For those who were fans of Guiding Light, the now defunct show that was the longest running soap (seventy plus years!), Kim teases us with moments behind the scenes, with those characters we loved to watch, and sharing what we already knew: that soap actors are real people, with flaws, foibles, and fun quirks.
I especially enjoyed reading more about her personal history, beginning with her stint on The Doctors (another defunct soap); her moments in the eighties on One Life to Live (where she has now reprised a role she created back then); but most of all, the life and times of Reva Shayne, the role that made her famous on Guiding Light.
I recall loving Guiding Light most in its heyday (the eighties), when sets were gorgeous, as were the characters. Those days began to slowly disappear as budgets tightened. Zimmer’s description of how the “fadeout” began around 2007, with those awful hand held cameras and outdoor shots, with close-ups nobody should have to suffer, and how that all transformed the soap, and not in a good way…that story lends an insider’s perspective on the true “death” of this show.
Not just a scrutiny about Guiding Light, though, I’m Just Sayin’!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva is an honest, in-depth look into one woman’s life, including some very dark moments she suffered after “the end” of the show. This tale offers a portrayal of a journey and how to resurrect one’s life even when it seems to be over.
I loved this story, as well as the genre it represents. Long live soaps! No matter if they end up on the web, or another network. At the end of this book, Zimmer leaves us with this parting shot:
“How many out-of-work soap opera stars does it take to start their own network…? Hmmmm?
I’m Just Sayin’!”