Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Hollywood Vet Marla Adams is Alive and Kicking at 82, But This Week Her “Young and the Restless” Character Exits After 37 Years


Marla Adams’ first acting role was in “Splendor in the Grass” in 1961 with Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood. She found a long and lucrative career in television, appearing on tons of nighttime shows and on soap operas.

Adams is 82 years young. She started playing Dina Abbott Mergeron on “The Young and the Restless” in 1983, coming in and out over the years as the disgraced matriarch of the show’s main family. She returned in 2017 and it was slowly revealed that Dina had Alzheimer’s. She earned an Emmy nomination for her fine work.

But Alzheimer’s is what you don’t want on a soap. A few weeks ago, Max Gail’s character on “General Hospital” finally passed away after a two and a half year run. This week, Marla Adams will say goodbye to Dina after 37 years. She will be much missed by fans.

Meanwhile, “The Young and the Restless” is struggling in the ratings since returning from a pandemic break this summer. They’re down by 800,000 viewers year to year, and more than a million over two years. Whatever they’re doing, it’s not working.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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