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SOD 4/27/15

Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy) is featured in a one page "Take Five" article.

In the 4/27/15 issue of Soap Opera Digest, the new soap "Queens of Drama" is profiled. It will air on POPTV. Many daytime stars appear in it, such as Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie).

'Guiding Light' Soap Star Finds New Beginning As Fitness Enthusiast
Have you ever wanted to try something new, but been too afraid?
In this video, Beth Chamberlin, retired soap opera star, is here to tell you, yes you can!  For 15 years, Beth was a series regular on Guiding Light. When the show was canceled, she made the choice to pursue other passions
In addition to her career roles as actress and fitness instructor, Beth is also a mother, who witnessed many women, struggling as she had, to prioritize fitness into their jam packed schedules. Today, Beth is a certified kettlebell trainer as well as the proud owner of Nyack Boot Camp, a training facility located in Nyack, New York, where she conducts High Intensity Interval Training. She has also produced two kettlebell fitness videos and continues to lecture about health and fitness. Beth aspires everyday to bring out the best in herself and encourages anyone with a dream and the ambition to pursue it that new beginnings are always possible.

Stephanie Gatschet (ex-Tammy, GL; ex-Madison, AMC) had a daughter, Vela, on Saturday, March 28, with pro sailing racer Willem Van Waay. See photos here!

Matt Bomer (ex-Ian) won a Golden Globe Award in January 2015 for Best Supporting Actor in "The Normal Heart," as well as the 2015 People's Choice Award for "Favorite Cable TV Actor"! Congratulations!

Hayden Panettiere (ex-Lizzie) & Wladimir Klitschko had a daughter named Kaya Evdokia on December 9, 2014.

Sadly, Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, Y&R & B&B) has miscarried for the second time. She is married to Scott Bailey (ex-Sandy, GL).

18 Cancellations That Cut Deep

Crystal Hunt (ex-Stacy, OLTL; ex-Lizzie, GL) was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a December 13, 2013, incident at a bar in Los Angeles where she smashed a pint glass into a woman's face. UPDATE: She plead no contest and was sentenced to 3 years' probation and 45 days working for Caltrans. Read more here!

Terrell Tilford (Barton, Y&R; ex-Greg, OLTL; ex-David, GL) and wife Victoria Platt (ex-Vicky, GL) welcomed their first child, a daughter named Marley, on Sunday, August 24, 2014.

Listen to the 8/7/14 Soap Nation Live with Michael Fairman and guest co-host Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH) as they were joined by guests Finola Hughes (Anna, GH & GH: Night Shift; ex-Alex, AMC; ex-Helena, Sunset Beach), Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, Y&R; ex-Kelly, OLTL; ex-Dinah, GL), Galen Gering (Rafe, Days), & Minae Noji (ex-Kelly, GH & GH: Night Shift) plus a moving special message and interview by Michael Sutton (ex-Stone).

Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade, GL; ex-Ian Kipling, AMC) is nominated for a 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for playing Felix Turner in "The Normal Heart."

Ruby Dee (Nurse Martha Frazier, 1967) passed away at 91 on June 11, 2014.

Jeff Branson (Jonathan, AMC; ex-Ronan, Y&R; ex-Shayne, GL) and girlfriend Jaimie Foley announced the birth of their first child, son Van James in March 2014. You can see a pic of the happy family on Twitter by clicking here!

5/7/14 Matt Bomer Put His Scale to Work Jimmy asks Matt (ex-Ben) about losing, and regaining, a lot of weight for his role in the upcoming film "The Normal Heart."

Matt Bomer (ex-Ben), who came out in 2012, has been married to longtime love Simon Halls, a publicist, since 2011. They share three children, 6-year-old twins and an 8-year-old.

James Rebhorn (ex-Bradley Raines, GL; ex-Angus Oliver, ATWT) passed away at 65 on Friday, March 21, 2014. 

In June, 2013, Zach Roerig (ex-Casey, ATWT; ex-Hunter, OLTL, ex-Alex, GL) filed for sole custody of his two-year-old daughter with Alanna Turner, who is currently in federal prison in Georgia. In 2008, she was arrested for felony forgery, selling drugs (another felony), and driving without a license.

Paul Rauch, executive producer of Another World, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Y&R, Santa Barbara, and Texas, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2012.

Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Griffin, AMC; ex-Tony, GL) and wife Kaitlin became proud first-time parents to daughter Riley Grace Vilasuso on November 26, 2012.

Emmy-winner Barbara Esensten, who created Loving/The City with James Harmon Brown and wrote for a slew of soaps including Guiding Light, Port Charles, One Life to Live, Days of Our Lives, Dynasty, and All My Children, passed away on November 14, 2012, at the age of 75.

Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth) launched a new online campaign to help raise funds for her Women's Fitness Empowerment Project, her newest workout program which she hopes to share via a series of training DVDs specially designed by her. To donate or learn more about the project, visit

Ron Raines (ex-Alan, GL) was nominated for a Tony Award as best leading actor in a musical for his performance in the Broadway revival of "Follies." has released The Bauer Family collection, honoring GL's favorite family with 10 classic episodes from 1977-2009. It features memorable moments such as Bauer family barbecues and Papa Bauer's death, among others. The collection costs $19.95, and a free online episode can be viewed on

Linda Cook Mann (ex-Egypt, Loving, ex-Ann/Lucy, ATWT; ex-Ellen, OLTL; ex-Brenda, GL) passed away from breast cancer complications on April 12 in New York City, surrounded by her loved ones.

The Phillip Spaulding Collection of 5 memorable episodes, including a rare 1977 one featuring 7-year-old Phillip, is available now on for $12.95.

Nick Santino (ex-Officer Anton, AMC; ex-Father Soto, GL) killed himself with pills on his 47th birthday, hours after he was forced to put his beloved pit-bull to sleep under pressure from his Manhattan condo. His suicide note read, "Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend ... Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this."

Rob Bogue (Mallet) and Mandy Bruno (Marina) had a son on Friday, January 13, 2012, named Flynn Zachariah Bogue. They were married on March 26, 2011, in Mexico, making her stepmother to her husband's two children, Zeb and Zoe, from his previous marriage.

Soap Classics President Mark Yates is moving forward with DVD package for "Guiding Light," which will include 20 classic episodes including Quint and Nola's wedding, Roger Thorpe's death and other memorable moments spanning 30 years on the show. The DVD release is currently slated for mid-January. For more information, visit, where you can still purchase the ATWT box set, including a special "Christmas In Oakdale" package.

SoapClassics has bought many P&G soaps and will be selling them online. They are already selling some episodes of ATWT at and Amazon. They hope to sell some episodes in the future of Guiding Light, Another World, Search for Tomorrow, Edge of Night, and Texas.

"Playing Reva Shayne was so much more than just a job and a paycheck. It was the role of a lifetime." -Kim Zimmer, from I'm Just Sayin'
The landscape of daytime television will dramatically change next year when soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live go off the air, cancelled after more than forty years on television. No one knows what the demise of these shows will mean for television and for the affected actors better than Guiding Light veteran and one of daytime's favorites, Kim Zimmer. Her show was cancelled in 2009, ending one of television's longest-running success stories and leaving Zimmer without a job.
This August, New American Library is excited to publish Zimmer's new book, I'M JUST SAYIN'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva (New American Library Hardcover; August 2, 2011; $26.95; ISBN: 978-0-451-23343-1).
Zimmer, a four-time Emmy Award-winning actress, is known around the world for her twenty-seven year portrayal of Reva Shayne on the popular daytime drama Guiding Light. While on the show, Zimmer played a vixen, a manic-depressive, an Amish woman, a time traveler, a Civil War belle, a talk show host, a cancer survivor, a loving mother, and a devoted wife. But now in her new memoir, Zimmer shares the story of the woman behind Reva-from her beginnings as a small-town Midwestern girl to landing one of the greatest roles in the history of daytime television and becoming a soap opera icon.
In I'M JUST SAYIN'!, Zimmer also talks about:
* Why soap operas are going off the air after decades of popularity
* Her struggles with alcohol and how it impacted her family and her career
* How she balanced being a busy working mother (her "greatest role") and a full-time career woman
* Her encounters with such celebrities as Kathleen Turner, Alec Baldwin, and Oprah Winfrey
* How she has managed to maintain a successful marriage for thirty years
* The difficulties of losing a job later in life, especially in a field that is youth and beauty focused, and how she continues to pursue her acting dreams
Blatantly honest and wildly entertaining, I'M JUST SAYIN'! takes readers on an insightful journey through the parallel lives of Reva Shayne and Kim Zimmer and chronicles the stories behind Guiding Light, the longest-running drama in television and radio history (72 years!).

Benefiting the Desi Geestman Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support to young cancer victims and their families, Steve Burton (GH's Jason) & Derk Cheetwood (GH's Max) have co-created "Soap Dishes:  The Cookbook," featuring 35 of your favorite daytime soap opera stars who have come together with their most delicious recipes on over 200 pages with exclusive intimate interviews that will take you through a behind the scenes look at the private lives of your favorite actors with gorgeous color photos.

Larry Gates (H.B. Lewis), who died in 1996 from leukemia, and his wife, Judy, who died in March 2009, have left the town of Cornwall, Connecticut, where they took up residence in the 1950s, a bequested donation of $200,000. A few months after Judy's death, the town learned of the gift, the largest bequest in Cornwall’s history, but haven't yet decided how to use it.

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