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Don Stewart’s Life Story Introduction

May 8, 2019
Top to Bottom: Ed - Bert - Mike Bauer

Top to Bottom: Ed – Bert – Mike Bauer

I’m sharing a biography of Don Stewart who played the incomparable Mike Bauer, Michelle’s uncle on The Guiding Light. Mike was not only a great character in his own right, he was a serious missing piece in the Manny story. If I ever finish my current fanfic, I’m going to write one that shows it. This article was originally published in novelette fashion in the January 1974 issue of Afternoon TV. I broke it up according to the sections it was published in. The show is referred to as both THE Guiding Light and Guiding Light, but they will drop the THE next year and popular use seems to be heading that way already.

Sherwood, Debbie. “Don Stewart’s Life Story.” Afternoon TV, vol. 6, no. 1, January 1974, pp.27-38

I met Don at the ancient CBS studio where The Guiding Light is shot. When he appeared, he kissed my hand , a courtly gesture which definitely got things off to a rousing start.

“Let’s go to my dressing room,” he said, steering me through a maze of narrow corridors. “We can talk there until I have to rehearse.”

I had been trying to interview this handsome daytime idol for several weeks, and each time we had set a date something came up and Don had to cancel.

“I’ve really been busy,” he admitted when I told him how happy I was finally pin him down. “I’ve had a heavy schedule on Guiding Light and I’ve had a lot nightclub bookings on weekends. Also, I just finished two weeks of appearances in The Roar of the Greasepaint in Poughkeepsie, New York, and I’m going to be doing Camelot in Fishkill soon.”

His dressing room is good-sized and brightly lit, with a long make-up table stretching across one wall and a long mirror hovering over it. On the table were strewn books, photographs, old scripts and shooting schedules, and a pile of envelopes that looked as if they contained fan mail. An open closet door revealed several suits that Dan wears on the show.

My host offered me a comfortable stuffed chair while he took the straight-backed, less comfortable one. Out in the corridor I could hear the voices of other Guiding Light stars greeting each other as they went in and out of their own dressing rooms. I recognized the voices of Melinda Fee (Charlotte Bauer) and Nanci Addison (Kit Vestid) and I caught a glimpse of Anthony Call (Joe Werner) when Don opened the door to a production assistant who wanted to explain some changes in the day’s script.

It was exciting, and glamorous in an unostentatious kind of way. The dressing rooms of daytime stars aren’t the opulent things you might expect to see if you were visiting a movie star on a Hollywood sound stage. Not even a star of Don‘s magnitude rates a luxurious spread complete wit plush, wall-to-wall carpeting, chaise lounge and built-in her. XXXXXXXXX But as rehearsals and run -throughs progress, and air time nears, the atmosphere – plan as it is – fairly crackles with anticipation.

Occasionally, during the course of our interview Don was called upstairs to the soundstage. But, like the pro he is, he always came back ready to resume our conversation where we left off. Each time he left I took I took advantage of the free time to look over the batch of pictures he had brought for me. It was delightful to see suave, handsome Don as a mischievous little boy…a gangling adolescent…a dashing Air Force pilot…an aspiring singer and actor. And as he, serious at times, chuckling at others, told me his life story, it was fascinating to visualize the path that took the Nebraska doctor’s son to singing and acting stardom.

Mama Wore Taps!

April 8, 2019

A story about the original Alexandra Spaulding, before she became Alexandra.

Beasley, Deborah. “Mama Wore Taps!: Beautiful Beverlee Stars in her Very Own Story! Motherhood! Romance! A Glamourous Career!” Afternoon TV, August 1973 Vol. 5 No. 8 pp. 54.

Beverlee‘s daytime fans, who once knew her as Martha Donnelly on Love is a Many Splendored Thing, were delighted when she returned to the daytime screen recently as the elegant Iris Carrington on Another World. Beverlee is delighted to be back, too, although she says she and Iris are as unlike as any two people could possibly be.

“Iris is up and immaculately dressed at nine in the morning,” she says with an incredulous smile. “Her make-up is always perfect, her hair is never out of place. Not long ago, the elevator man in my building said, ‘Miss McKinsey, my wife and I saw you on TV yesterday and you looked different than you look around here.’ That’s because off camera, I run around in blue jeans and an old shirt. Where Iris is always going to elegant places for lunch and dinner, I prefer to have people in and cook for them myself.”

Like Iris, Beverlee is the mother of a son, but, unlike her, she has him in her care, where she can give him all the motherly love and attention he deserves. “Scott is the best, ” she says proudly of her tall, blond, fourteen-year-old. “He has brains, patience and an even temperament. And a tremendous eagerness to know about everything. He’s interested in photography and saved his money to buy a fine camera and lenses. He’s an excellent student, excels in math and history. And, while he’s very well rounded, he doesn’t have the ego problems and ambition hangups that I had at fourteen.”

Beverlee has been divorced from Scott’s father, a successful businessman, since Scott was three. Although she admits raising her child alone hasn’t always been easy, she believes he has had a happy, well-rounded childhood, and that he is better for having had a good deal of his upbringing in New York.

“We lived in California before I came East for Splendored Thing and I adore it there. But you get drawn into a trap out there. Your home, with the swimming pool, becomes everything. There are lots of things to do in California, but most people don’t do them. In New York, your apartment becomes claustrophobic. You look for things to get you out. Scott and I got to the theater and museums here in New York. The city makes it possible for me to share his life. He likes to do the things I like to do.”

One of the most unique things they do together is attend a tap-dancing class at Carnegie Hall.

“It was entirely Scott‘s idea,” Beverlee chuckles. “It’s the first thing he’s ever wanted to do along those lines. Who knows what we’ll do with it, but we aren’t bad! We have our Ruby Keeler shoes and I wear my 1930s bell-bottom pants with a blouse tied around my waist. There are about 25 people in the class and we’re all tapping at once. The racket is fantastic! I never stop smiling, I love it so much. Scott is going away to camp this summer and I’m worried because I’m afraid he’ll fall behind in his dancing.”

Beverlee knows that her son misses the kind of outdoor life he could have in California, but, because he has had plenty of athletic outlets at school, she doesn’t worry about it. “We have a very exciting life here. New York breeds independence for a young person. In California, I would drive him everywhere. Now he gets around the city like he owns the place. I think it makes him more mature. I remember, I thought this place was the end of the world when I first came here. I didn’t have any sophistication about food, restaurants, theater…He’ll have all that by the time he graduates from high school.

“Of course, I’m afraid for him at times, but I try not to let him know how afraid I really am. He’s been mugged. It was a terrible experience for him. He had his money in a hoe, so all they got were his fur-lined gloves.”

