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Deidre Hall has emerged as one of America`s most beloved actresses and delighted her fans in August 1991 with her return to NBC-TV`s number one daytime program Days of our Lives. Hall created the role of Dr. Marlena Evans in 1976, a character, whose popularity has created a furor and a fan following seldom seen in television. The favorable regard in which Hall is held has spanned all demographics and regions. She was named Best Television Role Model; won the prestigious American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) award in 1994; garnered five Best Actress awards from Soap Opera Digest (1982-85, 1995), and broke new ground for daytime stars when she guested on shows such as The Tonight Show, Night of a Hundred Stars, a Bob Hope Special, and 20/20 at the birth of her surrogate son.
In 1995, Deidre and husband Steve Sohmer created Never Say Never - the Deidre Hall Story, in which Deidre starred and executive produced. The ABC television movie was based on her real life struggle to create a family and the couple`s final choice of surrogacy as their solution.
In 1986, she became the first performer ever to star in both a daytime and nighttime series when she was cast as Jesse Witherspoon in NBC`s Our House. She left daytime the following year to concentrate on this show and a growing career in television movies.
Deidre was nominated for two People`s Choice Awards for the role of Jesse and she was nominated two consecutive years as Best Actress by Viewers for Quality Television. Co-starring with Wilford Brimley, Deidre and her television family created characters of such value and believability that Our House was the first television series to win a Viewers for Quality Television Seal of Approval.
Deidre proved her marketability in movies-of-the-week, with great ratings winners. In the NBC movie, Take My Daughters, Please, Deidre played a high fashion business executive - a role that allowed her to put her flair for comedy to good use. She followed this with a multi-episode arc in Stephen Cannell`s hit series Wiseguy, playing against type as the scheming, alcoholic wife of a billionaire-recording executive. An NBC Perry Mason movie-of-the-week, The Cast of the All Star Assassin, followed, as did a Columbo movie-of-the-week that was the highest rated mystery movie of the year and the first show to beat Hunter in four years.
In 1991, Deidre starred along with Richard Crenna and Rachel Ward in the popular mini-series And the Sea Will Tell, based on the best-selling novel by Vincent Bugliosi. The mini-series was a huge success and helped CBS post its first sweeps win in years. She followed that by starring in an NBC movie For the Very First Time, as a puritanical, oversexed Catholic mother of five and, in 1993, another ratings winner also for the Peacock network, Woman on the Ledge. In February 1995, Deidre starred in the NBC miniseries Op Center, which was executive produced and written by Hall`s husband Steve Sohmer.
In February 1995, Deidre starred in the NBC miniseries Op Center, which was executive produced and written by Hall`s husband Steve Sohmer.
Deidre performed on stage for the first time in A.R. Gurney`s Love Letters, appearing in two separate runs, due to popular demand. Later, at a time when Love Letters had reached its audience saturation point and had scheduled its last performance, Deidre was able to again fill the house for one of her favorite charities.
Deidre`s elegant fashion statements have not gone unnoticed in the press. Twice naming her the Best Dressed Woman, she was also named one of America`s ten most beautiful women by TV Guide. Hall has graced the covers of national and regional magazines such as People, Woman, Woman`s Own, TV Guide, Woman`s World, McCalls, Family Circle, Shape, Los Angeles Magazine, Beverly Hills (213), Orange Coast and First For Women.
Being a woman of action, Deidre is compelled to respond to serious social issues with the same fervor with which she addresses important career choices and business decisions. Since becoming a mother, she has been a tireless advocate for children`s issues. Deidre believes that every child has the birthright to be loved, nurtured, protected and educated. It is because of this belief that Hall has produced a Days of our Lives cast calendar. All proceeds benefit the Bien Venidos Children`s Center; a multi-faceted facility dedicated to providing care for children who have been removed from unsafe homes.
Since becoming a mother, she has been a tireless advocate for children`s issues.
On New Year`s Eve, 1991, Deidre was married to best-selling author and former Columbia Studios Chief, Steve Sohmer, in a traditional ceremony held in a 17th century English manor house. Together, the couple are the proud parents of David Atticus Sohmer, and Tully Chapin Sohmer, both miracle babies via surrogate birth.
Born on Halloween as an identical twin, Deidre resides in Los Angeles with her sons David and Tully; plus Frec
Lake Worth High School
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Deidre Ann Hall
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Palm Beach Junior College
Son: David Atticus Sohmer, Son: Sully Chapin Sohmer
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Deidre Ann Hall (born October 31, 1947) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Dr. Marlena Evans on NBC's daytime drama Days of our Lives, which she played for 32 years. The character is considered an icon to the soap, and has experienced some of the most outrageous storylines in soap opera history. She is also an ambassador for Operation Smile.
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