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Guiding Light 

The Guiding Light (original title)
Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield and centers on the middle class Bauer family.

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Irna Phillips
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kim Zimmer ...  Reva Shayne / ... 1,684 episodes, 1983-2009
Beth Chamberlin ...  Beth Raines / ... 1,508 episodes, 1989-2009
Maureen Garrett Maureen Garrett ...  Holly Norris / ... 1,050 episodes, 1976-2009
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Storyline

Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield. In its early years the stories centered on the middle class Bauer family, but later the wealthy Spauldings, Chamberlains, and Lewises, along with the working class Reardons and others, took their own places of prominence, though the Bauers remained the heart of the show. Written by Anonymous

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Life happens here.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guiding Light See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1952-1968) | (1968-1977) | (1977-2009)

Sound Mix:

Mono (1952-1987)| Stereo (1987-)

Color:

Color (1967-2009)| Black and White (1952-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to the memoir of Agnes Nixon, a long-time head-writer for the series, in the early-1960s, she wrote a story-line featuring the character of Bert Bauer, portrayed by Charita Bauer, surrounding early detection of uterine cancer with a Pap test after she lost a friend to cancer. Executives of the show were outraged, but Nixon stood her ground. She was eventually granted permission to write the story-line, but was forbidden from using the words cancer, uterus or hysterectomy in her scripts. The story, one the first involving cancer on television, resonated with millions of women, who, after watching the show, scheduled Pap tests. See more »

Quotes

Dinah: Well, don't you want to hear my tale of woe?
Edmund: Dinah, I don't have time to hear it right now.
Dinah: Oh, okay. Well, just kick me to the kerb, like everybody else has. It's cool.
Edmund: Look, Dinah, I've been where you are, wanting to live someone else's life, willing to do just about anything to have it. It's no good. It doesn't work. My obsession with my brother Richard cost me everything I cared about. I hate to see you make the same mistake.
Dinah: My whole life's been a mistake, Eddie.
Edmund: It's not a mistake, Dinah....
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Connections

Referenced in Life on Mars: Let All the Children Boogie (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Springfield Story
Written by Ralph Thiekötter & Maik Weppner
Courtesy of Heinz & Klaus Funk, Hamburg
(German version)
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Hooked for 10 years
26 February 1999 | by ken-138See all my reviews

I haven't seen every soap, but from what I have seen, this one can claim the best acting talent around. It's too bad Cynthia Watros (Annie) and Wendy Moniz (Dinah) had to go, They're both gifted actresses. Grant Aleksander (Philip) probably can claim best actor presently. Fortunately, the great cast makes up for some of the plot lines, e.g. Michael the angel, the bizarre cloning of Reva, and now Hart is in this metaphorical fight for life. It'll take a week to decide his fate. Pity the punching bag.


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