Not long ago, Beverlee woke in the middle of the night with a traumatic thought about her son. But it didn’t have anything to do with his being in danger. “I realize he’ll be graduating in 4 years! she wails. “That’s just incredible. However, but that time, maybe I’ll have another child to raise.”

Does this mean that this gorgeous blonde is planning to get married again one of these days? “Well” she says thoughtfully, “marriage is a very tricky subject. I would marry for one reason only. That is to have another child. Other than that I would never want to marry again – unless I was over 50 and married for companionship. I have a boyfriend. We’ve been going together for five years. And we can’t figure what possible advantage there is to being married. We’ve both been married and we’re happier not being married than we were when we were married. We both love children. I have a big boy. He has a little boy. Sometimes we think it would be nice to have a little girl, but if she’s as shellfish as I’ve always been, maybe it isn’t such a good idea.”

Beverlee‘s boyfriend is also well known to daytime TV viewers, particularly to those who watched Love is a Many Splendored Thing. His name is Berekeley Harris, and he played Beverlee’s boyfriend on a show, the sinister Jim Whitman.

“Most people think we met on the show, but actually we were going together before that,” Beverlee explains. “We were in California and I was asked to come to New York to play Martha. At the time, I didn’t want to come. I was very happy in California. But Berekley had spent ten years doing TV and he was hungry for the stage. He persuaded me to give it a whirl.

“I came first – Scott was still in school – and on my first day here I had lunch with my producer. I asked about Martha … what she was like, what would be happening to her and so forth? He said, ‘Well, there will be a man in her life. We’re looking for a young Richard Widmark type, Handsome, blond, and a little sinister.”

“I said, ‘I have just the actor for you.’ Without telling him about our relationship, I suggested he get film clips on Berekeley. He did – and he flipped over him! It was only later that I told him that Berkeley was my boyfriend.”

Beverlee is amused by the fact that many people identify Berkeley with the part he played. “They think he’s sick and crazy,” she laughs. “He has that kind of bone structure that makes him look wicked. Once we were shopping in the sheet department of Bloomingdales’ and a lady came over to me and said, ‘You didn’t MARRY that beast did you?” I said, ‘No as a matter of fact, I didn’t.'”

Fortunately, Scott and Berkeley get along beautifully, so if she should marry him, there won’t be any problem along that line.

“They have the same kind of temperament, and they laugh a great deal. I’m very emotional. I run very hot and very cold. Both Scott and Berkeley have learned how to deal with that.:

Beverlee, who has worked in virtually every show-business medium, says she would like to do another Broadway play some day. But she is no longer the kind of actress who thinks of nothing but greasepaint and footlights. “I’ve fulfilled my career dreams, ” she says simply. “My goal now is to live my life to the fullest and not think about the past and the future. I used to think about the future a great deal. Now I don’t. I don’t plan. When you do that you lose sight of where you are at this very moment. I work because I support myself. I am very happy at it. But I could be happy doing other things, too. I adore interior decorating, and I’m good at it. I would love to go to school and study it. I’d like to take French lessons and tennis lessons, have the time to develop myself further. When you work, you haven’t the money, but you don’t have the time.

“Berkeley,” she adds is just the opposite. “He absolutely adores going to work. Not me. They honeymoon is over for me as far as work in concerned.”

Beverlee is currently writing a novel based on her life since she left her native McAlester, Oklahoma, and started on the road toward acting success. “If somebody publishes it and I make a million dollars, I won’t mind. But I’m really writing it for my child. I want him to have a knowledge of what my life was like in the theater, other than what I’ve told him.

“Most people think acting is so glamorous. It’s a job. That’s all it is. Of course, when I first started, everything was very exciting. I was willing to go anywhere and do anything, as long as I was working. I’m not that interested anymore. I’ve done Broadway, off-Broadway, nighttime TV, soap opera. When it’s all over you take the bus home and what you have left is yourself. And if you haven’t developed yourself, you’re left with a very empty life. I know girls, who think of nothing, but their careers, and their whole lives have gone down the drain. You shouldn’t go through life making sacrifices.”

Obviously Beveree’s whole life has NOT gone down the drain. She was a healthy, happy son who shows every sign of growing into a happy, successful man. She’s involved in interesting exciting pastimes. She has a man she loves and is loved by. These are the things that make it all worthwhile.

 

Bob Gentry From Teenage Hood to Heartwinning Hero

March 11, 2019
Actors who played Ed, Rick, and Abby

Ed, Rick, and Abby Late 1990s

The Afternoon TV issue from August 1981. It did a small feature on Bob Gentry and then a longer feature later on. According to Soap Central Gentry was the second actor to play Ed Bauer. He was an adult Ed. He played him from April 4, 1966 to April 25, 1969; September 26, 1997 to July 7, 1998. His second run he returned as the older looking doctor who played Ed to Rebecca Budig‘s Michelle that first returned from Switzerland.

Here’s his Ed is in the late 1960s (with Leslie):

Here he is during his stint in the late 1990s at Michelle’s bedside after she’s blinded:

Bob Gentry, Phillip on Another World, remembers when daytime serials used to be live and only 15 minutes long. He should recall those, as he was part of that serial world when he played the original Ed Bauer on The Guiding Light. [Ed. Note: I think maybe they meant the first adult Ed since he was the second actor.] ‘I was discovered by Dorothy Purcer, now the head writer of Texas, when she was an associate producer for Guiding Light. The P&G executive at the time was Paul Rauch, who is now my executive producer on Another World. Nowadays we rehearse and rehearse. And worry about making it perfect. Back then we worried about making it through.'” – August 1981 Afternoon TV p. 8

“Bob Gentry – From Teenage Hood to Heartwinning Hero!” Afternoon TV, August 1981. pp. 20-23.

Bob Gentry leads a double life. When he’s not wearing his actor’s hat as Philip Lyons on Another World, he’s wearing his writer’s dress while working on screenplays. One of his screenplays, called Lotto, has been optioned and will be produced sometime this year.

Bob started writing about four or five years ago. Like a sponge, he absorbs interesting events and places in his life, then translates them into inspirational fiction for his work.

“I was in automat watching some poor people having a meal and they were all huddled together, confiding to each other while they were eating,” he recalls. “That’s the sort of thing I pick up on and then incorporate into my fiction.”

Can Bob himself identify with that kind of life? “I grew up in the Yorkville section of Manhattan,” he says. “It was definitely lower middle class. I like stories about people who rose out of humble or shabby beginnings to create a better life for themselves. People who have climbed out of the garbage pails they lived in to become Horatio Algers.

