Guiding Light (1952)

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Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light before 1975, abbreviated commonly as GL) is an American television soap opera that is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running television drama in history, broadcast from 1952 until 2009, preceded by a 15-year broadcast on radio. Guiding Light stands as the fourth longest-running program in all of broadcast history; only the Norwegian children's radio program Lørdagsbarnetimen (first aired in 1924, cancelled 2010), the American country music radio program Grand Ole Opry (first broadcast in 1925) and the BBC religious program The Daily Service (1928) have been on the air longer.

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Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield. In its early years the stories centered on the middle class Bauer family... (source:


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Full cast list for the tv show Guiding Light.
Reva Shayne

Joshua Lewis

Lia Yang

Alan Spaulding

Lorelei Hills

Jeffrey O'Neill

Lizzie Spaulding

Buzz Cooper

Frank Cooper

Olivia Spencer

Harley Davidson Cooper Spaulding Mallet Spaulding Aitoro

Marina Cooper

Dinah Marler

Robert Bogue
A.C. Mallet

Cassie Winslow

Daisy Lemay

Rick Bauer

Bill Lewis

Billy Lewis

Cyrus Foley


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List of Guiding Light quotes.

Frank Achilles 'Buzz' Cooper, Sr.: Change? You changed her? How much? You can't expect her not to be what she is. I mean you can't... you have to live life with your eyes open to what she is. Because if you walk around with your eyes closed, pretending your blind, you know that's like rolling molasses up a sand hill.
Henry Cooper: Molasses up a sand hill? Dad, where do you get this crap?
Frank Achilles 'Buzz' Cooper, Sr.: I'm greek. You know, epic tragedy, we invented it and drama...

Rick: I'm pregnant! I'm pregnant! Well, I'm not. My wife is. I'm just overweight.

Beth Raines Spalding LeMay#2: Jeffrey, Jeffrey, Alan is gone.
Jeffrey O'Neill: So?
Alexandra Spaulding #2: So, we were waiting for him.
Jeffrey O'Neill: And your hearts are broken because you miss him. Guess what, ladies, Mr. Alan Spaulding is no longer under the care of the state. He is all yours.
Alexandra Spaulding #2: Well, maybe the state will take him back.

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