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Ivy Sullivan is a main character on CW teen soap 90210. She is portrayed by Gillian Zinser.


Ivy Sullivan is the prankster, tomboy/surfer girl of West Beverly Hills High School. She has a fun, laid-back, personality, but does not wish to be labelled as "one of the guys". After graduating high school she marries Raj Kher and begins studying photography at California University. After Raj's death, Ivy moves to Mexico with Diego Flores. Ivy was initially rivals with Naomi Clark, but the two formed a close bond. She became best friends with her surfing/lunch buddies; Liam Court, Dixon Wilson, Teddy Montgomery and Navid Shirazi as well as all the girls.

Season 2

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Ivy's first scene.

When Ivy first met Liam, the two of them got in a fight when they get in a car accident. They later reconcile at a Halloween party and become friends. Teddy sees that she has a crush on Liam but she will not admit it. After a party, at Liam's basement, the two kiss and start a discreet love story, Ivy helps him overcome his nemesis, Jen Clark. Liam eventually asks her to a dance, but it soon becomes apparent that he has his eyes set on fellow student Naomi Clark. Ivy then decides it is best for her and Liam to merely be friends, assisting him in his pursuit of Naomi by texting her to go and see Liam. She is devastated after losing the man she loved.

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Dixon and Ivy

Later, Naomi and Ivy try to form a friendly relationship of their own which proves difficult when they don't share the same interests at all, but unfortunately, Ivy and Naomi don't have a lot in common! The two girls get in a fight on the beach and begin hating each other. After losing Liam for good, Ivy is comforted by her mom Laurel Cooper, a music producer. Later, she starts fake dating with Dixon. As the two of them feel left out, they kiss to prove to Naomi that they are really dating. Dixon develops some feelings for Ivy, but she wants to break up as she thinks she still has a chance with Liam. Later Liam tells her that he and she will never be together again. Later in the episode, Ivy decides to give Dixon a shot and go on a real date with him. Now that Ivy knows that she and Liam will never be, she is able to move on. With Dixon's gambling issues, their first date is catastrophic and Ivy begins to ask herself if Dixon is really the guy for her. Their relationship recovers when Dixon is invited to Australia in the episode before the season finale.

Season 3

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Ivy is back from Australia with Oscar

After Dixon left Australia, Ivy spends the summer with her mother. She returns with her childhood friend Oscar, who Dixon becomes immediately jealous of. After the earthquake, Ivy's excited about the possible state of the waves and leaves with Dixon and Oscar to the beach where Ivy notices Dixon's jealousy and leaves with Oscar thinking that he is over-reacting. Ivy prepares a welcome party and has a dream where she makes out with Oscar, making her confused. In" Age of Inheritance," Ivy is avoiding Oscar, so he prepares a plan to set up Dixon with some girls at a bar and the pictures are sent to Ivy, who gets very angry with Dixon over the pictures and leaves. Ivy reveals to Dixon that she is still a virgin and is ashamed of it, but Dixon is cool with it. Later, Ivy tells Dixon that she is ready to have sex until Dixon's ex-girlfriend, Sasha shows up and makes Ivy feels insecure because she is an older woman, but Dixon tells her that she is from his past and it doesn´t mean anything. Ivy later goes to talk to her mom, who supports her and tells her to have safe sex.

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Ivy contacts her father

At the bachelor auction, Sasha appears again and makes an effort to buy Dixon, but Ivy wins him and invites Dixon to her house to spend the night together, but Dixon never shows up. The next day, Ivy is worried because Dixon is avoiding her calls. When Oscar tells her about Dixon and Sasha she confronts him. Dixon tells her that he is still in love with Sasha and breaks up with Ivy, which leads her straight into the arms of Oscar. In "How Much Is That Liam in the Window," Dixon apologizes to Ivy and explains what really happened. He tells her that he was trying to protect her and wants to get back together with her. Ivy doesn't tell him about what happened with Oscar. While Ivy was talking with her mother, Oscar talks to both of them and tells Laurel that he slept with Ivy & tells Ivy that he slept with her mother during the summer which results in a fight with her mother. Ivy leaves while crying. Ivy attends "The Undies" with Dixon where she confesses losing her virginity to Oscar which makes Dixon break up with Ivy because he couldn´t forgive her.
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Ivy almost drowns at the beach

