‘Young and the Restless’ Casts Daytime Vet Gina Tognoni as New Phyllis

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The Emmy-winning “Guiding Light” alum will take on the role vacated by Michelle Stafford

A formidable soap opera veteran is coming to “The Young and the Restless.”

Gina Tognoni, an alum of both “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live,” has been tapped as a new cast member on the CBS soap, and individual familiar with the casting told TheWrap on Thursday.

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Tognoni will take up the pivotal role of Phyllis Summers, a role previously played by Michelle Stafford, who just joined ABC’s “General Hospital.”

The actress will bring Summers back to the screen following a year-long time out. When the show last left Summers off, she had been hospitalized in coma.

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The actress played Kelly Cramer on “One Life to Live” from 1995 to 2011, and Dinah Marler on “Guiding Light” from 2004 to 2009.