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Guiding Light-related news from 2002
It's impossible to keep up with all of the twists and turns from the world of soaps. Luckily, soapcentral.com has done it for you. Our News Archive has a listing of every news story ever posted on our site.
Here are some of the news stories posted on soapcentral.com during 2002 that focus on Guiding Light or past and present GL performers. To read any of the articles listed below, simply click on the appropriate link.


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January 2002
There are unconfirmed reports that Wesley A. Ramsey (Sam Spencer) has been released from his contract with Guiding Light.
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January 2002
On January 25, 2002, Guiding Light marks another major milestone - its 65th anniversary.
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January 2002
According to setside sources, Susan Pratt's (Claire Ramsey) contract with Guiding Light will not been renewed. Pratt's future with the show has been fodder for Internet rumors for several weeks.
Mario Van Peebles
January 2002
Rick Hearst (ex-Matt Clark, The Young and the Restless; ex Alan-Michael Spaulding, Guiding Light) has joined the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful.
Mario Van Peebles
January 2002
Rumors are circulating that despite the fact that she recently signed a new four-year contract with All My Children, Marj Dusay (Vanessa Cortlandt) is not sure if she'll be around to see the end of the contract.
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January 2002
A report made exclusively by soapcentral.com earlier this week has now been confirmed: Guiding Light has fired Jim Davidson (Alonzo Baptiste).
Jessica Jimenez
February 2002
The casting changes continue at Guiding Light. soapcentral.com has learned that yet another performer will soon be let go.
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February 2002
Not all of the casting news out of Guiding Light is about someone leaving the show. According to setside sources, show execs are actively courting Peter Simon (ex-Ed Bauer) with the hopes that he will return to the show.
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March 2002
Soap Opera Central joins the soap opera community in mourning the death of Mary Stuart (Meta Bauer). Stuart, a member of the Soap Opera Hall of Fame, died at her home in New York City of complications from a stroke. She was 75.
Kevin Mambo
March 2002
Two-time Daytime Emmy winner Kevin Mambo (ex-Marcus Williams, Guiding Light) is said to be up for the part of All My Children's Frank.
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March 2002
Veteran soap opera scribe Millee Taggart has been named to the head writing team of Guiding Light. Taggert will join head writer Lloyd "Lucky" Gold and co-head writer Christopher Dunn.
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March 2002
Though he had repeatedly turned down request to return to Guiding Light, Peter Simon (ex-Ed Bauer) has apparently had a change of heart.
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April 2002
The Boudreau family, which debuted last fall to much fanfare from fans, will soon be getting some new faces - but it won't be in the form of new family members. Two of the performers currently portraying Boudreaues will soon be exiting.
Bradley Cole
May 2002
Though a show spokesperson declined to comment on the rumors, there is ongoing chatter that Bradley Cole (Richard Winslow) will be exiting Guiding Light when his contract expires later this year.
Bradley Cole
June 2002
In a statement on his official web site, Bradley Cole (Richard Winslow) confirms reports made last month about his upcoming departure from Guiding Light.
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June 2002
Banyan Productions' "A Wedding Story" recently filmed their first "mockumentary" on the set of CBS' "Guiding Light" when characters Reva (Kim Zimmer) and Josh (Robert Newman) got hitched during the drama series' 50th season.
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June 2002
Every performer has their own unique way of getting into character. Some actors sit quietly in their dressing room and meditate while others study their lines for hours while trying to determine how their character would react. For Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines and Lorelei Hills), the best way to get into character is to keep a diary.
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July 2002
Soap fans are known industry-wide for their sometimes rabid interest in their favorite daytime dramas. Let's face it-soap fans are a pretty loyal and determined bunch. Now fans of Guiding Light have a new way to become closer to their favorite show.
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July 2002
Beginning later this year, Former "Dynasty" diva Joan Collins will assume the role of Guiding Light's Alexandra Spaulding. In addition to her work on Dynasty, Collins has dozens of film credits in her portfolio as well as a host of tele-films.
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July 2002
Beth Ehlers (Harley Cooper) will temporarily be sidelined from her work on Guiding Light. Ehlers fractured her wrist during a Fourth of July softball game as castmate Laura Wright's (Cassie Winslow) home.
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July 2002
Guiding Light has opted to age the role of Lizzie Spaulding. The move to make the character a sixteen-year-old was done for storyline reasons, but the decision also means that the role will be recast.
Mario Van Peebles
September 2002
According to a posting on her official web site, Marj Dusay (Vanessa Cortlandt; ex Alexandra Spaulding, Guiding Light) has been released from her contract with All My Children.
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August 2002
Congratulations to Yvonna Kopacz (Mel Bauer) and her fiancÚ Brett Wright on the birth of a healthy baby girl. Lola Athena May Wright was born on August 18th. The baby weigh in at 7 pounds, 3/4 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.
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September 2002
Effective immediately, Carolyn Culliton will assume co-head writing duties of Guiding Light with current scribe Millie Taggart. The change comes as Guiding Light experiences its lowest ratings in recent memory.
Mario Van Peebles
September 2002
Michael Dietz (ex-Joe Scanlon, Port Charles; ex Alan-Michael Spaulding, Guiding Light) will join the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful next month.
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October 2002
Less than a month after the demotion of head writer Lloyd "Lucky" Gold comes word that Guiding Light's executive producer intends to step down.
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October 2002
Though rumors persist to the contrary, a spokesperson for Guiding Light insists that the show will not be recasting the role of Roger Thorpe.
Mario Van Peebles
October 2002
Only a matter of weeks after his dismissal from CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful, Rick Hearst (ex-Whipple Jones, B&B; ex Matt Clark, The Young and the Restless; ex Alan-Michael Spaulding, Guiding Light) has landed a contract role on ABC's General Hospital.
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November 2002
While Guiding Light continues its search for a new executive producer, the show has managed to come up with someone to take over the helm temporarily.
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November 2002
Ryan Brown (ex-Bill Lewis, Guiding Light) has been tapped to play Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless.
Marj Dusay
November 2002
It was to much fanfare that Joan Collins (Alexandra Collins) joined the cast of Guiding Light earlier this year. Now, after only a few months, comes word that the actress is leaving the show. Marj Dusay (ex-Vanessa, AMC) has agreed to reprise her role upon Collins' exit.
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November 2002
In what is seen as a surprise to some, co-head writer Millee Taggart has announced that she is stepping down from her position due to "personal reasons."
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December 2002
Bradley Cole (ex-Richard Winslow, Guiding Light) will make a guest appearance on All My Children in January. Cole will play Jordan Roberts, a friend of Erica Kane.
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December 2002
John Conboy has been named the new executive producer of Guiding Light. Conboy succeeds Paul Rauch who stepped down last month after six years at the show's helm.
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December 2002
Ellen Weston has been named the new head writer of Guiding Light. She succeeds Lloyd "Lucky" Gold, who was relieved of his duties earlier this year, and Millei Taggart, who announced that she would step down because of personal reasons.
Saundra Santiago
December 2002
Saundra Santiago (Carmen Santos) will once again be exiting Guiding Light. Though the actress' final scenes have not yet aired, there's talk that she might be headed to All My Children.
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