“I was the middle of nine children – it was a large Catholic family. My parents – actually it’s my mother and stepfather – were wonderful people. They always encouraged me and everyone else in the family. No, there wasn’t any kind of vicious rivalry between the kids, just a nice kind of healthy competition. What do other members of my family do? Some are in the service, others drive trucks, one is a musician. That odd lot of jobs, I guess.”

“I do like people, who, when all the odds are against them socially, insist on doing something with their talent and rising up and doing something about it.”

Bob remembers that he was a “tough kid,” what people used to call the “toughs” or the “hoods.”

“I was in a group where we sang in the hall, stole bottles off the backs of trucks, we were a typical band of smart alecks who played stick ball. It was fun and it was something I’ve tried to include in my screenplays, that sense of life from the streets.

I went to college at New York University. That was an incredible experience, too. Then I decided to become an actor and I led the typical starving existence. I lived in a cold water flat back then on the East Side of Manhattan, at 67th and 3rd. There were a whole band of actors there, the East 50s and 60s, who were eking out an existence. Now it’s all luxury apartments – I wonder where the starving actors live now, with all these high rents? But back then that was an enclave for actors like me, with lots of dreams.”

It was only recently that Bob entered the world of daytime serials. He played on A World Apart [Ed. Note: a daytime soap that ran from March 1970 to June 1971 on ABC], in the early 70s before that show went off the air, and then he did a stint on The Guiding Light. He recalls that Irene Dailey was one of his first teachers, she now appears on Another World along with Bob.

“I love acting,” he enthuses. “And I love the discipline and the demands that soap opera extracts from an actor. Of course, too, the soap opera allows me to write. It gives me a structure that is good for me as far as my writing goes.”

“I’m fascinated by all the underground, unconventional kinds of life and people. For example, I love the subways – that is a kind of culture in itself. And I’m intrigued by bag ladies – funny people like that. I’ll see something interesting out of the corner of my eye, and that will start me thinking about a new character.”

Recently, Bob suffered one of the archetypal New York experiences. He was mugged at gunpoint. He remembers thinking, “I was shocked thinking that it all could be over in a second. “The gun was in my mouth and I thought, ‘This is it.’ Of course, I got over it, but that kind of experience does affect you. When John Lennon was killed, it made me think of the mugging. So much could be done about gun control, and it really isn’t.”

Personally, it’s a whole new life for Bob, too. He’s recently separated after seven years of marriage. His former wife lives in California, in the place where Bob and she lived for the past few years. Now he’s back in a cozy, book-lined apartment in a Tudor-styled building on Manhattan’s East Side. He’s seeing a woman who also writes, and Bob says proudly that he encourages her to pursue her writing.

“I liked my life very much right now,” he says. “Things are really coming together. I’m very content. For the first time in m life, I’m making a substantial amount of money that lets me have the freedom to write and do all kinds of things. I feel that my work is expanding and improving all the time – both creatively and physically. I believe that my writing has gotten better, as has my acting.”

You might get the impression that Bob is an extremely active person and he’d be the first to agree. He says that it’s difficult for him to sit still and relax and do nothing. He has a kind of kinetic energy that makes him eager to be up and about.

“I went to Mexico recently,” he says, “and I was with a bunch of friends. In time, it soon became a joke, because they were all ready to sit down and rest, and I was still moving. I always want to be doing things, to be experiencing things and achieving things. I’d like to do as much as I can before I do. And I’m always trying to make that happen. It’s the way I am.”

“Maureen” Reads a Book for Audible

February 27, 2019

On a Guiding Light facebook group there was recently a post from a new member.

Capture of Facebook post that "Maureen" recorded book

Ellen Parker (Maureen Reardon Bauer #2, the one who played her for most of her run) just finished work on recording an audiobook for Audible.com. Audible is a major producer of audiobooks for individual purchase. You can listen to a short sample on the book page without purchasing the book.

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Land-of-Little-Rain-Audiobook/B07N98KRFX?ref=a_cart_item

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Behind the Scenes with Director Peter Andrews

January 24, 2019

Republisher’s Note: This interview was a recent find in a special back issue of Daytime TV. It was celebrating roughly 20 years of soap operas on television. The article was written by Peter Andrews who was a former Producer and Director of The Guiding Life, How to Survive a Marriage, etc. The punctuation is as published. He abbreviates The Guiding Light as T.G.L. I’m not sure if that was standard at the time or if it was something he or the magazine editor did. The bolding of names I added and some last names of characters. It doesn’t specifically say, but the show he mentions as going off the air that he was with from the beginning, How to Survive a Marriage, started in 1974. Backtracking from that the 16 years he says was on Guiding Light, he must have joined around 1958. Although it doesn’t list Guiding Light, it does list How to Survive a Marriage so I’m pretty sure this is him.

Andrews, Peter. “Looking Back 20 Years Backstage with Daytime Serials: It wasn’t All Grim for the 16 Years at the Guiding Light, Etc. …. There Were Giddy Moments, Too…” Daytime TV Super Special, vol. 1, no. 2, 1975, pp. 62-65.

I sat in my living room, staring out at the gray sky and the bare, black tree branches outside my window. I felt like Fran Bachman of How to Survive a Marriage when she lost her husband David — empty.

Something I loved was going out of my life — How to Survive — was about to go off the air … the show I had worked with since it began would no longer be, and I was without work.

Then I heard the dogs barking and that, of course, meant the mailman. I trudged to the mail box, got the mail, and — what’s this? — Daytime TV, Sept. ’74. Paul Denis, the editor, sent me a copy because my picture was included in his story of The Guiding Light. What a thoughtful thing to do. Thanks — I needed that!

So I read the Guiding Light story, and the memories of my 16 years on the show came flooding back! I notice that Mr. Denis, in discussing Irna Phillips, creator of T.G.L. talked of it being a family show. Well, the actors were like a family – a warm, fun-loving wholesome family – and I think their good will and their regard for each story showed through the screen.

Charita Bauer (Bert Bauer) was the mother and set the tone — Joan of Arc holding the T.G.L. banner on high and rallying us around her. She was open, caring, always saying what was on her mind, getting angry when necessary — but bubbling through everything that great Irish wit, sauciness, sparkle, elan, joy in living.

And always that professionalism, that dedication to the best possible show — stemming perhaps from a lifetime in the theatre – she was in the original Broadway production of Little Women!

Lucy Rittenberg, for many years the producer and still with the show, is also responsible for that altitude of no-nonsense, no-complaining, and no-thinking of self – “We’re here to put on the best show we can — to WORK at it!”

When I joined T.G.L. in 1953 as the most piddling possible assistant, lost in the hustle-bustle jungle of cameras, lights, mikes, and cables, Charita, Lucy, and Flossie, the wardrobe mistress, took me under their wing and showed me what an acting company family was like- how everybody cared for one another and helped each other out, and took such great, heart-soaring joy in a show so well done that they sometimes cried.

