Guiding Light

Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light before 1975) was a CBS network soap opera created by Irna Phillips which first began as a NBC radio serial on January 25, 1937 and moved to CBS radio on June 2, 1947.

It began airing on CBS television on June 30, 1952 although it continued to be broadcast concomitantly on radio until June 29, 1956.

The series was expanded from 15 minutes to a half-hour in 1968 (and also switched from broadcasting live to pre-taping around this same time) and then to a full hour on November 7, 1977. The series broadcast its 15,000th CBS episode on September 6, 2006.

On April 1, 2009, it was announced that CBS had canceled the series after a 72-year run due to low ratings. The show taped its final Procter & Gamble scenes for CBS on August 11, 2009 and its final episode on the network aired on September 18, 2009.


The series has had a number of plot sequences during the series' long history, on both radio and television. These plot sequences include complex storylines and different writers and casting.

1930s and 1940sEdit

"Guiding Light" was created by Irna Phillips, who based it on personal experiences. After giving birth to a still-born baby when she was 19 years old, she found spiritual comfort listening to the radio sermons of Preston Bradley, a famous Chicago preacher and founder of the People's Church, a church which promoted the brotherhood of man.

These sermons originated the idea of the creation of "The Guiding Light" which began as a radio series. The original radio series was first broadcast as 15-minute episodes on NBC Radio, starting on January 25, 1937. The series was transferred to CBS Radio during 1947.


"The Guiding Light" was broadcast first by CBS Television on June 30, 1952. With the transition to television, the main characters became the Bauers, a lower-middle class German immigrant family. These episodes were also 15 minutes long.

During the period from 1952 to 1956, the show existed as both a radio and television serial, with actors recording their performances twice for each day that the shows were broadcast. The radio broadcast of "The Guiding Light" ceased production during 1956, ending this overlap.

The show ranked as the number one-rated soap opera during both 1956 and 1957, before being replaced during 1958 by "As the World Turns". After Irna Phillips was transferred to "As the World Turns" during 1958, her protege Agnes Nixon became head writer of The Guiding Light.

The first television producer of The Guiding Light was Luci Ferri Rittenberg, who produced the show over 20 years.


Agnes Nixon relinquished her role as chief writer during 1965 to work for the series "Another World." On March 13, 1967, "The Guiding Light" was first broadcast in color and on September 8, 1968, the program was expanded from 15 to 30 minutes.

The 1960s featured the introduction of African American characters, and the main emphasis of the series shifted to Bill and Bert's children, Mike and Ed; the character of Bill Bauer was written out in July 1969, presumed dead after a plane crash. The show also became a bit more topical during the 1960s, with such storylines as Bert Bauer's diagnosis of uterine cancer in 1962.

A number of new characters were introduced during the mid- to late 1960s, perhaps most notably Dr. Sara McIntyre, who remained a major character through the early 1980s.


Much of the story during the first half of the 1970s was dominated by Stanley Norris' November 1971 murder and the ensuing trial as well as the exploits of villainesses Charlotte Waring and Kit Vested.

Charlotte (played by Victoria Wyndham and Melinda Fee) was murdered by Kit (Nancy Addison) on August 26, 1973 and then Kit herself was shot by Dr. Joe Werner (Anthony Call) in self-defense on April 24, 1974, after she had attempted to poison Dr. Sara McIntyre.

A pivotal character, off-and-on, until the spring of 1998, Roger Thorpe, was introduced on April 1, 1971. The role of Roger was originally proposed to be blonde, fair-skinned preppy type, a man who was dating his boss's daughter Holly. Ultimately, Michael Zaslow, a dark haired actor with a more ethnic appearance, was hired for the role instead by long-time casting director, Betty Rea.

Pressured by newer, more youth-oriented soap operas such as All My Children, Procter & Gamble hired head writers Bridget and Jerome Dobson during 1975, who started writing in November 1975. The Dobsons introduced a more nuanced, psychologically layered writing style, and included timely story lines, including a complex love/hate relationship between estranged spouses/step-siblings Roger and Holly.

They also created a number of well-remembered characters, including Rita Stapleton, whose complex relationships with Roger and Ed propelled much of the story for the remainder of the decade, Alan Spaulding, and Ross Marler, both of whom remained major characters into the 2000s.

The decision was made during the fall of 1977 to reintroduce the thought-dead character of Bill Bauer, in a major retcon. The other characters thought that he had died in an airplane crash in July 1969, but he was said to actually be alive. (Many viewers who had also paid attention to the show and story line back in September 1968, remembered that Bill was told he would only have nine more years to live.)

One of the problems with this return is that the Dobsons seemed not quite sure what to do with his return. Although it was shocking, at first, to many of the characters, Bill himself ended up being charged for a murder of a man in Vancouver (Mike got his father off for the crime, proving that it was an accident, rather quickly and by April 1978 Bill had left town, again. Although Bill returned briefly in November 1978, April 1980, and then again in July 1983 and in flashbacks in November 1983.)

Bill's return introduced the audience and the Bauers to another character that stayed on the show until September 1984, Hillary Kincaid, R. N. (Bauer), Bill's daughter (and thus Ed and Mike's half-sister; Bill had accidentally killed the man that Hillary originally thought was her father, but was actually her step-father) and she becomes a nurse at Cedars and a major character.

