Deidre Hall

Deidre Hall, featured on a Soap Opera Digest cover, dated February 3, 2004.

Deidre Hall (born October 31, 1947) is an actress who is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Marlena Evans on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives. She played the role originally from 1976 to 1987, and returned to the show in 1991. She is the twin sister of former actress Andrea Hall, who portrayed Samantha Evans on the serial from 1977 to 1982.

Marlena has been at the center of many of the show's most controversial storylines. A serial killer seemed to have murdered Marlena in 1982, but a fan uproar caused the producers to reveal that Marlena's twin sister Samantha had actually died. In 1995, Marlena was possessed by the devil and had to be exorcised. In 2004, it was revealed that Marlena was Salem's latest serial killer, only for the show to later reveal that the murders were hoaxes.

Hall's first big role was as the superhero Electra Woman in the 1976 series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. She also portrayed Jessica Witherspoon on the nighttime drama Our House from 1986 to 1988.

Deidre Hall is married to network executive Steve Sohmer. Hall and Sohmer became parents via surrogacy, and the conception of their first child was chronicled in the autobiographical TV-movie Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story. Hall played herself in the movie.


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Hall played herself in the movie. She is married to Scottish Indy Racing League driver Dario Franchitti. Hall and Sohmer became parents via surrogacy, and the conception of their first child was chronicled in the autobiographical TV-movie Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story. Whenever her schedule allows, she is regularly at UK basketball games, and is frequently sought out for celebrity camera shots during televised games (much like Jack Nicholson with the Los Angeles Lakers or Spike Lee with the New York Knicks). Deidre Hall is married to network executive Steve Sohmer. As a result she could play leading roles in films that were bound to be successful at the box office, but still required acting skills, like Double Jeopardy (1999) and Someone Like You (2001). She also portrayed Jessica Witherspoon on the nighttime drama Our House from 1986 to 1988. By the end of the 1990s she managed to achieve significant fame and success as an actress.

Hall's first big role was as the superhero Electra Woman in the 1976 series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. She found further critical acclaim in Smoke (1995) and publicity in Heat (1995). In 2004, it was revealed that Marlena was Salem's latest serial killer, only for the show to later reveal that the murders were hoaxes. She had a role in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, but all the scenes she played in were cut from the final version of the film. In 1995, Marlena was possessed by the devil and had to be exorcised. Her film debut was a small part in Kuffs (1992) and the first major role was in Ruby in Paradise (1993), a hit independent drama. A serial killer seemed to have murdered Marlena in 1982, but a fan uproar caused the producers to reveal that Marlena's twin sister Samantha had actually died. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1990, majoring in French.

Marlena has been at the center of many of the show's most controversial storylines. Her mother and sister are country singers, Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd, respectively. She is the twin sister of former actress Andrea Hall, who portrayed Samantha Evans on the serial from 1977 to 1982. Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968 in Granada Hills, California) is an American actress. She played the role originally from 1976 to 1987, and returned to the show in 1991. Kuffs (1992). Marlena Evans on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives. Ruby in Paradise (1993).

Deidre Hall (born October 31, 1947) is an actress who is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Smoke (1995). Heat (1995). The Passion of Darkly Noon (aka Darkly Noon) (1995). A Time to Kill (1996).

Normal Life (1996). The Locusts (aka A Secret Sin) (1997). Kiss the Girls (1997). Simon Birch (aka Angels and Armadillos) (1998).

Eye of the Beholder (1999). Double Jeopardy (1999). Where the Heart Is (2000). Someone Like You (aka Animal Attraction) (2001).

High Crimes (2002). The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002). Frida (2002). De-Lovely (2004).

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