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OLTL's Kim Zimmer interview! That sound you hear is an… ECHO!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Kim Zimmer today to preview her return tomorrow, Friday, October 1st to One Life to Live as Echo DiSavoy, the role she last played way back in 1983, and before she landed in Springfield and played Reva on Guiding Light.  In this “quickie” interview with Kim, we touch upon the secret that facilitates Echo’s return to Llanview, and the question that everyone is asking; how can you fit three of the biggest female talents in daytime history (Zimmer, and castmates Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser) all in one scene, in one room, on one set?   Kim fills us in.  Check out the interview below!

Do you remember when you and I were sitting together at the Daytime Emmy gift suite, at the 36th annual Daytime Emmys at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A?  I said to you, I think it would be great if you could come back as Echo on One Life to Live.  And then shortly after that you ran into OLTL EP, Frank Valentini.

KIM: I ran into Frank at the airport at a rental car shuttle.  Frank and I were giggling about it; that wouldn’t it be great if Echo came back, hahaha, hahaha. And then, I remembered our conversation, and lo and behold a year and half later… ringy dingy dingy… and it’s Frank Valentini calling.  So it was kind of cute.

Just to set the record straight, One Life initiated calling you.  You were originally coming out to L.A. when I last saw you to look for work.

KIM: Well, I was trying to get on The Bold and the Beautiful. A lot of good that did me! (Laughs) Frank is my savior and I miss doing daytime so much. I have been kind of enjoying my retirement, but not that much.  So, I was ready to work.  When Frank called I think he did not think I would have any interest at all.  And I go, “Oh, my God.”  And then he said, “Wouldn’t it be great?  We are throwing around the idea of having it be Echo.”  And I go, “Well, what else would you have it be?  I already played three other characters on that show.”  I was a terrorist at one point on OLTL named Bonnie Harmon!  So I was like, it has to be Echo.  You already have history built in there.  Frank’s secretary called on a Tuesday to set up a meeting with him.  I think I was in Frank’s office later that afternoon talking with him.  Then, he called a few days later and told me he had run this by the powers-that-be, and then he said, “We are all excited. Can you start next week?”  And I have to tell you, I am having the time of my life.

And I love that for you.  And let’s not forget, you get to play on real sets with real cameras and real lighting!

KIM: I know, I know!  They stopped the scenes the other day because the lighting wasn’t right and I screamed, “WHAT?” (Laughs) I said “Oh, my God.  Bring on the lights!”  It was unbelievable, and they come in and touch up your make-up. (Laughs) I can’t even tell you… I feel like I am thrown back into the heyday of daytime television.

Echo departed Llanview after the botched 1983 scuba diving plot, where Echo and her brother Giles (Robert Gentry) tried to get back at Clint.  For fans that need a refresher or for newbies to One Life, what happened there?

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KIM: We were going to set-up the demise of Clint Buchanan.  So we were setting up an argument on the bridge that was going to result in getting Dorian to show up at that bridge.  And, we were going to make it look like Clint pushes Echo off this bridge to get him accused of murder, because we held him responsible for the death of our mother.   That was what the scuba stuff was about; so Giles could find me in the water under the bridge and he could meet me with a tank of air, and then I can safely make it back ashore. So Echo was indeed alive, and of course that Viki, being the crack investigator that she is (laughs) figures out it was a set-up and they arrest Giles, and they tar and feather Echo and run her out of town.  For her, it was either get out of town or go to jail, and so she left town.  So now, when she comes back, it’s knock, knock, knock.  She is on Viki’s doorstep and Viki is like, “You were told never to come back.”  But then, she realizes that Viki’s new husband, Charlie, had a history with Echo.  So instead of making her leave right away, Viki wants to find out why Echo is in Llanview, and if she has every intention of stealing another husband of hers. The scenes are just wonderful.  So Viki goes, “You already tried to steal one of my husbands, and tried to ruin my life.  Are you planning on doing it again?” And I am like, “NO. Why would I ever do that?  That is not at all my intention. I have other things to do.”  (Laughs)

I hear Echo dresses quite well?

KIM: Oh, yes.  I have a wonderful wardrobe with a lot of leather again.  The last time I was on the show, Linda Dano dressed me.  Now, I adore Susan Gammie, the costume designer at One Life and she has pulled together some fun stuff for me.  It’s not haute couture though, because Echo is not supposed to have a lot of money.  In fact, she is broke and needs money.

