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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