Surprising many viewers, Jerome and Bridget Dobson killed the show's young heroine, Leslie Jackson Bauer Norris Bauer in June 1976. Lynne Adams was reported at the time to want to leave the role and the Dobsons decided against recasting the part. Leslie was killed by a drunk driver. Her father, Dr. Steve Jackson, remained on the show for the remainder of the '70s, serving as a senior physician at Cedars and as a friend and companion to Bert Bauer.

In November 1975, the name was changed in the show's opening and closing visuals from "The Guiding Light" to "Guiding Light." On November 7, 1977, the show expanded to a full hour and was broadcast from 2:30 to 3:30 pm daily.

The series during the 1970s emphasized the Bauers and the Spauldings. Several notable characters were introduced.


Bridget and Jerome Dobson assumed the head writing duties of "As the World Turns" in late 1979. Former actor Douglas Marland, assumed the head writing reins of "Guiding Light" in 1979. He introduced many new characters, including the Reardon family. During May 1980, the show won its first "Outstanding Drama Series Daytime Emmy."

One of Marland’s most remembered stories featured the character of Carrie Todd Marler, played by Jane Elliot. Carrie was diagnosed with multiple personalities. Marland had barely delved into her psychosis when Elliot's contract was abruptly terminated by Executive Producer Allen M. Potter in 1982. As a result, Marland resigned in protest.

During the early 1980s, the show began to emphasize younger characters more, as an attempt to compete with the younger-skewing ABC serials.

A number of longtime characters were eliminated during this time, including Ben and Eve McFarren, Diane Ballard, Dr. Sara McIntyre, Adam Thorpe, Barbara Norris Thorpe, Justin Marler and Steve Jackson. Actress Lenore Kasdorf quit the show in 1981 and producers decided not to recast the role of Rita Stapleton Bauer, given how popular Kasdorf had been.

The Bauer family matriarch, Bertha "Bert" Bauer, died in March 1986, following the real-life death of Charita Bauer in 1985. The character was said initially to be visiting Meta Bauer for several months until a tribute episode could be constructed where the characters could mourn Bert's passing on screen.

An ever more complicated storyline emphasized the Bauer, Spaulding, Reardon, and Raines families.

Pam Long, actress and writer for NBC's Texas from 1981 to 1982, became head writer during 1983 and reemphasized the series on Freddy Bauer Phillip Spaulding, Mindy Lewis and Beth Raines. She also introduced characters Alexandra Spaulding (portrayed by actress Beverlee McKinsey of "Another World" and "Texas" fame) and Reva Shayne (played by Kim Zimmer).

The ratings in the mid- to late 1980s were solid and healthy. Pamela K. Long returned for a second head writer stint from 1987 to 1990.

The characters of Roger Thorpe and Holly Norris returned to the series during the late 1980s. Maureen Garrett reprised her role of Holly #2 in 1988, followed by Michael Zaslow as Roger in 1989.


With the new decade, the series' storytelling transitioned from Long's homespun style to a more realistic style with a new group of chief writers.

The Bauer, Spaulding, Lewis and Cooper families had been established as core families, and most major plot developments concerned them. The show generally held on in the middle of the pack as far as ratings went throughout the decade.

The show suffered major character losses mid-decade, including the car accident death of Maureen Bauer and the exit of Alexandra Spaulding from the story. As the decade progressed, the program developed a series of outlandish plot twists seemingly to compete with the serials Passions and Days of Our Lives.

In an attempt to revive the series, the character Reva Shayne was brought back to Springfield during April 1995. She'd been presumed dead for the previous five years, after having driven her car off of a bridge and into the water off the Florida Keys. Later that July, antiheroine Tangie Hill (played by Marcy Walker, who declined to renew her contract) was eliminated after nearly two years with the show in favor of the full-time return of fan favorite Nola Chamberlain, played by Lisa Brown.

During January 1996, soap opera veteran Mary Stuart joined the cast as Meta Bauer (though referred to many times over the years, the long-running character originally played by Ellen Demming had not been seen onscreen since 1974); the character remained on the show until Stuart's death during 2002.

In January 1998, Bethany Joy Lenz came to the show as "Teenage Reva Clone". Producers were so impressed with her acting and attitude during her three-week role as "Teenage Reva Clone" on the show that she was re-hired later that year in the contract role of "Michelle Bauer Santos" on the daytime serial. From 1999-2000.


The 2000s began with the division of the show into two locales: Springfield and the fictional island nation of San Cristobel. In Springfield, the Santos mob dynasty created much of the drama. Meanwhile, the royal Winslow family had their own series of intrigues with which to deal.

During 2002, however, San Cristobel was eliminated from the series and the mob's influence in the story was subsequently diminished and, with the departure of character Danny Santos during 2005, eliminated altogether. Also, "Guiding Light" celebrated its 50th Anniversary as a television show on June 30, 2002.

During 2004, former director and actress Ellen Wheeler (Emmy Award winner as an actress for the series "All My Children" and "Another World") took over as executive producer of "Guiding Light." She and writer David Kreizman made numerous changes to the sets, stories, and the cast.

Several veteran actors were eliminated, mainly because of budget decreases. Because of the lack of veteran influence, Wheeler reemphasized the youth of Springfield, especially the controversial pairing of cousins Jonathan and Tammy.

During 2006, an episode featured character Harley Cooper gaining heroic abilities. The episode was semi-continued in an 8-page story in select Marvel Comics productions.

The series had its 70th broadcast anniversary during 2007. The anniversary was commemorated with the initiation of website and a program of outreach, representing Irna Phillips' original message.

There was also a special episode during January 2007, with current cast members playing Phillips and some of the earlier cast members. The series also introduced special beginning credits commemorating the anniversary.

