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Deidre Hall Was Married Four Times Yet She Became a Mom at 44 on Her 4th Husband’s 50th B-Day

Joe Akins
Jan 24, 2022
01:00 A.M.
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Deidre Hall, everyone's favorite in the riveting drama, "Days of Our Lives," had an absolutely complex life as she did on TV. The actress witnessed three failed marriages and had no one to call her mom until she reached 44.

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The delectable on-screen goddess Deidre Hall has had her fair share of ups and downs, and with stories like hers, it proves that a celebrity's lifestyle is not immune to imperfections. Instead, these glorified figures are vulnerable, and it makes it worse that the media may blow their stories.

Hall was a psychology student before she ventured into acting. The actress first tested the fashion industry as a model and worked on several commercials before landing a role on TV.

Promotional portrait of Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans and Drake Hogestyn as John Black for TV show "Days of Our Lives" [left]. Picture of actress Deidre Hall and sons Tully Sohmer and David Sohmer [right] | Photo: Getty Images

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The blonde beauty has been a regular face for more than forty years, on "Days of Our Lives," one of NBC's top-ranking shows, where she played the grand Marlena Evans, who struggled through getting kidnapped and later working as a psychiatrist.

While her on-screen life gained an audience owing to its story and her realness as an actress, In reality, Hall found it nearly impossible to be happy. 

This was because of her desire to be a mother, which did not happen until after three failed marriages. Eventually, Hall became a mother on the same day her fourth husband clocked 50, while she was 44. 

Deidre Hall at the 2nd Annual "Runway for Life" celebrity fashion show, August 19, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

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DIEDRE HALL INFERTILITY STRUGGLES

Hall's real-life travails captured in a book or movie script was sufficient to make anyone shed a tear. The blonde's striking outward appearance tagged with her talent made her one-of-a-kind.

However, behind closed doors, she was not too pleased as her hormones operated with a mind of its own, leading her to struggle with childbirth for about two decades.

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Her pursuit for motherhood began after her second marriage but intensified when the third crashed. The stunning TV star first exchanged wedding vows as a teenager in 1966.

She met her second husband, a singer named Keith Barbour, they tied the knot in 1972, when she was 21. By then, she felt getting pregnant was seamless and was not bothered when it did not happen immediately. The marriage crashed in 1977, and she carried on with building her career.

After her third wedding in 1987 to film executive Michael Dubelko, the appetite to become a mother resurfaced. The lovers started with insemination, which sadly ended negatively, six times. Two years later, the stress took a toll on their marriage, and things fell apart.

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THE EARLY YEARS AND ITS STRUGGLES IN DETAIL

Getting pregnant and having a baby did not seem like an arduous task to a younger Hall, especially after her first marriage. She was a twin who was born into a large family, including four other siblings (her older twin was named Andrea).

During her marriage to Dubelko, the actress underwent exploratory surgery that showed she had endometriosis, which could hinder pregnancy since doctors discovered parts of the uterine lining in her pelvic cavity.

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Following the extraction of the tissues, she believed it was time to carry her baby. However, her body did more entirely agree. The actress underwent her first insemination (IVF). 

This procedure produced the first test-tube baby, and it was bouts of injections, bruises, and mood swings born out of premenstrual angst and menopause issues. Eventually, it failed, so did the next five inseminations.

Actress Deidre Hall and sons Tully Sohmer and David Sohmer attend the "Cinderella" Video Cassette and Album Release Party on October 2, 1995 at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California | Photo: Getty Images

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HOW SHE NEARLY DIED FOLLOWING HER QUEST FOR MOTHERHOOD

During her marriage, she dated Steve Sohmer, a two-time divorcee who was dedicated to seeing her happy. Like Hall, the man wanted to create a family with his lover.

So when they had the chance to become proper lovers, following Hall's failed marriage, they pursued parenthood tenaciously. The "Days of Our Lives" alum opted for IVF, but her doctor was against it.

Deidre Hall (C) and sons David Atticus Sohmer (L) and Tully Chapin Sohmer attend the ceremony honoring Deidre Hall with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on May 19, 2016 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

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He explained that her body had burned out. She had gone into a coma for a brief moment after one of the procedures and was miraculously revived after her third husband called her name.

When Hall was given the option to adopt or use a surrogate, Sohmer admitted that he would prefer surrogacy because he wanted their child to be biologically related to either of them. 

Upon agreement, the couple visited the Center for Surrogate Parenting and was co-acted by Robin B., who had twins. Robin gave birth to their first child, David, in 1992, a year after Hall's fourth marriage ceremony.

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DEIDRE HALL'S DREAM CAME TRUE

David's birth was divine for the woman who waited until age 44 to hold her child. Three years after the birth of their first child, their second, Tully, followed. 

Hall expressed her joy and confessed that the kids would learn all about their birth mom. She also preserved the relationship between the boys and Robin, who visits from time to time.

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Despite being alien to motherhood—which involves commitment, especially during the early stages, the onscreen star confessed that she was not put off by the responsibilities and loves to spend the nights with her babies. In her words:

"...And as we snuggle down under the covers and lean against the pillows, they both lean up against me, and we open the first book. And I always say, "This is my favorite time of the day." And my boys say it with me now."

Meeting her first son was an overwhelming feeling, and she swore to protect him with all her being. While recounting her fertility issues, she claimed that her kids were her priority.

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Apart from being present for her kids, the actress is passionate about helping visually impaired people through advocacy. Her mom suffered blindness because there was no effective treatment back then.

These days, Hall, who is unmarried (she divorced Sohmer in 2006), is living her best life as a single parent, maintaining a close relationship with her sons, and working on what she loves to do best. Despite her past struggles, the mother of two could not be more grateful than she already is!

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