If any family of adult siblings could use a little parental guidance, the Abbotts of Genoa City, Wisconsin can. This is why we're thrilled to learn Dina Mergeron is on her way back to town! Soap Opera Digest broke the news of Marla Adams reprising the role of Jack (Peter Bergman), Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and Traci's (Beth Maitland) cosmetics mogul mother.
Glamorous Dina was once married to Jabot founder John Abbott (Jerry Douglas), her high school sweetheart. The Abbotts grew up in Genoa City with Katherine Shepherd (the late Jeanne Cooper), Neil Fenmore (Jim Storm), Stuart Brooks (Robert Colbert) and Joanna Manning (Susan Seaforth Hayes). Many of the progeny of these upper class Midwesterners still reside in Genoa City today.
Dina cheated on John with golf pro Brent Davis (Bert Kramer), who secretly sired her daughter, Ashley. She later left John and the children, the latter of whom were raised by the Abbott's dutiful housekeeper Mamie Johnson (Marguerite Ray, Veronica Redd).
Dina returned to Genoa CIty in the early 80's, having married another cosmetics mogul, Marcel Mergeron. Her stepson, Marc (Frank M. Benard), was briefly involved with Ashley.
Ashley Abbott suffered the first of many nervous breakdowns when she learned Brent Davis, not John Abbott, was her father. This ultimately led to her forbidden romance with married corporate raider Victor Newman (Eric Braeden), who nursed a fragile Ashley back to mental health on his ranch.
Dina returned to Genoa City in 1996, briefly rekindling a romance with John. She also showed up in 2008 when Kay was presumed dead.
John Abbott died never knowing the truth about Ashley's paternity. In fact, Dina, Brent and Jack are the only living souls (Kay also knew!) who are aware of Ash not being a biological Abbott. I sincerely hope this bombshell plot point is finally going to be revisited now that Mama Mergeron is coming home to The Young and the Restless starting May 3!