HOLLYWOOD — Deidre Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame May 19, honoring an actress who is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Marlena Evans on the NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” but who has also had starring roles in prime-time and Saturday morning series.
The ceremony in front of the Eastown Apartments on Hollywood Boulevard came slightly more than a month before the 40th anniversary of Hall’s June 21, 1976, debut on “Days of Our Lives.”
Born in Milwaukee on Oct. 31, 1947, Hall’s family moved to Lake Worth, Florida when she was 6 years old. Hall was selected as Junior Orange Bowl queen was she was 13 and worked for Lake Worth radio station WLIZ as a teenager, hosting an interview show and reporting.
Hall began her television career in the early 1970s, appearing on such series as “Night Gallery,” “Adam-12,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and “Emergency!”
Hall played Electra Woman in the 1976-77 ABC Saturday morning series, “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.”
Hall described her early career as “playing the cute blond nurse or the cute blond secretary or the cute blond anything.”
“Although it was great fun, it was not sustaining and not especially creative,” Hall said.
“It was then that I got a look at the world of daytime. It was creative, it was sustaining and I felt like a kid with my nosed pressed against the glass saying, ‘I want that. I want that.’”
Hall joined the cast of “Days of Our Lives” in 1976. She received Daytime Emmy Award nominations in 1979 for outstanding supporting actress in a daytime drama and in 1983 and 1984 for outstanding actress in a daytime drama.
In 1986, Hall became the first actress to simultaneously star in daytime and prime-time series with the premiere of the NBC family drama “Our House,” playing a distraught widow who moves to the home of her father-in-law (Wilford Brimley) with her three children.
Hall left “Days of Our Lives” in 1987 because of scheduling difficulties. She returned to the series in 1991, remaining with it until 2009, when she was dropped because of budget cuts. Hall made a second return to the series in 2011.
Hall also portrayed herself in the 1995 made-for-television movie “Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story” about her struggles with infertility. Her other prime-time credits also include appearances on “Murder, She Wrote” and “Wiseguy.”
Hall has also written a cookbook with nutrition tips for people with heart disease, diabetes and obesity, “Deidre Hall’s Kitchen Close-Up.”