Despite low ratings, the show won 2007 Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Writing and Best Show (sharing Best Show with The Young and the Restless).

End of SeriesEdit

On April 1, 2009, CBS announced that it would not renew "Guiding Light" and the last broadcast date would be September 18, 2009.

Procter & Gamble initially announced that they would attempt to find another outlet to distribute the series, but later admitted that they had been unsuccessful in doing so, and that on September 18, 2009 after 57 years on television (preceded by 15 years on radio for a total broadcast history of 72 years), the series would end its broadcast history on CBS.

During the final weeks of the series, numerous characters from the series' past passed through Springfield one last time, culminating with Ed and Holly, who impulsively embarked on an unspecified journey together.

Alan Spaulding suffered from fatal heart failure during the final week, but not before resolving conflicts with many former adversaries, including Jonathan. Alan's death brought the characters together in a way that could not have happened while he was still alive.

Alexandra is especially distraught about Alan's death, but was pleased when Fletcher Reade came to the Spaulding Mansion after Alan's service, and convinced her to accompany him to Europe. Beth and Phillip have grown closer and decided to remarry; Mindy Lewis returned to Springfield for good, and she and Rick also became fonder of each other.

Reva and Josh had a discussion, and agreed that they each had their respective problems that they need to solve. Josh told Reva that he was leaving Springfield for a job for the next year, but proposes that he return one year from that date and, if by that time, she wants to reunite with him, she should meet him at the lighthouse and, if she is not there, he will assume she is not interested.

The final episode is pleasant, featuring many of the characters gathering in the park for a large picnic. Toward the end of the episode, it jumps forward one year, by which time, Phillip and Beth have reunited, as have Rick and Mindy. Olivia and Natalia, happy with their new baby, pick Raphael up, as he returns from the army.

The episode concludes with Josh arriving at the lighthouse (as promised) and finding Reva there. They declare their undying love. James, Ashlee and Daisy leave Springfield and relocate to Santa Barbara, California. Josh asks if Reva is packed, to go on an adventure. The two grab the luggage, and with Reva's young son, they climb into Josh's pick-up truck.

Josh says to Reva, "You ready?" She replies "Always." As the truck drives away with the lighthouse in the background, "The End" appears on the screen before a final fadeout. The song heard playing in the background during the final scene is "Together" by Michelle Branch.

The final episode also included the original tag line (with some revision) printed on the screen with the words: "There is a destiny that makes us FAMILY" (replacing the word 'brothers'), as well as quick film clips of each of the show's title cards and announcers during the six decades it was on television, leading to the show's former long-time beginning announcement: "And now, The Guiding Light".


Main CastEdit

Actor Character Duration
Grant Aleksander Phillip Spaulding 1982–84, 1986–91, 1996–2004, 2009
Murray Bartlett Cyrus Foley 2007–09
Robert Bogue A.C. Mallet 2005–09
Jeff Branson Shayne Lewis 2008–09
Mandy Bruno Marina Lewis 2004–09
Crystal Chappell Olivia Spencer 1999–2009
Jordan Clarke Billy Lewis 1974–76
1983–86, 1989–93, 1996–98, 1999–2009
Bradley Cole Jeffrey O'Neill 1999–2002, 2006
Daniel Cosgrove Bill Lewis 2002–05, 2007–09
Bonnie Dennison Daisy Lemay 2007–09
Justin Deas Buzz Cooper 1993–2009
Frank Dicopoulos Frank Cooper 1987–2009
Marj Dusay Alexandra Spaulding (#2) 1993–97, 1998–99, 2002–2009
Morgan Englund Dylan Lewis (#1) 1989–95, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2009
Maureen Garrett Holly Reade 1976–80, 1988–2006, 2009
Elizabeth Keifer Blake Marler 1992–2009
Jay Hammer Fletcher Reade 1984–98, 1999, 2009
Jessica Leccia Natalia Aitoro 2007–09
Karla Mosley Christina Boudreau 2008–09
Richard Muenz Jean-Luc
Robert Newman Josh Lewis 1981–84, 1986–91, 1993–2009
Michael O'Leary Dr. Rick Bauer 1983–86, 1987–91, 1995–2009
Tom Pelphrey Jonathan Randall 2004–09
Ron Raines Alan Spaulding 1994–2009
Marcy Rylan Lizzie Spaulding 2006–09
Lawrence Saint-Victor Remy Boudreau 2006–09
Nancy St. Alban Michelle Santos 2000–05, 2009
Peter Simon Ed Bauer 1981–84, 1986–96, 2002–04, 2009
Paul Anthony Stewart Danny Santos 1998–2005, 2009
Krista Tesreau Mindy Lewis 1983–89, 2004, 2009
Gina Tognoni Dinah Marler 2004–09
Caitlin Van Zandt Ashlee Wolfe 2006–09
Kim Zimmer Reva O'Neill 1983–90, 1995–2009