I thought Charita was wonderful and glamorous and wise and talented and funny. She made me feel loved and a part of things. She made me a part of her life — she gave me meals (when I got engaged, my fiance, Charita and I got a touch tipsy and threw pickles at the pigeons at Charita’s place.)

Later when the actors used to play football in Central Park, Joe Campanella (Joe Turino) was the star and supporting players were Michael Allen (Michael Bauer)[Ed. note: who I’m sure was awesomesauce even as a little boy], that lumbering leprechaun Ernest Graves (Alex Bowden)[Ed. note: The link includes the sad story of Hope’s mother], Bert Grant (Paul Fletcher) who was better with jokes than end runs, Jimmy Lipton (then Dick Grant) who played football like a ballet dancer, which he was; the legendary Irish madman director Walter Gorman, and the equally legendary lighting man Ronnie Green, who, after getting knocked dizzy by pint-sized pepperpot associate director Bob Barr, got up and said, “You’re not going to believe this, but which way is North?”

Tiny digression — Michael Allen once invited me to join him in rowing to England. I declined (one of my few wise decisions) and the boat sank 10 feet into the Long Island Sound (luckily they had plenty of beer).

Anyway, Charita felt the football games were family outings and worried about us getting our feet cold and that sort of thing. I can still remember her standing on a sheer of ice, the wind whipping her dress like Eliza on the ice flows, and holding a basket of sandwiches and hot coffee.

After a while, she and Lynee Rogers (Marie Grant) joined the games. The games were too rough, and we started crying a lot (just kidding). After the games, Charita would have us over to her place and we would talk and make jokes about the game, which was even more fun than the game.

One day this glamorous, wonderful, wise person was a couple minutes late getting on the set for rehearsal. I still held the same piddling job but by that time I thought of myself as a big wheel … so I yelled at Charita: “C’mon get down here! You’re holding everybody up!”

Well, Charita burst into tears! I was dumbfounded — but it made me realize how close we all were.

Yet another evidence that Charita had feet of clay was her excuses for being late. She would always come in huffing and puffing, as if she had expended her last ounce of energy in a herculean effort to fulfill her holy quest — being on time.

One time, when she was about half an hour late, she said she just couldn’t get across Lexington Avenue! The gasping announcement was greeted by a chorus of boos and laughter. We could just see the onrushing stream of evil black cars, never ending, going through red lights, hurling Charita back against the buildings by the force of the wind lash they created, and the evil occupants of the cars laughing their slimy laughs like The Shadow!

Another of Charita‘s dillys was that she couldn’t get her girdle on. When the director said, “So what?” Charita drew herself up to her full five-three and announced in her most lofty, glacial, shanty-Irish-haughty-tones: “Well! Would you want me to go on the air without my girdle!”

That little bombshell produced a stunned silence among those present. We all cringed in silent horror at the thought!

Another one that might have made the Hit Parade was this gem: ( She shouted this one as if she’d gotten to the end of her rope TRYING against impossible odds to make rehearsal on time) “Well I couldn’t find a TOKEN!” (In New York we use tokens for the subways.)

Our image this time was of a poor little match girl in her tatters begging for a token to get to work.

Another subway-supper-silly excuse was: “Whew! What an experience! I got caught in the turnstile!” (She should have come in whirling round and round! We figured the turnstile was in league with the traffic — out to do Charita in!)

Ellen Demming (Meta Bauer White) always reminded me of the raw-boned pioneer women who crossed the prairies in the covered wagons, often pushing. They could whip up a meal, be depended upon when things went bad, stitch a quilt, crack a joke, and maybe even dispatch a few redskins if need be. Ellen was another mother on the show. She had immense heart and strength.

Anyway, I guess Ellen felt she was being outdone by Charita because one day she came up with a super-excuse of her own, destined to really rock that laugh meter. One day she came in with the Charita out-of-breath act, and, eyes rolling, flung this to the heavens: “There’s been a LANDSLIDE at Spuyten Duyvil!” She  swayed a few times, as if to fall, then pulled herself together, gave it the ol’ chin up. Mrs. Miniver treatment, and started rehearsing. It was all we could do to stop from applauding such a performance. Incidentally, Spuyten Duyvil was a place that her train went by. Also, to this day, nobody has been able to come up with anything in the papers or anywhere else about the landslide. (Maybe a kid was throwing pebbles at the train.)

When Ellen married Bruce Banning on the show she was taller than the actor who played the part (Les Damon, I think). She was so embarrassed that she got married in her bare feet so she could be shorter. [Republisher’s Note: This seems silly, but was a big deal back then. An example from the same time is Get Smart Agent 99 was taller than Maxwell Smart and so if they’re walking he’s shorter, but if they’re standing still he’s taller — because he’s standing on a box.]

In the early days of the  show, whenever there was a tragedy in the story, Meta would go around and buck everyone up — just as Ellen did in real life. She linked to offer other people chocolates. Just the thing for Dick Grant when Cathy was killed in her wheel chair! Her most famous line was: “Chocolate buds, anyone?”

Many years later, when Bill Bauer was lost at sea in a plane crash, we gave Ed Bryce, the actor who played the part, a going-away party. The late Ed Zimmermann (Dr. Joe Werner), who was a lilting, witty, laughing, pixilated free spirit of a guy, wrote a skit in which the actors pretended they were in the plane going into its final tailspin. The climatic line, just as they were about to crash, was Ellen saying, “Chocolate buds, anyone?” (One last much before the crunch!)

The late Theo Goetz (Papa Bauer) and Walter Gorman (director) were the fathers of the family. Theo demanded professionalism — lines learned, on time, concentration, caring! He was an actor in the old tradition — he considered his work a great calling. He acted in the florid, Gotterdammerung, booming gesticulating style of his native Germany in the 20s and 30s. He was always telling stories of the great old days: “Affairs? … What do you people know of affairs?… The great affairs were in the 90s!” This with a hearty laugh.

He would tell of the glory days of the Schauspielhaus where the plays of the legendary German Director Rhinehart were presented to royalty and glittering German society. When Theo gave one of his flourishy, bravado performances, we used to kid him: “Boy, Theo, nobody can make a big deal out of something like you can! …Five minutes to say, “Dinner is served! Too bad the Grand Duke of the Tyrol isn’t here to applaud with his riding crop!”

Then there was the day we took Billy Bell, Tennesse hillybilly cameraman (also lawyer and great guy), wrapped him up in a Confederate flag, and gave him to Charita for her birthday.

