By Lynette Rice
July 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Marlena’s coming home! A spokeswoman for Days of Our Lives has confirmed that Deidre Hall will reprise her role as Dr. Marlena Evans on Sept. 26. Her return marks just one of many changes the soap has in store to please old (and, with any luck, new) fans.

Hall joined the soap in 1976 and went on to become one of the most beloved actresses in daytime — so much so that fans went apoplectic when she was dropped from the sudser in 2009 due to severe budget cuts. At the time, she was reportedly earning $60,000 per month, a veritable mint for daytime actresses. But NBC’s draconian cuts ended up saving the soap, which continues to thrive thanks to popular stars like Alison Sweeney. In the meantime, Executive Producer Ken Corday just hired two new head writers to carry out his commitment to return to more character-based storylines this fall.

Hall’s not the only beloved vet to stage a comeback. Patrick Muldoon (Austin Reed) and Christie Clark (Carrie Brady) will make their way back to the NBC sudser in September. Now fans are anxiously waiting to hear whether the rumors are true about Drake Hogestyn (John Black) returning to Days, as well. Stay tuned.