My God!  Every one is saying, Erika Slezak (Viki), Robin Strasser (Dorian) and Kim Zimmer in one room, in one scene!  There will be so much scenery chewing going on.  How is that ever going to work?  I mean, was that ever a consideration for you and the thought process of, “I am a big heavy hitter here, and these are two other power women in daytime?”  Or, were you thinking this was going to be just fantastic?

KIM: When you have Erika Slezak calling you at home going, “Please, please, come play with us,” you know this is what it was.  And so I knew as far as Erika is concerned, she had an open door policy, and had no qualms having me back.  And can I tell you something?  Echo is not Viki Buchanan, and she is not Dorian Lord.  She is a supporting character and she is there to facilitate storyline for other people.  I am an actress first, and a diva second. (Laughs)  I am just there to have fun.  It’s such a freeing experience for me, because I don’t give a damn about carrying the show, and that is not my job there.  It became such a burden for me at Guiding Light, because people expected it from me.  Now I am just an actor on this soap opera called One Life to Live.  If people want to be afraid that I am going to steal the limelight, then let them be afraid.  That is not my intention.  I consider myself as ‘guest-artist’ there.  That is all I am going to say about it.

Can we then expect to see you on the show for a while?

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KIM: Well I don’t know.  I am not under contract.  But, they do tend to use their off-contract people a lot at OLTL.  I told Frank, I am open to whatever you want to throw my way.  I love working in daytime and I love working in this genre.  I love the fact that the show is in New York City and you are the last one there.  If you want to keep me around three months, six months, nine months, a year…whatever you want to do, I am game as long as it works out for everyone I will be there.  It’s kind of nice because it’s a juicy role, and if a theatrical show comes up or regional theatre, I can say, “I am going to be gone for a month and they have to deal with it.”  It’s the best of both worlds!

So since Echo knew Charlie somewhere in her past, how was working with Brian Kerwin (Charlie)?  Had you met him before?

KIM: No, and what a doll he is.  And you know, I never really worked with Jerry ver Dorn (Clint) before either.  I am like a pig in mud!  It’s so much fun.  Jerry and my story never crossed at Guiding Light, and now I have a lot to do with him.  Brian could not be sweeter.  I am surrounded by goodness.

So Echo has an agenda for returning to Llanview?

KIM: She has an agenda and she is missing something in her life.  She is in Llanview to find it, whether it be an ex-lover, or a future lover, or whatever it may be. There is something in Llanview she needs, and it needs to be tied up, and that is her secret.

So she is not there for payback of those citizens who “wronged her”?

KIM: Well, no.  But, if the secret results in Viki being knocked off her pedestal, then that is just going to have to happen! (Laughs)  It all depends on how Viki handles the information. (Laughs)

And where does Echo stand with Dorian? Last time out they were sort of gal pals!

KIM: Dorian was Echo’s champion when she was in Llanview 27 years ago.  Dorian loved the fact that Echo was screwing around with Viki’s life.  I think you will find she gets a surprising reaction from Dorian when she meets up with her.

Ok Kim, do you know the secret?  And if you know, do you like the secret?

KIM: I know what the secret is.  And when I learned about the secret, it made me a little nervous for reasons we will discuss at some point after it’s revealed.  But, I am hopeful after it is revealed, that it could be a really, really wonderful fit for this person and myself who are involved in the secret.

When you came to OLTL this time, were there any actors you had never met before?

KIM: I do have to say, I met Florencia Lozano (Tea) for the very first time and she was just lovely.  I had never met Trevor St. John (Todd), and I met him in the hallway.  Michael Easton, (John) I met briefly at a personal appearance before, but I never really chatted with him.  And, Melissa Archer, (Natalie) is just a doll.  I was reconnecting with Bree Williamson (Jessica) who is now on maternity leave.  I got to be there on her last days on the show until she comes back, and that was fun.  It’s a great bunch and I cannot wait to mix it up with them. I could not be happier.

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amina
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amina

i’ll certainly be DVR’g One Life to Live from now on! Gotta love Kim Zimmer!!!!!

kara anderson
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kara anderson

I love her so much she is up too something not good

Sierra
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Sierra

LOVE me some Kim Zimmer! I’ve never watched OLTL before, but that’ll change tomorrow.

