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Guiding Light
Created by Irna Phillips
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 15,762
Production
Executive producer(s) John Conboy (2003–2004)
Ellen Wheeler (2004–2009)
Distributor Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc. (1986–2008)
TeleNext Media, Inc. (2008–2009)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run June 30, 1952 – September 18, 2009
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Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light before 1975, or simply GL) is an American daytime television drama that is credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running drama in television and radio history, running from 1937 until 2009. At the time of its cancellation in 2009, it was the longest-running soap opera in production. It is also among the longest running broadcast programs in history of any kind, across radio media for 15 years, and then television media for 57 years, being first broadcast five days after President Franklin D. Roosevelt's second inauguration. It aired on radio from January 25, 1937, to June 29, 1956, and debuted on CBS Television on June 30, 1952 running for 57 years. The series was expanded from 15 minutes to a half hour in 1968, and then to a full hour on November 7, 1977. The 15,000th televised episode of Guiding Light aired on September 7, 2006.

Guiding Light was created by Irna Phillips, and began as an NBC Radio serial on January 25, 1937. In 1947 the show moved to CBS radio, before starting on television on June 30, 1952, on CBS television. The show's title refers to a lamp in the study of Reverend Dr. John Ruthledge, a major character when The Guiding Light debuted in 1937, that family and residents could see as a sign for them to find help when needed.

CBS announced on April 1, 2009, that the series was being canceled because of low ratings. The show taped its final CBS scenes on August 11, 2009, and its final CBS episode aired on September 18, 2009. On October 5, 2009, CBS replaced Guiding Light with an hour-long revival of Let's Make a Deal, hosted by Wayne Brady; the interim two weeks had Guiding Light's slot filled with second-run episodes of The Price Is Right.

Cast List

Complete cast members

Actor Character Duration
Grant Aleksander Phillip Spaulding 1982–1984, 1986–1991, 1996–2004, 2009
Murray Bartlett Cyrus Foley 2007–2009
Robert Bogue A.C. Mallet 2005–2009
BethAnn Bonner Natasha 2009
Jeff Branson Shayne Lewis 2008-2009
Lisa Brown Nola Reardon Chamberlain 1980-1985, 1995-1998, 2009
Mandy Bruno Marina Cooper Camaletti 2004–2009
Beth Chamberlin Beth Raines Spaulding 1989–1991, 1997–2009
Crystal Chappell Olivia Spencer 1999–2009
Jordan Clarke Dr. Tim Ryan

Billy Lewis

1974-1976

1983–1986, 1989–1993, 1996–1998, 1999–2009

Bradley Cole Richard Winslow

Jeffrey O'Neill

1999-2002, 2006

2003-2009

Daniel Cosgrove Bill Lewis 2002-2005, 2007-2009
Bonnie Dennison Daisy Lemay 2007–2009
Justin Deas Buzz Cooper 1993–2009
Frank Dicopoulos Frank Cooper 1987–2009
Marj Dusay Alexandra Spaulding 1993–1997, 1998–1999, 2002–2009
Morgan Englund Dylan Lewis (#1) 1989-1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2009
Maureen Garrett Holly Norris 1976–1980, 1988–2006, 2009
Elizabeth Keifer Christina "Blake" Thorpe Marler 1992–2009
Jay Hammer Fletcher Reade 1984-1998, 1999, 2009
Melissa Hayden Bridget Reardon Lewis 1991-1997, 2009
Fiona Hutchison Jenna Bradshaw 1992-1994, 1996-1998, 2006, 2008-2009
Jessica Leccia Natalia Rivera 2007–2009
Karla Mosley Christina Moore Boudreau 2008–2009
Robert Newman Joshua Lewis 1981–1984, 1986–1991, 1993–2009
Michael O'Leary Dr. Rick Bauer 1983–1986, 1987–1991, 1995–2009
Tom Pelphrey Jonathan Randall 2004–2007, 2008, 2009
Ron Raines Alan Spaulding 1994–2009
Marcy Rylan Lizzie Spaulding 2006–2009
Lawrence Saint-Victor Remy Boudreau 2006–2009
Nancy St. Alban Michelle Bauer Santos 2000–2005, 2009
Peter Simon Dr. William "Ed" Bauer Jr. 1981–1984, 1986–1996, 2002-2004, 2009
Paul Anthony Stewart Danny Santos 1998–2005, 2009
Krista Tesreau Mindy Lewis 1983–1989, 2004, 2009
Gina Tognoni Dinah Marler 2004–2009
Caitlin Van Zandt Ashlee Wolfe 2006–2009
Kim Zimmer Reva Shayne O'Neill 1983–1990, 1995–2009
Jennifer Roszell Eleni Andros Cooper 1995-2000, 2001-2002, 2006, 2009

Recurring cast members

Actor Character Duration
George Alvarez Ray Santos 1999-2007, 2008-2009
Nicholas Reese Art Zach Spaulding 2002–2009
Kim Brockington Dr. Felicia Boudreau 2002–2009
Orlagh Cassidy Doris Wolfe 1999–2009
Tyra Colar Leah Bauer 2009
Jeanne Cooper Cecilia 2009
Carey Cromelin Wanda Hite 2009
Robert Danza Jr. Jude Bauer
Olivia Dicopoulos Maureen Reardon 2009
Arielle Fleischer Clarissa Marler 2006–2009
Peter Francis James Clayton Boudreau 2003–2009
Robert Gentry Ed Bauer 1966–1969*, 1997–1998
Patrick Gilbert Robert "Robbie" Santos(#2) 2009
Kathryn Hall Emma Spaulding 2004–2008
Alexa Kaplan Sarah Elizabeth Randall 2009
Maeve Kinkead Vanessa Chamberlain Lewis Reardon 1980–1987, 1989–2000, 2002, 2005, 2006–2009, 2009
Kurt McKinney Matt Reardon 1994–2000, 2005, 2006–2009
Naelee Rae Clarissa Marler 2009
Arielle Renwart Leah Bauer 2006–2009
Gil Rogers Hawk Shayne 2009
Tina Sloan Lillian Raines 1983–2009
Cally & Brooke Tarleton Hope Santos 2009
Jacqueline Tsirkin Emma Spencer-Spaulding 2008–2009
Miles Williams R.J. Winslow 2004–2009
Yvonna Kopacz-Wright Dr. Melissande Boudreau 2001–2009

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