Recurring CastEdit

Actor Character Duration
George Alvarez Ray Santos 1999–2009
Nicholas Reese Art Zach Spaulding 2002–09
Kim Brockington Dr. Felicia Boudreau 2002–09
Orlagh Cassidy Doris Wolfe 1999–2009
Beth Chamberlin Beth Spaulding 1989–91, 1997–2009
Tyra Colar Leah Bauer 2009
Jeanne Cooper Cecilia 2009
Carey Cromelin Wanda Hite 2009
Robert Danza Jr. Jude Bauer
Olivia Dicopoulos Maureen Reardon 2009
Arielle Fleischer Clarissa Marler 2006–09
Peter Francis James Clayton Boudreau 2003–09
Patrick Gilbert Robbie Santos 2009
Kathryn Hall Emma Spaulding 2004–2008
Alexa Kaplan Sarah Randall 2009
Maeve Kinkead Vanessa Chamberlain 1980–87, 1989–2000, 2002, 2005–09
Kurt McKinney Matt Reardon 1994–2000, 2005–09
Narlee Rae Clarissa Marler 2009
Arielle Renwart Leah Bauer 2006–09
Gil Rogers Hawk Shayne 1985-92, 1995–97, 1999, 2002, 2004–06, 2008, 2009
Jennifer Roszell Eleni Cooper 1995–2002, 2006, 2009
Tina Sloan Lillian Raines 1983–2009
Stephen Zinnato Nolan 2001-04
Cally & Brooke Tarleton Hope Santos 2009
Jacqueline Tsirkin Emma Spaulding 2008–09
Miles Williams R.J. Jessup 2004–09

