I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva

I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva

A candid and entertaining memoir from an icon of daytime television- packed with photos and insider stories! As the notorious Reva Shayne on the daytime television drama Guiding Light, Kim Zimmer has 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. Now, in...

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Title:I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva
Author:Kim Zimmer
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I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva Reviews

  • Laurel-Rain

    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

    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 stint on The Doctors (another defunct soap); her moments in the eighties on One Life to Live (where she has now reprised a role she created back then); but most of all, the life and times of Reva Shayne, the role that made her famous on Guiding Light.

    I recall loving Guiding Light most in its heyday (the eighties), when sets were gorgeous, as were the characters. Those days began to slowly disappear as budgets tightened. Zimmer's description of how the "fadeout" began around 2007, with those awful hand held cameras and outdoor shots, with close-ups nobody should have to suffer, and how that all transformed the soap, and not in a good way...that story lends an insider's perspective on the true "death" of this show.

    Not just a scrutiny about Guiding Light, though, "I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva" is an honest, in-depth look into one woman's life, including some very dark moments she suffered after "the end" of the show. This tale offers a portrayal of a journey and how to resurrect one's life even when it seems to be over.

    I loved this story, as well as the genre it represents. Long live soaps! No matter if they end up on the web, or another network. At the end of this book, Zimmer leaves us with this parting shot:

    "How many out-of-work soap opera stars does it take to start their own network...? Hmmmm?

    I'm Just Sayin'!"

    Five stars!!

  • Tracy

    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

    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 account through her eyes of how it was. She tells it like it is without being crass, cruel or bitchy. I think that's what makes this particular book appealing. Kim does a great job of explaining what lead up to the soap's cancellation and how it affected her. She makes her own share of mistakes but is quick to own up to them. She is intensely likable and you almost feel like you are actually being addressed personally by her in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. For anyone who watched "The Guiding Light", this is a must-read - especially.

  • Mom

    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.

  • Natalie548

    You don't have to be a Kim Zimmer or 'Guiding Light' fan to enjoy this book. It's honest, insightful, and has it's humorous moments. Kim seems like the kind of person you could sit down and enjoy talking to over a beer and pizza!

  • Kelly Hager

    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

    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 once I was home, I would watch, too. And it was impossible not to love Reva Shayne.**

    So when I saw that Kim Zimmer was releasing an autobiography, I knew I had to read it. I wasn't disappointed, either. While this was definitely more about her professional life than her personal one, I think that makes sense. I mean, odds are everyone who will read this book will do so to learn more about Guiding Light and the people on and off the scenes.

    One thing I definitely appreciated was that she was very forthright about mistakes she made and things she wishes she maybe hadn't done. But there's one anecdote in particular that I loved. She confronted a producer at GL about the job she was doing (or wasn't doing, as the case may be) and completely told her off. Show of hands, who would want to do that to their boss? (Or even a coworker?) Read this book and live vicariously. ;)

    This was well-written and had a very conversational tone (which I personally need my nonfiction books to have) and was just an incredibly fun read. Recommended to everyone who loves Guiding Light. :) (Especially my mom.)

    * = as these were the days before DVRs and even if they weren't, I don't think my mom could've waited the extra 20 minutes. ;)

    ** = my high school English teacher had a dog named Reva Shayne. True story!

  • Mindy Milstein

    not as juicy as I wanted

  • 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

    **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 been breathing. In the few episodes I did manage to catch Zimmer, her character was a loudmouth sceeching skwak who tossed herself in fountains (no shit), cried a lot, and was always falling prey to some sort of histrionic fit.

    That's what makes you a daytime superstar in America. Not too shocking, I guess.

    The authorial voice that Zimmer uses in this book is just as over the top and obnoxious as that of Reva Shayne. It's a lot like reading a long high school yearbook entry (written by one of those I-think-I'm-more-popular-than-I-am classmates whose bubbly writing takes up an entire page) or one of Zimmer's Emmy speeches: extended thank-yous, a lot of not funny TMI tidbits, and irritating one-liners.

    The thing is, though I was more than ready to rip Zimmer a new one, I can't do it. The actress -- who I always thought looked like an overweight, alcoholic, over-tanned smoker -- eventually ditches the annoying Reva voice and becomes candid about her weight gain, quitting smoking, and her alcohol abuse. She even dishes some delightful behind the scenes gossip about Guiding Light, the TV show that went from being an American institution to un-watchable trash that was only on at the nail salon.

    So, I can't hate Kim Zimmer or her book.

    Does that mean you should read it? Absolutely not. Much like the daytime television that made Zimmer famous, this book is a complete waste of time.

    Meh. Whatever.

  • Mediaman

    This diva spends most of the book complaining. About her salary. About her producer. About the network cancelling her show. About the tabloid media. About the dress she wears to the Emmys. About not winning more Emmys.

    Some of it is interesting because she really gives it to the executive producer that she claims killed her soap opera. At the same time she seems to lack some self-awareness. She defends pretty much everything she does, including refusing to take a pay that resulted in eight other

    This diva spends most of the book complaining. About her salary. About her producer. About the network cancelling her show. About the tabloid media. About the dress she wears to the Emmys. About not winning more Emmys.

    Some of it is interesting because she really gives it to the executive producer that she claims killed her soap opera. At the same time she seems to lack some self-awareness. She defends pretty much everything she does, including refusing to take a pay that resulted in eight other cast members being fired. She also glosses over her DUI and drinking problem. She repeatedly tells us she doesn't have a drinking problem and she "only" has 3 glasses of wine in the middle of every work day. Honey, if you need three glasses of wine a day and can't quit that means you have a drinking problem. She refuses to call herself an alcoholic but shows all the signs of needing serious rehab.

    So while there are parts of the book that are interesting, she acts like the diva she claims not to be.

  • Linell

    enjoyable for GL fans.

  • Gretchen

    If you loved GL (which I did) the mentions of the plot lines, and characters will be fun to remember. There's nothing terribly insightful, or moving her though.

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