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. Joan Hickson died in Colchester, England. 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. Queen Elizabeth II, said to be a fan of both Miss Marple, and of Hickson, bestowed the latter award. Deidre Hall is married to network executive Steve Sohmer. Hickson played the role in all 12 adaptations of the novels produced from 1984 to 1992, and received a BAFTA nomination and an OBE from the British Government. She also portrayed Jessica Witherspoon on the nighttime drama Our House from 1986 to 1988. In making a new series, the makers determined to remain faithful to the plotlines and locales of Christie's stories, and most importantly to represent Miss Marple as written.

Hall's first big role was as the superhero Electra Woman in the 1976 series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. Though admired, Rutherford's Marple bore little resemblance to the character as written, and the plots of the early Christie film versions varied sharply from the author's carefully constructed plotlines. 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. The BBC began filming the works of Agatha Christie in the early 1980s, and were conscious of the criticism that had been levelled at the most famous portrayal of Miss Marple given by Margaret Rutherford. In 1995, Marlena was possessed by the devil and had to be exorcised. In 1980 she appeared in yet another Agatha Christie production, as Mrs Rivington in Why Didn't They Ask Evans. 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. Her stage career included roles in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, for which she won a Tony Award in 1977.

Marlena has been at the center of many of the show's most controversial storylines. She also appeared opposite Margaret Rutherford in the Marple film Murder, She Said (1961). She is the twin sister of former actress Andrea Hall, who portrayed Samantha Evans on the serial from 1977 to 1982. In the 1940s she appeared on-stage in an Agatha Christie play, Appointment with Death, which was seen by Christie who wrote to her "I hope one day you might play my dear Miss Marple". She played the role originally from 1976 to 1987, and returned to the show in 1991. She made her first film appearance in 1934, and the numerous supporting roles of her career included several Carry On films. Marlena Evans on the American soap opera Days of Our Lives. Born in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, England, she made her stage debut in 1927, and for several years worked throughout the United Kingdom and achieved success playing comedic, often eccentric characters in London's West End.

Deidre Hall (born October 31, 1947) is an actress who is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Joan Hickson ( August 5, 1906 – October 17, 1998) was an English actress of theater, film and television, who achieved fame in her old age playing Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. The Mirror Crack'd (1992). They Do It With Mirrors (1991). A Caribbean Mystery (1989).

4.50 from Paddington (1987). Nemesis (1987). At Bertram's Hotel (1987). Sleeping Murder (1987).

The Murder at the Vicarage (1986). A Pocket Full of Rye (1985). A Murder is Announced (1985). The Moving Finger (1985).

The Body in the Library (1984) - BAFTA nomination.

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