Brittany Snow Anorexic

October 22, 2014

glmanny:

Reblogging some of my favorite or most visited posts.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

I feel rather stupid for totally missing this because apparently other fans did notice. Brittany Snow (Susan Daisy LeMay Cooper) was interviewed by People magazine in 2007 about her struggles with the illness.

Some brief quotes from Snow.

At age 12 I was on Guiding Light, and I wanted to be accepted by these adults I was working with. I started with the Eat Right for Your Type diet. a friend who was a little older was doing it. I have a perfectionist personality, so I wanted to do the best job I could. I was not eating anything it said not to. It was almost fun for me, like a  little experiment. Then I moved on to other diets….When I started losing weight, I got compliments from people I looked up to on the show. Soon, I was addicted to getting results….It would be easy for me…

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Gus Pressures Harley to Betray Her Friends April 25-May 1 2001

October 21, 2014

Wed., April 25, 2001 – Michelle comes in and Gus tells her that they have found where she burned all the evidence and they think they have enough to prove that she did it. He tells her he would like to give her a deal but if she doesn’t start talking there will be no deal. He tells her if she doesn’t talk before the lab works comes back he will put her in federal prison and she will not see her baby until he is very old. Michelle tells him she is going to call her attorney and tells Gus he will rip him apart. He slams his fists onto his desk and starts yelling at her just as Ross comes in. Ross tells him that he has to stop badgering his client without thought to her constitutional rights. Ross tells the cops he wants to speak to Michelle and everyone else leaves. Ross sighs and tells Michelle he doesn’t want to know any details so Michelle should keep her mouth shut. Michelle tells him a little anyway and he tells her not to discuss it with anyone even Meta and Rick, for their own protection. Gus walks back in and Ross tells him that until he files charges against Michelle he will leave her alone and remember all of her rights. Ross tells Michelle they are leaving and they walk out. Frank asks Gus if he is going to give up now but Gus tells him a lawyer doesn’t get that angry unless he knows their client is guilty as sin so he is going full steam ahead. He is sure he will get them very soon.

Mon., April 30, 2001 – Philip tells Harley that he heard she was put on the Santos case. Harley hates it but Phillip tells her it will probably be better that Michelle and Danny have someone on their side instead of someone wanting to bury them. Harley tells him her new boss wants to bury them. Right on cue, Gus shows up and Phillip answers the door. Harley introduces the two and Phillip excuses himself after telling Gus to lighten up on Harley, she needs some rest. Phillip leaves. Gus tells Harley she may be tired because every time he comes over there is a different guy there. Harley is offended. She tells him that Phillip is her ex-husband and baby’s father.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mmMnAh_0s8&list=PL4FF4182C12302411&index=12 (Note: Flips over to next bit in list, so watch for the end)

Tues., May 1, 2001 – At Infierno: Michelle and Danny have the baby at the club. Ray and Catalina are playing with Robbie. Ray asks how things are on the fed front and Danny tells him Gus is still around but they are clean so they should be fine. Danny thinks Gus will give up and leave town eventually. Just then Gus walks in, (he has a ‘bug’ hidden in a book that he is planning on planting in the club.) Catalina seats Gus at a table and Danny comes over and tells him to get out. Gus tells Danny he was minding his own business and not bothering him and his family. Danny says he will press charges for harassment if he doesn’t back off. Gus gets up and says he will eat somewhere else. Gus leaves. Michelle tells Danny that Gus just wanted to get his goat. Danny says Gus won’t leave town until he gets something on him. Ray says there is nothing to get on him so they can relax. Harley tells Frank that Gus got a court order to bug the Bauer’s House and she has to plant it. Frank asks if she did it yet. She says she hasn’t had time. She asks his opinion on what he thinks will happen if Danny and Michelle find out. Frank tells him that she can’t tell them. Harley says she hates doing this especially now that Michelle and Danny are finally happy. Frank asks Harley if she wants Gus to think she doesn’t know how to draw the line between her job and friendship. Frank says if Danny is out of the business the bug will get him off the hook, otherwise he will get what he deserves. Harley tells Frank that if Michelle did burn the evidence the bug will incriminate her. Frank tells her Michelle would never do that and the bug will probably only pick up everyone talking baby talk to Robbie. Harley says she will do it but she feels like a traitor. Rick comes over and tells her she doesn’t look like a traitor. Harley feels busted but realizes soon thereafter that Rick didn’t overhear anything else. Rick tells her that Gus won’t find anything because there is nothing to find. Rick gets up for more coffee and Harley tells Frank that Gus won’t be satisfied even if Danny is a choirboy. Harley feels bad about having to plant a bug. Frank tries to reassure her and says they have both gotten attached to the Bauer’s house since they got divorced. Harley doesn’t want to get thrown off the barbecue guest list.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0KO-x1LFBc

My Comments:
I know I’ve said this before, but honestly I can’t believe clippers left this stuff out. The whole Manny storyline right now is about them overcoming a series of obstacles one after another. First Danny’s guilt, then Michelle’s troubled birth, then dealing with Abuela, then the other mob families, and now the FBI. THIS is the Manny story and it’s a clever story, why don’t they include these great scenes. It’s also the beginning of the GusH which while I personally didn’t like as a couple, had a great initial build up. Both these couples were really tied up in this story and should definitely have been posted by somebody. Other than that we are mostly building. The next really important point comes after this which focuses on Harley and her split loyalties. Also I want to point out that Phillip was having a conversation with Harley about Danny and Michelle that he definitely sees himself as involved in Manny’s lives. That Danny-Phillip connection is one I’ll come back to you.

Beth Chamberlain Interview

October 20, 2014
Phillip and Beth, BBQ 2009

Phillip and Beth, BBQ 2009

Beth Chamberlain special with Let’s Talk About Soaps the life of a soap stars, Beth talks about Guiding Light behind the scenes. There is a terrible sound crackle behind the interview, but I think it’s worth putting up with.

Chamberlain talks about originally being hired for Beth. (She had originally tested for Mindy and they said they liked her, but she was more of a Beth than a Mindy and Beth wasn’t coming back right then.) She talks about the great GL casting director Betty Rea. How complicated Beth was and how important it was to getting her to play a range, but for Beth to be self-confident, mature woman as show ended. Chamberlain talks about her leading men through the years, about how being on a soap and how that worked and how she learned script and planned week. Lorelei Hills and the book Chamberlain wrote for her Lorelei’s Guiding Light: An Intimate Diary. Chamberlain regrets that they didn’t show the Beth-Phillip wedding in the finale. Chamberlain explains her theory on how Beth was always looking for Phillip again which explained affair with young writer Coop and wanting to combine Rick and Alan to achieve Phillip. Chamberlain admits she’d love to come back to Guiding Light if it was revived and gives her wish for what Beth’s storyline would be if it is. And gives her best try at naming off her characters full name with all marriages.

Note: For some reason one of the interviewers seems obsessed with Beth-Lujack. Chamberlain even has to explain to her that Phillip was the love of her life rather than Lujack. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Lujack’s name mentioned so much in a half-hour since Nick McHenry first showed up.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Guiding Light Halloween Fanfic

October 16, 2014
Nightlight at Night

Nightlight at Night

There has been too much going on in my real life to get much done in the way of fanfic, even editing other people’s, so I’ve been letting down the side, as the saying goes in terms of fanfic on the site. As cold weather settles in hopefully that will change, BUT in the meantime I’d like to get at least a couple of Guiding Light fanfics for GLManny’s Halloween Week.

The rules for special holiday week fanfic are:

  • It has to involve mostly people actually seen on screen on Guiding Light.
  • It can be set in any time period.
  • It can include any characters.
  • I prefer for it to be set in Springfield, but it’s NOT required.
  • It DOES have to be set during Halloween or right around there.
  • Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before this is the perfect opportunity to write a short one scene story.
  • I LIKE to have stories that include Manny, but YOU don’t have to. It really can be about anybody.

I’m also looking for people who might have done Halloween costumes of Guiding Light characters or something similar. Share your experiences or better yet your photos!

And remember I’m always looking for holiday episodes of Guiding Light, for any Holiday, any year to add to our collection of links.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Montel Williams Behind the Scenes

October 15, 2014
Montel Williams

Montel Williams

In 2008 Guiding Light sought a little star power to boost its sagging ratings. Mel Boudreau Bauer (the lawyer/doctor) and her brother Remy Boudreau (who with Christina was one of last truly great couples formed on the show) were prominent characters in the last few years of the show. Attempts were made a few times to bring their parents into more storylines. Introducing their mother Felicia was more successful, she was at least referenced a regular basis and appeared several times when a counselor or psychologist was useful and a few times it really wasn’t. Their father Clayton was less successful and recast a couple of times between his infrequent appearances. The best attempt, although he didn’t have much story, was when they brought on Montel Williams. He first appeared in August 2008, but sadly only remained in the role until December 2008. This short piece involves welcoming Montel to the show and his tour behind the scenes.

