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 returned to the screen three more times, playing Claire Quintana in the 1969 film Death of a Gunfighter, Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz (1978), with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, and co-hosting the 1994 MGM retrospective That's Entertainment! III. 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. Disenchanted with Hollywood by the mid-1950s, and increasingly focused on her nightclub career, she only made two major appearences in MGM films during the decade, 1950's Duchess of Idaho (which was also Eleanor Powell's film swan song), and the 1956 musical Meet Me in Las Vegas. Deidre Hall is married to network executive Steve Sohmer. (As a result, most of Horne's film appearances were standalone sequences that had no bearing on the rest of the film, so editing caused no disruption to the storyline.) She was originally considered for the lead role in the 1951 version of Show Boat but Ava Gardner was given the role instead. She also portrayed Jessica Witherspoon on the nighttime drama Our House from 1986 to 1988. She later appeared in a number of MGM musicals, most notably Cabin in the Sky, but was never featured in a leading role due to her race and the fact that films featuring her had to be reedited for showing in southern states where theatres could not show films with African-American performers.

Hall's first big role was as the superhero Electra Woman in the 1976 series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. She was the first African American performer to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio, and became famous in 1943 for her rendition of Stormy Weather in the movie of the same name. 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. While she has recorded and performed extensively with jazz musicians (notably Artie Shaw and Teddy Wilson), she is usually not considered a jazz singer because she does not improvise. In 1995, Marlena was possessed by the devil and had to be exorcised. Lena Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917) is an American popular singer. 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. Being Myself (1998; Blue Note).

Marlena has been at the center of many of the show's most controversial storylines. An Evening with Lena Horne (1995; Blue Note) - Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. She is the twin sister of former actress Andrea Hall, who portrayed Samantha Evans on the serial from 1977 to 1982. We'll Be Together Again (1994; Blue Note). She played the role originally from 1976 to 1987, and returned to the show in 1991. The Men in My Life (1988; Three Cherries). Marlena Evans on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives. The Lady and Her Music (1981; Qwest) - Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Deidre Hall (born October 31, 1947) is an actress who is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Lena: A New Album (1976; RCA). Lena and Michel (1975; RCA). Nature's Baby (1971; Buddah). Lena & Gabor (1970; Skye).

Soul (1966; UA). Merry from Lena (1966; UA). Lena in Hollywood (1966; UA). Feelin' Good (1965; UA).

Here's Lena Now! (1964; 20th Century). Sings Your Requests (1963; Charter). Lena Goes Latin (1963; Charter). Lovely & Alive (1963; RCA).

Lena on the Blue Side (1962; RCA). At the Sands (1961; RCA). Songs by Burke and Van Heusen (1960; RCA). Porgy & Bess (1959; RCA) - with Harry Belafonte.

Give the Lady What She Wants (1958; RCA). Jamaica [Original Cast Recording] (1957; RCA). At the Waldorf Astoria (1957; RCA). Stormy Weather (1956; RCA).

It's Love (1955; RCA). That's Entertainment! III (1994; MGM). The Wiz (1978; Universal Studios). Death of a Gunfighter (1969; Universal Studios).

Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956; MGM). Duchess of Idaho (1950; MGM). Words and Music (1948; MGM). Studio Visit (1946; MGM short subject).

Ziegfeld Follies (1946; MGM). Mantan Messes Up (1946; Toddy Pictures). Till the Clouds Roll By (1946; MGM). Boogie-Woogie Dream (1944; Official Films short subject).

Broadway Rhythm (1944; MGM). Swing Fever (1944; MGM). Two Girls and a Sailor (1944; MGM). Cabin in the Sky (1943; MGM).

I Dood It (1943; MGM). Stormy Weather (1942; 20th Century Fox). Thousands Cheer (1943; MGM). Panama Hattie (1942; MGM)*.

The Duke is Tops (1938; Million Dollar Pictures).

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