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

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

by Kim Zimmer, Laura Morton

NOOK Book(eBook)

View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101517321
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,042,494
File size: 13 MB
Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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).

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

What People are Saying About This

Alec Baldwin

"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"

Susan Flannery

“This book is brassy and bodacious, just like the author. A riotous read."

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

I'm Just Sayin'! 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
cwellnz More than 1 year ago
I have watched Guiding Light forever! Kim takes you into her life as an actress and some personal issues which I admire her for telling. I could not put her book down. If you were a Guiding Light fan, this a must read.
Cindy Ackley More than 1 year ago
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!
PattiM46 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on Sunday and by Monday I was done: could not put it down. I laughed and cried. How I miss my Guiding Light! this book brought so much insight to the behind the scenes of what goes on in a soap. From day 1 of Kim's first appearance on GL she had me hooked and she did again with her book. I have the last few episodes saved and I treasure them as I will this book. Her no holds bar approach in her fight to keep the show a float as it was drowning a slow death and her love for her family both personal and professional. Thank you Kim!
Jchsb More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have been a fan of Kim Zimmer like I have for so many years, you will enjoy this book. I have always thought she is a superb actress. She could make me cry so easily. The book tells us a lot about her real life, and the Guiding Light life. I have always thought she was a gutsy broad, and still do. It was fun to go behind the scenes on Guilding Light too. I watched her on Guiding Light from her first day on. I. like so many others, miss "Josh and Reva". There was a magic between them.
LFM400 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago