Hall created the role of Dr. Marlena Evans in 1976, a character whose popularity has created a furor and a fan following seldom seen in television. In 1986, Hall became the first performer ever to star in both daytime and primetime series when she was cast as Jesse Witherspoon in NBC's Our House. She left daytime the following year to concentrate on this show and a growing career in television movies. Hall was nominated for two Peoples Choice Awards for Our House and was nominated two consecutive years as Best Actress by Viewers for Quality Television. In 1993, Hall created Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story, in which she not only starred but executive produced as well. The tele-movie was based on her real-life struggle to create a family and her final choice of a surrogate as their solution. Deidre was born an identical twin, and her sister, Andrea Hall-Gengler, spent a short stint in Salem as Marlena's twin, Samantha. Deidre is the devoted mother of David and Tully, both miracle babies via surrogate birth.