EXPLOSIVE! Deidre Hall's Ex-Fan Club Prexy Blasts Back; Claims Unpaid Services and Says Hall Asked Her to Photoshop Son to Look Slimmer!




Ruh roh. It looks like this battle between Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena, DAYS) and her former fan club president Cathleen Paradis just got down right nasty! As previously reported, Radar Online broke the news this week of Hall suing Paradis for the rights to the URLs deidrehall.com and marlena.com. In addition to the domain names, Hall is allegedly looking to recover damages, claiming Paradis used her likeness to make a buck. WELL, Ms. Paradis has fired back! The 45-year-old unemployed web designer went to the New YorK Post to make some shocking allegations of her own against one of daytime television's most beloved superstars. Such as:

  • Paradis says she served as Hall's "defacto personal assistant" for months. Allegedly, when Paradis asked Doc to pony up on paying the bill for her services, she says La Hall said no dice!
  • Paradis claims she scanned over 6,000 photos into a computer database for Hall and created video presentations for managers and agents.
  • Paradis and Hall met when Paradis was running an unofficial fan website. According to Paradis, she and Hall became friends and developed a "casual working relationship".
  • Paradis moved to LA to be closer to her idol (Okay, that's a bit scary!)
  • Paradis says she purchased the domain names prior to moving to LA—with Hall's permission— and was never paid for her services.

Lord if Days of Our Lives head writer Dena Higley could write up something this steamy, scandalous and turgid with betrayal and revenge we'd have ourselves a ballgame!

Perhaps the most venemous of Paradis' claims is that Hall asked her to use Photoshop to make her kids look more attractive and one of her son's slimmer for a Hall family Christmas card! This just beats all I've ever heard.

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I am not surprised in the least. Deidre Hall has always had a rep of being a cold, icy, tyrant. Where do you think Kristian Alfonso learned it???

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SoS, really. Is DH really a bitch or what?

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Well, Deidre Hall has always APPEARED to be a ray of sunshine, just like LaLucci, but then again, she is an ACTRESS, so who really knows???

If she does have um....personality problems, that would certainly explain TPTB's reluctance to ask her back to the show, even on a short-term basis. That whole song and dance they gave about not asking her back for Alice's memorial service to avoid shifting attention away from what was important simply didn't fly for me.

There is MUCH more to the story than we've been told.

With that being said, I have nothing but respect for Deidre as an actress and a woman. I don't know her, and she's never peed in my cornflakes. So I have no issues....

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i call foul. Diedre and her probably did hit it off in and I'm sure was "happy' to help in whatever way she could because she got to be close with a famous person who she "MOVED" to be near. Hmmmm.

And 6,000 photos for agents and managers?! Anyone in the business knows who Deidre Hall is and scanned pics from the 80's aren't exactly going to help get her any additional work.
Sorry Cathleen - you sound like you were a willing participant who never made a formal agreement with Deidre - and once Deidre realized that you probably were a bit "needy' she wanted you to step back and now you're airing your grievances to the world. MOVE ON! It's NOT classy.

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While the whole "Photoshop my son to look thinner" thing is unsavory, its not uncommon as shown by the recent SELF magazine dustup over the Kelly Clarkson cover. The editor of that magazine cited having family photos "retouched". Very common in celeb circles I would imagine.

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I totaly buy some of the stuff. Scanning the 6,000 pics I believe. If your showing your body of work threw the years with reals and photos, she might of had several different reels. Just cause people might know who she is doesn't garentee work. If it did we'd be seeing her on tv right now. I knew this was gonna get ugly. I can't believe DH's son is that old already.

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Scandalous! I'm not sure I believe all the claims, on either side. But I've always wondered if she was as nice as she seems. Days was my 1st soap and I loved her! I met Bob Woods (Bo on OLTL) at my cousins wedding a few years ago- I can't tell you how nice he was! I was so starstruck, and mortified by my cousins embarrassing introduction. And he was just so friendly & so down to earth. It actually made me more of a fan. I totally moved oltl up in my TiVo lol

I hope none of my other faves are as chilly

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I actually think it would be cool if Deirdre Hall is a little bitchy in real life. The Marlena character made me kind of nauseous with her goody goody ways. I think I would like to see the real life Deirdre Hall open up a can on somebody.