In "Mother Dearest," Ivy tries to apologize to Dixon, but he is still mad at her. The other boys are acting weird around her, making Ivy feel lonely. She starts to cry in the bathroom where Naomi finds her and offers her help, but she tells Naomi that she doesn´t have any girlfriends because girls only want to cover up everything. Later, she sees Naomi talking to Oscar and tells her not to trust him because he is evil. Naomi helps Ivy get revenge with Oscar by getting him naked at the Beach Club and everyone starts laughing at him. This ultimately leads Naomi and Ivy into a closer relationship. They later hang out with the rest of the girls and Naomi explains to them that Ivy is a really good friend. When Naomi gets a crush on one of Ivy's surfer friend, she wants Ivy to teach her how to surf for her surf date. Oscar knocks at her door asking for forgiveness and explains why he did what he did, but Ivy doesn´t want to know anything about him. Still feeling bad about her mother and Dixon, Ivy decides to call her father who is happy to see her and starts going out.
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Ivy and Raj decide to get married

When Laurel discovers that Ivy is hanging out with her father, she tries to convince her not to see him because he´s not a good person and leaves. Her father invites her to spend Christmas with him and his family. Ivy agrees to, but he starts showing his true colors. He doesn´t want to pay for Ivy's college and other things that he agreed on the divorce which makes her leave. Broken by her father, Ivy goes back to the arms of her mother who prepares a special Christmas night. In "Liars", Ivy goes to surf and has a big accident where she almost dies, but Dixon saves her. The next day at surf practice, she makes up a story to the coach so she does not have to get into the water. This forces her to find a way to get over her fear of water. Ivy goes to Guru Sona a friend of Naomi, but her plan to relax doesn´t work. She starts smoking weed and impresses everyone with her new style of surfing. When Laurel returns home, she finds Ivy on the couch, high. Laurel tells Ivy about how she feels and goes to a specialist who sends her to get medical marijuana at the store. She meets a boy named Raj and they strike up a friendship over their use of medical marijuana.
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Ivy tells Naomi about the wedding before graduation

Ivy continues her friendship with Raj and finds who she thinks is a role model. She starts skipping classes, but Raj gets mad with her for doing that and tells her that he has leukemia and that´s the way he lives. In "The Enchanted Donkey", Ivy goes with the gang to Mexico on Spring Break to spend some time away from Raj. While there, she gets some weed that makes her sick, but Dixon helps her. She tells him about everything that has happened with her and the two become friends again. When they return from Mexico, Raj wants to help Ivy get over her fear of water. Ivy goes with Raj to a movie premiere of Marla Templeton with Naomi, Annie and Liam. On the day of the prom, Ivy goes with Raj after getting the news that he is getting worse and needs to have another treatment. At prom, Raj starts drinking alcohol and then has a fight. When Raj behaves like an idiot, Ivy cries and tells him that she loves him very much and wants to be there for him in the good times and in the bad times. They decide to get married.

In the season finale, "To the Future!", Ivy tells her mother and Raj's parents about their decision to marry. Laurel is against it, but Ivy is still willing to do it. At graduation, Ivy tells Naomi about her wedding and Naomi offers to plan the best wedding, but Ivy only wants something personal. At Ivy's bachelor party, the girls discover that Adrianna is the one who messed with Silver's pills which gets her kicked out of the gang. On the day of the wedding, Ivy feels that something is missing in the wedding until Laurel shows up which surprises her. She wants to support her daughter. Ivy gets excited and walks to the altar with her mother and gets married around the people who cares for her.

Season 4


Ivy and Raj.

Ivy and Raj moved with Naomi to the pool house of her new mansion where they still struggle with Raj´s health problems. Naomi drags Ivy into joining her sorority to help with the competition as Ivy continues to worry about Raj's health. Ivy decides to put on a charity talent show for Raj in order to raise money he needs for an experimental cancer treatment, with Raj getting better the future seems bright for both until Raj wants to enroll in a college in Baltimore but Ivy doesn´t want to leave her friends and an opportunity to learn more about photography with Nick with leads to break up, Ivy goes after Raj trying to fix things but after Raj discovered that he still dying decides to leave Ivy and give her a better future. During the Christmas break, Ivy had sex with Nick, but she only sees it as a rebound sex, pushing him away. Later that night, she realizes that she needs to move on from Raj and gives Nick another opportunity.

