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Beverlee McKinsey Tribute On Tap Featuring Guiding Light Notables

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There was no one quite like her and to this day she is revered as one of the greatest actresses every to grace the soap genre, and now on an upcoming installment of The Locher Room, McKinsey will be honored with a tribute, not only by her son, daytime director, Scott McKinsey but several of her former Guiding Light co-stats as well.

Joining host, Alan Locher will be Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander (Ex-Phillip Spaulding), Mark Derwin (Ex-A.C. Mallet), Jay Hammer (Ex-Fletcher Reade) and Vincent Irizarry (Ex-Brandon Lujack Luvonaczek).

McKinsey passed away in 2008 and her daytime resume was quite extensive and memorable from  Iris on Another World and on its spinoff, Texas and from 1984-1992 as Alexandra Spaulding on the CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light.   Beverlee was nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress.

To watch this special tribute, make sure to save the date of Monday, November 16th at 3 p.m. EST/Noon PST.   You can watch the livestream here.

So, what role of McKinsey’s was your all-time favorite? Comment below.

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Therese Lamonte
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Therese Lamonte

This gives me LIFE! Loved her!!!

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

She was the best. Daytime sorely could use an actress with her presence. I liked Marla Adams a lot as Dina Abbott Mergeron on Y&R. However, I’ve wondered what a missed opportunity there was when Bill Bell didn’t snap up McKinsey to play her when she left GL in the early 90s. Dina hadn’t really been used that much during that period. Bell was still in his prime writing for Y&R. Imagine McKinsey’s Dina taking on Victor in defense of favorite child, Jack. It could have been something fantastic.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

That would indeed have made for some phenomenal viewing, Barbara. I think Beverlee said in her exit interview when she left GL that she didn’t want to do another soap (and only did the short-term role a few years later on General Hospital for some reason related to insurance, if I remember correctly). She basically said that after X years, she was done with soaps, so I wonder if she would have taken the part even if Bell offered it to her. But it’s wonderful to imagine. She would have been utterly wasted otherwise, but I always thought it would… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

Thanks for the reply. B&B really could have benefitted from McKinsey’s presence as well. Of all of the remaining soaps, I’ve always been frustrated by B&B. There was massive potential for this show. It had the very strong Susan Flannery leading the show but not much else. Other than Darlene Connelly (Sally) and Kimberlin Brown (Sheila), it really never had any actor who could hold their ground against Flannery. Meanwhile, the writers have seemed obsessed with rehashing the same love “triangles” over and over again. A LOT could have been done to improve the show but the producer and writers… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

“How it remains on the air is a mystery to me.”

Pretty sure it has to do with its international following, which I still don’t understand how it has the viewership overseas it does.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

It gets good ratings (comparatively, anyway), which I guess accounts for its staying on the air. I don’t know how many times one can watch the same story with Liam, Steffy, and Hope (which is in turn a repeat of two decades of Ridge, Brooke, and Taylor), but apparently some people can do it. I agree with you about giving up on it post-Flannery. It isn’t just that her acting prowess (and powerful screen presence) is missed, but Stephanie was the closest thing we had to a moral voice on the show (sort of outrageous in itself, since Stephanie was… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

By the time she left Guiding Light in 1992 and did her short stint on General Hospital, acting had become not fun for herself, stating the hours made her crazy, and too long for her. Do I think she would have done well at a Bell-produced soap? Sure, but only for a brief moment in time, before deciding to exit once again. Not to mention, if The Young and the Restless genuinely wanted to write for Dina, then they would have with Marla Adams. However, they did not.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I remember she said she’d like to do a sitcom. Now, the writing for sitcoms has really taken a nosedive, in my opinion, over the last few decades, sort of comparable to the decline in soap writing (hmmm, what could the common thread be? too much interference from TPTB, maybe?), but on a well-written sitcom, she would have been glorious. I’m sorry she never got the chance.

rose
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Michael (not Fairman)…I so agree there has been a decline in the writing of network sitcoms and soaps that parallel each other. And even good music. I’m not so sure it’s because of TPTB like the stupid AMC and OLTL decisions, but the competition from all the streaming services who are willing to invest the money in attracting good writers from network. Also I wonder if there is as much imagination anymore or if the world of “entertainment” is becoming more and more manufactured and internet-likes driven.

Jab
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Jab

I first remembered Beverlee Mc
on Love is a Many Splendid Thing as Martha/Julie back in the mid 1960’s. Then the magnificent Iris on AW and followed her to Texas. So imagine my delight when she appeared on GL I still imitate some of her lines when she’d speak nails when angry. She was pure entertainment . What a talent. You’ve left your mark and are solely missed by all.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Oh for sure, Jab. I recall vividly (and this is just one example of many) the scenes where Alex eviscerated Roger at the country club and then the ones in her bedroom shortly thereafter in which she confronts him one on one. It was masterful. We don’t get writing like that anymore, and Beverlee’s acting is in a class by itself.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Oh, she was the best. I loved her as Iris on AW the best but I also liked her on GL and her interactions with Alan, her son, Roger to just name a few. She was wonderful!

Scott
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Scott

She was Alexandra ! Bring back guiding light

Frances Gruno
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Frances Gruno

My favorite was by far Iris Carrington. She played her role so well as a spoiled little rich princess spoiled by her daddy played by (Doug Watson-Mac Cory). She was the beautiful lady we loved to hate and cried when she was gone. She will never be forgotten.

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Cicely Tyson Recalls Her Time On ‘Guiding Light’ & Her Mother’s Obsession With Soaps In Final Interview on ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’

The world is mourning the loss of legendary actress Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96.   On Wednesday, Tyson had taped what would be the final interview of her life with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the morning show, Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Today on Friday, the show aired Tyson’s interview which was filled with so many moments made all the more poignant by her passing yesterday.

As soap fans know, Cicely was the first black actress to appear on the soaps, and on Guiding Light, back in 1966 in the role of Martha Frazier.  The character was married to Dr. Jim Frazier played first by Billy Dee Williams and then James Earl Jones.  Tyson’s role was eventually taken over by Ruby Dee.

 

During her interview with Kelly and Ryan, the hosts asked the Oscar-nominated actress and icon, best known for her roles in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, and A Trip to Bountiful about her time on Guiding Light.  Cicely revealed that her mother was a huge fan of Guiding Light and the daytime soaps, and was obsessed with the characters and what was going to happen next.  As it turns out, according to the interview, Tyson’s mother’s favorite role of her daughter was Martha on Guiding Light.

Watch the clip from the interview below.

Then, share your remembrances on the extraordinary work of Cicely Tyson via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Role In ABC Hit Drama, ‘Big Sky’

David E, Kelley’s new drama, Big Sky has been a captivating hit series for ABC in its freshmen offering.  Former One Life to Live star, Ryan Phillippe (Ex-Billy Douglas), who was one of the leads of the series, was seemingly killed-off early on and the show has had more shocking twists and turns in the crime thriller.

For those who don’t know, Big Sky, follows private detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and ex-cop Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick) who join forces to search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. But when they discover that these are not the only girls who have disappeared in the area, they must race against the clock to stop the killer before another woman is taken. After a winter break, Big Sky returned with new episodes this week.

Now, another soap alum has been added to the cast in the back-half of the first season.  Enter Michelle Forbes (Ex-Sonia/Solita, Guiding Light).  Michelle will take on the role of a mother named Margaret.

According to Deadline on Forbes’ Margaret: “She seems to be the picture-perfect ranch wife who knows her place, likes to bake and loves all of her children equally, but scratch the surface and there’s real steel beneath.”

So excited to see Michelle on Big Sky? Did you love her as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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