After a while, I tried to be a father, too. Fran Myers (Peggy Scott) and Elissa Leeds (Hope Bauer) were my victims. Fran was 14 when she came on the show and Walter Gorman and I tried to be dads to her. (It didn’t hurt that she was pretty!) I remember telling Fran in my sternest tones to stay away from Lynne Adams (Leslie Bauer), who was a “bad influence” on her. Lynne was the live-it-up, adventurous, fun-loving, naughty member of the cast. One time she jumped in a hotel pool with her clothes on and persuaded sweet little Fran to do it too.

Anyway, Fran, reacting typically to my advice, moved into Lynne‘s apartment with (Lynne was about 20) and they both benefited tremendously from it. (So much for my wisdom!)

Fran, who was always trying to improve herself as a person, used to carry around a little book with famous sayings in it which she would pull out and recite from at critical times. For instance, if the show was a total disaster, Fran would pull out her book and recite: “Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewelry with … Author Unknown.”

When Jimmy Lipton (Dr. Dick Grant) “froze” in surgery, somebody put a prop vulture on top of the IV machine.

Lyle Sudrow (Bill Bauer), who used to cover not knowing his lines by developing a hesitant, shambling delivery, once was a victim of a great trick. He had just bought an expensive watch and was quite boastful about it, but it could be heard ticking in his scene and the director asked him to put in on the table. It could still be heard even on the table, ticking more faintly.

Unbeknownst to all, a sound effect of a ticking clock was being fed into the studio sound system, and a technician just made the sound fainter by turning a “pot” or knob. The director asked Lyle to sit on the watch: the sound got fainter. When Lyle was told to take the damn thing out of the studio — which he did — and we still heard it — more faintly — we kind of figured we’d been had.

They used to kid Don Stewart (Michael Bauer) because he was so square – right wing, patriotic, Air Force Reserve pilot, and all that. Well, I admire him for standing up for what he believes.

One time I called the whole cast together and yelled at them for making fun of the scripts. Some of the actors didn’t like it; some laughed. Don told me he agreed with me about the actors’ duty to give the script a chance and he gave me some of his Navy books on leadership — a very thoughtful thing to do (I needed them).

That’s just a beginning, but I’m out of space. Gee, the sky doesn’t seem so gray anymore … in fact there’s a little light coming in the window … could that be…. The Guiding Light?

 

Guiding Light Cast Roundup 82

December 19, 2018

This is the eighty-second 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:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/faq-back-issues-2014/

Bethany Joy Lenz (our dearly beloved Michelle Bauer Santos #4) stars in a new Christmas movie from the USA network. It’s called Poinsettias for Christmas and also stars John Schneider (Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard) as her father. Also read about it in the November 26, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Beth Raines and Phillip Spaulding’s 1991 wedding is featured in a married on Valentine’s Day roundup. See it and a lovely photo in the February 19, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3) was interviewed about her then then current role on General Hospital and her life in general in the March 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1 of Marony fame) is given a feature interview over his role on Days of Our Lives. Read it in the Jan. 9, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. He was given another interview when he left the role and talks about his work on the Lifetime movie Killer Island in the Aug. 21, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Vilasuso then joined The Young and the Restless as part of an attempt at another core family. Read about it in the August 13, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5, the one who started Marony) is part of a feature story talking about her current projects and her wedding in the Aug. 21, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau) talks about her teachers in the Jan. 9, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Mosley joined with Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau, one of the last great couples on the show with Christina) were interviewed in a 2 person interview about their current roles on The Bold and the Beautiful, their time on Guiding Light, and their work on their web series Wedlocked. Read it in the March 24, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest. See her baby bump in the August 13, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

At the 2005 Daytime Emmys Gus Aituro (Ricky Paull Goldin) and Harley Cooper (Beth Ehlers) win a special fan award for Most Irresistible Combination. Read more about it in the April 23, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In a round up of “Which cast member showed you the ropes when you first started?”:  Judi Evans (Beth Raines #1) “Six months after I joined Guiding Light, Beverlee McKinsey (Alexandra Spaulidng #1) showed me the ropes of acting, of being an actor and being a professional. Beverlee McKinsey was my personal goddess. I learned a lot from her about being a lady and being unladylike manner. I loved everything about her; She was smart and brilliant and if you wanted to learn, she was certainly willing to share your wisdom.”

Check out a “Where Are They Now?” feature for Mark Dobies (Noah Chase of Nova fame) in the December 21, 2010 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kristen Connolly appeared on House of Cards as Christina Gallaher. She appeared on Guiding Light as Jolene the actress who played young Reva in the Hollywood movie shot in Springfield about Jeva near the end of the run. Read more about her in the March 24, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Paul Wesley (Max Nickerson #2) attended Comic Con on behalf of his show Tell Me A Story. See a photo in the August 13, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Robert Bogue (A.C. Mallet #2) and Mandy Bruno (Marina Cooper #6) were involved with starring in the movie Rock Story. Read an article all about it in the March 24, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) directed several episodes of Guiding Light after she started out directing on The Bold and the Beautiful. Read a little bit about it on the November 26, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

On the March 12, 1996 episode Frank Cooper said he went to Ben Franklin Jr. High in Springfield. Dehlia’s mother was a classmate.

Joe Lando (Macualley West – who did a summer storyline involving Mindy on his summer hiatus from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) recently did a short run character as a judge Ridge pressures into giving full custody of Will Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful. It really was a great run until the end where they had him kowtow to Dollar Bill which was pretty terrible. I didn’t want to see him grovel, it was bad enough to see him without his gorgeous hair. Read a little about it in the November 26, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

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 Cast Roundup 81

May 24, 2018

This is the eighty-first 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:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/faq-back-issues-2014/

Bethany Joy Lenz (our dearly beloved Michelle Bauer Santos #4) guest starred on Grey’s Anatomy. The episode is called “1-800-799-7233.” It’s the winter premiere of the second half of the season (Season 14, Episode 9) and originally aired January 18, 2018. Her character’s name is Jenny. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7043736/

Morgan Englund (Dylan Lewis, Billy and Reva’s son who ended up with Bridget) is the subject of a where are they now feature in the July 3, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. After GL, Englund wanted to go into music, but he was a single father so he decided he needed something more regular. Following in Dylan’s shoes he became a first responder and then part of the fire department. Then in 2017 he decided to try to get into music again. About his connections to the Guiding Light cast he says “I just talked to Melissa Hayden [Bridget Reardon Lewis] yesterday because she’s hopefully going to be involved in some way with the video. We connect every couple of years and want to do something together. And every time I see Kim [Zimmer, Reva Shayne Lewis], we’re right back to where we were before, so there’s a lot of love there. I loved working with her and Jordan [Clarke, Billy Lewis]. Maureen Garrett [Holly Reade] and I also exchanged messages recently….GL didn’t hire just any people; [they cast] mostly theater actors, like [the late] Michael Zaslow [Roger Thorpe]. They were amazing actors to work with. I feel very fortunate.”

