Reporting Brenda Waters
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When the longest running daytime drama was canceled two years ago, the faces and characters of “Guiding Light” were gone forever.
But many of those soap opera stars have re-invented themselves, and one soap legend is now making a comeback.
Kim Zimmer, also known as the character “Reva Shayne” on ”Guiding Light” for 28 years, didn’t like the way the show was canceled. She told KDKA’s Brenda Waters that people had a lot of questions, so she wrote a book.
“I’m gonna give them some answers, it’s my opinion,” said Zimmer. “I’m just sayin’.”
“I’m Just Sayin’!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva” is the title of Zimmer’s book.
She began writing it on April Fool’s Day 2009, the day “Guiding Light” was canceled.
“That night I got legal pads and started spewing venom on the page because I was so angry,” said Zimmer.
Zimmer says the 300-page book is a cross section of her years on “Guiding Light,” her life afterwards and battle with menopause and depression over the end of the show.
“I take a real journey and I bring people along on this journey. It’s not a book that you sit there and read,” said Zimmer. “I had a lot of people say it’s like sitting there next to me and whispering stories in their ears.”
The crowd at Zimmer’s book signing in Homestead were ready for the journey – every seat was filled as they listened to the answers to all kinds of questions, including which of her seven husbands was the best kisser.
“They were all really, really good kissers,” said Zimmer.
Zimmer took pictures with her fans, they took pictures of her, she signed their books and they listened to her stories.
Meanwhile, the soap legend says she is doing a lot of theater these days and has other options as well.
“I [can] come and take your job. I come down and take Brenda Waters,” Zimmer joked.