Learn more about the character of Clayton Bourdreau here:
http://soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/clayton.php

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

What Makes Guiding Light Special

October 12, 2014

glmanny:

I’m revisiting some of my favorite blog posts over the years, checking each for needed up dates. I hope you enjoy it.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

UPDATE: This was originally published the week of the last Bauer BBQ in 2009. I’m doing a little editing in 2014. I hope you enjoy it.

Danny and Michelle with Phillip, 2009

Danny and Michelle with Phillip, 2009

If this was the last Bauer BBQ, it was one of the best of recent years, not missing a beat from the traditional beginning of a flag raising, to the annual egg toss and three legged race. Rick spoke about remembering being a kid and sitting on the diving board eating cookies and that’s what makes Guiding Light so unique and irreplaceable. I don’t quite remember Rick doing that (he’s older than me), but I grew up with the Bauers and watched the BBQ faithfully since it started in the early 1980s. However, I really know Rick, I grew up with him. I know his dad, his best friend since high school Philip, all his various wives, all…

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Some Guiding Light Fun

October 9, 2014

Here are two minutes of bloopers and outtakes from Guiding Light right before the slip into everybody living at the Beacon and the Main Street set so it must be around 2006.

Phillip and India Bloopers from a scene from 1985.

I found these two, anybody else have any Guiding Light bloopers to share?

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Kim Zimmer Interview 2012

October 8, 2014

 

Egg Toss Winners, 1998

Egg Toss Winners, 1998

This video is an interview that was shown on a Texas PBS Station in 2012. It’s 27 minutes long.  It’s called Kim Zimmer on InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse (Season 10 Ep 8). It was uploaded in 2012 by the station that aired it so it probably was recorded close to that.  They go back to her first soap job and cover her career from there. Manouse apparently did A LOT of research, he asks very thorough and deep digging questions of all parts of her professional life.

Zimmer also talks about her love for theater and talks about how many soap people were theater people that wanted to spend their time there, but it didn’t play the bills. She talks about how she replaced Kathleen Turner and decided to come back and they kept Zimmer. Zimmer talks about her relationship with Pam Long. Long wrote really long story Bibles for 6 months out like it was a novel. Zimmer talks about how Michelle Forbes broke down on a scene with a bridge. At the end she talks about what went wrong with the new format. Those are just part of the highlights of this wide ranging interview.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Guiding Light 101 Update

October 6, 2014

GL 75 I originally submitted this and it was published on the website Soap Opera University. I just discovered they’ve closed down. Although I’m sorry they’re gone, they did inspire this post and a few others you’ll see rebuilt here over the next year or so. Enjoy!

At 72 years, Guiding Light was the longest running soap opera ever. It is highly unlikely that its record will ever be broken. This introduction will focus mainly on its TV run which began in 1952. Originally The Guiding Light was a literal light, a friendship lamp which Rev. John Ruthledge kept burning in his window, welcoming lost souls to seek his counsel.

Rev. Ruthledge’s sermons served show creator Irna Phillips as a soap box for political, moral, and religious issues of the day. Go to the link below for links to a detailed recreation of what the soap was like in these early days and links to some representative sermons from Rev. Ruthledge.

http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/70th-anniversary-history-recreated-episode

The show’s first star crossed lovers were in Rev. Ruthledge’s family. His daughter Mary Ruthledge fell in love with her adopted brother Ned Holden. The Ruthledges and their friends and relations kept the show in story for many years, but Phillips brought in a new focus when she introduced a new core family in 1948. This new family was the Bauers, a family of German immigrants. Viewers watched the family go from struggling immigrants to the leaders of the community. The two most important Bauers were Papa Bauer and his daughter-in-law Bert Bauer who in turn served as embodiments of the Guiding Light for their families and the community at large. This was especially shown in the annual Bauer BBQ held each year on the Fourth of July and attended by the entire town. The Bauers were occasionally sidelined, but they remain a focus of the show until its end.  For a detailed description of the Bauer family tree go to the link below.

