Kim Zimmer Weary has written her autobiography and what a story it is about her life. She is happily married for 20 years to A.C. Weary and the mother of three adult children, Rachel, Max, and Jake. But she's also had a full-fledged acting career that some aspiring or veteran actresses could only dream about and some obstacles along the way.
When I started first watching Guiding Light, I didn't become hooked until after Reva was gone in July 1991. I was happy to finally read about Beverlee McKinsey and Michael Zaslow through Kim's recollections. How Bev dumped the show before they dumped her or how Zas was fired for his ALS disease. Kim Zimmer's story is not only about Guiding Light but it is also about being a New York City based actress who commutes from Montclair, New Jersey where she has lived on and off for almost 30 years. She's truly a Jersey girl.
Anyway, I was glad to finally have some understanding as to what was the demise of Guiding Light in it's recent years. Kim writes about her fights with Ellen Wheeler, the executive producer of the show since 2004 until it's demise in 2009. The network and the company, Procter & Gamble, had hired Ellen Wheeler with the intent of bringing the show down. I don't believe Wheeler knew then what she probably knows now. Regardless of all the cost cutting techniques to the show, the quality and the show morale went down as well.
I do believe Wheeler did everything possible to keep the show from meeting it's demise that everything was cut down to the bone. Now, look at the state of the soap operas in this country in general. All My Children and One Life to Live were spared from ending permanently by going online but even Passions only lasted a season online or elsewhere. The networks find the soaps to be burden because it takes up a time slot. In the end, fans had to face reality. Many people have stopped watching for one reason or another. P&G never thought about broadcasting the shows on soapnet like ABC or NBC does for it's shows because they truly wanted to end it.
Sadly, Soapnet and other soaps will also meet their demise at this rate. I was glad that Zimmer pointed out that New York City was the training ground for lots of actors and actresses who would go on to other endeavours. It's nice to know that Alec Baldwin still goes to her home on New Year's Eve. She still keeps in touch with a lot of her co-stars especially Robert Newman who has gone on to musical regional theatre.
When GL ended, Zimmer's acting career in her fifties could have come to a screeching halt but it didn't and she wouldn't stop acting. She still does regional musical theatre and is back on the small screen reviving her OLTL role as Echo but not as a regular. She's recurring on the last New York City soap. I guess Zimmer was wondering too where did all the NYC soaps go. I think she'll do theatre even commute by bus to Broadway as she does for her One Life to Live gig.
I'm sure there's more of Zimmer to come in the future. I'll be waiting and watching to see what she does next. I still miss Guiding Light which they replaced with "Let's a Make A Deal!," game show from Las Vegas. In 2009, it was GL. In 2010, it was ATWT. In 2011, AMC and OLTL are leaving the network for online. In 2012, GH will also be online as will most soaps but will they survive the online world.
I also would like to see Kim Zimmer do the impossible by being the first soap opera actress inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. She has great career and is truly a Jersey girl after all these years. I would love to see her make it into the nomination process for the upcoming year and be inducted forever.