And I think maybe this fan club pres is just a stalking psycho anyway. Also, it's a freaking FAN CLUB, most of the time, I don't think you are supposed to get paid for those unless the actor or actress specifically hires you to manage or create content.

Her son is not a bad looking kid at all. He reminds me of the guy who played Tim on All My Children.

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Paradis sounds like a loser who glommed onto Hall and followed her around like the little dog in the Looney Tunes cartoon who scampered around the bigger dog, saying, "Whaddya wanna do now, Spike? You wanna catch us a cat? Do ya? Huh?" Then, when Hall had enough, she now claims she was an informal personal assistant. Yeah, right! Translation: stalker!

On the other hand, she probably does need the money. Otherwise, her 74 cats may starve to death.

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She sounds like a stalker to me. Seriously, she moved to L>A. to be closer to Ms. Hall? Sounds creepy. And if she'd never made any deal for compensation than how can she make any money. She probably said she would do it and *then* said she wanted money. Life doesn't work that way.

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As one of the former fan club presidents for Deidre Hall, I must say that I always had a clear guideline of what was expected of me and anything that was in question as to what I was to do, I confered with Deidre. If I wanted to go above and beyond of what was requested of me, then that was an undertaking I took upon myself and would NEVER expect to be compensated after the fact.

If Ms Paradis didn't feel as though she was being paid for all that she had done, then she should have moved on, that's what most people would do. It's too bad that she is holding all of the web domains as ransom until Deidre pays her $17,000 for projects that she very well could have initiated herself (which Cathleen has a long history of doing).

To bring Deidre's children into this, is uncalled for. Cathleen is obviously trying to hit Deidre where it would hurt the most and she looks very desperate to use such tactics. I am very happy to say that my fan club split ended very amicably and Deidre continues to have my full support.

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Lynn196, thanks for posting. You're the type of person who gives fan club people a good name. That perspective is important! I know I appreciate the reminder!

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I think both parties are faulty. Deidre is a faiding star used to a certain (expensive) way of living desperate for any kind of new stable income, so she is trying to take over the domain names registered on someoene else.
And Mrs. Paradise was obviously star struck and happy to do anything for free and she had probably good income from the fanclub and websites ads when Deidre was on top and the sites frequently visited. Now, when both are uneployed and the fan club died she is trying to pump Deidre for some money, which is understanable (web services are not cheap) but not nice.

But if Mrs. Paradise aka CJ had the domains registered before she started to work for Deidre she is the rightfull owner and there is no way why she should give them up for free. Many and many domain speculators registered popular domains and next sold them for huge money. If Deidre wants them, she should buy them. Even when suing she has some (IMO very small) chance to win over the deidrehall domain, but no way the marlena one. She is not owner of the character, Corday Production is, and it could be easily any other Marlena in the world.

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I wanted to share my experience with the skeptics out there and show my support for Ms. Hall.

I am the web master of Ms. Hall’s current web site. It seems her professionalism and expectations are in question here. Like Lynn196, I have never had an issue with regard to compensation for my work. There are things that have been requested of me for which I have been paid. Anything I choose to execute myself and on my own time are things for which I certainly wouldn’t expect to be paid.

With regard to the web domains, the names of Ms. Hall and her minor children are the URLs in question. It does not appear as if marlena.com is one of which she is trying to gain ownership. Understandably, that is a character name. Hoarding the domain names of Ms. Hall’s children is something Ms. Paradis appears to be doing out of spite at this point, as they are of no real use to her in any other way.

Ms. Paradis’ argument paints herself as a loving fan who did no wrong and was taken advantage of by the big, bad soap star. On the contrary, Ms. Hall has never been anything other than very gracious and appreciative of my work. I make a point to stay organized, itemize my invoices and be clear on what is being requested of me. This gray area of tasks that Ms. Paradis has mentioned sounds like a problem that could have easily been rectified had she asked for clarification of what her official duties entailed and what things would be completed gratis.