http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/bauer-history-5-generations

Home for the Bauers from the mid-1960s on was Springfield, USA. (Sometimes it was specifically tied to Springfield, IL, other times not. They also frequently mentioned Oakdale, IL from As the World Turns and Bay City, IL from Another World.) In Springfield the once working class immigrant Bauer family become known as doctors (Ed and his son Rick are both doctors, several of their wives are doctors, Michelle was a Physician Assistant and Maureen as a hospital administrator) at Cedars Hospital. As the local hospital, Cedars plays a large role in the show. Read a description of Cedars Hospital here:

http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/cedars-hospital

Rick Bauer’s best friend is Phillip Spaulding who (despite a complicated parentage back story reveal) shows himself to be every inch tycoon Alan Spaulding’s son. Read a summary of Phillip’s complicated parentage here:

http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/phillip-spauldings-parents

Phillip, together with Alan, Alan’s sister Alexandra, and Alan’s other son Alan-Michael make up the most visible part of the Spaulding family from its introduction in 1977 to the end of the show. The Spauldings are very rich. They live in the Spaulding Mansion which is on Skyline Drive next to the Bauer House and run the Fortune 500 Company Spaulding Enterprises. They are also dysfunctional and you never know if they’ll be fighting each other or teaming up to fight the rest of the world.

Another well off family, but of a very different character than the Spauldings, are the Lewises. The Lewis family still has a lot of the oil wildcatting spirit that made them their family money in Oklahoma. The difference between the two families was played off nicely in one of the shows final supercouples Bizzie (Bill Lewis and Lizzie Spaulding). The Lewises run two family businesses, Lewis Oil and Lewis Construction. Josh Lewis’s true love is Reva Shayne and together they form the show’s flagship supercouple Jeva throughout the second half of the show’s run.

Josh’s older brother Billy Lewis’s true love is Vanessa Chamberlain. The Chamberlains are old school blue bloods that helped build Spaulding Enterprises and for most of its existence ran the local TV station WSPR. The other important media outlet in town is the town newspaper, The Springfield Journal. The Journal was most strongly associated with sometime foreign correspondent Fletcher Reade and his onetime wife Holly Norris Bauer Thorpe Lindsey Reade. Holly was the true love of master criminal and seriously conflicted man, Roger Thorpe whose plots and spasms of violence wrecked havoc in town for decades. Sadly Roger could never decide which he wanted more: power and money or Holly and happiness, so he vacillated back and forth reaching for one and then the other leaving chaos in his wake.  The most controversial story between Rolly was when Roger’s jealous rage over Holly’s continuing connection to ex-husband Ed Bauer led him to commit martial rape. Roger was also one of three of the town’s most famous phoenixes, he and Alan Spaulding and Beth Raines each rose from the dead in spectacular fashion more than once.

Rolly’s (Roger Thorpe and Holly Norris Bauer Thorpe Lindsey Reade) daughter Blake (originally known as Chrissy, but renamed as an adult) is a reckless spitfire who was only ever partially tamed by her love for lawyer and generally town all around good guy, Ross Marler. The Marler family started poor and were always looking for opportunities to better their position in town and although Ross was known as a good guy, he had his family’s ruthless streak and it came out on occasion, especially when he first came to town and much later when dealing with half-brother Ben Warren and in a mayoral campaign against the son-in-law of his best friend (Ed Bauer) and a close friend in his own right, Danny Santos.

Firmly on the other end of social scale from the Spauldings, Chamberlains, Lewises, and even the Marlers, were two main families, the blue collar Reardons and Coopers. The Reardons ran the Reardon Boarding House and a restaurant called Company for many years. Eventually the family did better (one daughter, Maureen, married Ed Bauer and another, Nola, married Quint Chamberlain and one son Jim, became a doctor). The Coopers were another blue collar family. They were also of immigrant descent with both family patriarch Buzz Cooper’s father and uncle coming from Greece. The family’s already high Greek quota (they were famous for their Greek dancing and Baklava) was kicked up another notch when eldest son Det. Frank Cooper wooed and eventually married his initially unwilling arranged bride Eleni, who was born and raised in Greece. The Cooper’s maintained a family restaurant for many years, first the Fifth Street Diner, and after it was accidentally burnt down, they purchased Company from the remaining few Reardons. Although the Coopers had other jobs, when it was needed they all pulled together to work at the restaurant and all hands on deck included current love interests helping out and even being a Spaulding didn’t excuse you from covering shifts if you were currently dating or married to a Cooper. While both restaurants were community centers, neither was a money maker and the Coopers were very frequently on the verge of the losing the business and sometimes did, although somehow they always eventually got it back.

