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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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30 ‘Guiding Light’ Stars Set for Virtual ‘Daytime Stars and Strikes’ Benefit for Autism Society of America

Circle, Sunday, October 10th when 30 stars from the beloved Guiding Light are set to participate in the the 17th Annual Daytime Stars and Strikes virtual charity event for Autism, live on You Tube’s The Locher Room.

The four-hour livestream begins at 2:00 pm ET/11am PST.  The event will be co-hosted by Guiding Light’s Liz Keifer (Blake Marler), Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler), and Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer) along with Alan Locher.

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Joining the foursome to help raise funds and awareness for the Autism Society of America are the following former Guiding Light cast members who are scheduled to appear including: Grant Aleksander, John Bolger, Jeff Branson, Bryan Buffinton, Jean Carol, Beth Chamberlin, Crystal Chappell, Jan Conklin, Ritchie Coster, Kassie DePaiva, Mark Derwin, Frank Dicopoulos, Aubrey Dollar, Beth Ehlers, Nicole Forester, Stephanie Gatschet, Ricky Paull Goldin, Melissa Hayden, Rick Hearst, Rebecca Hollen, Mart Hulswit, Crystal Hunt, Maeve Kinkead, Jessica Leccia, Fran Myers, Robert Newman, Sonia Satra, Tina Sloan, Rebecca Staab, Nancy St. Alban, Paul Anthony Stewart, Kimberley Simms, Michelle Ray Smith, Krista Tesreau, Gina Tognoni, Jordi Vilasuso, Michael Woods and Kim Zimmer.

You can watch the livestream here.   And to donate, and further information on the organization, click here.

So, excited to see this array of talent from Springfield come together to help raise awareness and needed funds for the Austism Society of America? Comment below.

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Guiding Light Alum, Michelle Forbes, Lands Key Role in Upcoming Season of ‘New Amsterdam’

She made her mark as Sonia/Solita on Guiding Light and has turned her career into a major primetime and film success.  Now comes word that the talented Michelle Forbes is set to appear on the new season of NBC’s drama, New Amsterdam.

According to TV Line, Forbes will join the cast for the fourth season in the recurring role of Dr. Veronica Fuentes. The character is said to be ‘a calm, poised and fearless fixer who is brought in to reconstruct the failing hospital.”

However, the outlet reports that Forbes’ Dr. Fuentes’ first order of business on her way to reversing New Amsterdam’s declining numbers will be to “wipe clean the inept board.”

Forbes was most recently seen on ABC’s Big Sky and had notable roles in True Blood and The Killings.

The new season of New Amsterdam premieres on Tuesday, September 21st  at 10 pm. EST.

So, looking forward to seeing Michelle in her new role on primtime? Comment below.

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Soap Alums: Helgenberger, Bonilla, and Ilonzeh Cast in New Drama Pilot ‘Getaway’

Three very familiar faces to daytime fans have their new potentially new nighttime gig!  E.J. Bonilla (Ex-Rafe, Guiding Light) has been added as as series regulars opposite Annie Ilonzeh (Ex-Maya, GH) along with former Ryan’s Hope favorite Marg Helgenberger (Ex-Siohan) to the NBC drama pilot, Getaway.

In Getaway, the loglines for the series read that the proposed seriescenters on a destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort that quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female Army vet (Ilonzeh), will do everything they can to stay alive.

According to Deadline: Helgenberger will play Sen. Charlotte Pierce. As a senior Democratic senator from New York, Charlotte is used to calling the shots. She’s happy to see her son, Jack (played by Matt Long), settle down with his bride, Grace (Jasmine Mathew), but there are darker forces at play she has yet to fully understand. Charlotte will soon have to choose between her family and the political career for which she’s worked so hard.  Bonilla will play Rafi Salinas. Rafi claims to be a fisherman on the run with his friends from a gang of cartel members, but he’s hiding a dark secret that will put everyone at the resort in danger.

So, what do you think of the concept for this new drama pilot for NBC and the cast? Comment below.

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