Thursday, May 30, 2024

RIP Marla Adams, Longtime Soap Star of “The Young and the Restless,” Dies at 85


Actress Marla Adams, whose career stretched from the 1960s to a recent return to “The Young and the Restless,” has died at age 85.

Starting in 1982, Adams played Dina Mergeron the delinquent mother and ex wife in the Abbott family on “Y&R.” She was a viper. She had many runs on the show but in 2016 she returned as Dina, with Alzheimer’s, and gave such a deep performance that she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2018 and won the award for Supporting Actress in A Drama in 2021.

The Y&R Instagram says: “On behalf of the entire company of The Young and the Restless, we send our deepest sympathies to Marla’s family after her passing. We’re so grateful and in awe of Marla’s incredible performance as Dina Mergeron as both Marla and Dina made an unforgettable mark on Y&R.”

Adams made her Broadway debut in 1958 and continued on to a long resume in theater. She became a TV veteran, appearing in other soaps over the years and almost all the prime time shows in the 60s and 70s. She was so popular on CBS that when she wasn’t on “Y&R,” she did five years on a soap called “Capitol” and another year on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

What a great career! Marla Adams will be missed.

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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