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I think Deidre is right. C J has no right to sell Deidre photos of her and the boy or any of Deidre times Collection on ebay. I know she has sold one of Deidre pices of her timeless collection on ebay and some of her photos. She is all so trying to sell the tent secens from days all so. I am a very big fan of Deidre she was there when i had cancer the frist time and was there for me this time as well.

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Cathleen sounds like a looney toon and a kook.

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DEAR MR. CORDAY,

I am writing in regards to your show. I feel that your longtime fans are being disrespected. All we get on our screens everyday are a bunch of young actors and actresses with no talent and no sense of good story. 20 and 30 years ago "Days" was about supercouples and alot of good stories. Please bring back the good old DAYS and bring back John and Marlena ( DEIDRE HALL AND DRAKE HOGESTYN). Us fans are being cheated. The whole story with Phillip, Melanie, Daniel, Chloe, Nathan and Melanie is BORING!!! Get rid of Chloe, Stephanie, Phillip, Abe, Lexie, and Roman! They have no story anyway. Make Stefano BAD again! Carly is also boring but i can deal with her. I feel John and Marlena and Bo and Hope made the show. I love Bo and Hope but WE THE FANS want J&M! I even have a good way to bring them back but i'll get to that in a minute. Bring back the 90's when the ratings were high. Bring back Carrie and Austin as well. But get rid of Kate unless you have a good story for her.

But this is my story for John and Marlena:

Stefano is out for revenge against Sami for shooting Ej. John calls from Switzerland and asks has anyone heard from "Doc". Sami says no and John says she left for Arizona and he hasn't heard from her (which is strange). Sami informs Rafe about it and they go to inform Roman who responds by saying thats not like "DOC". The first place they head to is the DiMera mansion where Stefano claims his innocence in the kidnapping. But all evidence points to him when Marlena's passport is found at his home. He's taking in for questioning when John shows up and slugs him and demands to know where Marlena is. Stefano still pleads innocence. Meanwhile, Marlena is shown locked in a room with a shrine of herself all over the room.

One stormy night, Sami, Rafe, John, Roman, and Will all grab guns. Stefano is sitting in the living room when the lights go out and he gets up to flick the light switch and when he turns back around he is greeted with two gunshots to the chest and "dies". Kate runs downstairs to find him bloody and "dead". The police and paramedics arrive and announce him "dead".

Sami and Rafe both arrive home at different times as Will is spotted throwing a gun off the dock. Roman arrives home puts his gun back in his drawer. John is spotted searching the DiMera mansion and is immediately a suspect.

Later on, Marlena's captor is revealed...... IT'S ROMAN! He has been in love with Marlena all these years and it finally drove him to his breaking point. He has all kinds of pictures of him and her over the years. He explains how he plans to give his resignation to the police dapartment and after that he will take Marlena far away from Salem so they can start over. He is holding her captive in a Panic room at Mrs. Horton's home because no one goes there anymore.

Jennifer Rose comes to the house and goes in the basement to find something and hears a scream that is very muffled. She listens and hears "It's me Marlena! Get me out of here"! Jennifer is stunned and pulls out her cell phone as Roman comes up behind her and chloroforms her. He then locks her in with Marlena. News spreads that Jen is also missing and the town starts to wonder if Stefano is really dead.

Roman goes to the docks and contemplates his next plan of action. He pulls out a picture of Marlena and kisses it. Lexie comes on the dock and they start talking about Marlena and Roman says he needs to leave. He walks away but leaves his phone and Lexie picks it up and finds some incriminating evidence and is about to go see Abe when Roman comes back and asks her what did she see in his phone. She says nothing but he doesnt believe her. She says she needs to get to Theo but Roman says "I'm sorry. But you won't make it home tonight".

Carly and Bo happen to be walking along the dock when they spot a strangled Lexie in the water with a rope around her neck.......

I have plenty more thoughts!!!!!