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The Guiding Light ()


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This show took place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield and centered on the middle class Bauer family.

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  Reva Shayne / ... (1,936 episodes, 1983-2009)
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  Beth Raines / ... (1,587 episodes, 1989-2009)
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  Holly Norris / ... (1,208 episodes, 1976-2009)
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  Joshua Lewis / ... (828 episodes, 1980-2009)
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  Harley Cooper / ... (603 episodes, 1987-2008)
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  Frank Cooper, Jr. / ... (538 episodes, 1987-2009)
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  Alan Spaulding / ... (523 episodes, 1986-2009)
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  Phillip Spaulding / ... (513 episodes, 1983-2009)
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  Dr. Rick Bauer / ... (507 episodes, 1983-2009)
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  Frank 'Buzz' Cooper, Sr. / ... (474 episodes, 1992-2009)
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  Billy Lewis, II / ... (470 episodes, 1983-2009)
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  Jeffrey O'Neill / ... (411 episodes, 1999-2009)
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  Bridget Readon-Lewis / ... (406 episodes, 1991-2009)
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  Vanessa Chamberlain / ... (401 episodes, 1980-2009)
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  Lizzie Spaulding / ... (397 episodes, 2006-2009)
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  Dr. Charles Grant / ... (395 episodes, 1992-2006)
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  Olivia Spencer / ... (394 episodes, 1999-2009)
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  Dinah Marler / ... (382 episodes, 2003-2009)
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  Marina Cooper / ... (378 episodes, 2003-2009)
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  Vivian Grant (359 episodes, 1992-1999)
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  Ross Marler (351 episodes, 1979-2005)
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  A.C. Mallet / ... (347 episodes, 1999-2009)
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  Meta Bauer (346 episodes, 1996-2002)
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  Lizzie Spaulding / ... (307 episodes, 2003-2006)
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  Cassie Layne / ... (302 episodes, 2005-2008)
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  Alexandra Spaulding / ... (298 episodes, 1984-1992)
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  Lillian Raines / ... (293 episodes, 1983-2009)
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  Susan 'Daisy' Lemay / ... (286 episodes, 2007-2009)
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  Bill Lewis, III / ... (275 episodes, 2002-2009)
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  Cyrus Foley (257 episodes, 2007-2009)
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  Blake Thorpe / ... (249 episodes, 1992-2009)
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  Natalia Rivera / ... (247 episodes, 2007-2009)
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  Remy Boudreau / ... (237 episodes, 2006-2009)
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  Dahlia Crede (233 episodes, 1996-1999)
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  Gus Aitoro / ... (229 episodes, 2001-2008)
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  Roger Thorpe / ... (228 episodes, 1971-1997)
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  Ashlee Wolfe / ... (224 episodes, 2006-2009)
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  Ava Peralta / ... (221 episodes, 2005-2009)
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  Cassie Layne / ... (212 episodes, 1997-2005)
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  Coop Bradshaw / ... (211 episodes, 2003-2009)
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  Dr. Ed Bauer / ... (195 episodes, 1981-2009)
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  Fletcher Reade / ... (194 episodes, 1984-2009)
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  Gilly Grant / ... (184 episodes, 1989-1996)
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  David Grant (183 episodes, 1998-2001)
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  Matt Reardon / ... (174 episodes, 1987-2009)
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  Jonathan Randall (170 episodes, 2003-2009)
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  Doris Wolfe / ... (162 episodes, 2000-2009)
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  Rafe Rivera / ... (158 episodes, 2007-2009)
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  Shayne Lewis (156 episodes, 2003-2006)
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  Nadine Cooper / ... (155 episodes, 1988-2006)

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Plot Summary

This show took 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.

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Also Known As
  • Guiding Light (United States)
  • Haine et passion (France)
  • Les vertiges de la passion (France)
  • Springfield Story (Germany)
  • Die Springfield Story (Germany)
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  • 60 min
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Trivia Many episodes of this show and other daytime television shows are believed to be lost forever. It was live until the 1960s, and many prior episodes exist as kinescopes (videotape was not invented until 1956). Procter & Gamble Productions did not begin archiving its shows until the late 1970s, believing there was no use for them after their initial airing. The original tapes were re-used. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Die Springfield Story See more »
Quotes Rick: I'm pregnant! I'm pregnant! Well, I'm not. My wife is. I'm just overweight.
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