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

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  204 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by NAL (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Kelly Hager
Jul 04, 2011 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an autobiography but really more of a memoir of her life on Guiding Light, where she played the iconic Reva Shayne Lewis. (Yes she had other husbands, but in my mind? ALWAYS Reva Shayne Lewis.)

In case this hasn't come up before, my mom was (and is) a huge fan of CBS' soap operas but of all of them, Guiding Light was her favorite. (Moment of silence, please.) In my hometown, it aired at 3pm, so it was always on when I came home from school. I would usually miss the first few segments* but
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Tracy
Sep 18, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I watched "The Guiding Light" since I was a little girl. It was especially difficult seeing it canceled in 2009 because I used to watch it with my grandma. Kim Zimmer's character Reva Shayne Lewis was probably my favorite character on the show. She added that special spark to each scene. So I was really excited to read her book when it came out. I was not disappointed. I started it this morning and just finished it. It's thoughtful, fun and personal. It's not gossipy or a tell-all but rather an ...more
Laurel-Rain
Aug 16, 2011 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The soap world is a unique one, and Kim Zimmer offers readers a peek into her life, both on and off set.

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 stin
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La Petite Américaine
**Full (embarrassing) disclosure: I watched Guiding Light from the time I was 12 to about 14. Somehow, despite only having watched sporadically after that, I still know way too much about the show. I never followed Kim Zimmer's character that much, and only ended up reading this thing because it came up in a work discussion and I got curious.**

Disclaimer over. Let's start.

The basic deal is that Kim Zimmer played the wildly popular Reva Shayne on Guiding Light for almost as many years as I've b
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Mom
Feb 26, 2012 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is excellent and makes you feel as though you sat down and had a good talk with Kim Zimmer and learned all about her life. It felt like sharing a conversation with a personal friend. It was so well written, I hope she will write more books.
Mary Kenyon
Mar 06, 2014 Mary Kenyon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up in a home where "Guiding Light" was watched religiously during extended "lunch breaks" from my father's hard work. Yes, my father was a fan.When I got married, I carried on the tradition, folding my laundry during the show, until one day my young son Michael urgently asked at bedtime what was going to happen to two of the characters, Beth and Philip, and I realized that my fantasy had become a reality for my child. I abruptly stopped watching the show that day, keeping up with the Spau ...more
Trailhoundz
Mar 18, 2015 Trailhoundz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"REVA WROTE A BOOK?!" That was the first thing I yelled when I was trolling the web for new books to read and somehow stumbled on Kim Zimmer's autobiography. Thankfully my local library system had a copy, which I put on hold immediately. Not to be biased, because I never was a total Reva/Josh fan (I liked Josh and Annie together best....) but -I loved this book! I became a Guiding Light addict while in college (late '90's) and so while many of Kim's stories of early & later GL storylines wer ...more
Carolee Noury
Jun 24, 2014 Carolee Noury rated it really liked it
This book is exactly what you'd expect--a guilty indulgence--the story behind the star.

I watched Guiding Light when I was very young (~5 and up). It wasn't on TV for me, but it managed to pull me in anyway. Perhaps not the best age to be watching soap operas, but regardless I was fascinated.

Fascinated enough to continue watching it after school when I was a preteen.

If you want to know more about the woman who played Reva Shane Lewis/behind the scenes life on GL, you'll dig this. At times shallow
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Mindy Milstein
not as juicy as I wanted
Amanda
Aug 15, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
I checked this book out from the library. This is a good read for any "Guiding Light" fan. Like many others, I quit watching sometime in the late '90's when I got busy and the show started to change. I guess it was my generation who stopped watching. I enjoyed the journey and great insights to the character of Reva and the woman who played her.

