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
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
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
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
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."
Soapclassics.com 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
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
www.soapclassics.com 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
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
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 soapclassics.com 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;
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
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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