This is the seventy-sixth 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:
The February 1, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest spells out their “50 Unforgettable Soap Moments”. Strangely it only lists one moment from Guiding Light, the first Reva in the fountain scene.
Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1) discusses his new Days of Our Lives role in the Feb. 22, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
In the February 15, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest recaps the year in soaps of 1980. On Guiding Light Lisa Brown (Nola Reardon Chamberlain), John Wesley Shipp (Kelly Nelson), Kevin Bacon (T.J. Werner #2), and Kristin Vigard (Morgan Richards), arrived as a new crop of young people. Both the Reardon and Chamberlain families were established. Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe) fell off a cliff and Maureen Garrett (Holly Norris Thorpe) soon followed his exit. Other long lasting story point were Hope Bauer and Alan Spaulding marrying and Justin Marler discovered that Phillip Spaulding was his biological son.
The flashback quotes in the February 22, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest include Judi Evans (Beth Raines #1). She was talking about the prom in the July 7, 1992 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
“I think the day we did the prom was my longest day. We worked from 7 am to 4 am. They did the whole crowning of the Prom Queen, and that was really neat. It was emotional and sweet, and I was never asked to prom, so it was sort of like going to one.”
Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) is featured in a roundup of fitness tips from soap stars. Find it in the February 15, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Emme Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) sells homemade items including jewelry on Etsy. Find her store:
Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis #4, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) left Days of Our Lives when his character was apparently killed by Bo Brady saving his true love Hope’s life. However, he’s back filming. Read more about it in the February 15, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5, the one who started Marony) appeared in a Lifetime Christmas movie where the heroine brings her boyfriend home only for him to discover that if he marries her he will become Santa Clause. The movie is called Becoming Santa. Find out more about it here (be sure to check out the music video). Read a little bit more in the December 14, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Bundy also teamed up with Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding) for a master teaching class at Washington and Lee University. http://cbs.soapsindepth.com/posts/laura-bell-bundy-reunites-guiding-light-grant-aleksander-89130
Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) recently made a stir online when he decided to wear his real glasses as his character Ric on General Hospital. See a photo and read more about it in the February 1, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
The Alan-Michael, Eleni, Frank triangle got out a shout out in round up of people who had been fooled into thinking their significant other cheated. (Alan-Michael paid Musette to say she slept with Frank.) Catch a few more details and a photo in the February 22, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
John Wesley Shipp (Kelly Nelson, part of my beloved Kelly and Morgan) reported on Twitter @JohnWesleyShipp is going to be making an appearence at Philadelphia Comic Con in April 2016.
Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau, part of the great Christina and Remy pairing) presented the Best Telenovela at the International Emmys. See a photo in the Jan. 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau, one of the last great couples on the show with Christina) has been cast on BET’s new sitcom Zoe Ever After. Read more about it in the February 1, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Frank Grillo (the last Hart Jessup) know appearing in Kingdom, was photographed at his AOL Build interview. Find the photo in the Jan. 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) is the subject of a feature profile in the February 16, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest. The profile focuses on her recent departure from Days of Our Lives.
Scott Bailey (Sandy Foster, who started with the Mole puppet & then was falsely revealed to be Jonathan Randall) and his wife Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) had a bit of a scare when their baby broke her rib sending Frantz to the hospital. Read about it in the December 14, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest. The baby girl, Amelie Irene, was born December 1, 2015. Read more about it here:
Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis #7, the last one) is going to appear on Super Girl on February 22, 2016. His character will be called Master Jailer. Read more about it in the February 1, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Taye Diggs (Sugar Hill, who was a spoiler for Deliah/Marcus and was part of the Drew Jacobs introduction story, he was a music producer) has written a couple of books featuring a mixed race child. Find them here:
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