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Guiding Light's Maureen Garrett Comes Out Publicly!

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Today is National Coming Out Day, and leave it to a former soap star’s story to be in the spotlight on this important date for the LGBT community!  In a brand new feature at Out.com, Guiding Light fan favorite Maureen Garrett, who played the complex and long-suffering, Holly, and was part of the super couple of Roger (Michael Zaslow) and Holly Thorpe, has come out publicly.  She discusses  it in the piece about her time on Guiding Light, and her off-screen family.

The actress revealed her 20 year relationship with her partner, Janet Morgan and that together they raised three sons.  When Garrett talked about the commonality between her and her on-screen alter-ego Holly she said,    “She wore far too much makeup,” noting that her friends and family were entertained by her glamorous appearance on television: she’d arrive on the GL set straight from her cabin, clad in jeans and boots, and was completely made over. The daily transformation remained temporary, of course. “At the end of the day I almost always washed off the make-up, and with it, Holly’s brand of crazy.”

Below are some other excerpts from the feature detailing why Maureen never shared her story publicly during her run on Guiding Light, and how she stepped away from acting, but has begun getting her feet wet in it, once again!

Garrett’s story on being on Guiding Light while remaining closeted to the public: “While Garrett’s Guiding Light costars knew of her relationship with Morgan, fans of the Holly/Roger saga never had a clue.  Several reasons the actress never shared her family story publicly. The first was Garrett’s predilection for privacy. The other reason is even more obvious: when she was center stage on GL, it was simply a different time in history. In the early ’90s—often considered by viewers to be the Holly/Roger heyday—very few celebrities publicly deviated from the socially prescribed norms.  Despite what was happening to celebrities coming out in the real world, Garrett says she still approached GL’s writers about creating a storyline for Holly that involved a same-sex love affair. The result? The network wouldn’t touch it. That storyline would come several years later, in a notoriously G-rated plot involving Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia as Olivia and Natalia. (The fact that the storyline wasn’t between Olivia and Holly infuriated viewers, who bombarded Internet forums with comments about the tense undertones and chemistry that the two shared onscreen).”

Garrett on life post-Springfield: “After Guiding Light ended in 2009, Garrett’s decision to leave acting was simply a case of knowing when to move on and not looking back. “I no longer felt the desire to pursue acting,” she says of not turning up in a new onscreen role after the GL’s cancellation. “That muse had flown.”   She left New York and pursued other interests, from sculpting and writing to studying Spanish. However, it wasn’t long before she was drawn back into performing.  When Charles Towers, the artistic director of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, offered Garrett the chance to return to theater in the new play, Ghost Writer, she accepted.  The timing proved to be perfect. Playing the character of Vivian Woosley provided a welcome distraction from her mother’s recent passing. For an actress who began in the theater, it was also a return to her acting roots.”

At the end of this story, Garrett had a special message to her fans:  “I am very happy and fulfilled,” she says, before adding in a semi-mocking tone reminiscent of Holly, “and the kids are all right.”

So soapers,  what do you think of the news of Maureen coming out?  What went down at Guiding Light when Maureen suggested a same-sex storyline for Holly?   Where you a fan of Holly on GL?  Let us know!

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Mike
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Mike

She’s an amazing woman and actress.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Congrats to her!!! So happy that she’s able to feel comfortable coming out of the closet after all of these days! Proud of you Maureen! Glad you’re happy with where you are in your life!

Rob
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Rob

I would have loved to have seen them do a story like that with Holly, she was an under utilized and under appreciated talent.

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

I love Holly and Maureen Garrett. Usually I have idea before an actor goes public, but this was a complete surprise. I wish her all the best. She looks lovely as always.

Patrick
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Patrick

Hello Ms. Maureen Garrett.

Thank You.

Sincerely…

Pride in who you are…. “I am Gay”.

I loved Guiding Light.

Beacon
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Beacon

I would have loved Holly to find love with Olivia – it would have been so special, especially after the hell she had been through with Roger Thorpe who for better or worse, was the love of her life.

They would have been so sweet together. I always thought there was a delightful sapphic undercurrent to scenes she had with both Crystal and Beverlee McKinsey:
http://youtu.be/1O_1BJrBBj4

Christine
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Christine

I watched GUIDING LIGHT here and there, but I remember her – her voice was so sexy! I was so envious.

I’m glad she is happy. 🙂

toscanti
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toscanti

Loved her as Holly and respect her so much as Maureen. Congrats!

Rodd
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Rodd

Thank you, Ms. Garrett! Loved you then; love you now! All the best!

Blake
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Blake

I was so surprised to see this! But great news for Maureen to come out! I have always loved her as Holly Lindsey on Guiding Light! I always loved it when she was on. I really loved it when Holly and Blake fought, or when Roger and Holly fought their passion for each other. They really were one of daytime’s best and hottest couples!

She and her partner and their three sons look so happy, what a great family!

