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Marlena Evans played by Deidre Hall
As a young psychiatrist, Marlena Evans came to Salem to help treat Mickey Horton. Soon after arriving, she married Don Craig; however, they tragically lost a child to SIDS and divorced. When the Salem Stalker targeted Marlena as his next victim, she met Detective Roman Brady. Marlena and Roman fell in love, married and welcomed twins Sami and Eric.
Roman was later presumed dead at the hands of Stefano DiMera. After several years, a stranger arrived in Salem whom Marlena believed to be Roman, but he turned out to be John Black. Marlena and John married and later had a daughter, Belle, but then the real Roman returned.
In addition to a lively love life, Marlena has often been the target of kidnappers, murders and psychopaths. Crazy woman Stella Lombard once held Marlena captive in the boiler pit of an abandoned warehouse. In one of his many obsessive plots, Stefano drugged Marlena in order to whisk her into his fantasy world of romance. Ultimately, the mental, emotional and spiritual abuse led to demonic possession. In another kidnapping, Stefano held Marlena captive in a gilded cage below the streets of Paris.
Marlena soon learned she gave birth to the "Gemini Twins," Rex and Cassie, and that Tony DiMera was responsible. Obviously, this created tension since the DiMeras had been the source of so much pain to her and her family for so long. The other shock was that the true parents of the twins were in fact Roman and Kate!
Salem was shocked when Marlena confessed to being the Salem Stalker! While in prison, Marlena was tricked into an escape plan and shot down by police; however, she wasn't really dead - and neither were any of her victims. Once again, the DiMeras were behind the evil plot to rid Salem of its citizens. Even after everyone else was brought back to Salem, Marlena, Roman and a few others remained captive in Tony DiMera's castle.
John and Marlena endured a divorce due to John's inability to regain his memory and his decision to live a life below Marlena's moral standards. When John regained his memory after a traumatic incident that left him paralyzed, he and Marlena reunited and remarried and left for Switzerland in a bid to help John regain the ability to walk.
Deidre Hall plays Marlena Evans
Delighting her fans for more than thirty years as Dr. Marlena Evans on NBC's "Days of our Lives," Deidre Hall has emerged as one of daytime's most beloved actresses, spanning all demographics and regions. She broke new ground for daytime stars when she guest-starred on shows such as "The Tonight Show," "Night of A Hundred Stars," and "20/20" about the birth of her eldest son with the help of a surrogate mother.
As a role model personally and professionally for millions of women, Hall was also the inspiration for Mattel's popular Marlena Evans doll.
Hall created the character Jessie Witherspoon in the family drama "Our House" which co-starred acclaimed actor Wilfred Brimley and won her a Best Actress award from Viewers For Quality Television for two consecutive years. She also has starred in 10 movies-of-the-week including Tom Clancy's "Op Center" and the Vince Bugliosi mini-series, "And The Sea Will Tell." Her A&E "Intimate Portrait" ranks one of the highest rated in their history. She co-wrote and executive produced her autobiographical movie of the week, "Never Say Never," a repeated ratings winner for ABC that helped raise social awareness about the miracle of surrogacy. Her story was so compelling that that it prompted People Magazine to put her on their cover twice, adding to more than 80 magazine covers including Mc Calls, Family Circle, Redbook, The Hollywood Reporter and a record four times on the cover of TV Guide.
Known for her elegance onscreen and off, Hall has been included on the best-dressed lists for years. She has hosted for the Family Channel, "The Tournament of Roses Parade" and the Emmy Awards. Though Hall is beloved for her work in daytime TV, she delighted her fans when she performed a dangerous elephant act with Circus Vargas, trained a mischievous seal for "Circus With The Stars," cavorted with killer whales in "Live From Sea World," and even performed standup comedy for "A Night At The Improv."
Hall is a confident, articulate, and inspiring public speaker on the subjects of children, women and health issues, and became the spokeswoman for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America after her father succumbed to the disease. She has been nominated for three Emmys and received two People's Choice Awards as well as being honored by the American Women in Radio and Television Association. Her charitable involvement and contributions include the Revlon Breast Cancer Foundation, P.A.T.H. (People Assisting The Homeless) and AidsWalk L.A. She also created a "Days of our Lives" calendar and cookbook donating 100% of the proceeds to St. Jude's Research Hospital for Children. She is especially proud to share her passion for service with her son David, who traveled with her to Brazil as an Ambassador for Operation Smile. They were also an outspoken team in Washington where they hosted press conferences and lobbied members of Congress to support the renewal of the Child Nutrition Act
In her latest role, Hall has become an author and publisher, with Bowman Hall Publishing's first title, "Deidre Hall's Kitchen Closeup," released to rave reviews in July 2010. It is a fun and sassy lifestyle book appropriate for every demographic.
Hall is the devoted mother of two teenage boys, and resides in Los Angeles, California, with her sons.