Brace yourself, Young and the Restless fans: a fan favorite will return just in time for May sweeps. It looks like it could be trouble for the Abbott family -- depending on the reason for her visit. So, who's returning to the CBS soap opera?
Soap Central reported that veteran actress Marla Adams will return to Young and the Restless as Dina Mergeron. Longtime fans know that Dina is the snobby mom to Jack (Peter Bergman), Ashley, and Traci (Beth Maitland).
Adams last appeared on Young and the Restless in 2008 for Katherine Chancellor's (Jeanne Cooper) funeral. It will be fascinating to see what the writers have in store for Dina.
Marla first debuted on Young and the Restless in 1986, when she appeared as the late John Abbott's (Jerry Douglas) ex-wife. Adams left Y&R after three years, only to return for several stints in the 1990s.
Daytime Confidential reported that Dina was John's high school sweetheart. The Abbotts grew up in Genoa City with Katherine Shephard (Chancellor), Stuart Brooks (Robert Colbert), and Joanna Manning (Susan Seaforth Hayes).
Dina cheated on John with tennis pro Brent Davis (Bert Kramer), who fathered Ashley. Later, Dina left John and her children, who were raised by their housekeeper, Mamie (Veronica Redd). Dina returned to Young and the Restless several years after she married cosmetics tycoon Marcel Mergeron.
Young and the Restless fans remember that Ashley suffered her first (of many) nervous breakdowns when she learned that John wasn't her biological father. Dina revealed that her father was Brent Davis. Ashley's (shaky) mental status led to a romance with Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), who by all accounts nursed fragile Ashley back to mental health.
Dina returned briefly in 1996 to rekindle a romance with her ex-husband, John. It didn't work out, but Dina never told her ex that Ashley wasn't his biological daughter. In fact, only a handful of people know the truth about Ashley's paternity -- other than Brent and Dina, Jack, Victor, and Jill (Jess Walton) are the only ones alive that know the paternity scoop.