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Deidre Hall Debuted 40 Years Ago On Days Of Our Lives: Watch 'Marlena Evans Gives You Hell' Video!

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Daytime icon Deidre Hall (Marlena) celebrated her 40th anniversary on Days of our Lives yesterday on June 21, 2016, even though it has been noted she took some years off from the show. Hall had premiered on the NBC daytime drama series on that date back in 1976, as the beautiful and caring psychiatrist in Salem, Dr. Marlena Evans.

When viewers first saw Marlena on the canvas, she was the psychiatrist that treated Mickey Horton (John Clarke) in a sanitarium. As fans of Deidre’s and the character of Marlena know, the past forty years have provided many an adventure, mystery and romance for “doc”.

From the Salem Stalker, to Marlena’s possession, to exploring the ramifications for a mother following SIDS death, to her back-from-the-dead story, to her countless romantic entaglements with Roman and John, to being the understanding  grandmother who helped her grandson Will come to terms with his sexuality, Hall’s Marlena has often been the moral center and an everywoman centerpiece of the 51-year-old soap.

In celebration of her 40th milestone yesterday, Deidre took to her official facebook page to show the fun and humorous side of playing Marlena, when she called attention to a fantastic fan video made in 2014, entitled, “Marlena Evans Gives You Hell.”  This such a whimiscal, fun, and engaging look at the character that we wanted to repost it here.

So, check out the video containing memorable Marlena moments after the jump, and then share your thoughts on 40 years of Deidre on DAYS in the comment section below!

 

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Ces

Very cute video! I’ve loved & watched Doc since 1981 and thanks to old footage seen her older stuff. Glad to see Wayne at the end of this video. Happy Anniversary Dee!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i seen her from her first episode…wish this included first husband Don, sister Samantha and stepdaughter Donna…

Dinah
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Dinah

I remember Deidre first day, wow can’t believe its been 40 years

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Great song set to a very good montage of clips with our favorite Doc—we know she ain’t no “All American Reject”.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I loved Marlena’s/Deidre’s “The Wizard of Oz” type scene in the church!

Kevin
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Kevin

I always thought Dr. Marlena Evans was one of the best characters on daytime. Deidre Hall is beautiful and classy, and it is a downright shame that Daytime Emmys have never awarded her Best Actress for her outstanding performances.

dmr
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Deidre Hall is absolutely stunning and talented and yes-should be nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

mark
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mark

She is still so gorgeous

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Miss Evans is a class act. DAYS should always keep its focus on its legacy characters. They are the tent poles. This video was a delight to view and on such a special occasion. 40 years! Congratulations!

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What a kick in the pants I have not watched Days in a decade but Deidree Hall made that soap! Best to you my lovely lady! You were the best of Days lots of great memories!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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