In the May 14, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth Sharon Newman’s Crimson Lights gets a shout out because – unlike Company in the last couple of years – people actually pay for what they eat. Go Sharon!

Joseph Campanella (a criminal named Joe Turino) died May 16, 2018. Campanella was an incredibly busy actor appearing on many shows on daytime, primetime, film, and the stage over the decades until his retirement in 2009. Guiding Light was his second regular series role and we was on between 1959-1960. I have to idea who this character was. I’m glad we got the name, but if anyone has more details, please share.
https://www.cbs.soapsindepth.com/posts/days-of-our-lives-bold-and-the-beautiful-guiding-light-joseph-campanella-dead-160189

Joseph Campanella Dies: TV & Film Actor With 200 Credits Over Six Decades Was 92

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/joseph-campanella-dead-character-actor-909457

Check out photo spreads of soap star houses in the May 27, 1997 issue of Soap Opera Weekly. Check out the homes of:  Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, The Young and the Restless she also had a cameo as a friend of Vanessa’s at the last Vanilly wedding in the final days of the show), Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding, Guiding Light), Judi Evans Luciano (Beth Raines, Guiding Light), and Robin Mattson (teenage Hope Bauer, Guiding Light). As a bonus there are two childhood photos of Ethan Erickson who played J Chamberlain on Guiding Light. His childhood nickname was Skip.

Recently John Wesley Shipp (Dr. Kelly Nelson, of Kelly and Morgan fame) was recently left out of a reunion photo for Dawson’s Creek where he played Dawson’s dad. He was interviewed for the Entertainment Weekly article for the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut, but neither of the parents were included in ET‘s reunion photo. Thanks for the tip VIP Auctions newsletter.

After Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw Cooper) left the Guiding Light, one of her projects became teaching Understanding Daytime at New York’s School of Film and Television (SFT). Read all about it in the February 8, 2000 issue of Soap Opera Weekly. She talks about her return in December 1996 after 2 years and a baby. She feels she is better at her job and more appreciative. She neogiated a 3 year contract with a 52 week cycle instead of the normal 13. Read all about it in the May 27, 1997 issue of Soap Opera Weekly.

Emme Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) has a quick interview about her General Hospital role in the January 22, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. In a seperate roundup in the same issue about irrational fears Rylan confesses to an irrational fear that there are sharks in her swimming pool. Rylan had announced the birth of her daughter Dakota Rose Money on June 26, 2017. See a photo and read more in the July 24, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kurt Knudson recurred as Len the ice cream store owner who gave Michelle an alibi. He first aired January 4, 2000. He previous had a recurring role as Judge Ari Waxman on Law and Order and as Judge Louis Brandels on ABC’s Annie. Read more about it in the January 11, 2000 issue of Soap Opera Weekly.

There is a profile about Scott Bryce (Craig Montgomery #1, both chronologically & in greatness, during falling in love with Sierra, etc.) in the July 25, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest. It includes a shout out to his father Ed Bryce who starred as Bill Bauer on Guiding Light. He passes on this advice from his dad. “Remember, even when you’re the star, you are just a brush stroke in someone else’s painting, so check your ego at the door.”

Melina Kanakaredes (Eleni Cooper #1) talks about her time on Guiding Light and on her new show The Resident in the February 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. She says she is still close to Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3).

There is an indepth feature story on John Driscoll (Coop Cooper #4) in the November 13, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. It talks about his transition from acting (last appearing as Chance Chancellor on The Young and the Restless) to a life in the Army. He currently is serving in the Virginia Army National Guard 29th Infantry Division in Kuwait. Driscoll said he is currently in touch with Robert Bogue (A.C. Mallet #2), Mandy Bruno (Marina Cooper #6), Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau), Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis #7, the last one), Michelle Ray Smith (Ava Peralta), and Frank Dicopoulos (Frank Cooper).

Saint-Victor was featured as a Take Five in the July 24, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Among the stars on hand for the 2017 Jane Elissa Extravagenza benefitting Broadway Cares and The Jane Elissa Charitable Fund for Leukemia and Lymphona were Sonia Satra (Lucy Cooper Spaulding, part of terrific LAM pairing, victim of Marian Crane) and Sean McDermott (Hart Jessup #3 who came back to find Roger married to Dinah). Read more in the January 8, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5, the one who started Marony) produced and directed a concert benefitting women’s rights, the ACLU, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and Planned Parenthood NY. Read more about it in the January 8, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The October 30, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth features a tribute to New York City photographer Arthur L. Cohen who specialized in shooting soaps. He had to retire in 2014 when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and passed away during summer 2017. Check out a roundup of photos from New York based soaps over the years. Find a bunch of Guiding Light and As the World Turns stars with their memories of the photographer.

Karla Mosley(Christina Boudreau) reports back on a recent publicity trip for The Bold and the Beautiful. The trip was to South Africa during October 2017. She got the chance to show off South African high fashion. B&B cast mates Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) and Heather Tom (Katie Logan) joined her on the trip. Read more and see photos in the January 8, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Mosley announced she is expecting her first child with boyfriend John Roger it’s due in August see the announcement in the May 7, 2018 issue in Soap Opera Digest. In the same issue in answer to a roundup Mosley says: “They call me ‘The Human Jukebox.’ because if someone says anything that reminds me of a song, I can’t help but sing it, and I don’t even realize I’m singing it sometimes.” Mosley also won one of the GLAAD awards for her portrayal of Maya Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful and showed of a baby bump she is pregnant by her boyfriend John Roberts. In a separate story she tells about going to see Nelson Mandela speak and that she was in a kids’ rock group called Sugar Beats. Read all about it in the May 14, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Maura West (Carly Tenney Snyder on As the World Turns, Ava Jerome on General Hospital) is interviewed about her General Hospital role in the July 3, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. About ATWT she says she keeps connected with her former costars through social media, “We were SO close on that show. We are still a big family, we’re just sort of scattered to the wind. I communicate the most with Martha [Byrne, Lily Walsh Snyder], Michael [Park, Jack Snyder, part of CarJack], and Colleen [Zenk, Barbara Ryan].” She hadn’t yet seen Park in his hit Broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen.

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) is featured in a roundup where they feed actors quotes from past interviews and ask them to respond. Find it in the November 13, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. DePaiva also was featured in a detailed round up about the stars on Mother’s Day. Read it in the May 14, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Back in the February 8, 2000 issue of Soap Opera Weekly featured Jean Carol (Nadine Cooper, Harley and Frank’s mom) talked about her latest movie Scream Queens: A Musical.