Past CastEdit

Actor Character Duration
Mary Kay Adams India von Halkein 1984-1987, 1990, 1998-1999, 2002, 2005
Millette Alexander Sara McIntyre 1968–1983
Terrell Anthony Rusty Shayne 1986–1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006
Kevin Bacon Tim (TJ) Werner 1980–1981
Scott Bailey Sandy Foster 2003–2006
Frank Beaty Brent Lawrence 1995-1996
Gregory Beecroft Tony Reardon 1981–1985
Nancy Bell Susan Bates Spaulding 1995-1996
Paulo Benedeti Jesse Blue 1997–2000
Barbara Berjer Barbara Thorpe 1971-1981, 1995-1996
David Bishins Daniel St. John 1990–1992
Tammy Blanchard Drew Jacobs 1997–2000
Hunt Block Ben Warren 1997–1999
Matthew Bomer Ben Reade 2001–2003
Joseph Breen Will Jeffries 1987-1989
Kimberly J. Brown Marah Lewis 1993–1998, 2006
Lisa Brown Nola Chamberlain 1980–1985, 1995–1998, 2009
Ryan Brown Bill Lewis III 1998–2001
Rebecca Budig Michelle Bauer 1995–1998
Bryan Buffington Bill Lewis III 1989–1998
William Bumiller Sean McCullough 1998-1999
Laura Bell Bundy Marah Lewis 1999–2001
Gregory Burke Ben Reade 1989-1996
Warren Burton Warren Andrews 1983–1987
Nadia Capone Francesca Vizzini 1991
Jean Carol Nadine Cooper Lewis 1988–1995, 2003, 2006
Keith Christopher Wyatt Sanders 1995–1996
Carolyn Ann Clark Leslie Ann Andrews 1981–1984
Marsha Clark Hillary Bauer 1978–1984
Bradley Cole Richard Winslow 1999–2002
Signy Coleman Annie Dutton (#2) 1998–1999, 2003
Joan Collins Alexandra Spaulding (#3) 2002
Jennifer Cooke Morgan Richards Nelson 1981–1983
Suzy Cote Samantha Marler 1989–1992
Kathleen Cullen Amanda Spaulding 1979–1983
Amy Cox Ecklund Abigail Blume Bauer 1995–2000
Barbara Crampton Mindy Lewis #4 1993–1995
Russell Curry David Grant #2 1995-1996
Patti D'Arbanville Selena Davis 1998–2000
Allison Daugherty Rae Rooney 1989-1990
Ruby Dee Martha Frazier 1967
Lynn Deerfield Holly Reade 1970-1976
Michael Dempsey Alan-Michael Spaulding 2005–2007
Elizabeth Dennehy Blake Marler 1988–1989
Leslie Denniston Maeve Stoddard 1985–1988
Kassie DePaiva Chelsea Reardon 1986–1991
Mark Derwin A.C. Mallet 1990–1993
Michael Dietz Alan-Michael Spaulding 1996–1997
Taye Diggs Adrian "Sugar" Hill 1997
Ellen Dolan Maureen Bauer #1 1982-1986
Aubrey Dollar Marina Cooper 2001–2004
Hilary Edson Eve Guthrie 1992–1995
Beth Ehlers Harley Cooper 1987–1993, 1997–2008
Jane Elliot Carrie Marler 1980–1982
Morgan Englund Dylan Lewis 1989–1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009
Ethan Erickson J. Chamberlain 1996–1998
Carl T. Evans Alan-Michael Spaulding 1987-1990
Judi Evans Beth Raines #1 1983–1986
Geoffrey C. Ewing Griffin Williams 1995–1998
Joel Fabiani Roger Thorpe 1992, 1994, 1995
Kristi Ferrell Roxie Shayne 1984–1988
Calista Flockhart Elise 1989
Michelle Forbes Dr. Sonni Carrera-Lewis/Solita Carrera 1987–1989
Nicole Forester Cassie Winslow (#2) 2005–2008
Paula Garces Pilar Santos 1999-2001
Maureen Garrett Holly Reade 1976–1980, 1988–2006, 2009
Brian Gaskill Dylan Lewis #2 2007–2008
Jennifer Gatti Dinah Marler #1 1986–1987
Stephanie Gatschet Tammy Winslow Randall 2002–2007, 2008
Ricky Paull Goldin Gus Aitoro 2001–2008
James Goodwin Johnny Bauer 1986-1990
Janet Grey Eve McFarren 1976–1982
Frank Grillo Hart Jessup #4 1996–1999
Ann Hamilton Mindy Lewis #3 1993
Jay Hammer Fletcher Reade 1984–1998, 1999, 2009
Melissa Hayden Bridget Lewis 1991–1997, 2009
Aaron Hart Jude Bauer 2005–2007
Rick Hearst Alan-Michael Spaulding 1990–1996
Peter Hermann Michael Burke 1997–1998
Marshall Hilliard Hart Jessup 1995–1996
Rebecca Hollen Trish Lewis 1982–1984
Scott Hoxby Patrick Cutter 1993–1995
Mart Hulswit Ed Bauer 1969–1981
Crystal Hunt Lizzie Spaulding 2003–2006
Doug Hutchison Sebastian Hulce 2004–2005
Fiona Hutchison Jenna Cooper 1992–1994, 1996–1998, 2006, 2009
Brody Hutzler Zachary Smith 1996-1997
Vincent Irizarry Lujack Lavonczek
Nick McHenry Spaulding
1991–1996, 1998
Allison Janney Ginger 1993–1995
Jessica Jimenez Catalina Santos 2000–2002
James Earl Jones Dr. Jim Frazier #2 1966
Melina Kanakaredes Eleni Cooper #1 1991–1995
Lenore Kasdorf Rita Bauer 1975–1981
Billy Kay Shayne Lewis 2000–2003
Harley Jane Kozak Annabelle Reardon 1983–1985
Sophia Landon Diane Ballard 1977–1981
Sharon Leal Dahlia Crede 1996–1999
Bethany Joy Lenz Michelle Santos #3 1998–2000
James Lipton Dr. Dick Grant 1953
Nia Long Kat Speakes 1991–1994
David Andrew Macdonald Edmund Winslow 1999–2005, 2008–2009
Marko Maglich Johnny "Dub" Taylor 1984–1985 
Kevin Mambo Marcus Williams 1995–1998
Amelia Marshall Gilly Speakes 1989–1996
Stephen Martines Tony Santos 2003–2005
Lauren C. Mayhew Marah Lewis 1998–1999
MacKenzie Mauzy Lizzie Spaulding 2000–2002
Lindsey McKeon Marah Lewis 2001–2004
Rachel Miner Michelle Bauer 1989–1995
Wendy Moniz Dinah Marler #3 1995–1999
Kelly Neal Sid Dickerson 1994–1995
Alexandra Neil Rose McLaren 1987-1989
Roger Newman Kenneth Norris 1970-1972, 1973-1975, 1998-1999
Tom Nielsen Floyd Parker 1980–1985
Christopher Norris Rebecca Nash 1992
Patrick O'Connell Neil Everest 1989-1990
Thomas O'Rourke Justin Marler 1976–1983
Petronia Paley Vivian Grant 1992-1997
Hayden Panettiere Lizzie Spaulding 1996–2000
Ellen Parker Maureen Bauer 1986–1993, 1997, 1999, 2004
Dennis Parlato Roger Thorpe #2 1997-1998
Ashley Peldon Marah Lewis 1989–1991
Denise Pence Katie Parker 1977–1985
Christopher Pennock Justin Marler 1990–1991
Jeff Phillips Hart Jessup 1991–1992
Cindy Pickett Jackie Marler 1976–1980
Christina Pickles Linell Conway 1970–1972
George Pilgrim J. Chamberlain 1996
Mark Pinter Mark Evans
Brad Green
Victoria Platt Vicky Spaulding 1998-2000
Katell Pleven Dana Jones 1989-1990
Toby Poser Amanda Spaulding #2 1995–1998
Susan Pratt Claire Ramsey 1983-1986, 2000-2002
James Rebhorn Bradley Raines 1983–1985, 1989
Susan Douglas Rubes Kathy Grant 1952–1958
Jennifer Roszell Eleni Cooper 1995–1999, 2001–2002, 2006–2009
Katie Sagona Tammy Winslow 1997-2002
Saundra Santiago Carmen Santos 1999-2000, 2001-2003
Sonia Satra Lucy Cooper 1993–1997
Geoffrey Scott Billy Lewis 1993–1994
Jocelyn Seagrave Julie Camaletti 1991–1994
Monti Sharp David Grant #1 1992–1995
John Wesley Shipp Kelly Nelson 1980–1984
Kimberley Simms Mindy Lewis 1989–1992, 1997
Peter Simon Ed Bauer 1981–1984, 1986–1996, 2002–2004, 2009
Michelle Ray Smith Ava Peralta 2005–2008, 2009
Jimmy Smits unknown character 1983
Mira Sorvino Julie Camaletti 1991
Brittany Snow Susan 'Daisy' Lemay 1998–2001
Leonard Stabb Hart Jessup 1993
Sherry Stringfield Blake Marler 1989–1992
William Bell Sullivan Gary Swanson 1989-1990
Terrell Tilford David Grant #3 1998-2001
Paige Turco Dinah Marler 1987–1989
Michael Tylo Quint Chamberlain 1981–1985, 1996–1997
Richard Van Vleet Ed Bauer 1984–1986
Jordi Vilasuso Tony Santos 2000–2003
Jerry verDorn Ross Marler 1979–2005
Helen Wagner Trudy Palmer 1952
Christopher Walken Michael 'Mike' Bauer 1954–1956
Marcy Walker Tangie Hill 1993–1995
Cynthia Watros Annie Dutton 1994–1998
Marty West Shayne Lewis 2003–2004
Michael Wilding Jr. Jackson Freemont 1985–1987
Billy Dee Williams Dr. Jim Frazier #1 1966
Michael Woods Jim Reardon 1983–1985
Laura Wright Cassie Layne Winslow #1 1997–2005
Ramy Zaza Jeffrey Morgan 1997-1998
Ian Ziering Cameron Stewart 1986–1988