What I really wonder about is the multi-generational aspects. Zimmer brushes on this because her mom was a fan before she was cast, and watched every epi
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Viviane Crystal
Sep 03, 2012 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim Zimmer, famous star of Guiding Light, the well-known soap opera of afternoon television for decades, tells her engaging story as an actress. Whether you are a die-hard fan of this eminent TV show or just interested in what makes actresses tick, this is a very readable and interesting look at the personal and professional life of an actress. Sometimes actresses and their world get a bum rap, and this book is probably more about the norms of such a life than the seedy, outrageous reports that ...more
Jessica L
This is one of those books I just came across when browsing Kindle titles. I was a huge Guiding Light fan years ago and in the need for a quick, light read, so onto the Kindle it went. It was interesting to read Zimmer's thoughts on what led to this show's demise, in particular. It's clear that three networks full of soaps was probably no longer sustainable, with so many more people working outside the home, but it was still a surprise to hear of Guiding Light's cancellation. Zimmer's personal s ...more
Serena
Sep 04, 2012 Serena rated it really liked it
I’m Just Sayin’!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life on Guiding Light and Beyond by Kim Zimmer and Laura Morton is as spontaneous as Reva Shayne was on Guiding Light, and while most of the memoir is linear in nature, there are moments where the flashbacks are a bit out of sequence — though never hard to follow. Zimmer pulls no punches with her memoir and does not sugarcoat anything that happened in the latter years of Guiding Light, which experienced severe budget cuts and went d ...more
Christy
I grew up watching Guiding Light with my mom and grandmother. I have always loved the Reva character, and I loved some of the history of Guiding Light. But I was very disappointed because of some of the inaccuracies in the book. For example, the man who originated the character of Alan Spaulding was widely known to have died of AIDS. Ms. Zimmer states in the book that she wasn't sure what he died of and that it was probably some tropical disease from his travels. I understand if she didn't want ...more
Bill
Guiding Light was the first soap that got me hooked on the genre. Though by 2000 the stories got too far fetched and I had less and less time so stopped watching all together. Throughout the 2000s I would check it out from time to time, but never really could get back into it.

Kim Zimmer's Reva was the heart and the sole of the show throughout the 80s and part of the reason I'd turn in to watch day after day. Once the show was cancelled in 2009 Zimmer found a void in her life and decided to write
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Lynn
Jun 22, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
I was a fan of Guiding Light since I was a kid. The advent of VCRs made me a bigger fan since I could tape each day's episode and watch it after work. Kim Zimmer's memoir is a breezy look back at her life as an actress and as "Reva Shayne" on Guiding Light. She is funny, irreverent and at times uncomfortably honest about the good and bad times during those years, especially how the show was canceled. She is probably hardest on herself, and to be honest, with good reason. (Hair extensions...I'm j ...more
Raelene
I was a faithful watcher of GL from the early 80's till it's demise in 2009. I along with other fans had no idea how I would fill the 5 hour void per week that this show left in my life. Would I watch some GL actors on other soaps? I was certain someone would snap up Kim Zimmer and thank God they did! I watched her from time to time on OLTL but just couldn't get into another soap.

In the last few years of GL I started letting my 10-12 year old watch with me. I loved the story lines and thought i
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April
Feb 28, 2016 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved and miss GL

