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Hall created the role of Dr. Marlena Evans in 1976, a character whose popularity has created a furor and a fan following seldom seen in television.
The favorable regard in which Hall is held has spanned all demographics and regions. She was named Best Television Role Model; won the prestigious American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) award in 1994; garnered five Best Actress awards from Soap Opera Digest (1982-85,1995) along with a Best Actress nomination (1999). She broke new ground for daytime stars when she guest-starred on shows such as The Tonight Show, Night of A Hundred Stars, a Bob Hope Special, and 20/20, surrounding the event of the birth of her eldest son with a surrogate.
In 1986, Hall became the first performer ever to star in both daytime and primetime series when she was cast as Jesse Witherspoon in NBC's Our House. She left daytime the following year to concentrate on this show and a growing career in television movies.
Hall's credits include And the Sea Will Tell, For the Very First Time, Take My Daughters, Please, a Perry Mason movie of the week, one of the popular Columbo movies of the week, and, in 1993, another ratings winner, Woman On The Ledge. The same year, Hall created Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story, in which she not only starred but executive produced as well. The television movie was based on her real-life struggle to create a family and her final choice of a surrogate as their solution.
Hall's episodic television credits include a multi-episode arc in Stephen Cannell's hit series Wiseguy and The Cast of the All-Star Assassin.
Hall was nominated for two Peoples Choice Awards for the role of Jesse in Our House and was nominated two consecutive years as Best Actress by Viewers for Quality Television. Co-starring with Wilford Brimley, Deidre and her television family won the first Viewers for Quality Television Seal of Approval for a television show.
Hall has graced the covers of national and regional magazines such as People, Woman, Woman's Own, TV Guide, Woman's World, McCall's, Family Circle, Shape, Los Angeles Magazine, Beverly Hills (213), Orange Coast, and First For Women.
Deidre was born an identical twin, and her sister Andrea Hall-Gengler spent a short stint in Salem as Marlena's twin, Samantha. Deidre is the devoted mother of David Atticus Sohmer and Tully Chapin Sohmer, both miracle babies via surrogate birth. Hall resides in Los Angeles. Her birthday is October 31.
Intimate Portrait: Loni Anderson
OP Center (a.k.a Tom Clancy's "OP Center")
Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story
Woman on the Ledge
For the Very First Time (a.k.a Til I Kissed Ya [UK])
And the Sea Will Tell
Columbo: Columbo Cries Wolf
Circus of the Stars #14
Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin
Take My Daughters, Please
Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular
Harry Anderson's Sideshow
Jessica "Jessie" Witherspoon
Circus of the Stars #10
A Reason to Live
The Million Dollar Face
Sarah of Nazareth
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
The Krofft Supershow
Days of our Lives
June 21, 1976 to 1987; 1991 to January 23, 2009
; September 26, 2011
Columbo: Mind Over Mayhem
The Young and the Restless
1973 to 1975
Adventures of Nick Carter
Nurse Sally Lewis
Nomination, Outstanding Actress (1984, 1985)
Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (1980)
Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress (2005, 2008)
Soap Opera Digest Awards
Winner, Best Actress (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1995)
Peoples Choice Awards
Nominee, (1986, 1987; for Our House
Viewers for Quality Television
Nominee, (1986, 1987; for Our House
PLACE OF BIRTH: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DATE OF BIRTH: October 31, 1947
HEIGHT: 5' 7"
MARITAL STATUS: Divorced; Steve Sohmer [Dec 31, 1991 to 2005]
CHILDREN: Sons, David [Aug 23, 1992] and Tully [Jan 19, 1995, by surrogate mother, Robin B.]
Has an identical twin sister, Andrea, who has played her twin (Samantha) and look-alike (Hattie) on Days of our Lives.
Sometimes credited as Deidre Hudson.
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: Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn to make short-term DAYS return. [Jun 2, 2011]
: LISTEN: Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn visit Soap Central Live. [Aug 5, 2011]
: Deidre Hall injured, may need surgery. [Apr 21, 2014]
: Deidre Hall on Sweeney's final DAYS day. [May 31, 2014]
: Deidre Hall shares her opinion on the death of DAYS' Will [Oct 15, 2015]
: DAYS actress Deidre Hall gets star on Walk of Fame [May 9, 2016]
: INTERVIEW: Deidre Hall on her Walk of Fame star and DAYS' “bulletproof” storytelling [May 31, 2016]
: Deidre Hall marks 40th anniversary of her first Days of our Lives appearance [Jun 24, 2016]
: DAYS' Deidre Hall to star in holiday film My Christmas Dream [Sep 15, 2016]
: TODAY: Joe Mascolo's final appearance on DAYS, plus special tribute video [Feb 10, 2017]