I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life on Guiding Light and Beyondby Kim Zimmer, Laura Morton
As the notorious Reva Shayne on the daytime television drama Guiding Light, Kim Zimmer portrayed a vixen, a manic-depressive, an Amish woman, a time traveler, a Civil War belle, a talk show host, a cancer survivor, a loving mother, and a devoted wife. In her more than two decades on the show, she earned eleven Daytime Emmy nominations and four wins, not to mention a legion of loving fans. Now, in this heartfelt memoir, Zimmer delves into her experiences as a daytime diva.
Packed with on- and off-set photographs and behind-the-scenes information, blatantly honest and wildly indiscreet, I’m Just Sayin’ tells all in an insightful journey through the parallel lives of Reva Shayne and Kim Zimmer—and the true stories behind the longest-running drama in television and radio history.
"The first job I ever had was on a soap opera, and the first great actress I ever worked with was one of the stars of that show, Kim Zimmer. Kim showed me, early on, that acting required talent, but also hard work—and most of all that it had to be fun. And no one, over these many years, has proven to be more talented and more fun than Kim. She is a woman to love" — Alec Baldwin
To many fans, it seemed only fitting that the last word spoken ("Always!") on TV's marathon-running Guiding Light was read by Reva Shayne, the mercurial character portrayed by Kim Zimmer. During two extended stints (1983-1990, 1995-2009) on the daytime drama, the four-time Emmy award winner experienced time-travel metamorphoses and life crises far beyond the range of even this memoir's subtitle. Zimmer's delightfully outrageous memoir brings you inside the life of this daytime diva and the heart-tugging show she helped sustain. Colorful photos; insider stories; good gossip.
Four-time Emmy winner Zimmer, best known as Reva "The Slut of Springfield" Shayne on Guiding Light, chronicles her career and shares behind-the-scenes gossip from the daytime drama.
Achieving longevity on a soap opera is no mean feat, and the author can't help but brag about surviving daytime TV as a manic-depressive, cancer-surviving, time-traveling vixen for close to three decades. Weaving between her own life and that of her character, the author lets it all loose as she revisits her career both on and off the screen. "I had it made," she writes. "I got to have affairs and live out almost every fantasy possible through the characters I played on TV." Zimmer shares the laughs and tears she experienced with fellow cast and crewmembers, her real-life struggle with alcohol and subsequent DUI arrest and a look at the zany scripts that led to her character being thrice-resuscitated from the beyond. That all came to a screeching halt in 2009 when the network pulled the plug on Guiding Light after a 72-year run (it began life as a radio serial in 1937). Ratings were down, core characters were pushing retirement age and a new writer and producer couldn't manage to turn things around. But Zimmer's here to relive it all as both herself and Reva. As one fan recently moaned to the actress-turned-author, "You're my family. What are we supposed to do now?"
Die-hard Guiding Light fans should enjoy the book. Others? Not so much.
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Four-time Emmy Award-winner Kim Zimmer is a star of television and the stage. In 1983 she joined the cast of Guiding Light and stayed with the series for more than two decades, in which she earned a total of eleven Emmy nominations and twelve Soap Opera Digest nominations (with two wins).
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Kim Zimmer, famous star of Guiding Light, the well-known soap opera of afternoon television for decades, tells her engaging story as an actress. Whether you are a die-hard fan of this eminent TV show or just interested in what makes actresses tick, this is a very readable and interesting look at the personal and professional life of an actress. Sometimes actresses and their world get a bum rap, and this book is probably more about the norms of such a life than the seedy, outrageous reports that the media often choose to focus on! It's much more enjoyable herein! Kim Zimmer describes how she was bitten by the "acting" bug at a very early age. Her family always supported her, albeit somewhat worried about the erratic nature of the acting profession. Her years in Chicago are carefully described, a choice of location that she deems truly shaped her skills as an actress in a more positive way than would have been possible in New York or Los Angeles. During that time, she describes the famous actors and actresses she got to work with who helped shape and mentor her acting skills. Finally, she landed a job with the TV show, The Doctors, which was short-lived but taught her that she could indeed do this type of work Then we learn of her marriage to A. C. Weary, fellow actor, which led eventually to the birth of her three children. A. C. is a stay-at-home Dad for quite a while in order to support Kim in her evolving career. Their deep love and respect for each other is obvious. Finally, Kim tracks the history, development and eventual demise of The Guiding Light, the show on which she spent so many years acting as the character Reva Shayne in multiple plots and counter-plots. This is the most fascinating part of this memoir as Zimmer describes the role that actors, actresses, producers, directors, make-up artists, agents and more play in making a show run smoothly, addressing the needs of all. It's also the world where the viewer or reader begins to see the role of advertisers and sponsors in not only financially supporting a show but in calling the shots in areas such as wardrobes, number of actors and actresses, and much more. Even aside from the above synopsis, there is so much more in this funny, intimate, passionate, and dynamic memoir. Kim Zimmer has penned a book that will do much for the profession of acting and opened a world to readers of all types, one that is guaranteed to rivet and perhaps even motivate readers galore! Very, very nicely done, Kim Zimmer!