's wedding day.
On Sami's wedding day, Sami asked Roman to walk her down the isle. Meanwhile, Carrie showed up and was determined to stop the wedding. Eric told his dad that something was wrong and when Roman saw the look on Austin and Carrie's faces, he realized Sami was lying. Roman pretended to collapse to buy Carrie the time to learn what was really going on. Carrie, Eric, and Mike searched the hospital records and learned that Lucas was really Will's father. Carrie rushed to the church and decked her sister and then exposed the devastating truth to everyone. Much to Sami's dismay, Austin and Carrie were married the same day, August 26, 1997.
Carrie and Austin decided to spend their honeymoon in Rome and kept it a secret from everyone but Kate. They feared that Sami would learn where they were and would cause trouble. Meanwhile, Sami managed to find out that Austin and Carrie were in Rome. Sami convinced Mike to let her be his personal assistant and when Mike was invited to a medical conference in Rome, Sami accepted on his behalf and even booked a room for him, and herself, in the same hotel Austin and Carrie were in.
Bo and Billie, who were also in Rome, went out for a bite to eat and were spotted by Austin and Carrie, who were in Rome on their honeymoon. Austin became concerned about Billie, who claimed she was battling food poisoning.
Mike arrived in Rome for the medical conference and ran into an old colleague he knew in Israel, Dr. Debra Thomas. Mike and Debra decided to go to a street carnival that night and ran into Austin and Carrie. Carrie ran up and kissed Mike, who was wearing the same mask Austin was wearing.
Mike began to date Debra in hopes of forgetting about Carrie. When Debra and Mike were on the verge of making love, Sami had a traveling musician, who was below Mike and Debra's window, play a song that brought back memories of dancing with Carrie for Mike. Mike told Debra that he couldn't make love to her and she understood. Later, Franco pointed out to Debra that Mike was in love with Carrie. Debra confronted Mike about this and he admitted he was in love with Carrie. Debra realized that they could never have a relationship and they stopped seeing one another. Carrie asked Debra why she and Mike decided not to see one another and Debra told her that Mike was already in love with someone else from Salem. Carrie wondered if Mike was in love with her and confronted Mike. Mike told Carrie that he was in love with another woman in Salem, but she was married.
Austin, Carrie, Mike, Austin, Bo, and Billie all returned home when they learned Roman was about to die. However, Roman was saved just in the nick of time by a cure John and Stefano had found.
A New Years eve party was thrown at the Penthouse Grill and Sami is almost mugged in an alley, but is saved by Franco. Later, Franco payed the man who mugged Sami for a job well done. Sami and Franco went to the Salem Club and when Austin showed up, they began to kiss. Sami and Franco planned to make Austin jealous. However, Sami began to find it hard to focus on Austin, which is what Franco had in mind. Franco convinced Sami that if he wanted Austin to notice her then she should become more sophisticated and mature. Sami, with Franco's help, planned to launch a "New Faces" campaign, which would feature new models and make them into stars. Kate refused to finance her campaign, so Sami decided to do a test shoot to prove it was a good idea. Franco realized that Austin had been spending a lot of time at the punching bag at the gym and Sami told Franco that Austin used to be a boxer, but quit because Carrie hated it. Franco told Sami that this was the perfect way to cause trouble for Austin and Carrie. Franco and Sami arranged for Austin's old boxing coach to come pay him some visits and try to lure him back to the old gym.
Mike Horton decided to run for Chief of Staff at University Hospital and Carrie decided to be his PR manager. Carrie began to spend more and more time at the hospital with Mike and Austin became jealous. Both Carrie and Mike were shocked when Craig Wesely showed up and also planned to apply for the position. Craig thought that Mike and Carrie were now married, but Carrie and Mike told him that Carrie had married Austin Reed. Later, Craig caused trouble between Austin and Carrie by telling Austin that Mike and Carrie pretended to be boyfriend and girlfriend while in L.A. Carrie later explained it was just a harmless joke. As Mike and Carrie continued to work together, both began thinking more and more about the other.
Meanwhile, Lucas began to drink more and more and Sami decided to use it against Lucas. Sami went to Austin and told him that Lucas was becoming a drunk and she was afraid for Will. Carrie accused Sami of trying to cause trouble for them, but Sami said she was over Austin and was in love with Franco now. Carrie was constantly busy with Mike, and Austin had been spending a lot of time at his old gym, helping to train young wanna-be boxers.
Mike decided to distance himself from Carrie in order than nobody, especially Craig Wesely, found out about his growing feelings for her. Mike decided to date a nurse on staff, Nurse Ali. However, Mike's actions had the opposite affect when Carrie became jealous of Ali and Mike dating.