Deceased Cast MembersEdit

Actor Character Duration Date of Death
Anthony Addabbo Jim Lemay 1999-2000 October 18, 2016
Nancy Addison Kit Vested 1969–1974 June 18, 2002
David Bailey Alan Spaulding 1979 November 25, 2004
Daniel von Bargen Joe Morrison 1993 March 1, 2015
Patricia Barry Sally Gleason 1985-1987 October 11, 2016
Charita Bauer Bert Bauer 1950–1984 (1950-1952, Radio only; 1952-1956, Radio and Television; 1956-1984, Television only) February 28, 1985
Charles Baxter John Brooks 1954-1955 April 9, 1998
Ed Begley Rev. Dr. Paul Keeler #1 1952 April 28, 1970
Ralph Bell Brandon Spaulding 1983 August 2, 1998
Paul Benedict Mr. Pratt 1999 December 1, 2008
Joan Bennett Herself 1982 December 7, 1990
Barbara Berjer Barbara Norris #2 1971–1981, 1995-1996 October 20, 2002
Christopher Bernau Alan Spaulding#1 1977–1984, 1986–1988 June 14, 1989
Zina Bethune Robin Lang 1958 February 12, 2012
John Boruff Henry Benedict #2 1962-1966 January 12, 1993
Don Briscoe Unknown October 31, 2004
Lydia Bruce Alexandra Spaulding von Halkein 1984 May 7, 2008
Ed Bryce Bill Bauer #2 1959-1963, 1965-1969, 1977-1978, 1983, 1986-1999 December 6, 1999
Robert Burr Professor Blackburn 1986 May 13, 2000
Kay Campbell Helene Benedict 1957-1964 May 27, 1985
Adolph Ceasar Zamana 1984 March 6, 1986
Don Chastain Pharaoh 1989 August 9, 2002
James Coco Carlo Fontini 1986-1987 February 25, 1987
Whitfield Connor Mark Holden 1955-1956, 1957-1961, July 16, 1988
Linda Cook Brenda Jensen 2003 April 12, 2012
Jeanne Cooper Wedding Guest 2009 May 8, 2013
Geraldine Court Jennifer Richards 1982 November 20, 2010
Augusta Dabney Barbara Norris #1 1970-1971 February 4, 2008
Curt Dawson Peter Chapman 1977-1980 January 13, 1985
Ruby Dee Martha Frazier 1967 June 11, 2014
Lynn Deerfield Holly Norris Bauer #1 1970-1976 November 11, 2011
Ellen Demming Meta Bauer Banning #2 1953–1974 February 7, 2002
William Duell Maurice 1999 December 22, 2011
Dana Elcar District Attorney Andrew Murray 1962 June 6, 2005
Gwyllum Evans Captain Dan 1986 March 18, 1990
Larry Gates Harlan "H.B." Lewis 1983–1995 December 12, 1996
Robert Gerringer Adam Thorpe #1 1970 November 8, 1989
Theo Goetz Fredrich "Papa" Bauer (1949-1952 Radio only; 1952-1956, Radio & Television; 1956-1972, Television only) December 29, 1972
Nicolette Goulet Dr. Meredith Reade Bauer 1987–1989 April 17, 2008
Ernest Graves Alex Bowden 1963-1966 June 1, 1983
Margaret Gwenver Dr. Margaret Sedwick 1982–2007 October 18, 2010
Richard Hamilton Logan Stafford 1981 December 21, 2004
Timothy John "T.J." Hargrave Timothy John "T.J." Werner #1 1975-1977 September 11, 2001
Kenneth Harvey Dr. Emmett Sott #1 1976 June 6, 1979
Ben Hayes Dr. Joseph "Joe" Werner #1 1966-1967 May 12, 1996
Benjamin Hendrickson Silas Crocker 1982 July 1, 2006
Michael Higgins Stanley "Stan" Norris #1 1970 November 5, 2008
Barnard Hughes Dr. Bruce Banning #2 1961-1966 July 11, 2006
Casey Hutchison Susan Prescott 1960-1985 March 2, 2015
Graham Jarvis Charles Eiler 1971-1972 April 16, 2003
Bernard Kates Ben Scott 1965-1968 February 2, 2010
Mandel Kramer District Attorney Richard Hanley 1953 January 29, 1989
Paul Larson Jack Haskell 1966 July 6, 1989
Frank Latimore Dr. Emmett Scott #2 1976-1979 November 29, 1998
Rita Lloyd Lucille Wexler 1978–1981 September 6, 2009
Larkin Malloy Kyle Sampson 1985-1987 September 28, 2016
Joseph Maher Whitney Foxton 1978 July 17, 1998
Paul McGrath Henry Benedict #4 1967 April 13, 1978
Barney McFadden Andrew "Andy" Norris #1 1975; 1996-1999; 2003-2006 March 9, 2006
Beverlee McKinsey Alexandra Spaulding #1 1984–1992 May 2, 2008
Barbara Meek Verne Garrison 1992 October 3, 2015
Herbert Nelson Joe Roberts 1952-1955 July 19, 1990
Roger Newman Kenneth Norris 1970-1975, 1998-1999 March 4, 2010
Alan North Jack Bauer 1988 January 19, 2000
Carrie Nye Carrie Curruthers, Susan Piper 1984, 2003–2006 July 14, 2006
Vince O'Brien Grove Mason, "Pops" Cooper 1967-1970, 1989-1990; 1995-2009 June 19, 2010
Gerald S. O'Laughlin Lt. Carl Wyatt 1965 July 31, 2015
Tom O'Rourke Justin Marler 1982 September 13, 2009
Maureen O'Sullivan Miss Emma Witherspoon 1984 June 23, 1998
Peter Pagan Alfredo 1986 June 2, 1999
Robert Pickering Michael "Mike" Bauer #5 1968 August 15, 1995
Nancy Pinkerton Helen Kennedy 1985 March 4, 2010
Ed Prentiss Richard Grant 1953 March 19, 1992
James Pritchett Man in Emergency Room late 1980s March 15, 2011
Lester Rawlins Henry Benedict #3 1967 March 22, 1988
James Rebhorn Bradley Raines 1983-1985, 1989 March 21, 2014
Lee Reherman Ralphie Sullivan 2000 February 29, 2016
Ethel Remey Elsie Miller Franklin 1956–1957 February 28, 1979
Mel Ruick Reverend Dr. Keeler 1953 December 24, 1972
Jack Ryland Lt. Wally Campbell 1969 January 5, 2007
William Roerick Bruce Banning
Henry Chamberlain
November 30, 1995
Nick Santino Father Soto 2002 January 25, 2012
Marian Seldes Madame Ava 1998 October 6, 2014
Madeleine Sherwood Betty Eiler 1971-1972 April 23, 2016
Ted Sorel Eric Luvonaczek 1991-1992 November 30, 2010
Don Stewart Mike Bauer 1968–1984, 1997 January 9, 2006
Stefan Schnabel Dr. Stephen Jackson 1966–1981 March 11, 1999
Eugene Smith William "Bill" Bauer #3 1964 October 1, 2012
Philip Sterling George Hayes 1963-1968 November 30, 1998
Mary Stuart Meta Bauer Banning #3 1996–2002 February 28, 2002
Lyle Sudrow Bill Bauer #1 1952-1959 May 6, 2006
Elizabeth Swados Gretel Halsey 1993, 1999 January 5, 2016
Wayne Tippit Dr. Carl Richards, Alan Spaulding 1974, 1982 August 28, 2009
Ron Tomme Mr McLaren 1989 January 29, 2005
Eugene Troobnick Stavros Kouperakis 1991–1995 February 19, 2003
Sydney Walker Dr. Bruce Banning #3 1970-1971 September 30, 1994
Ruth Warrick Janet Johnson, RN 1953 January 15, 2005
Larry Weber Clarence Bailey 1982 April 29, 2003
Kate Wilkinson Viola Stapleton 1976–1981 February 9, 1993
Vince Williams Hampton Speakes 1989–1996 January 6, 1997
Michael Zaslow Roger Thorpe 1971–1980, 1989–1997 December 6, 1998
Ed Zimmermann Dr. Joe Werner #1 1967-1972 July 6, 1972

