The character grew so popular, in fact, that when it looked like she was being murdered by the Salem Strangler in 1979, fans protested outside the show’s NBC studios.
As it turned out, it wasn’t Marlena who was being killing off the show, but rather her twin sister, Samantha.
In 1986, Hall began juggling her daytime role with a primetime one, when she was cast as Jesse Witherspoon on the family drama, in 2011..
“I’ve always had a passion for hairdressing,” Hall confides.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her two sons, David Atticus and Tully Chapin.
Being that “Days of our Lives’” Marlena Evans is not only one of the most compassionate, understanding and accepting characters in daytime, but also a bona fide psychiatrist, it’s no surprise that people across America wish they could sit down with the character and have her advise on all of life’s most difficult questions and conundrums.
Just the Facts: Birth Name: Deidre Ann Hall Date of Birth: October 31, 1947Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Astrological Sign: Scorpio Portrays: Marlena Evans Black (1976 to 1987; 1991 to 2009; 2011 to present) Acting Roles: Kate, (1971)Personal: Divorced from Steve Sohmer; the couple have two sons, David Atticus, born August 23, 1992, and Tully Chapin, born January 19, 1995.
Trivia:● Was elected Junior Orange Bowl Queen at age 12.● Won five Best Actress Awards (1982-) from magazines.● Was the spokesperson for Hallmark’s “To Kids with Love” card line and Dexatrim diet pills.● Won the prestigious American Women in Radio and Television award in 1994.