I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life on Guiding Light and Beyond

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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.

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Overview

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.

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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.

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Although some may not have heard of four-time Emmy winner Zimmer, big soap opera fans know about Reva Shayne, the character she played on Guiding Light for 25 years. Zimmer spends the bulk of her memoir on what led to the show's cancellation in 2009, primarily arguing that a new producer drove it into the ground. Despite the book's subtitle, she writes that she is just a regular gal from Michigan who is friends with everyone. Yet Zimmer has many strong feelings about what made the show great (she did), and it's obvious she thinks she could have done a better job of producing it. As her book went to press, Zimmer had snagged a role on One Life To Live, another popular soap, and she was looking forward to a long run there. That one was recently cancelled, too. VERDICT For soap fans who care about the real life behind the character. Most libraries can pass on this one; there will be much more demand for Susan Lucci's recent All My Life.—Rosy Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451234902
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 248,953
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Zimmer

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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Table of Contents

A Letter to the Reader ix

Introduction 1

1 April Fools'! 7

2 My Early Days 19

3 New York, New York 39

4 The Role of Mom Will Be Played by Kim Zimmer 57

5 Guiding Light: The Early Days 69

6 Memorable Characters 87

7 The Family Business 99

8 Leaving Guiding Light ... the First Time 111

9 Backstage Pass 119

10 How I Died Three Times and Lived to Tell About It! 133

11 Seven Husbands 147

12 Everything's Coming Up Rosie 167

13 Success Is the Best Revenge 175

14 Don't Call Me Diva! 191

15 Seventy Years Strong and We Were Dying 203

16 The Storm Before the Calm 223

17 Losing Mom 233

18 The Show Must Go On 257

19 So Long, Springfield 275

20 Fate 289

Epilogue 299

Acknowledgments 301

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Great book.

    I loved this book. It brought me back to the show that I grew up watching everyday. It could have ended better with Kim saying that GL was coming back!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Highly recommend

    I watched the Guilding Light for years and when Kim lefted I stopped watching. Loved the book it had her life as Kim and her as Reva twisted together. I will read it again for sure as Im sure I missed a thing or two. Great read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    Personally, I think Kim did a wonderful job on this book.  It sh

    Personally, I think Kim did a wonderful job on this book.  It shows just how passionate Kim was about playing Reva.  She opens up about the struggles she went through on a personal level as she fought to keep Reva’s character true to who she was and how she fought to keep the show’s integrity when they changed the format towards the end that we fans all hated.  I was surprised at some of the things the powers that be wanted to do to the show and what they did do to some of the actors.  Kim gIves a lot of insight as to what happened in the final years.  If you were a fan of Guiding Light, a fan of Reva, and a fan of Kim, you should enjoy reading this book.  It brought back memories that I had forgotten and memories I will never forget.  I think it was ballsy of Kim to write this book and it deserves a read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Guiding Light Fans

    Guiding Light Fans you'll love this book! Kim gives great insight what its like behind the secenes of a wonderful show. Thanks Kim for writting this book.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

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    Kim Zimmer, famous star of Guiding Light, the well-known soap op

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    Sadly, confirmed my suspicions.

    Loved GL - grew up watching it, and once VCR/DVR became available, always recorded it. It was my guilty pleasure.
    Honestly, I was never a member of the Reva Shayne fan club. Sometimes I liked her, sometimes I hated her, and most times I just wished she'd go away. If she wasn't the center of attention, then there was something wrong with the world. In "real life" I don't like self-absorbed people like that, which explains why I didn't on the show, either.
    That being said - I wanted to read this book because I always figured I was being unfair to KZ because I didn't like the way the writers wrote her character. Unfortunately, after reading this book, my gut feelings were confirmed. There was a lot of KZ in Reva.
    It was an "okay" read, I guess. Definitely a book about KZ - very little about anyone else. Which was to be expected, given the subject and author. However - I no longer feel guilty painting KZ with the paintbrush of my dislike of Reva Shayne. :)

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