In "Mama Can You Hear Me?," Nick tells Ivy he signed with an agency and is going to Afghanistan on a combat photojournalism assignment. Ivy asks Naomi to give Nick a job as a photographer at the event she’s running. Nick happens to meet a documentation at the event and he gets another job as a still photographer. Ivy tells him not to die in a war zone. Ivy later apologizes. Ivy tells Liam and Vanessa that Nick, before he went to Afghanistan, talked to a woman named Sonia Reese about seeing her portfolio for her next art show. When Ivy goes to talk to Sonia, Sonia mentions that she also dated Nick, effectively ending that conversation. She also says Ivy’s photos just aren’t for her. Later, Ivy talks to Sonia and tries to get the “Nick” thing out of the way. Sonia says that Ivy’s portfolio is all faces and she doesn’t like it so that’s why she doesn’t want her work, not because of Nick. Then, she takes a second look at Ivy’s portfolio.

Ivy’s passing out fliers for her gallery opening at Sonia’s when a skateboarder also hits her. Ivy asks him to come to her gallery opening, but he says no. Ivy later goes to the gallery with Annie and finds it graffitied. Sonia shows up and immediately cancels the showing. Ivy guesses that the skateboarder graffitied her showing and goes to confront him. Again, he proves his name and tells her art is supposed to mean something and isn’t just supposed to be pretty pictures. Ivy eventually shows her art at Annie’s benefit, where someone bids $5000 for a piece just cause they can and calls it a rip-off. Ivy then goes to the skateboarder’s garage and spray paints one of her pieces. Ivy goes to meet Diego and brings an interesting photo with her. Diego wants Ivy to do street art, but she is apprehensive. Diego tells her she’s scared and is afraid of taking risks and then invites her to go spray paint with his “crew” the next night. Ivy goes to see Diego and says it’s only for art, not him. They pick a side of a building to spray paint, but they then spot a cop car and run & hide between some trash cans. The next day, they go to see her and they make out.

Ivy gets a call from Sonya saying that she knows the art on her walls was Ivy’s designs and she wants to have a talk with her later. Ivy and Diego go to Sonya’s gallery and Sonya tells them their graffiti is beautiful. She also tells them she wants them to do a show at her gallery or she’ll tell the cops about the graffiti. Diego doesn’t want to sell out his “art”, and Ivy gets sick of it and leaves. Ivy also wants validation of her relationship with Diego, but he doesn’t want to define their relationship. After Ivy tries to salvage Annie`s bag business at the festival, Diego comes by. Ivy says she overreacted and Diego says he’s still trying to figure out them dating. He asks her to be his girlfriend & she says yes. In "The Heart Will Go On," Ivy and Diego are sitting around talking about colleges and environmental groups when she finds divorce papers from Raj. Diego tells Ivy he found a "Artist-In-Residence" program downtown and says that Ivy should join it with him.

Ivy finds out that Raj has died.

Naomi tells Ivy that she should sign her divorce papers and move on with her life. PJ also asks Ivy to pick a charity for him to fund and she picks "Surf for Good," which is sponsoring a beach cleanup. At the beach, Ivy talks with Annie about her reluctance to sign her divorce papers and how she’s having trouble picking between the art residence thing with Diego and the "Surf for Good" sailing trip. Later, Ivy later tells Diego that she filled out the Artist-In-Residence program for Diego and wants to travel the world. Diego tells her he doesn’t want to break-up, but he also doesn’t want Ivy to give up on her dream for him. After the beach cleanup, Dixon tells Ivy that Raj is dying. Ivy goes to see Raj and asks him how he could lie to her about his health. Raj tells her he didn’t want her to see him like this. Ivy then spills her guts, telling Raj he broke her heart. Ivy then asks him how he could be so selfish and cries, telling him that she’s right where she wants to be.

Later, Raj wants to catch up with what’s been going on with Ivy, but she doesn’t want to talk about it. Raj tells Ivy that some people from the hospice came by and says he doesn’t want to be apart from her when he dies. Ivy leaves to get Raj some water and when she returns, she finds that Raj has died. Ivy keeps on telling everyone that she’s fine and she just wants to get through this day. She is also sick of everyone telling her they’re sorry for her loss at Raj’s funeral. After the funeral, Raj’s mom gives Ivy Raj’s ashes, but Ivy says she can’t take them and leaves. Ivy talks to Caleb on the beach and says she doesn’t want to talk. She then talks about how the whole funeral wasn’t Raj. Caleb suggests that’s how Raj’s family wanted to say goodbye to him and tells her about the different wakes that he went to. He then asks her about a beach wake and suggests they do that.


Ivy goes surfing at night.

