“Guiding Light” went off the air after 72 years this afternoon. The Guinness Book of World Records has called the show the world’s longest-running television drama.
There will always be a place in my heart for the long-running soap, “Guiding Light”. I used to watch the show during my Junior year at Molloy College back in 1995.
I used to get a kick out of India Von Halken (played by Mary Kay Adams) try to use Phillip Spaulding for his money and even faking a pregnancy to get him to marry him. Whenever India came on the TV screen, I used to have a saying I always heard during ROTC advanced camp.
“INDIA!! NUMBER ONE!! IF SHE CAN’T DO IT, IT CAN’T BE DONE!!”
There were many other memorable characters on the show, especially Reva Shayne (played by Kim Zimmer). She was the town hussy and would always get her man in the end.
If you want to see her in a pre-Reva role, check out the 1981 film, “Body Heat”. She plays a key role in the film.
I also remember H.B. Lewis (the late Larry Gates) back in the day. But, not for “GL”.
I’ll always remember him from another classic scene in the 1967 film “In The Heat Of The Night”. Playing landowner Endicott, he famously slapped Sidney Poitier’s character, Virgil Tibbs, who immediately slapped him back.
Here’s an official tribute video made by Michael Fairman, a long-time soap opera journalist and producer. Fans were disappointed in the 90 second tribute aired at the Daytime Emmys last month. He released the original, uncut version of his tribute so that fans can see what he had planned to air during the Emmy telecast.
They say all good things must come to an end. In “GL” case, it was a fitting end to a great soap.
The light’s finally out!