Broadcast HistoryEdit

Unlike most popular radio serials transitioning to television, "The Guiding Light" had no difficulty holding onto its old listening audience and simultaneously earning a new television fanbase.

At the time, the show made its television debut (neither ABC nor NBC had broadcast programs on their respective networks at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 Central where CBS first placed "The Guiding Light").

However, six months into the run, the network moved the serial to a timeslot that gave it great popularity with its housewife audience: 12:45 p.m./11:45 a.m. It kept the new timeslot for the next 15 years and eight months, sharing the half-hour with its sister Procter & Gamble-packaged soap opera "Search for Tomorrow."

The Guiding Light handled the competition breezily, even against otherwise-legendary shows such as "Queen for a Day" on ABC (briefly in 1960) and NBC's "Truth or Consequences". Usually, "The Guiding Light" ranked second in the Nielsen ratings behind another serial "As the World Turns."

However, the year 1968 saw changing viewership trends that prompted CBS to expand its last two 15-minute daytime dramas, disrupting long-standing viewing habits.

"Search for Tomorrow" took over the entire 12:30–1/11:30–12:00 noon period with "The Guiding Light" returning to its first timeslot, 2:30/1:30, albeit in the now-standard half-hour format, on September 9.

This twin bill of expansions also caused the dislocation of The Secret Storm and the beloved Art Linkletter's House Party, as well as the cancellation of the daytime To Tell the Truth. The next 12 years brought several similar shifts around CBS' lineup.

The 1970s saw the popularity of "The Guiding Light" dip somewhat. The competition imposed upon The Guiding Light during this decade was from other serials such as The Doctors on NBC, but it still garnered decent ratings.

After four years, CBS bumped its timeslot up by a half-hour to accommodate Procter & Gamble's demand that "The Edge of Night" move to 2:30/1:30, a move that led to the end of that show on CBS three years later.

In the meantime, "The Guiding Light" stayed steadily on course against NBC's Days of Our Lives and ABC's "The Newlywed Game".

In late 1974, ABC replaced "The Newlywed Game" with The $10,000 Pyramid, which went on to garner strong ratings, but not greatly at "The Guiding Light"'s expense. Meanwhile, by fall 1975 (at which point the show had officially dropped the word "The" from its title, although it was still referred to as "The Guiding Light" on air for several years after), the impending departure of "The Edge of Night" for ABC (to say nothing of CBS' planned expansion of some serials) affected Guiding Light by pushing it back to 2:30/1:30 once more in December.