After everyone goes around talking about how much Raj taught them, Ivy says that Raj was a liar. She says she’s now left with the conversations they could’ve had and there should’ve been more. She then breaks down into tears. The final shot of the episode is Ivy going into a violent ocean at night to go surfing. Ivy is still struggling with the passing of her husband. While at the beach, Caleb asks Ivy how she's doing and Ivy tells him she's going to do what she wants to do. Then, she runs across the street in traffic. Later, Caleb finds Ivy at the beach while it's dark & stormy. Ivy tells Caleb that she's going to surf & Caleb tries to stop her. Ivy tells him that he has no idea what he's going through and then she switches the subject to him & Annie. After that, Ivy goes surfing. She is later greeted at the door by a woman from Social Services, who gives Ivy a warrant issued by Caleb describing her as a danger to herself.

In "'Tis Pity," we first see Naomi, Annie & Silver coming by the hospital to visit Ivy. Annie tries to explain to Ivy that Caleb was just worried about her, but Ivy tells them that nobody gets or understands what she's going through & tells them to leave her alone. Later, Diego visits Ivy and tells her to cooperate so her doctors will sign the release papers, but Ivy tells him it's not going to happy. Then, Diego shows her a key card & tells her that they're going to break out. After cruising the boardwalk, Diego tells Ivy to express her feelings and spray paints a mural for Raj. Ivy apologizes to Diego for not calling him. Then, a cop car shows up & Diego admits to Ivy that he's an illegal immigrant and runs away from the cops. Ivy goes looking for Diego at the skate park and comes up empty. A guy there tells her that if she really cared, she’d never see him again. Ivy tells Annie that if Caleb didn't call her in, Diego wouldn’t be hiding from the cops right now. Later, Annie tells Ivy that she sent Diego to Naomi’s boat to keep him safe.


Ivy goes to see Diego and the two share an intimate time together. Ivy talks to Diego about moving away & coming with him, but Diego tells her that she can't. Then, Ivy tells him that she loves him. Later, Ivy & Diego show up at the same church that Annie & Caleb are at. Diego tells them that he wants to take sanctuary in the church. While Diego's in church, a woman goes over his options with him and tells him he basically has none. One of the options is holding a rally, so Annie does that. The other option is starting a petition so the senator might be able to get him a green card.


Ivy leaving for Mexico

During the rally, Ivy tells Diego they couldn’t get enough signatures, but it’s better than nothing. Diego tells her that his case wasn’t unique enough to get the senator’s attention, so he is going to turn himself in. Ivy tells Diego they could get married, but he says he’s not going to let her do that again. Ivy and Diego then kiss each other goodbye. After a think session with Liam at Max’s wedding, Ivy leaves to the airport to catch a one-way trip to Mexico City to find Diego.


Ivy has only been mentioned twice since leaving for Mexico. It is unknown if she is still in regular contact with her friends.

Misery Loves Company

Naomi offers Adrianna a room in her guest house now that Ivy has moved out. Later on, Naomi and Adrianna's clothes are stolen while skinny dippy and steal clothes from a pair of hippies. They later go to a bar that says "No hippies allowed" to which Naomi responds, "Oh, good God. He thinks we're Ivy!"

Dude, Where's My Husband?

Naomi is struggling with her divorce with Max. Adrianna offers to make some soothing tea Ivy left behind, but Naomi said she doesn't need some as she's not some "Pathetic hippie-dippie failure". Adrianna is slightly offended that she just told Naomi she drank some.


Liam Court


When Ivy and Liam first meet, they get into a fight after they have a car accident. They later bury the hatchet at a Halloween Party and start becoming friends.[1] Ivy develops feelings for Liam, but is unwilling to admit it, especially as Liam treats her as 'just' a friend. She tries to catch his attention and Teddy notices that she has a crush on Liam. Following a party at Liam's basement, they kiss and are together for a while, with Ivy constantly reminding Liam that it's casual and underlining that they're not really a couple, even though she is starting to fall in love with him. Ivy helps Liam overcome his nemesis, Jen Clark. Liam asks her to the Winter Formal and Ivy acts 'cool', but is secretly thrilled.

However, it soon becomes apparent that Liam only has eyes for Naomi Clark. Ivy then decides it is best for her and Liam to merely be friends, assisting him in his pursuit of Naomi by texting her to go and see Liam.[2] Naomi and Ivy try to form a friendly relationship of their own which proves difficult when they don't share the same interests at all. The two girls get into a fight over Ivy's feelings for Liam and attempts to break up Liam and Naomi. After losing Liam for good, Ivy is comforted by her mom.[3] At some point Liam told her that he and she will never be together again which ended their romance for good. They are friends for the remainder of the series.

