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Guiding Light cancellation remembered: Chappell says "Sad Day"

Today is a day that the soap opera world will never forget, and the legions of fans who followed the lives of the citizens of Springfield and it’s enormously popular cast.  Guiding Light’s cast and crew were told on April 1st of last year that the 72-year-old soap was canceled.  Thought of as first as an April’s Fools joke, it turned out not to be, but a cruel irony delivering a knockout punch to its fans and its stars.

On-Air On-Soaps spoke with Crystal Chappell today whose role as Olivia Spencer was front and center until the bitter end.  Crystal with heavy heart shared her thoughts on the one year anniversary of the show’s announced demise.  “It is a sad and heavy day for me.  I am very aware of it, and how ridiculous is it that it was on April Fool’s Day.  And, people didn’t believe it and we had cast members calling other cast members that the show is being canceled and they said, “Oh yeah, right, ha ha.” But it’s heavy.  I miss all the people, and I had the opportunity to tell a great story, and I think they told it beautifully, and at the end of the run I got to work with Jessica Leccia (Natalia), and it’s really magical when two women in a loving respectful way can tell a story that is important to so many people.  I will light a candle for Guiding Light today.”

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Maureen
Maureen

I miss Guiding Light…every Peapak-ing bit of it. I got to meet not only most of the cast at the Guiding Light luncheon in October of last year…but also so many other fans. It was such a great experience and just reflected what a wonderful show that came from the heart that it is and was. The fact that so many of the cast were and are soap fans…like Crystal…was obvious in their work…their love for the show until the very end…and their true, genuine affection for the fans. The great thing is…while we all might be moving on…you can bet that soap fans never forget.

Rita
Rita

I only started watching it when the Otalia storyline came to light, and I miss it terribly. The storyline was so beautifully crafted and the acting by Crystal and Jessica was just superb. I so wish that they could have continued the amazing story that they were telling. In the fast paced lives that we lead, it’s a testament to how good the show was, that there are still so many talking about it a year after it gets cancelled.

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semaj

i miss guiding light

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Like many others, I was brought to GL by Otalia. While I resisted for awhile, seeing CC in the Graveyard scene just blew me away. Slowly over the last months of the show, my interest started to expand to more than just Otalia. I liked watching Buzz & Alan, Shane & Dinah & the baby Henry story. I soon found myself rushing home from work to watch Guiding Light. That was no easy feat since I live in Australia. But thanks to the many, many fans of GL out there, I can go back & re-watch Alan & Olivia’s wedding, or Reva time travelling through the painting, or Cassie’s heartbreak over Richard’s death. The residents of Springfield were & continue to be like members of the family. I know in this house at least, the Light will always live on.

Guiding Light R.I.P.

‘Inside the Actors Studio’ and Daytime Soap Scribe, James Lipton Dead at 93

Best known as the host of Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton, passed away on March 2nd from bladder cancer.  Lipton was 93.

But in addition for making his mark from 1994 to 2018 interviewing so many famous actors and celebrities, Lipton has quite the daytime soap background in his illustrious career.

He started acting on Guiding Light, playing Dr .Dick Grant, but then soon worked his way up to becoming the head writer of the series in 1952.

Throughout the next two decades, Lipton served as head writer for Another WorldThe Best of Everything (which he helped create) and Return to Peyton Place. He also wrote for The Edge of Night.  Later from 1972 and 1974, Lipton not only worked as the head writer forThe Doctors but also on Return to Peyton Place.  His last soap writing gig was on Capitol in the mid-80’s

In 2016, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys and a Critics’ Choice Award for best reality show host.

Lipton passed away early Monday at his home in Manhattan as his wife, Kedakai Mercedes Lipton related to The Hollywood Reporter.

Share your condolences on the passing of James Lipton via the comment section below.

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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

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Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

So what do you think about the latest incident involving Hayden? Comment below.

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Guiding Light and All My Children Favorite, Marj Dusay Dies At 83

She was a force to be reckoned with on the daytime soaps, and because of it ,fans and critics alike loved her performances as Guiding Light’s Alexandra Spaulding (1993-97 and 1998-99, and 2002-09) and All My Children’s evil Vanessa Bennett (1999-2002).  But now Marj Dusay, who played these roles and so many others in her illustrious career has passed away at the age of 83.

The news came via her step-daughter, Elizabeth Perine on facebook who revealed that Marj past away on Tuesday stating: “I’m so very sad to have to tell you that my stepmother Marj passed away peacefully yesterday morning in her sleep. She was quite a woman and had quite a grand life. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.:

But not only did Marj portray Alexandra and Vanessa on daytime, she also had stints as Myrna Clegg on Capitol, Vivian Alamain on DAYS and Pamela Conrad Capwell on Santa Barbara.

Dusay also appeared on TV in Facts of Life, The Odd Couple, Star Trek, Hogan’s HeroesMod SquadGet SmartMannixPhyllisBarnaby JonesHart to Hart and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and many other series.

Share your remembrances and condolences of and for Marj Dusay in the comment section below.  But first check out these scene from her work on Guiding Light!

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