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Deidre Hall
Salem Presence
June 21, 1976 to 1987; 1991 to January 23, 2009; September 26, 2011 to Present
At A Glance
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.
Acting Portfolio
TELEVISION
Intimate Portrait: Loni Anderson
1999

OP Center (a.k.a Tom Clancy's "OP Center")
Kate Michaels
1995

Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story
Herself
1995

Woman on the Ledge
Quinn
1993

For the Very First Time (a.k.a Til I Kissed Ya [UK])
Mrs. O'Neil
1991

And the Sea Will Tell
Muff Graham
1991

Columbo: Columbo Cries Wolf
Diane Hunter
1990

Circus of the Stars #14
1989

Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin
Linda Horton
1989

Take My Daughters, Please
Nell
1988

Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular
Herself
1988

Harry Anderson's Sideshow
Herself
1987

Our House
Jessica "Jessie" Witherspoon
1986

Circus of the Stars #10
Performer
1985

A Reason to Live
Delores Stewart
1985

The Million Dollar Face
Barbara Sanderson
1981

Pray TV
Sarah of Nazareth
1980

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
Lori/Electra Woman
1976

The Krofft Supershow
Lori/Electra Woman
1976-1977

Days of our Lives
Marlena Evans
June 21, 1976 to 1987; 1991 to January 23, 2009; September 26, 2011 to Present

Columbo: Mind Over Mayhem
Receptionist
1974

The Young and the Restless
Barbara Anderson
1973 to 1975

Adventures of Nick Carter
Ivy Duncan
1972

Emergency!
Nurse Sally Lewis
1972
Acting Portfolio
FILM
Special Delivery
Gloria
1976
Awards & Acclaim
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Actress (1984, 1985)
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (1980)

Daytime Emmys 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)
Vital Statistics
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.]
Miscellaneous
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.

News Archive
News Archive: DAYS serial killer revealed -- it's Marlena! [Dec 28, 2004]
News Archive: DAYS star Hall, husband announce divorce plans. [Mar 21, 2005]
News Archive: DAYS stunner: Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn fired. [Nov 17, 2008]
News Archive: Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn to make short-term DAYS return. [Jun 2, 2011]
News Archive: LISTEN: Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn visit Soap Central Live. [Aug 5, 2011]
News Archive: Deidre Hall injured, may need surgery. [Apr 21, 2014]
News Archive: Deidre Hall on Sweeney's final DAYS day. [May 31, 2014]
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