Deidre Hall

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Deidre Hall
Deidre Hall, November 2005
BornDeidre Ann Hall
(1947-10-31) October 31, 1947 (age 67)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Years active1970–present
Known forMarlena Evans in Days of our Lives
Spouse(s)William Hudson (1966–1970)
Keith Barbour (1972–1977)
Michael Dubelko (1987–1989)
Steve Sohmer (1991–2006) two sons
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Deidre Hall
Deidre Hall, November 2005
BornDeidre Ann Hall
(1947-10-31) October 31, 1947 (age 67)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Years active1970–present
Known forMarlena Evans in Days of our Lives
Spouse(s)William Hudson (1966–1970)
Keith Barbour (1972–1977)
Michael Dubelko (1987–1989)
Steve Sohmer (1991–2006) two sons

Deidre Ann Hall /ddrə hɔːl/ (born October 31, 1947) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Dr. Marlena Evans on NBC's daytime drama Days of Our Lives, which she played for 32 years. The character is considered an icon to the soap, and has experienced some of the most outrageous storylines in soap opera history.[1] She is also an ambassador for Operation Smile.

Hall has won many awards for her portrayal of Marlena. She has won three Soap Opera Digest Awards for outstanding lead actress in 1984, 1985, and 1995.[2] She won Outstanding Contribution by an Actress/Actor in 1986.[2] Hall also received an award with Drake Hogestyn in 2005 for Favorite Couple: John and Marlena.[2] She has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy numerous times but has never managed to achieve one.[3]

Early years[edit]

Third of 5 children, Hall and her twin sister, Andrea Hall, were born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Lake Worth, Florida. At age 12, Hall was elected Junior Orange Bowl Queen. She is a graduate of Lake Worth High School, Class of 1965, and studied psychology before sidetracking into acting.[4]


Along with her sister, Andrea, Hall appeared in press materials for the 1952 Hudson Twin-H-Power engine. In her late teens, Hall traveled to Los Angeles for the summer - while attending Palm Beach Junior College[5] - and there she landed some modeling jobs and commercials through an agent.[4] Quickly, she began appearing in television shows, thinking it was temporarily until landing a serious career as a psychologist.[4] In a later interview, she recalled that one day, she realized that acting was her serious career.[4]

In the 1970s, she portrayed the superheroine Electra Woman in ElectraWoman and DynaGirl, a Sid and Marty Krofft children's show which aired on Saturday mornings.

Hall appeared on a number of shows, including Emergency! (as Nurse Sally Lewis in the first two seasons), and The Young and the Restless (as Barbara Anderson), before joining Days of Our Lives in 1976 as Dr. Marlena Evans. In an interview, Hall said that she thought that she would have no chance, considering that she was uncertain to pursue a career in soap operas, as well as having had to compete against established soap opera veterans for the role.[5] Hall was cast, though, and the role skyrocketed her to fame, which was proved by fan protests when a 1979 NBC promo hinted that Hall's character would be killed off.[4] Two separate daytime television magazines named Hall the best soap actress of 1983.

In 1986, Hall began playing Jesse Witherspoon on the family drama, Our House, which ran for two seasons on NBC. Wilford Brimley, who is thirteen years older than Hall, played her father in the series; Chad Allen, her son; Shannen Doherty, her older daughter. Hall initially reacted without concern on playing on two television series at a time, explaining that she filmed Our House on weekdays while taping Days of our Lives on Saturdays.[4] However, Hall exited Days of our Lives in 1987 when it became too difficult to co-ordinate her prime time and daytime schedules. Our House was cancelled in 1988, though she did not immediately return to the soap opera.

Instead, Hall continued to make guest appearances on a variety of prime time shows until March 1991, when she made a dramatic return to Days of our Lives. This decision was a result of a request by producer Ken Corday, who hoped her return would have influence on the low ratings.[5] According to the actress, she was approached to play a new character, but she refused and insisted on portraying Marlena, with a contract for six months only.[5] Producers were reluctant to give into Hall's requests, fearing that the fans would leave after six months when Hall left.[5] However, Hall remained on contract with the show for eighteen more years until January 24, 2009, when she was terminated because of budget cuts mandated by NBC. Her salary on Days of Our Lives was in the range of $60,000.00 per month, much higher than most other daytime serial actors. Hall has appeared in more than 3,800 episodes.

In 1995, Hall produced and starred in Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story, a made for TV movie about her personal struggles to become a mother. Longtime Days co-star Suzanne Rogers is featured in the program.