If you were in the mood for something other than a Buzz Burger you might want to try one of the nicer restaurants in town; Towers (located on the top floor of a high class hotel which was part of an urban renewal project near 5th Street), the Lakeland Country Club (for its old money charm), Olivia’s at the Beacon Hotel (located near the lighthouse, the show’s symbol), or one of the night clubs such as the Blue Orchid, Millennium or Inferno. Dive bars were common through the years, but the one with staying power was Farley’s that took on an increasing importance in the final years of the show.

In 1998, the show returned to the immigrant theme, but this time with a darker twist. The Santos family were three generations from emigrating from Cuba (the family was still bilingual), but took a different path to making it in America, one filled with violence and crime. The Santos family was one of the largest crime families in the Midwest, but the scion Danny Santos was a good man and eventually with his true love (in a soap rarity they were only ever married to each other) Michelle Bauer, fought their way free and the Santos name was clean for their children Robbie and Hope, who as Michelle’s children were among the final generation of Bauers on the soap.

A note from behind the scenes, mainly because of circumstances beyond the control of TPTB cancellation was a real threat the last 10 years or so Guiding Light ran. Budgets were cut repeatedly and it showed on screen. The last two attempts at saving money were the most visible on screen. For a time everyone lived at the Beacon Hotel so they could do minimal redress of the sets between scenes and a lot of action took place on a strange Sesame Street looking set called Main Street. When that proved a failure, they totally abandoned the traditional three wall set and pedestal cameras to go to more or less permanently built sets and hand held cameras, plus a lot of outdoor shooting in the town of Peapack, New Jersey. Although there were various issues with this change in set up, the primary one was that they couldn’t figure out how to properly capture the sound on these sets which were basically rooms in a house and although it got better over time, fans complained about the sound for the last two years of the soap.

After fighting cancellation off for many years, a lack of support from both the network and producer P&G led to a cancellation announcement. To add insult to injury, the announcement was made April 1st (April Fool’s Day) 2009. The last air date was announced for September 18, 2009. This was an especially hard blow because signs had been pointing towards at least one more year. Ratings were up since Phillip’s return, the sound quality was improving if still not stellar, and the story seemed to be moving in a positive direction as unpopular stories that had drug on far too long (e.g. Lizzie’s kidnapping and aftermath) were wrapped up and more popular ones were getting center stage (e.g. the Bizzie romance, Phillip’s return, even Vanilly began to find their way back to each other). While fans held out hope and launched several fan campaigns to try to save the show, its fate was pretty much sealed when CBS made the initial announcement. Quickly stories were revamped and at least brief returns of favorite characters were arranged (Danny and Michelle Bauer Santos and their kids, Mindy Lewis, Holly Norris Thorpe, Jonathan Randall and his daughter Sarah) although the only one who got a full, properly played out return was Dr.Ed Bauer. Other veteran characters, still on the canvas, but long neglected were suddenly given more air time (Blake Marler, Rick Bauer).

Three major stories provided a focus for the end of the show. The Spauldings dealt with the fact that Phillip was diagnosed with a fatal disease and Alan’s previous behavior was explained, not by his backstory with Hope Bauer which would have made sense, but by a previously unknown man who took Alan’s place in the Vietnam War and was killed and Alan’s guilt over it. Eventually Alan faced his fear and was a donor in a risky operation that saved Phillip’s life. Alan lived, but died of an unrelated heart attack the next week. The Coopers once again almost lost Company as Buzz became obsessed with completing Coop’s research on his mother Jenna Bradshaw Cooper. Eventually it was revealed that Jenna’s last secret was that Cyrus Foley was Jenna’s son she had given up for adoption as a teenager (it turned out that the unlamented Grady was only his foster brother and absolutely no word was given on Rocky’s fate – Jenna’s son who was actually born on the show). Blake, Ashlee Wolfe, and Cyrus worked together to finish Coop’s book on Jenna  called Stories from Jenna which provided the money to save Company once again. Finally, a convoluted story that involved Edmund, a dead duplicate Edmund (aka Deadmund), a broken stroller, and multiple people covering up or manufacturing evidence and a series of faked deaths, ended with Mallet and Dinah Marler on the run in Europe and Jeffery O’Neill letting Reva go in order to forever chase Edmund Winslow around the globe. A fourth was the fairly isolated Otalia storyline (Olivia Spencer and Natalia Rivera) which was very popular as it was one of the first lesbian romances on a soap and played out at close to old-fashioned soap love story speed which was much preferable to the meet and jump into bed speed so many modern couples follow.

