THE DINA ABBOTT MERGERON FACT FILE
In her high school years, DINA attended school alongside future husband JOHN ABBOTT, best friend KATHERINE CHANCELLOR, and Katherine’s future husband GARY REYNOLDS as well as LAUREN and JILL’s father NEIL FENMORE and Neil’s eventual wife JOANNA MANNING. Esteemed former GC resident STUART BROOKS was another of Dina’s school friends. Married to JOHN ABBOTT 1950-63, DINA abandoned him and their children JACK, ASHLEY and TRACI and was later married to JAVIER DELGADO for 12 years before marrying French cosmetics baron MARCEL MERGERON. Widowed in 1982, Dina inherited Marcel’s fortune and reappeared in Genoa City in April 1983.
Initially disguised as the mysterious MADAME MERGERON, DINA tried to take over Jabot Cosmetics without JOHN’s knowledge. In 1985, DINA accidentally shot KATHERINE (also called KAY) during a confrontation with her ex-lover BRENT DAVIS over his decision to confess ASHLEY's true parentage to her, facts which prompted Ashley
to suffer a mental breakdown and amnesia for months.
DINA left Genoa City in 1986, having fallen back in love with JOHN and grown jealous of his new relationship with
Resurfacing in 1991 for TRACI’s wedding to BRAD CARLTON, Dina lied that she had suffered a breakdown after being bankrupted by a succession of lovers. A kind JOHN asked her to remarry him but on the day of the wedding, John’s ex-wife JILL exposed DINA’s fraud and she slunk back to France in disgrace.
Five years later, DINA strived to remarry JOHN again after learning that John’s ex-secretary AUDREY NORTH had precipitated their original divorce with the lie that she had slept with John. ASHLEY and TRACI opposed the engagement and Dina fled town when a stressed John suffered a stroke.
In 2008, DINA attended KATHERINE CHANCELLOR’s funeral but left town again after it was discovered that Katherine was actually alive. It was her lookalike MARGE COTROOKE who had died instead.