Since at least early 2009, Hall has occasionally guest-hosted Clout, a talk radio program syndicated through Air America Media. In 2010, Hall and her writing partner Lynne Bowman wrote "Deidre Hall's Kitchen Closeup." In 2011 Hall guest starred on the season finale of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva. She and Drake Hogestyn reprised their roles as Marlena Evans and John Black on September 26, 2011.

Hall will receive a star on the Walk of Fame in 2014.[6]

Hall from an autograph session that I went to for, "Deidre Hall's Kitchen Close Up." in 2010

Personal life[edit]

Hall donated $1,000 to the campaign of Representative Dennis Kucinich for President.[7]

She has been married four times. Her husbands were:

In between her marriages to Barbour and Dubelko, Hall dated Louisiana State Senator Ned Randolph in the early 1980s. She made several campaign appearances during Randolph's run for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1982, which he lost to incumbent Gillis William Long. She is close friends with General Hospital's Jane Elliot.


1970San Francisco International AirportEpisode: "We Once Came Home to Parades"
1971Night GalleryNight GalleryEpisode: "Pickman's Model/The Dear Departed/An Act of Chivalry"
1972Adventures of Nick CarterIvy Duncan
1972Adam-12NurseEpisode: "Lost and Found"
1972The Streets of San FranciscoBank TellerEpisode: "In the Midst of Strangers"
1972-1973Emergency!Nurse Sally LewisRecurring role, 6 episodes
1974ColumboReceptionistEpisode: "Mind Over Mayhem"
1973-1975The Young and the RestlessBarbara AndersonSeries regular
1975Kung FuLuisaEpisode: "Barbary House"
1975KarenJanet BartelEpisode: "I Gave at the Office"
1975S.W.A.T.DianeEpisode: "Courthouse"
1976-1987; 1991–2009; 2011-presentDays of Our LivesDr. Marlena EvansSeries regular
1976The Krofft SupershowLori / Electra WomanEpisode: "Pilot"
1976Joe ForresterEpisode: "Fire Power"
1976Special DeliveryGloria
1976Electra Woman and Dyna GirlLori / Electra WomanSeries regular, 16 episodes
1980Pray TVSarah of Nazareth
1981The Million Dollar FaceBarbara Sanderson
1984Hot PursuitStephanie WylerEpisodes: "Home Is the Heart: Part 1" and "Home Is the Heart: Part 2"
1984HotelMaggie DawsonEpisode: "Transitions"
1985A Reason to LiveDelores Stewart
1986-1988Our HouseJessica 'Jessie' WitherspoonSeries regular, 46 episodes
1988Take My Daughters, PleaseNell
1989WiseguyClaudia NewquayRecurring role, 4 episodes
1989Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star AssassinLinda Horton
1990ColumboDian HunterEpisode: "Columbo Cries Wolf"
1990Murder, She WroteClaudia Carboni / Jennifer PaigeEpisode: "The Sicilian Encounter"
1991And the Sea Will TellMuff Graham
1991For the Very First TimeMrs. O'Neil
1993Night SinsDr. Marlena Evans
1993Woman on the LedgeQuinn
1995OP CenterKate Michaels
1995Women of the HouseDeidre HallEpisode: "Women in Film"
1995Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall StoryDeidre Hall
2011Drop Dead DivaDeidre HallEpisode: "Change of Heart"
2013Dating in the Middle AgesFiona FlemingWeb-series
2014Lucky in LoveErin BillingsA Hallmark Channel Movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards
1980Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesDays of Our LivesNominated
1984Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Soapy Awards
1982Soapy Award for Best ActressDays of Our LivesWon
Soap Opera Digest Awards
1984Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime DramaDays of Our LivesWon
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor/Actress to the Form of Continuing Drama who is currently on a Daytime Serial
1995Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime DramaWon
Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Romance shared with Drake Hogestyn
1999Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime DramaNominated
Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Couple shared with Drake Hogestyn
TV Land Awards
2005TV Land Award for Superest Super Hero shared with Judy StrangisElectra Woman and Dyna GirlNominated


  1. ^ "Deidre Hall - Days Of Our Lives - Soap Opera Digest and Weekly". Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  2. ^ a b c "Deidre Hall Awards". 2004-02-20. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Deidre Hall snubs 'unfair' Daytime Emmys". Gold 2004-02-20. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Deidre works day and night" by Jerry Buck. Merced Sun Star, August 23, 1986. p. 40
  5. ^ a b c d e "Deidre Hall brings Marlena back to 'Days'". Lewiston Morning Tribune, August 2, 1991. p. 3c
  6. ^ Variety |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ "Election Center 2008: Candidates - Election & Politics News from". Retrieved 2007-11-12. 

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