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Dina Mergeron
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Marla Adams as Dina Mergeron
''The Young and the Restless''
Portrayed by Marla Adams
Cathy Marks (flashbacks; 2017-19)
Current status Former, Recurring
Duration 1983–86, 1991, 1996, 2008, 2017-2020
First appearance April 1983
Last appearance June 17, 2022
Cause/reason Appeared in flashbacks
Introduced by William J. Bell
Family Abbott
Gender Female
Born August 28, 1938
Died October 16, 2020
Age 82
Cause of death Alzheimer’s Disease
Occupation CEO of Mergeron Industries
Residence Paris, France
Spouses John Abbott † (1956-1970s)
Javier Delgado (1964-1976) Marcel Mergeron † (1977-1982)
Graham Bloodworth † (2017- 2018)
Romances Brent Davis
Stuart Brooks
Children Jack Abbott
Traci Abbott
(with John)
Ashley Abbott
(with Brent)
Eric Vanderway † (with Stuart)
Grandchildren Keemo Volien Abbott
John Abbott III
Kyle Abbott
(via Jack)
Colleen Carlton
(via Tracy)
Robert Carlton
Abby Newman
Faith Colleen Newman (deceased)
(via Ashley)
Theo Vanderway (via Eric)
Great-grandchildren Allie Nguyen (via Keemo)
Harrison Locke (via Kyle)
Dominic Newman-Abbott-Winters-Chancellor (via Abby)

Dina Mergeron (formerly Abbott) is a fictional character on The Young and the Restless, portrayed by Marla Adams, who debuted in 1983. Adams returned as Dina on May 3, 2017 - October 16, 2020.


Dina came from the professional upper-class society of Genoa City. Dina Mergeron went to high school with John Abbott, Katherine Chancellor, Gary Reynolds, Stuart Brooks, Joanna Manning, Neil Fenmore and Suzanne Lynch. Most of those close friendships lasted through the years.

Dina was the first wife of John Abbott. She was the mother of Eric Vanderway, Jack Abbott, Ashley Abbott, and Traci Abbott. She was the grandmother of Eric's son: Theo Vanderway, Jack's sons: Keemo Volien Abbott, John Abbott III, and Kyle Abbott, Ashley's daughter: Abby Newman and Traci's daughter: Colleen Carlton. She was the great-grandmother of Keemo's daughter, Allie Nguyen, Kyle's son, Harrison Locke, and Abby's son, Dominic Newman-Abbott-Winters-Chancellor.

It has been mentioned in many past conversations that she and Katherine were very good friends. A prime example came when they were having tea at the Chancellor Estate and remembered the day Dina and John asked Katherine to be Ashley's godmother a few days after Ashley was born. It was revealed that it was Katherine who gave Ashley the middle name of Suzanne as a tribute to a former close friend of theirs in high school who had died because she was such a "beauty."

Dina's Decisions

She left John some years prior to the Abbotts arriving in Genoa City because she decided there was more to life than being a wife and mother. John had to raise Jack, Ashley and Traci on his own. Thanks to the help of his housekeeper, Mamie Johnson, he did a fine job.

In 1983, Dina, by now the widow of a wealthy cosmetics baron named Marcel Mergeron, came to Genoa City and tried to buy Jabot Cosmetics. She attempted to keep her identity hidden during the sale, but failed. While she was in town, the secret also came out that Ashley was not John's daughter, but that of Brent Davis. Dina was at Jack's side after he was shot by his first wife, Patty Williams.

When Ashley accepted Eric Garrison's, a Parisian painter, marriage proposal, he had his belongings sent from Paris. Among them, Ashley found a painting of her estranged mother which was signed "All My Love, Eric". Dina and Eric were lovers in the past. Ashley soon broke it off with Eric and fell in love with Marc Mergeron, who turned out to be Dina's stepson. Soon, former Genoa City Country Club tennis pro Brent Davis returned to town and began an affair with Dina's friend Katherine. When he found out that he was dying he wanted to reveal that he had been Dina's lover and was Ashley's real father!

Dina and Kay tried to talk him out of it, but Ashley was traumatized by the news when he told her, and ended up with no memory at a roadside dinner where she took the name "Annie" and worked as a waitress. When Brent and Kay returned from a vacation together, Dina confronted Brent about what he had done. Dina shot Brent but missed and Kay was shot instead. Jack figured out what had happened, and he and his then lover Jill Foster confronted Dina. Dina and John began a search for Ashley. A truck driver saw one of their fliers, figured out who "Annie" really was and offered her whereabouts to John for ransom.

Victor Newman ended up finding her at the diner, and took her home to recuperate with him and his wife Nikki Newman at the ranch. Ashley forgave her real father just before his death, and vowed that John Abbott would never find out. Only Dina, Jack, Jill, Katherine and Victor know the secret of Ashley's real parentage to this day. Dina made infrequent visits periodically, but for the most part has remained in Paris, France, where she runs Mergeron Cosmetics.

Dina's Visits

John mistook his wife, Gloria Abbott, as Dina. In 2006, she and Mamie sent flowers to remember John, as they both were unable to attend the funeral. Dina made an appearance, after a 12-year absence, for her dear friend, Katherine's funeral. She got a chance to meet her daughter-in-law, Sharon Abbott and get reacquainted with her children. After the funeral, Dina left to attend a charity drive in Palm Springs. In 2009, she sent flowers for her granddaughter Colleen's funeral, as she could not attend because she was on a cruise.

Dina returned on May 3rd, 2017 when Devon Hamilton and Neil Winters showed up in Paris, hoping to acquire Dina's company that she had decided to sell. Dina was hesitant to sell to a start-up company and had other offers that she wanted to consider before making a final decision. Devon makes one final pitch, and revealed he was Katherine's grandson. Dina was intrigued, so Devon explained his relationship to Katherine and how she had mentored him in business. After the meeting, Dina glances at a photo of Ashley and Ravi Shapur at the opera while talking to a man named Massimo (possibly Massimo Marone from the Bold and the Beautiful)

Dina called Devon and Neil to tell them she has chosen to them acquire Mergeron. Abby Newman phoned Dina, hoping to acquire Mergeron, but Dina refused, and didn't even realize Abby was her granddaughter. Dina showed up at the Abbott mansion where she greeted Ashley. Ashley was furious to see Dina and reacted coldly toward her. Dina vent to the Athletic Club where her companion, Graham Benson, had already got them settled. As Dina and Graham at the bar, Jack approached Dina, recognizing her as his mother. Dina joyfully greeted her son with a hug.