This is the fifty-third in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:
As previously reported luncheon was organized in New York City to celebrate Guiding Light’s 75th Anniversary. Check out the great photos of cast members across many years in the November 19, 2012 CBS Soaps in Depth.
A collection of photos of our favorite soap stars when they were on Loving, includes a group shot including Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos), Laura Wright (Cassie Layne Winslow) and Roger Howarth (who played Jory Andros on GL in 1992).
Tammy Blanchard (Drew Jacobs) appeared in the movie Union Square as listed in the July 16, 2012 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
Paul Benedeti (Jesse Blue) is interviewed in the November 19, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest about his recent returns to The Bold and the Beautiful where he plays the husband to Tracy Melchior (Kristin Forrester). Last year they offered to even fake up a Christmas card and they were turned down, this time they made an appearance. Benedeti who has been the one of the Dresse-Manny quad that has been the hardest to get news about talks about what he’s been doing (apparently he really is an artist now). Here is a small quote. “You know, it’s a really brutal world out there, you tend to forget what a pleasure it is to have a job on B&B. Even Guiding Light which I complained about for many years, was pretty much a grand slam compared to the real world. After B&B, I was out of acting and living in Florida. I tried everything from real estate to multi-level marketing to producing to a lot of different things and it was never as easy as doing soap operas…Now my art career is going really well and I got to come back to B&B.”
John Wesley Shipp (Dr. Kelly Nelson of my beloved Kelly and Morgan fame) was interviewed in the July 16, 2012 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. He talked about his then new movie Hell And Mr. Fudge and memories of various soap roles.
Frank Grillo (Hart Jessup #5) and his wife Wendy Moniz (Dinah Marler #3) – who I get a lot of search hits on- are pictured together at the premiere of his latest film Zero Dark Thirty. Great photo in the Jan. 28, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
Vincent Irizarry (Lujack/Nick McHenry) is selling a calendar featuring photos from his personal collection.
Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5 who started Marony) tweeted “My character Shelby returns to Hart Of Dixie again this week and it’s on right NOW on the CW!” (Jan. 15, 2013)
Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4) is interviewed on what she’s being doing since leaving One Life to Live. As a sidebar, it notes that Beth Ehlers (Harley Cooper #1) introduced Tognoni to her now husband Joseph Chiarello who she married May 16, 2009. Read all about it in the December 31, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Judi Evans (Beth Raines Spaulding #1) was interviewed about her current story and soap family on Days of Our Lives in the November 19, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Victor Garber (Det. Frank Minnelli) is on the new ABC show Deception.
Kristen Connolly (Jolene, the young actress who played young Reva in the Jeva movie storyline in 2008) played the lead in The Cabin in the Woods.
Kassie DePavia (Chelsea Reardon) attended the 19th Annual Feast With Famous Faces in New York City with her husband James DePavia and 15-year-old son JQ, find a photo in the November 19, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest. DePavia was featured in a roundup about dealing with a child’s illness featuring her son JQ’s hearing loss in the October 1, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Nicole Forester (Cassie Layne Winslow #2) was interviewed in the October 1, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest. She’s on the Starz series Boss and in the Tom Cruise movie Jack Reacher.
Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro) is planning a premiere party for his new series at Guy’s American Kitchen in New York City on February 10, 2013. Buy tickets online:
Among confirmed guests: Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3), Jessica Leccia (Natalia Aitoro), Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding #3), Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall #2), Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4), and Beth Ehlers (Harley Davidson Cooper).
Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis), as previously reported, joined the touring company of Wicked. Hear her take on the process and see a photo of Zimmer in costume (trust me it’s worth getting a copy) in the November 19, 2012 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Zimmer also describes a beauty fad she tried of putting her own urine on her face. Read all about it in July 30, 2012 Soap Opera Digest.
Brian Gaskill (Dylan Lewis #2) gave a round up of his activities in the July 30, 2012 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Sean McDermott (Hart Jessup #3) attended last years Jane Elissa Endowment Fund Broadway Extravaganza in honor of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. See a photo in the July 16, 2012 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
Drake Hogestyn (who plays Roman Brady on Days of Our Lives) auditioned for the role of Kyle Sampson (Billy’s half-brother), it went to Larkin Malloy instead.
Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau) and Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau one of the last really good couples in the final years of Guiding Light) have started airing on The Bold and the Beautiful. More on their characters in the Jan. 28, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall #2) put on a special performance of My Italy Story at Marco Island, Florida’s annual Soapfest Celebrity Weekend. See a photos on the Jan. 28, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis #7, the last one) is also pictured there with a giant turkey hat.
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