That’s Deidre Hall playing a double role as Marlena and her look-alike, Hattie, on DAYS OF OUR LIVES right now, but did you know that when the character was introduced, Hattie was played by Hall’s real-life twin sister Andrea? And that’s not the only role she played on the soap!
Andrea Hall actually made her debut on DAYS back in 1977, when she was introduced as Marlena Evans’ jealous twin sister, Samantha. An out of work actress with a serious drug problem, Samantha impersonated Marlena and had her institutionalized. Don Craig caught on to the deception, and with the help of Laura Horton, freed Marlena and had Samantha arrested. After marrying Don, Marlena visited her sister in prison to make peace and the twins shared a heartfelt reconciliation. Sadly, after being released from prison, Samantha was killed by the Salem Strangler, Jake Kositchek, who thought he was murdering Marlena.
Andrea and Deidre Hall in the ‘70s. (Photo Credit: Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Andrea returned to Salem in 2000 for a brief run as Hattie Adams, a woman who bore a striking resemblance to Marlena. Stefano planned to use Hattie against Marlena, and she had plastic surgery to increase their resemblance.
The character returned to the canvas again in 2004 and 2016, but by that point, Andrea Hall had retired from acting, so the role was taken over by Deidre, who was playing Marlena. Andrea married restauranteur Thomas Gengler, and adopted a daughter.
Deidre Hall as Hattie with Drake Hogestyn’s John in 2004. (Photo Credit: Paul Skipper/JPI)
In 2004, Hattie was suspected of murder, but it was later revealed that Marlena had performed the killings while under hypnosis. In 2016, Hope encountered Hattie while in prison and agreed to help her clear her name after Hattie helped protect Hope from some dangerous inmates.
It looks like Hattie is back in trouble again, getting mixed up in Anjelica’s crazy scheme, so stay tuned to DAYS to see what happens next!
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