Dixon Wilson

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In Season 2, when the two felt left out, they started fake dating. They kiss to prove to Naomi that they are really dating. Dixon develops some feelings for Ivy but she wanted to break up as she thought she still has a chance with Liam. Then later in the episode Ivy decides to give Dixon a shot and go on a real date with him. Now that Ivy knows that she and Liam will never be, she is able to move on. With Dixon's gambling issues their first date is catastrophic and Ivy begins to ask herself if Dixon is really the guy for her. Their relationship recovers when Dixon is invited to Australia in the episode before the end of Season 2.

In Season 3, when Ivy came back with Oscar, he became jealous. Dixon asked Ivy why she never opens up to him, when he told her about his family problems and his past. She decides to trust him and tells him about her estranged father. She also tells him that she is a virgin. After a romantic date, she decides to lose her virginity to him, but their plans are put on hold when Sasha returns with bad news for Dixon. He learns that she is HIV positive and he might have it. He decides to push Ivy away and he breaks up with her. Finding out he doesn't have HIV, Dixon tells Ivy the news, and she is shocked. Dixon then discovered that Ivy slept with Oscar so he dumped her again. When Ivy got into an accident while surfing and Dixon saves her life. She asked him out, but he turned her down, saying he was still hurt after finding out about her and Oscar.


In Season 3, when Ivy came back from Australia, she brought an old friend, Oscar. Dixon asks Ivy why she never opens up to him, when he tells her about his family problems and his past. She decides to trust him and tells him about her estranged father. She also tells him that she is a virgin. After being dumped by Dixon in episode 5, feeling hurt and confused, she loses her virginity to Oscar. Later on, she received shocking news when she found out Oscar was also sleeping with her mother Laurel, and that it was all a plan to get back at them for ruining his family. When Oscar tried to go out with Naomi, Naomi and Ivy made a plan to put Oscar on total embarrassment in front of everyone at a party by stealing his clothes when he went skinny dipping.

Raj Kher

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After Ivy's accident, she began to smoke marijuana, as it helped her calm down. She then befriends a boy named Raj, who she met at a store. They hang out, as they have many similarities (as in smoking pot and skateboarding). When Raj learns that Ivy has been blowing off school to hang out with him, he told her he doesn't want to be a bad influence on her and shared that he has cancer and has four years at the most to live. He also told her that he smokes the pot to help him with the pain from his chemotherapy. The news shocked Ivy, and became an eye opener for her. At the end of season three, Ivy marries Raj shortly after her graduation from high school. In season 4, Naomi bought a place with a guesthouse so the newlyweds moved in. But towards the end of season 4 Raj dies of leukemia.


A photography teacher at CU. Nick encourages Ivy to go to New Guinea and they have a good relationship until he goes to Afghanistan.

Diego Flores

They met and he taught her about street art. They were then busted by the cops and since Diego was an illegal immigrant, he was going to be deported back to Mexico. Ivy tried to raise money to keep him in the states, but she failed and he was sent packing. He then immediately flew to Mexico. At Max and Maddison's Wedding in the season 4 finale, Ivy realized that she couldn't live without him and the last we saw was her buying a plane ticket to Mexico to be with Diego.


  • May be of Italian decent on her mothers side as she has cousins in Rome[4]
  • Was the last main character to lose their virginity.
  • One of the first few characters to forgive Adrianna after she switched Silver's pills.
  • She had a physical fight with Naomi[3]
  • Ivy is one of four characters to have been admitted into a mental health centre. The others are Dixon, Silver and Adrianna.
  • Ivy is one of six characters to experiment with drugs.[5] The others are Liam, Adrianna and Dixon
  • Ivy is one of four characters to have seen a dead body. The others are Annie, Silver and Teddy
    • Ivy saw Raj
    • Annie saw Marla
    • Teddy identified the bodies at the morgue
    • Silver watched her mother die, as well as identifying the bodies at the morgue
  • Ivy is one of five characters to have been in a life threatening accident:
    • Adrianna was in a car crash which killed Javier
    • Ivy crashed into the rocks and lost consciousness while surfing[6]
    • Liam was in a motorcycle accident
    • Dixon was in a car crash
    • Annie was shot
  • Ivy is the only main character to have never been drunk.
  • Ivy was the only female main character in the series that has not shown nudity in public.
  • She was the first character in the series to loose a loved one.[7] The second is Annie.
  • Ivy's first scene was shared with Liam.[1] Coincidentally, the last friend she spoke to (before her departure), was Liam.


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Unmasked
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. 3.0 3.1 Girl Fight!
  4. Holiday Madness
  5. It's High Time
  6. Mother Dearest
  7. The Heart Will Go On

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