Laura Wright (Cassie Layne #1, Reva’s long lost sister) talked about her time on Guiding Light when her character stayed with Edmund when they were trying to get pregnant and impregnated Dinah Marler. Brian Mertes, who was my director on Guiding Light, taught me that I can justify absolutely anything as an actor. He wouldn’t let the stay in the no and he taught me to just go for it. He’d say, “We have to do this. So why would your character do it? I’m not the actor who would say, “That doesn’t make sense to me,” or put in changes or complaints, ever, because I still justify anything you hand to me.” Read about it in the February 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The 1997 Time Capsule round up article in the July 3, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest list these turn over in the TPTB at Guiding Light: Paul Rauch took over as executive producer, succeeding Michael Laibson; Head Writers Michael Conforti, Victor Miller and Nancy Williams Watt were replaced by James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten; and the show celebrated major milestones; the 60th anniversary of its radio debut and the 45th anniversary of its move to TV.”

The 2003 Time Capsule round up article in the February 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest list these turn overs in the TPTB at Guiding Light: John Conboy was named EP, and Millee Taggart resigned as head writer, succeeded by Ellen Weston and Donna Swajeski.”

A spooky story round up in the October 30, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth includes the end of the Cleva (Reva’s clone) story complete with photo. It also has photos of David Kimball (Killer carved in his forehead) from The Young and the Restless and from As the World Turns the James-Barbara-Gunnar time travel story and Shannon O’Hara return from the dead despite her shrunken head storylines.

In the July 24, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest has a close up photo of Vincent Irizarry (Lujack/Nick McHenry) in his disguise he wore for the end of his role on Deimos Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives. Read an article about his character’s death and an interview with him in the July 3, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

CBS Soaps in Depth online celebrated Kim Zimmer‘s (Reva Shayne Lewis) birthday in February. Check out the photos across her long career. http://www.cbs.soapsindepth.com/posts/guiding-light-kim-zimmer-birthday-124616/photos/kim-zimmer-gal-01-132496

Ellen Parker who played Maureen Reardon Bauer #2 announced she was in the independent film called Ties to Rachel that was then seeking a distributor in the May 27, 1997 issue of Soap Opera Weekly.

During the heighth of the Annie-Reva feud around when Annie faked Reva pushing her down the stairs, Suzanne Schwarzer (GL’s then costume designer) found a company called Annie Reva (in a total coincidence). She bought several of their pieces for the cast. Read more about it Soap Opera Weekly issue May 13, 1997. The article also spells out the complicated shooting of the actual fall. It mentions stunt woman Janet Paparazzo, director Bruce Barry, and stunt coordinator Peter Hock. It also looks as if Reva could actually be charged (it hasn’t happened, but hypothetically it could).

The May 27, 1997 issue of Soap Opera Weekly did a Where Are They Now? feature on Val Dufour. He left acting right after he left his role of attorney John Wyatt on Search for Tomorrow in 1980. He gave this great quote. “But the real challenge is the development of the characters and the day to day movability of it, because the writers change. I once told Mary Stuart (the last Meta Bauer on Guiding Light) that we should have been given an award for rewriting.”

UPDATED December 31, 2018: I caught 2 typos and fixed them.

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 Cast List January 2000

March 28, 2018

This list is from Soap Opera Weekly the January 25, 2000 issue, vol. 11, no. 4, p. 39. I rearranged it by character first name and reversed the order so the character name comes first. With the exception of Blake, see note below, and added Theresa’s last name which may not have yet been used on screen at the time I’ve used the character names they used which does not include maiden names, etc.

Abigail Bauer (Amy Aukland)

Alan Spaulding (Ron Raines)

Beth Spaulding (Beth Chamberlain)

Bill Lewis (Ryan Brown)

Billy Lewis (Jordan Clarke)

Blake Marler (Elizabeth Keifer) – the character is listed as C. Blake Marler in the article, C. for Christina.

Buzz Cooper (Justin Deas)

Carmen Santos (Saundra Santiago)

Cassie Layne (Laura Wright)

Danny Santos (Paul Anthony Stewart)

David Grant (Terrell Tilford)

Drew Jacobs (Tammy Blanchard)

Edmund Winslow, Prince (David Andrew Macdonald)

Eleni Cooper (Jennifer Roszell)

Eugene Levy (Stuart Wood) – Detective who was Frank’s friend and partner at the time

Frank Cooper (Frank Dicopoulos)

Grant Martin (Michael Gill)

Harley Spaulding (Beth Ehlers)

Holly Reade (Maureen Garrett)

India von Halkein (Mary Kay Adams)

Jesse Blue (Paulo Benedeti)

Jim Lemay (Anthony Addabbo)

Josh Lewis (Robert Newman)

Lillian Raines (Tina Sloan)

Lizzie Spaulding (Hayden Panettiere)

Marah Lewis (Laura Bell Bundy)

Maria Santos (Miriam Colon)

Marina Cooper (Sasha Martin)

Matt Reardon (Kurt McKinney)

Max Nickerson (Paul Wasilewski)

Meta Bauer (Mary Stuart)

Michelle Santos (Joie Lenz)

Natalie (Priscilla Lopez) – I tried to add more about this role, but while the actress (who primarily works on Broadway) has a role on As the World Turns from 2003 on IMDB, but nothing on this role which they thought was important enough to add to the list that I don’t remember.

Olivia Spencer (Crystal Chappell)

Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander)

Pilar Santos (Paula Garces)

Reva Lewis (Kim Zimmer)

Richard Winslow, Prince (Bradley Cole)

Rick Bauer (Michael O’Leary)

Ross Marler (Jerry verDorn)

Selena Davis (Patti D’Arbanville)

Shayne Cooper (Tony Michael Donnelly)

Susan Lemay (Brittany Snow)

Tammy Layne (Katie Sagona)

Theresa Sandoval (Andrea Navedo)

Vanessa Reardon (Maeve Kinkead)

Vicky Spaulding (Victoria G. Platt)

Vivian Grant (Petronia Paley)

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.

The Royal Matchmaker on Hallmark

March 21, 2018

Back at the beginning of February we gave you a heads up that Bethany Joy Lenz (then credited as Joie Lenz), our dearly beloved Michelle Bauer Santos #4, had a new movie coming on the Hallmark Channel.

Now It’s Time!

Here’s the summary:

A struggling NYC matchmaker is hired by a king to find his son a suitable wife in time for a national celebration. As the clock ticks towards her deadline, the matchmaker finds him the perfect wife — only to realize that she’s fallen in love with him! Stars Bethany Joy Lenz, Will Kemp, Brittany Bristow.

Read more about the movie.