At that time, NBC still ran "The Doctors" in the 2:30 slot and ABC had a short-lived hit the next year with an updated version of the game show "Break the Bank." To complicate the picture further, ABC opted to make its first show expansions, that of "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" in July 1976; each of those shows occupied one-half of a 90-minute block until November 4, 1977.

With this in mind, ABC and CBS acted to give a contending chance to both General Hospital and "Guiding Light" by expanding them to an hour in length. CBS did so first by expanding the show on November 7, 1977.

This gained particular importance when ABC finally added 15 minutes to both "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" on January 16, 1978, so that "Guiding Light" straddled those two programs, as well as the first half of sister P&G show "Another World" on NBC.

Despite that General Hospital surprising all observers by skyrocketing from near-cancellation to the top place in the ratings with the various storylines, "Guiding Light" held its own while in direct competition with "General Hospital" still hit an upswing as the decade ended.

On February 4, 1980, CBS bumped "Guiding Light" down again to 3pm/2c and its sister P&G soap "As The World Turns" to 2pm/1c, in the midst of a major scheduling shuffle intended to give "The Young and the Restless" (itself now expanding to an hour length) a shot at beating ABC's "All My Children". NBC did the same with its soap operas as well with all three networks now going head-head in every time slot.

It remained in this time slot for the rest of its run in some markets, facing General Hospital and NBC entries such as "Texas" (a spin off of "Another World"), "The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour" and "Santa Barbara", but none of these shows (not even General Hospital") had any significant impact on the ratings of "Guiding Light" at 3:00 pm during this period.

Overall, the first half of the 1980s saw a revival in "Guiding Light"'s popularity with a top-five placing achieved in most years and even a brief dethroning of then-powerhouse General Hospital from the #1 ratings spot for three consecutive weeks. However, as the decade progressed, the ratings slipped a bit, although it was still performing solidly.

In 1995, beginning with CBS flagship station WCBS-TV in New York, "Guiding Light" began airing at 10 a.m. Eastern time in several markets.

Its once-solid performance began to crumble by the mid-1990s when its ratings sunk as low as ninth place out of ten. However, during the controversial clone storyline in 1998, the ratings experienced a brief resurgence, moving up to fifth for many weeks that summer. Nielsen reported "Guiding Light" had 5 million viewers in 1999.


Daytime Emmy Awards


  • 1980 Outstanding Daytime Drama Series
  • 1981 Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series
  • 1982 Outstanding Daytime Drama Series
  • 1982 Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series
  • 1982 Outstanding Achievement in Any Area of Creative Technical Crafts (Technical Direction/Electronic Camerawork)
  • 1983 Outstanding Achievement in Any Area of Creative Technical Crafts (Lighting Direction)
  • 1984 Outstanding Achievement in Design Excellence for a Daytime Drama Series
  • 1985 Outstanding Direction for a Drama Series
  • 1985 Outstanding Achievement by a Drama Series Design Team – Ronald M. Kelson
  • 1986 Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
  • 1986 Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Drama Series
  • 1986 Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama Series
  • 1987 Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Drama Series
  • 1987 Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Drama Series
  • 1990 Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
  • 1991 Outstanding Original Song: "Love Like This"
  • 1991 Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
  • 1992 Outstanding Original Song: "I Knew That I'd Fail"
  • 1992 Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
  • 1992 Outstanding Achievement in Graphics and Title Design
  • 1993 Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team
  • 1993 Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series
  • 1994 Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team
  • 1994 Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
  • 1995 Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama Series
  • 1995 Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Drama Series
  • 1996 Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
  • 1996 Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Drama Series
  • 1996 Outstanding Live and Direct-to-Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series
  • 1996 Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama Series
  • 1998 Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
  • 1998 Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama Series
  • 1998 Outstanding Original Song: "Hold Me"
  • 2007 Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series
  • 2007 Outstanding Daytime Drama Series (tie, with The Young and the Restless)
  • 2007 Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
  • 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series
  • 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct To Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series
  • 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing


  • 1983 Lifetime Achievement Award: Charita Bauer (Bert Bauer)
  • 1984 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Judi Evans Luciano (Beth Raines)
  • 1985 Distinguished Service to Daytime Television: Charita Bauer (Bert Bauer) *[posthumous]
  • 1985 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne)
  • 1985 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Larry Gates (H.B. Lewis)
  • 1987 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne)
  • 1990 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne)
  • 1991 Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding)
  • 1992 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maeve Kinkead (Vanessa Chamberlain)
  • 1993 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ellen Parker (Maureen Reardon)
  • 1993 Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Monti Sharp (David Grant)
  • 1994 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe)
  • 1994 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper)
  • 1994 Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Melissa Hayden (Bridget Reardon)
  • 1995 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper)
  • 1995 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler)
  • 1996 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler)
  • 1996 Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Mambo (Marcus Williams)
  • 1997 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper)
  • 1997 Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Mambo (Marcus Williams)
  • 1998 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Cynthia Watros (Annie Dutton)
  • 2002 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer)
  • 2003 Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos)
  • 2006 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne)
  • 2006 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jordan Clarke (Billy Lewis)
  • 2006 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler)
  • 2006 Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall)
  • 2008 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler)
  • 2008 Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall)
  • 2009 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis)

Other Awards

  • Writers Guild of America Award (1980, 1992, 2005)
  • Directors Guild of America Award (2005)

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