Marla Adams

Marla Adams (born August 28, 1938) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Belle Clemens on The Secret Storm, from 1968 to 1974,[1] and as Dina Abbott Mergeron on The Young and the Restless. As Belle Clemens, she was the show's reigning villainess for the last years of its run, stopping at almost nothing to destroy the life of the show's leading heroine, Amy Ames. The two rivals were, at one time, related through marriage. As Dina Abbott on The Young and the Restless from 1983-86, in 1991 and again in 1996, she caused major disruptions in the lives of her three children and ex-husband John Abbott and his wife Jill. She reprised her role as Dina for three episodes on The Young and the Restless in 2008 when Katharine Chancellor was presumed dead. In May 2017, Adams returned to The Young and the Restless.[2] The following March, Adams' performance garnered her an Emmy Nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Marla Adams
Born (1938-08-28) August 28, 1938 (age 82)
Years active1961–present

Right before joining The Young and the Restless, she stepped into the role of the scheming Myrna Clegg, on the defunct daytime drama Capitol after the departure of actress Carolyn Jones who had left for health reasons, prior to Marj Dusay, who remained until the end of the show's run. As Helen Mullin on Generations, she was involved in a storyline involving racism, although it was her character's husband, Charles, who was the racist even though he was revealed to have a black mistress. She was the third actress to play Beth Logan, mother of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), Donna (Carrie Mitchum, now Jennifer Gareis), and Katie(Nancy Sloan, now Heather Tom) on The Bold and the Beautiful (1991). In 1999, she appeared on Days of Our Lives as snooty Dr. Claire McIntyre. She appeared on the episode "Matter of Principle" of Walker, Texas Ranger.[3] On April 2, CBS first aired Michael Preece's television film The President's Man, an action film vehicle for its two leads, Chuck Norris and Dylan Neal.[4] Adams co-starred alongside Ralph Waite, Stuart Whitman, and Soon-Tek Oh. The story is about, Joshua McCord (Norris), who's an aging president's man, the highest classified job in the USA that consists to be a highly trained bodyguard of the president (Waite), who thinks of retiring and prepares to find his replacement (Neal). Within this ensemble Adams plays the first lady.[5][6][7]

Adams appeared on Broadway in the 1958 production of The Visit at the Morosco Theatre with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.


Years Title Role Notes
1961 Splendor in the Grass June
1968–1974 The Secret Storm Belle Clemens Britton Kincaid[8]
1975 Emergency! Rita Hudson S5Ep8
1983–2020 The Young and the Restless Dina Abbott Mergeron[9] Recurring role; 1983–1986, 1991, 1996, 2008, 2017–2020
1983 Capital Myrna Clegg
1985 Gotcha! Maria Moore[10]
1989–1990 Generations Helen Mullin
1991 The Bold and the Beautiful Beth Logan
1999 Days of Our Lives Dr. Claire McIntyre
2000 The President's Man First Lady Matthews
2000-2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Betsy Harper 3 Episodes


  1. ^ Pike, Charlie (May 26, 1979). "Pike's Peeks". The Herald Journal. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  2. ^ SOD (March 8, 2017). "Exculsive! Y&R Fave Returns!". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Walker, Texas Ranger | TV Guide". Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  4. ^ "Sunday Night". Herald and Review: 47. April 1, 2000 – via Newspapers.
  5. ^ "Sunday Highlights". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 73: 213. April 2, 2000 – via Newspapers.
  6. ^ "Best bets". The Montgomery Advertiser: 33. March 26, 2003 – via Newspapers.
  7. ^ Preece, Michael; Norris, Eric; Donner, Richard; Meyer, Gerald (2013). 5 Film Chuck Norris Collection (DVD). Echo Bridge Acquisition Corp LLC. Event occurs at The President's Man. 09600922143.
  8. ^ Brown, Les (January 18, 1974). "'SECRET STORM' STILLED BY C.B.S". New York Times. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  9. ^ "O'GRADY IS BLUE ABOUT LEAVING "NYPD"". Contra Costa Times. December 22, 1995. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  10. ^ Thomas, Kevin (May 3, 1985). "'GOTCHA!' TAKES AIM BUT MISSES COMEDY TARGET". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 16, 2010.

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