Check out the preview:

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 Cast Roundup 80

March 15, 2018

This is the eightieth 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:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/faq-back-issues-2014/

The 20th Anniversary of Beautiful Women photo roundup in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth included Cynthia Watros (Annie Dutton #1), Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4), Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau), and Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer).

The 20th Anniversary of Handsome Men photo roundup in the August 7, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. They included Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos) – and an uncommon photo at that, sigh, Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall #2) and, Matt Boomer (Ben Reade #3, who paired with Marina Cooper).

A roundup in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest names their choice for the best story ever told on each soap. Guiding Light is represented by the Nola Reardon/Kelly Nelson/Floyd Parker/Morgan Richards storyline. As the World Turns is represented by the Kim Hughes-Douglas Cummings stalker storyline. (Both stories featured John Wesley Shipp.)

Bethany Joie Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4, part of Stenz Manny) will be in a new recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy this season.
http://soapcentral.com/gl/news/2017/1030-bethany_joy_lenz_greys_anatomy.php

Both Lenz and Brittany Snow (Daisy Susan LeMay Cooper #2 – during Susan’s first return) were photographed at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award. Check out the photos in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Don Stewart (Michael Bauer #6) was reported in the October 1972 issue of Daytime TV that “has been drawing hordes of fans whenever he sings (baritone) in night clubs. And after every performance, he sits in the lobby to sign autographs and greet fans personally.”

Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) announced he was going to be on the 12th episode of this season of the Dynasty reboot. Read more and see a photo in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Ellen Dolan (Maureen Reardon Bauer #1, Michelle’s adopted mom) was the subject of a feature in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth looking back on her roll as Margo Hughes on As the World Turns and the epic ToMargo coupling with Tom Hughes.

The March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth‘s All-Star Scrapbook Marj Dusay (Alexandra Spaulding) and Crystal Hunt (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #5 brought in Roxie the dog and romanced Coop)

Melina Kanakaredes (Eleni Cooper #1) is a regular on a new medical series called The Resident. Her character’s name is Dr. Lane Hunter.
http://tvline.com/2017/08/25/melina-kanakaredes-cast-the-resident-fox-medical-drama

The December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest gives a collection of most shocking returns including Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe) and Anthony Herrera (James Stenbeck on As the World Turns).

In the October 1972 issue of Daytime TV they describe Zaslow playing in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof for a year. He’d been wearing himself out and losing weight so he’d left in June 1972.

Allison Janney (Ginger, one of Jenna’s comic relief maids while she owned the Spaulding Mansion) won a SAG award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the mockumentary, I, Tonya. See a photo in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
https://youtu.be/VWjLnS4vnsA Janney commented on the Harvey Weinstein controversy.
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/10/13/allison-janney-talks-harvey-weinstein-scandal-women-in-hollywood-at-betty-whites-big-night.html

Wes Ramsey (Sam Spencer, Olivia’s brother) came to General Hospital in times for November 2017 sweeps.
http://soapcentral.com/gh/news/2017/1027-wes_ramsey.php

This fall Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) returned to Days of Our Lives character Eve Donovan after a bout with leukemia. Read more about it with the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Vincent Irizarry (Lujack Spaulding and his sudden brother Nick McHenry) returned to Days of Our Lives last fall after his character’s death for recreated flashbacks. Read about it in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Warren Burton (hospital administrator and Black Orchid restauranter, Warren Andrews whose greedy plan with the Dreaming Death lead to his wife’s death) has passed away at the age of 72. Burton’s death was reported by We Love Soaps and passed on to me by .
http://soapcentral.com/amc/news/2017/1022-warren_burton_obit.php
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=187002735

Emme Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) had baby number three, a daughter, on June 26, 2017. Read more in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

From the October 1972 issue of Daytime TVChristopher Walken, who played Michael Bauer as a boy on the radio version of The Guiding Light, is in the new movie, The Happiness Cage.”

Laura Wright (Cassie Layne Winslow #1) talks about the problem she had playing Cassie staying with Edmund after finding out he’d artificially inseminated Dinah. Read all she said in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Cassie and Edmund’s beautiful wedding is featured in a roundup of photos in the

Judi Evans (Beth Raines #1) is the feature about her new double role on Days of Our Lives. Read it in the August 7, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. She also was in a feature article about it in the September 11, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The October 1972 issue of Daytime TV reported: “I’ve been trying to locate Lyle Sudrow, who played Bill Bauer on The Guiding Light until he was succeeded by Ed Bryce. And I’m told by Theo Goetz (Fredrich “Papa” Bauer on TGL) that he believes Lyle is in Hollywood, working in a helicopter factory.”

Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau, one of the last great couples on the show with Christina) and his real life wife Shay are pictured at the Daytime Emmys. See it in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Saint-Victor hasn’t been on The Bold and the Beautiful since August, but he was back filming in mid-November.
http://soapcentral.com/bb/news/2017/1019-lawrence_saint_victor_back_at_bb.php#.WejbQSdLSas.twitter
Saint-Victor also has a short interview about his recent storyline on The Bold and the Beautiful in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Karla Mosley has also gotten a side job. Mosley will “headline a fashion show by Gert-Johan Coetzee, a highly regarded fashion designer from South Africa. Karla will be walking the runway for him during a special show that will take place on October 26 during South African Fashion Week….Her co-stars Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) and Heather Tom (Katie Logan).”

The October 1972 issue of Daytime TV reported that Fran Myers (Peggy Fletcher) has been dating Roger Newman (Ken Norris on the same show). It was early days, but they were married until his death in 2010.

Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4) is featured in an article in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth because of her frontburner story on The Young and the Restless where her character has just moved in with her recently ex-husband’s brother.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5, the one who started Marony) recently appeared on the October 21, 2017 episode of Good Behavior.
https://twitter.com/goodbehaviortnt/status/922295891062427648

Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) and Robert Newman (Josh Lewis) are reunited in a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It’s a workshop in Nantucket. Workshop’s sometimes go on to regional or Broadway runs, other times they disappear. Here’s wishing them a long run.
http://www.playbill.com/article/guiding-lights-josh-and-reva-will-be-virginia-woolfs-george-and-martha
The September 11, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest includes a set of photos of female imposters including Dolly aka Cleva aka Clone Reva. The shot is one of her in the replica of the Cross Creek wedding dress.
Zimmer‘s Reva and Wendy Moniz (Dinah Marler #3) characters were on a list of people with their own sense of style in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro) had their second son, Rio, on June 12, 2017. Read more in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

In November 1971, Daytime TV reported that Chris Sarandon who played Tom Halverson on The Guiding Light has been touring with the play Othello.

Reported in the November 1971 issue of Daytime TV that Barbara Rodell (Leslie Bauer Norris, Rick’s mother, Ed and Mike’s ex-wife) and her husband Cy Epstein had just had their first child, a boy named Jonathan.

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