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After nearly a year in a coma, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” will once again say hello to Phyllis Summers when daytime veteran Gina Tognoni takes over the role beginning Monday, August 11, Soap Opera Network has learned exclusively. In our tribute to the character as she gets ready to wake up for the first time in the coming weeks, we take a look back at what Phyllis has missed while she was sleeping, including what former loves Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow) have been up to since last seeing their favorite feisty redhead.

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  • Kelly

    umm nothing against the actress but she is not RED.. they need a real RED Head.. how long will it be b4 she longer has red locks… so not happy

    • Susie

      I love she is a great actress loved her on GL. Can’t wait till she start on Y&R . God luck and can’t wait❤️


        Dinah Marler she played on Guiding Light too and I Loved her on that!! Daughter to Ross and Blake< Miss Red wish she hadn't went off but I believe that Gina Will do her best to Play Phylis!! Good Luck Gina!!

  • cgoff0704

    Kelly she is a red head, look to the right and you will see a pic of redheaded “Phyllis”

  • PhyllisNewmanFan

    Yes Phyllis is going to be RedHead Gina Tweeted said Phyllis going to be a RedHead

  • Bexx

    Looking forward to seeing Gina. :-)

  • Joel

    I’m VERY excited about Gina joining the cast! Wasn’t my first selection, but I have a strong feeling she will do amazingly well!

  • t hoose

    i hope shes as good as michelle stafford because she has big shoes to fill but any way i am glad they are waking her up finally its will spice things up for sure

  • blake3b

    Gina is going to KILL IT!!! Seeing that pic of her reminds me of when she played bad girl Dinah on Guiding Light. Those were the great days of GL, I need to look them up on youtube.

    Gina is going to be amazing, Y&R is so lucky to have her!!!

    • chevjuls

      Can’t wait until she confront Sharon about what she knows about Summer been Nicks daughter, and pushing her down the stairs, or will she lose her memory about everything.

    • Alodia

      She will never replace Michelle ,mark my words!

  • sands of time

    The coma worked wonders for her! All that beauty rest took away many years!!!

  • Andrew Hass

    I think Gina Tognoni will do a great job and she has soap experience.

  • denverdean

    I’ll look for the pictures elsewhere – don’t need to scroll through 14 (!) pages of “Elmer Fudd” to get to the point of the story. Kind of cheap way of getting page views. I’m looking forward to GT’s take on Phyllis. She is a worthy successor to MS.

  • Deborah Larrance Coleman

    I do like Gina but she doesnt seem old enough to play Phyllis.

    • Joel

      Michelle is 48, Gina is 40. It’s only an eight-year difference.

      • Crystal Goff

        Michelle turns 46 in September

        • Joel

          She’s 48, not turning 46.

          • Crystal Goff

            sorry, she is 45 and will be 46 in September!

          • Joel

            Michelle was born in ’65, she can’t be turning 46.

          • Crystal Goff

            She was born in 1968 not 1965

          • Joel

            Where is that found? Because I found over 10 creditable sources that came her birthdate in 1965.

          • Crystal Goff

            she graduated from High School in 1986, had brain surgery for a tumor in 1987, modeled in Asia and Europe until 1990, started acting in commercials, landing a role on Tribes in 1990 when she was 20 and was cast as Phyllis in 1994 at the age of 24.

          • Joel

            LOL. You totally ignored my question and made up libelous lies.

          • Crystal Goff

            Actually all the truth, evidently you do not know anything about Michelle’s bio.

  • Patrick Ferrando

    I hope she’s smart enough to give us some of Stafford’s Phyllis until she settles into the role.
    Case in point…Cady totally undid everything that made Kelly interesting by acting NOTHING like her. So far not a good recast. Sorry, Cady.
    Keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Andrew Hass

      The fact that Phyllis has been in a coma for a year might help Tognoni a little because the coma is the perfect way to explain any behavior changes Phyllis might have when she wakes up.That way it gives Tognoni time to settle into the role because Phyllis might still suffer from the effects of the coma and even her injury when she wakes up.

    • Joel

      If she did anything to resemble Stafford, it would be bad for her. Plus, the majority of the fans would flip out. And the fact that Cady didn’t do anything to be Cynthia is why I like Kelly as a character so much more now, than I did then. Cynthia couldn’t fully commit to the character like Cady can and has.

    • sands of time

      All that crossing fingers will cause arthritis!

    • Lindy

      I actually think that Cady’s Kelly is a much more interesting character than before. She has more depth and maturity, while the old Kelly seemed one-dimensional to me. But you are right, she did make the character her own from the get go. I just think it works a lot better.