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Gina Tognoni to Takeover Major Role on The Young and the Restless

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Phyllis Summers lives!

The soap opera character, originated by Michelle Stafford on The Young and the Restess, has been hospitalized and off the series for a year.

But TV Guide Magazine confirms Gina Tognoni has been cast in the role and Phyllis will soon reawaken from her coma.

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Tognoni - who made her daytime drama debut in 1995 as Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live and followed that with an Emmy-annointed stint as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light - reportedly had a "flawless" audition for producers.

She will debut later this summer.

Stafford, meanwhile, recently premiered on General Hospital as Nina.

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She has big shoes to fill but I will give her a chance.. getting tired of the y&r . Biily Phyllis and adam r gone the three best people on the show. All we r left with r fhe old and boring characters. What is up with neil what have they done to him . He was a family man with morals and character now is is with hilary totally out of character for him . We want billy and micheal back .

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Thank GAWD! Bring the show back from the dead Gina!