Mike learned that the hospital was going to conduct interviews and single out all but two candidates. Mike kept this from Carrie and rehearsed with ALi, but Carrie got a fax about the interviews and rushed to the hospital to help Mike. Eventually, the two fell asleep in Mike's office. The next day, Austin showed up and was peeved, but Mike explained everything. However, Craig decided to cause trouble with the board and suggested that Mike and Carrie were more than friends. However, when the board members saw Austin and Carrie kissing and happy together, they told Craig that he was obviously mistaken. After the interviews, Mike and Craig Wesely were named the two finalists.
While Mike and Ali were out on a romantic date, Carrie learned that Craig was going to perform unnecessary surgery on a gun shot victim to impress the board. Carrie ran to Chez Vous and interrupted Mike and Ali's date to tell him about Craig. Mike and Ali rushed to the hospital and Mike and Craig argued over the procedure. The victim coded, but Mike and Craig worked together to save him.
Carrie learned from Sami that Austin has been boxing. Carrie went down to Austin's old gym and found him boxing. Austin decided not to tell Carrie about it. Carrie talked with Mike about this and he told her that Austin was probably just doing it to work out.
The current Chief of Staff announced that he had to retire as soon as possible, so the board members announced that they would be hosting a reception at the Salem Inn where they would make their choice. Nancy, Craig's scheming wife came to town to help Craig win the Chief of Staff position. Nancy and Craig hired a woman to pick Mike up and then drug him, whereupon everyone at the Salem Inn would find them together. Mike was on his way to the Salem Inn when he saw a woman stranded on the side of the road. The woman's, Shelley, car had broken down and when she said she was at the Salem Inn, Mike offered her a ride there. On the way she told Mike that she was in town trying to find a doctor to help her son's asthma. Upon finding out Mike was a doctor she begged him to come up to her room and look at her son's records. Mike does so and while there she drugs him. Shelly puts Mike in bed with her and then waits to be found. Unfortunately, Carrie is the one who finds them and she screams, which brings the entire party into the room. When Mike wakes up he tells everyone he doesn't know how this happened. John suggests he was set up and Carrie vows to prove that Craig and Nancy were behind this. The next day, Mike gave a moving letter to Lexie to read on his behalf at the hospital. Though the board was going to hire Mike, they decided to hire Craig instead because of the bad publicity from the previous night's incident that would follow. Mike, whose family was giving a 4th of July barbecue, invited Craig, Nancy, and the board members. Carrie and Marlena tracked down the woman who Craig and Nancy hired to frame Mike. Carrie gave a moving speech about Mike to the woman, who was poor and couldn't afford her son's asthma medication. Marlena gives Shelly the name of a clinic that will help her out, but Shelly refuses to tell the board the truth. However, she eventually did, but didn't implicate Craig or Nancy.
The Horton's and Brady's hosted a family barbecue for the Fourth of July. At the barbecue, the board members appointed a shocked Mike as the new Chief of Staff. They told Mike that Shelly came forward and admitted to drugging him in order to rob him. Nancy and Craig were shocked when Mike made the announcement. Later, Carrie showed up and Mike told her the good news privately and how she made it possible. Mike and Carrie hugged, but then ended up in a deep lip lock. Carrie and Mike were both stunned and decided they just got carried away and decided to forget about it. However, Marlena witnessed the kiss and couldn't forget it.
The next day, Craig and Nancy came up with a new scheme to oust Mike. They thought if Carrie and Mike worked closely together something would eventually happen. Nancy convinced the board to hire Carrie as the hospital's PR person. The board likes the idea and tells Mike about it and asks him to offer Carrie the job. Mike offers Carrie the job and she said she had to think about it. Carrie wanted to Ask Austin first and Mike understood. However, Carrie never found the perfect time to tell Austin. Austin had become wrapped up with Sami and Lucas. Sami was still claiming that Lucas was a drunk, though Carrie believed Sami was lying to cause trouble. However, Sami saw the perfect moment to cause trouble when Lucas, who had been drinking, dropped Will. Sami rushed Will to the hospital and asked Austin to meet her there. At the hospital, Sami accused Lucas of hitting Will. When the story spread through the hospital, Carrie took the PR job to keep the story hush hush. Marlena confronted Carrie about her kiss and that she had reservations about taking the job without Austin's knowledge. Carrie assured Marlena that the kiss was just an accident and she was committed to her marriage. Carrie eventually told Austin about the job, which he eventually accepted.
Sami took Lucas to court for child abuse. However, there wasn't enough evidence to support her allegations against Lucas, so the charges were dropped. Sami was given full custody of Will and Lucas was given supervised visits. He also was ordered to live with his grandmother, Alice, and to complete a 12 step recovery program. During the trial, Kate revealed that she had hired Franco to break up Bo and Hope. Austin defended Sami at the trial, while Carrie defended Lucas. In an attempt to help Kate deal with Sami, Austin said that he and Carrie would move into the Kiriakis Mansion to help care for Will.