The Guiding Light began as a radio drama 75 years ago. On TV, it 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.
Last Episode55x235 Ep. #15186 Aired: Jan. 28, 2011
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Series Fun Facts
- In 2002, Joan Collins made a well-publicized stint as Alexandra Spaulding, the third actress to play the role, but was soon replaced by Marj Dusay, the second actress to play Alex after the…
[show]In 2002, Joan Collins made a well-publicized stint as Alexandra Spaulding, the third actress to play the role, but was soon replaced by Marj Dusay, the second actress to play Alex after the first, Beverlee McKinsey, played her for seven years. Collins wanted to schedule her filming around her book promotion tour, but producers wanted Collins full-time. Collins playing Alexandra had a bit of soap opera irony: Alexis Carrington, the nasty character that made her famous on DYNASTY, was modeled after Iris Carrington, the nasty daytime character that made Beverlee McKinsey famous.
- The show chose not to deal with some of its most significant off-screen deaths. When long-time cast member Charita Bauer died in 1985, it took the show a year (after persistent audience…
[show]The show chose not to deal with some of its most significant off-screen deaths. When long-time cast member Charita Bauer died in 1985, it took the show a year (after persistent audience demands) to write in an off-screen death for her character Bert in 1986. When Michael Zaslow had to be written off due to his affliction of ALS, a recast was unpopular with audiences and the character of Roger Thorpe was written off in 1997 to California, but audience demands persisted for a proper tribute especially after Zaslow's well-publicized death in 1998. Roger Thorpe was finally killed off in 2005 in an off-screen death. Similarly, soap legend Mary Stuart, who joined the show in 1996, passed away in 2002, and, in 2006, her character of Meta Bauer is still vacationing off screen in Nova Scotia.
- Cast members reprised their roles from this soap opera in the TV-movie The Cradle Will Fall (1983) (TV).
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