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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

Guiding Light was the longest-running drama series in history. It began on radio, as "The Guiding Light", on January 25, 1937, and originally revolved around Rev. Dr. John Ruthledge (played by Arthur Peterson) and his congregation. CBS canceled it in 1939, 1941, 1942, 1944, and 1946. Each time, letter-writing campaigns led to the show's return. It was on radio and television from June 30, 1952 to June 30, 1956; the actors had to perform scripts twice a day. Its first color broadcast was September 11, 1967. The first 30 minute broadcast was September 9, 1968. The first hour-long broadcast was June 16, 1975. The final episode aired September 18, 2009. See more »

Quotes

[confronting Harley about her goodbye letter to him]
Gus: Oh, so this is nice. This is like a "Dear John" letter. You're going to kiss me off with a letter?
Harley: I couldn't figure out any other way to do this.
Gus: You make the decision without me, you don't even consult me, and this is what you want to do?
Harley: Well, you said you weren't going to be in court today. So...
Gus: Yeah, I'm not going to court. I'm not going to stand there and watch you throw your life away.
Harley: That's fine, but I'm still going through with this...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in A Wedding Story: Josh and Reva (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Springfield Story
Written by Ralph Thiekötter & Maik Weppner
Courtesy of Heinz & Klaus Funk, Hamburg
(German version)
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29 March 2001 | by so_marvelousSee all my reviews

I have watched Guiding Light long enough to know that Kim Zimmer is the most talented actress there is on tv. She is awesome in that she draws viewers into her performance and makes them feel what the character Reva Shayne is feeling. The show is one of the best of all time, the writing is unique and centers around long time Springfield families. Guiding Light is the longest running daytime drama and I think that says a lot about the quality of the show. With actors and actresses like Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Beth Ehlers, Grant Alexander, Jerry ver Dorn and plenty others, the show has just what it needs to be successful for many more years to come!


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