Days of Our Lives
One of America’s most favorite actresses, Deidre Hall is most known to TV audience for her role as Dr. Marlena Evans on the NBC successful daytime soap “Days of Our Lives” (1976-1987, 1991-2006). During her stint on the show, she won five Soap Opera Digest Awards and a Soapy Award, as well as received three Daytime Emmy nominations. Her other TV credits include “The Young and the Restless” (1973-1975) and the nighttime drama “Our House” (1986). Moreover, Hall has starred in many television films, including A Reason To Live (1985), Take My Daughters, Please (1988), Woman on the Ledge (1993), and in the miniseries “And The Sea Will Tell” (1991) and “Tom Clancy’s Op Center” (1995). She also starred in and executive produced the autobiographical TV-movie Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story (1995), which chronicled the birth of her first child via the surrogacy process.
Off camera, Hall has been national spokesperson for such products as Hallmark’s “To Kids with Love” card line, Exfole Skin Care Products, Dexatrim weight loss products, Baby Genius child development program, and now is the consumer spokesperson for ScanDiet, a patented soy protein weight management product. In 1996, she released her own jewelry line called “The Timeless Collection,” which reflected her own life and her character on “Days of our Lives.” This collection included bracelets, pins, necklaces, earrings and watches. Two years later, she also launched a line of limited edition Christmas ornaments.
Aside from acting and business, Hall also has showed interest on social issues. Since becoming a mother, she has been an active supporter for children’s issues. She has produced a charity oriented “Days Of Our Lives” calendar since 1984, and is now fronting a cookbook for the “Days Of Our Lives” cast that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition, she passionately participates in such charities as Childhelp U.S.A, Habitat For Humanity and P.A.T.H. (People Assisting The Homeless).
On a more personal note, Hall, whose measurements are 37-23-36, enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her two sons that she has via surrogacy. She has been married three times, with Keith Barbour form 1972 to 1977, Michael Dubelko from 1987 to 1989 and Steve Sohmer from 1991 to 2005. Her love life has also been linked to Ned Randolph (together in early 1980s), who was at that time state senator in Louisiana.
Childhood and Family:
Deidre Ann Hall was born on October 31, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has an identical twin sister, Andrea, a former actress who played her “evil” twin, Samantha, on “Days of Our Lives” from 1972 to 1982. She also had a brother named John Terry Hall, who died in November 1999 from Down’s syndrome.
Raised in Lake Worth, Florida, Deidre, whose nickname is Dee, enrolled at Lake Worth High School, where she graduated in 1965. After high school, she relocated to southern California and attended the Los Angeles City College. It was there that Dee realized she wanted to become an actress.
Dee married Keith Barbour from 1972 to 1977 and ten years after divorcing, she tried to build a new family with Michael Dubelko, whom she married on October 17, 1987. Unfortunately, the bond ended in separation in 1989. In December 31, 1991, Dee tied the knot with network executive/novelist Steve Sohmer and they have two sons through surrogate mother, David Atticus Sohmer (born August 23, 1992) and Tully Chapin Sohmer (born January 19, 1995). Dee filed for divorce his husband in 2005.
The Deidre Hall Story
Deidre Hall made her guest spot debut on such television shows as “San Francisco International Airport” (1970) and “Night Gallery” (1971) and had an uncredited part in her first TV film, Adventures of Nick Carter, in 1972. The same year, she joined the cast of the drama series “Emergency!,” where she portrayed Nurse Sally Lewis from 1972 to 1973. This was followed by a regular role on the long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” playing Barbara Anderson from 1973 to 1975. Hall’s first large role came in 1976 when she was cast as the superhero Electra Woman/Lori in the sci-fi serial “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.” The show, however, soon disappeared from the airwaves. It was also in 1976 that Hall made her first feature appearance, as Gloria, in the B-flick Special Delivery, which offered outstanding performance by Cybill Shepherd.
Hall’s big breakthrough, however, arrived in 1976 when she joined the cast of the 1965 NBC daytime soap opera “Days of our Lives” in the regular role of Dr. Marlena Evans, a character whose fame has created a disturbance and a fan following rarely seen in television. For her effort, Hall was handed many awards like three Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Serial (1984-1985) and Outstanding Contribution by an Actor/Actress to the Form of Continuing Drama who is currently on a Daytime Serial (1986) as well as a 1983 Soapy for Outstanding Actress. Besides, she received three Daytime Emmy nods in the categories of Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (1980), Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (1984) and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1985).
While working on the show, Hall also starred with Rick Schroder and Peter Fonda in the primetime TV film A Reason To Live (1985), but it was her gig on the nighttime drama “Our House” (1986), playing Jessica Witherspoon, opposite Shannen Doherty and Wilford Brimley, that made her the first player ever to star in both daytime and primetime concurrently. After a two-year run on that series, Hall took a break from “Days of Our Lives” to chase a fruitful career totally in primetime television.
Hall then starred in the popular made-for-TV film Take My Daughters, Please (1988), costarring Rue McClanahan, Kim Delaney and Michael T. Weiss, had a recurring role as Claudia Newquay on the crime/drama “Wiseguy” (1989), and in 1991 she teamed up with Richard Crenna, Rachel Ward and Hart Bochner for the well-liked mini-series “And The Sea Will Tell.” The same year, she delighted her admirers with her comeback to the NBC’s # 1 daytime show “Days of Our Lives,” reprising her role as Dr. Marlena Evans. She followed it up with roles on such successful projects as the NBC film Woman on the Ledge (1993) and miniseries “Tom Clancy’s Op Center” (also NBC, 1995).
Still in 1995, Hall once again created TV history by starring in the ABC telepic Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story, in which she also executive produced. The biopic film, which chronicled the birth of Hall’s first child via the surrogacy process, proved to be a ratings leader amongst the very sought after 18 to 49 female demographic. It was also that same year that Hall won her next Soap Opera Digest Award, for Outstanding Lead Actress, for her work on “Days of Our Lives.”
Continuing her TV success, Hall earned a 1998 Soap Opera Digest nod for Hottest Romance, sharing with Drake Hogestyn, and in 1999 was nominated for the same awards in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress, for her role on “Days of Our Lives.” She picked up the trophy for Favorite Couple in 2005. Hall remains with the long-running show until recently, in 2006.