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Marla Adams, ‘The Young and the Restless’ star, dead at 85: report

Marla Adams, who played Abbott family matriarch Dina Abbott Mergeron on ‘The Young and the Restless’ for 37 years, has reportedly died. She was 85 years old.

The Emmy Award-winning soap opera actress died Thursday in Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“We send our deepest condolences to the family of Marla Adams,” the series’ official X account (formerly Twitter) wrote on Friday. “We are so grateful and impressed by Marla’s incredible performance as Dina Abbott Mergeron, as both Marla and Dina have left an unforgettable mark on Y&R.”

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Representatives for “The Young and the Restless” did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Before Adams — born in Ocean City, New Jersey in 1938 — began her career in daytime television, she first appeared on Broadway in “The Visit” in 1958 and in the 1961 film “Splendor in the Grass” alongside Natalie Wood.

Marla Adams died in Los Angeles on April 25. (Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)

It wasn’t until 1968, that Adams made her official daytime television debut as Belle Clemens on CBS’s “The Secret Storm” and years later, in 1982, as Dina Abbott Mergeron in “The Young and the Restless.”

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“I was the slut of the day,” she told Ocean City’s Daily News Source in 2016. “I played a good slut.”

Adams played his “Young and the Restless” character on and off for nearly four decades. After her three-year contract ended in 1985, the actress returned to Genoa City in 1991, 1996, 2008 and again from 2017 to 2020. Towards the end, her character – living with Alzheimer’s disease – is died in an October 2020 episode.

“Of all the characters I’ve played, from ‘The Secret Storm’ to Broadway, this has been the most astonishing and incredible role I’ve ever had the privilege of playing,” he said. she declared in a tribute to her character in 2020.

“I had the most wonderful life, this little girl from Ocean City,” she said in a 2016 interview.

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