Welcome home, Kim! Daytime has missed you!

kara anderson
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kara anderson

that is right she is so evil

kitty
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kitty

I love me some Reva, so i sure am gonna love me some Echo. Bring it on Kim do your thang.

kara anderson
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kara anderson

me too she is so good being evil

Doe
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Doe

Michael, where did you find that video from 1983? It’s a hoot! Just seeing all those actors again, even briefly, brought back so many memories. And, Phil Carey,(Asa) how young does he look and handsome? Kim Zimmer was so cute and that hairdo was so funny. Burt she will be back on OLTL tomorrow and I can’t wait to see her do her Kim prowess. She is unique in whatever role she plays. Loved her interview with you also.She is a go for it actress, and usually exceeds.This should be good!!…..

Charles
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Charles

Nice, fun interview. Looking forward to seeing Kim and how this effects the vets in terms of storyline.

Jason
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Jason

I’m betting that Echo is Rex’s mother…and perhaps Charlie or Clint is the father which, of course, neither scenario will sit well with Viki

Brian
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Brian

I’ll definitely watch Miss Kim do her stuff! 🙂

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toots1941@aol.com

I am just thrilled Kim Zimmer is back on daytime. I have missed her.
She is a great asset to any show.

Guess I’ll have to do my research to find out what this show is about.

Ruth

Brian
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Brian

In this clip, Scott, the golden-haired gentleman talking to Michael Zaslow’s David Renaldi, is played by actor/singer Brian Davies, the real-life hubby of Erika Slezak’s Viki. Ah, Memories! 🙂

semaj
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semaj

welcome home kim zimmer back to daytime finally

marsha
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marsha

KIM ZIMMER is amazing!! Why no promo of her on ABC? If i hadn’t seen your tweet, I wouldn’t have any knowledge of her return. Seems ABC is relying on social media to spread the message that the best soap actress in history has returned to daytime television……..

Phyllis
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Phyllis

I hope that OLTL gives KZ an amazing storyline, even though KZ could turn a substandard sl into something amazing anyway.

Rob
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Rob

The Queen of Daytime is back!!!

Jeffrey Moree
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Jeffrey Moree

This is great! Kim Zimmer is an A rate actress and it will be good for OLTL for her legions of fans to follow her and tune in to what is already a great show that has been made better with her arrival.

Tasha Jones
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Tasha Jones

I just got why she is back…they have been laying the leg work for weeks now and we should have all saw it coming…can anyone guess?

REX…

He will turn out to be Eco & Clint’s son! How could we not see that….

Guiding Light

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.”

Share your thoughts on Robert Newman’s remembrance of Lisa Brown via the comment section.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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General Hospital

General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Sits Down with Maurice Benard on ‘State of Mind’

Om his latest episode of his You Tube series, State of Mind, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Cortinhos) welcomes his co-star Cynthia Watros (Nina Reeves) for a highly-anticipated conversation and episode.

GH fans have watched for months on-air as Nina and an amnesiac Sonny aka “Mike” fell for each other, while everyone in Port Charles thought Sonny was dead, and Nina kept that secret in her vendetta against Carly.

Now, the two powerhouse performers have an intimate chat about Watros’ career highlights, raising twins, and working with each other in their often controversial storyline.

Daytime audiences first saw Watros as Annie Dutton on Guiding Light in which she won a Lead Actress Daytime Emmy – a performance which Benard recalls seeing with Cynthia acting up a storm in scenes on a courtroom witness stand that blew him away.

On her start on soaps, Cynthia shared that: “Soaps are amazing,” because not only do they help you make decisions really quickly, but that as an actor, it also taught her about lighting and finding her mark.

Cynthia related that she had made the heart-wrenching decision to leave New York and the role of GL’s Annie Dutton, because she wanted to go to L.A to work, which eventually landed her the role in the second season of ABC’s hit drama, Lost.

Throughout this State of Mind, Maurice and Cynthia touch on themes of depression, anxiety, and for Watros, raising her two teenaged girls, during this Covid-19 world we have all been living though.

When it came time to discuss working together on GH, Benard expressed that Cynthia has been a “a gem” to work with, after he had initial reservations about the storyline GH was set to tell.

In return, Watros shared that she has loved the storyline adding: “I love the complexity of it and how it’s not neat and clean since that’s how we are as people, we all make mistakes, and we are not all perfect.” And in working in scenes with Maurice, Cynthia expressed that he is “a rock’ who grounds everyone he works with.

Watch the entire conversation between Maurice and Cynthia on the latest State of Mind below. 

Then, let us know if you enjoyed the chat between the two, and if you are rooting for more Nina and Sonny, or are you still Team Carson via the comment section.

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