GL was my favorite soap opera and I still feel heartbroken that it's no longer on the air. Kim Zimmer tells great stories about the cast and behind the scenes. I like this book because she was a fan of GL and she shared her personal experiences. I have and will always be a fan of the Bauers, the Lewis', the Spauldings and Ms. Reva Shayne.
Kristie
Jun 08, 2015 Kristie rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of meeting Kim about six years ago. She was doing an autographed signing near my hometown with other actors from Guiding Light. I had first seen her when I was about twelve on a beach in California. I didn't approach her at the time since she was having her own vacation with family. So, years later at this signing I was thrilled. She made the experience unforgettable by laying a big kiss on my then twelve year old son. It was full cirlce and forever memborable. Kind of like th ...more
Melissa
Dec 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I watched Guiding Light off and on for 30 years and was so sad when it was cancelled. I enjoyed reading Zimmer's perspective on the last few years of the show. It was interesting to read about her battles with Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler and I have to admit that I laughed out loud when she wrote that Ellen cried more than Reva! She is very up front in the book about the role that profit maximization played in the downfall of GL, and continues to play in the decli ...more
Tia
May 25, 2012 Tia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
My gift to myself on Mother's Day was reading this. I can't remember the last time I read an entire book in one day. Having watched Guiding Light for 25 years, I enjoyed learning behind-the-scenes tidbits, and being reminded of story lines. Now I have a better appreciation for the Kyle Sampson relationship. Still no Josh or Billy or even Jeffrey. I remember the waving flag that replaced Jeffrey's declaration of love! I wondered what the heck was going on. Despite the unique production approach i ...more
Cathy
Aug 23, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, showbiz
As a long time fan of Kim Zimmer (aka Reva Shayne from "Guiding Light"), I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Written in an easy, personable style, it was fun to hear some behind the scenes stories of a soap opera I grew up watching and continued for many years into adulthood. In 1986, My roommates and I named our new golden retriever puppy "Reva"; each of our successive dogs are always named "(whatever) Shayne" as they are sisters or brothers of our original (beloved) Reva. Anyway, the book was very ...more
Al
Oct 27, 2011 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have any history with Guiding Light you will enjoy this. Kim provides some great behind-the-screens stories and shares a lot of her thoughts about her time on the show and its decline and cancellation.

Each chapter seemed to be written so it could stand-alone. So, the re-hashing of facts already established in previous chapters got frustrating. I'm not sure why they chose to edit the book that way -- maybe so chapters could be excerpted as magazine features?

I'm planning to get this book f
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Kari
Mar 28, 2016 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, ballsy and honest. Pretty much everything you'd expect from Kim Zimmer.
Angela
Jul 01, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun behind scenes stories for soap fans
Barb
Jan 03, 2012 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom watched Guiding Light beginning before I was born - she would tell me that originally the show was a 15 minute radio presentation until it switched to television. As I grew up, I would watch it with her and we were both sad when it got cancelled. This was a fun book and a walk down memory lane about the show - loved Kim's character of Reva Shayne Lewis - she was such a livewire in that soap. If you know Guiding Light, you'll enjoy this book.
Jeanette Bailes
Aug 28, 2014 Jeanette Bailes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I, too, grew up with Reva Shayne Lewis on our t.v. every afternoon after school. She made me laugh and cry. It's something special for a show and their actors to bring us into their world and make us feel like we're all going through it together. I love that Kim took the opportunity to share some of her most private and personal moments with her fans in this book. I loved it!
Julie
Mar 05, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shannon Sexe
Love this book because I LOVED Guiding Light and Reva! So interesting to read about Kim's start in acting and her shifts between soaps and even appearances on Guiding Light. I enjoyed reading about the ins and outs of the world of soaps and especially about her character. So glad she wrote this book. I miss Guiding Light a lot and this book brought back some great memories!
Emmie
Jun 26, 2014 Emmie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, library
It was a decent book, but I felt like it fell a little flat. It was too superfical and I don't feel like I "know" Zimmer any better after reading it. Sure, it was cute tidbits about her early days as Reva, and we got to know just how annoyed she was with Ellen Wheeler and the end of GL, but overall.. If you are a GL fan, its worth the read but otherwise? I'd say no.
Kristen
Jul 13, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a fourth generation Guiding Light viewer and seriously, who watched Guiding Light and didn't love Reva Shayne??? This was a light, fun read that gave so many fun behind-the-scenes stories and perspectives. Most of all, it was a really, really wonderful return to Springfield and a reminder of how much I enjoyed spending an hour there each day.
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Kim Zimmer is an American actress. She is known for her role as Echo DiSavoy on One Life to Live and best known for her role as Reva Shayne on Guiding Light.
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