Shelly
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Shelly

I love Holly and Maureen Garrett. She is an inspiration for all mature women (regardless of sexual preference) who are very comfortable with their place in life. Off topic: I miss Guiding Light so much!!!!

craig silver
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craig silver

Way to go Maureen!! Continued happiness

Tilda
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Tilda

I’d question the idea that the fans didn’t know. While it wasn’t common knowledge, anyone who was into soaps at that time- I mean really into soaps- heavily suspected. Michael Zaslow’s wife wrote a fictional novel or two that clearly drew from her life with him and his role as Roger Thorpe. Reading between the (albeit fictional) lines, it was fairly clear his co-star’s sexual orientation.

In the end, good on her for her choices, then and now.

Lesley
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Lesley

I wish that Guiding Light was still on the air. Maureen G is a good actress and wish she would have stayed acting. I loved everything about Guiding Light. It would be nice to have it continue online. As far as her coming out, I don’t think any less of her. We can’t help who we fall in love with.

Taylor
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Taylor

Maureen, congrats to you and your family. I truly admire your work as Holly on GL. Watching you on GL was part of many wonderful memories with my dad. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. You are beautiful inside and out. Best wishes for you and your family.

Powanaha
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Powanaha

As a very long time GL fan I loved the Holly and Roger story. But I have to say that this news does not surprise me. Just by virtue of her always shunning personal publicity, I kinda figured.

Diana
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Diana

I loved her with Roger…..as bad a guy as he was on the show, he was absolutely wonderful in his part……they were great together…..

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Lisa Brown to be Honored In Virtual Interview With ’42nd Street’ Co-Star Lee Roy Reams

Coming up on a very special edition of The Locher Room, the show will honor beloved ATWT and GL actress, Lisa Brown, who passed away at the end of November in 2021.

Since Lisa was never able to participate in an episode of the series, host Alan Locher is welcoming longtime Broadway star, Lee Roy Reams, who starred along with Brown on the Great White Way in 42nd Street.

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It was one of Lisa’s wishes to have Reams interviewed on The Locher Room.  Lee Roy will chat on his almost 40-year friendship with Lisa, memories of working together, as well as his storied career.

Some of Ream’s other credits include leading Broadway roles in: The Producers, Beauty & The Beast, La Cage Aux Folles, Hello Dolly!, An Evening with Jerry Herman, Applause, Lorelei, Oklahoma and Sweet Charity.

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Circle Thursday, January 27th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST for the interview and you can watch the livestream here.

So, glad to know that the incredible Lisa Brown will be honored through the appearance of Lee Roy Reams on The Locher Room? Comment below.

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Guiding Light Alum Murray Bartlett Scores SAG Award Nomination for His Performance in ‘White Lotus’

This Wednesday morning the 28th annual SAG Award nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television.

In the television category, in the running for the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, is former Guiding Light and Looking star, Murray Bartlett (Ex-Cyrus, GL), who landed a nomination for his work in the comedy-drama, White Lotus.

Bartlett will compete for the award against: Oscar Isaac in Scenes from a Marriage, Michael Keaton in Dopesick,Ewan McGregor in Halston and Evan Peters in Mare of Easttown.

The 2022 SAG Awards are currently scheduled to air live on  TNT and TBS on February 27 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

Last year’s ceremonies were a one-hour virtual presentation and delayed till April due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of today, the SAG Award producers are still moving forward with an in-person event as planned along with red carpet arrivals and backstage virtual interviews with the winners.

For a complete list of all the nominees click here.

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Guiding Light’s Robert Newman Pays Tribute to the Brilliance of Lisa Brown

On Sunday, longtime Guiding Light mainstay, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis), shared a heartfelt message on his Facebook page on the death of his former co-star, Lisa Brown (Ex-Nola Reardon).

As previously reported, Brown passed away earlier this week at the age of 67 from cancer. She portrayed the beloved role of Nola on the CBS soap opera from 1980-1985 and was front and center in many stories which featured Nola’s antics, fantasies, and of course, her love affair with Quint, the late Michael Tylo.

In his message on Brown’s death, Robert Newman expressed: “I was greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of the great Lisa Brown. When I first joined the show in 1981, Lisa was pretty much the center of everything. A real whirlwind. Her work with the late Michael Tylo was fantastic. I particularly have fond memories of Nola’s fantasies …Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, etc. I don’t think I was ever a part of those fantasies, but I remember watching them being taped in the studio and she was just amazing.”

Newman goes on to say: “One of my fondest Lisa memories, however, was sitting in the audience at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC watching Lisa head up the cast of 42nd Street with Lee Roy Reams in 1981 or so. It was one of those times when you see a colleague that you know from one genre, Daytime Drama, in an entirely different genre, Musical Comedy, and you are completely surprised and blown away. Again, she was just fantastic in the role and I as a fellow musical comedy performer, I had great, great respect for her. Below is a clip from a television performance of her as Peggy in 42nd Street. Her death at such a young age is a great loss to the daytime community. Love and prayers to her family and friends.”

Michael Fairman TV also shares below the video posted by Robert below, which reminds us of just how multi-talented Lisa was for her fans, the audience, and to all that knew her. On a personal note: “Lisa always performed at the ‘Night of the Daytime Stars’ benefit for AMFAR in New York City during the AIDS pandemic that I created and produced.  It was the annual event held the night before the Daytime Emmys, and she was always willing to lend her support and talents to help others in need.”

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