Deidre 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.
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.]
Sometimes credited as Deidre Hudson.
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