For a sum up of where they left the Deadmund story watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGin58C-kxc

A focus was also on ending with as many happy couples as possible. Bizzie, Vanilly (Vanessa Chamberlain and Billy Lewis) and Lillibuzz (Lillian Raines and Buzz Cooper) finally married. Pheth (Phillip Spaulding and Beth Raines) and Mindy and Rick became engaged. Mayne (Marah Cooper and Shayne Lewis) reunite after Shaynah (Shayne Lewis and Dinah Marler) split. Otalia, Holly and Ed, and Remy and Christina reunited. Matt started to date one of Maureen’s teachers. Frank and Blake started to date as did Mel and Cyrus. Doris Wolfee came out of the closet and started dating a dayplayer. Jaisy (James Spaulding and Daisy Susan LeMay Cooper) was more solid than ever, even though Ashlee and Daisy are going to college at Berkley. And finally the show ended as it should, Jeva (Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne) reunited under the lighthouse and drove off in H.B.’s pickup for new adventures. Then just like in a classic movie “The End” came across the screen with the lighthouse in the distance as Josh and Reva whispered “Always” to each other. Fans not content to let it go, lead to a series of fan events around the country throughout the year after cancellation.

Suggested for further reading:

Dates in Springfield
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/dates

Places in Springfield
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/places-in-springfield

Couple Codes for Guiding Light
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/couple-codes

Soap Centrals Character Profiles
http://www.soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/index.php

Poll, Julie and Caelie M. Haines. Guiding light: the complete family album. Los Angeles : General Pub. Group, 1997. ISBN 1-57544-006-7

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Mindy Lewis

October 5, 2014

 Periodically I post a character descriptions for supporting characters to the Manny story. We visit another one tonight. Find more on the Supporting Characters pages.

Mindy Lewis aka Melinda Sue Lewis - Mindy Lewis was the daughter of Billy Lewis and his deceased first wife. She was granddaughter to H.B., niece to Josh, cousin to Marah and Shayne, and half-sister to Bill and Dylan. Mindy was also important because of her relationship as part of the Four Musketeers. Her other major arc was her epic rivalry with Alexandra Spaulding. We first meet Mindy while she is in high school. She goes through several relationships including both Phillip Spaulding and Rick Bauer. She wins the Sampson Girl contest and becomes a model. She later transitions to fashion designer spending swaths of time in Paris. She had some interaction with Michelle as a child, since Michelle was very close to both Rick and Phillip, but was embroiled in her own issues before Michelle was very old. After that Mindy was in Paris, although Michelle’s friend Marah and Mindy’s cousin Marah moved to Paris to also become a designer so there was probably some communication there although it was mostly off screen. Mindy enters the Manny story again when they all move back to Springfield at the same time. According to the flash ahead, they became close and were included in the wedding party when Rick and Mindy married in 2010.
For a more complete description of the character of Mindy Lewis and her various storylines see:
http://www.soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/melinda.php

I wasn’t too crazy about Rick and Mindy ending up together. It made sense in a circle of storyline completion and I always like Rick and Mindy together. However, Rick’s best marriage was with Abby Bloom and Mindy’s best relationship (which it was never fully explored) was with Rusty Shayne. Their ghosts prevent me from fully supporting Rick and Mindy. Mindy had several relationships that were just pretty. Her Kurt Coday wedding was one of the most beautiful soap weddings ever (it was a Cinderella theme) and her trip (shot on location) to San Francisco with Nick McHenry led to some breath-taking videos. Over the years Mindy suffered from a variety of poor recasts. The first two Mindys were very good, but the following ones were unconvincing, too old, or kind of annoying. So I was very glad when Krista Tesreau, her original portrayer, was the one who returned for the last few weddings and funerals and the one who came back at the end. I was very pleased with how Manny was accepted into the Four Musketeer group so there was a lot to be grateful in the end.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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