Former ‘Guiding Light’ star Kim Zimmer returns to daytime this fall on ‘One Life to Live.’
Four-Time Emmy Winner Kim Zimmer to Reprise Role of “Echo DiSavoy” This Fall on ‘One Life to Live’
Former Guiding Light star Kim Zimmer is returning to our screens this fall on ABC’s One Life to Live. Zimmer will reprise the role of Echo DiSavoy, a role she last played in October 1983. Soap Opera Digest was the first to break this story, featuring exclusive comments from the star herself. “I’m so excited,” the Emmy winner told SOD in their initial report. “I feel like it’s all come full circle.” For more of Zimmer’s comments, visit Soap Opera Digest’s official website.
Zimmer spent 27 years as hell raiser Reva Shayne on CBS’ Guiding Light. During her time at GL, Zimmer earned four Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. When the series’ cancellation was announced on April 1, 2009, many were shocked.
“It’s so difficult to express how one feels at a time like this,” Zimmer said The Grand Rapids Press. “It’s different when an actor chooses to leave for any length of time, because the comfort is in knowing that the show will always be there. But this is it for our little family as we know it and love it, and I’m in mourning. It has been a great ride though.”
The Sunday before GL’s final episode, 60 Minutes did a segment on the series featuring interviews from GL stars including Zimmer, Robert Newman (Josh), Beth Chamberlain (Beth), Tina Sloan (Lillian) and others. During her interview, Zimmer was said “I’m 54 years old. I will never have a job like this again ever in my life – nothing this steady and this stable and this wonderful.”
Things really have come full circle for Zimmer. In the August 24, 2010 issue of Soap Opera Weekly, Zimmer played coy about the possibility of her returning to daytime. “I’m not at liberty to say at this point,” she told SOW. Now with a return to OLTL in the fall, Zimmer once again can entertain the fans who’ve loved her for decades. The actress will reportedly share screen time with Erika Slezak (Viki), Robin Strasser (Dorian) and Jerry verDorn (Clint). Zimmer’s return to OLTL reunites her with her former Guiding Light co-stars Jerry verDorn (Ross, GL), Gina Tognoni (Kelly, OLTL; Dinah, GL) and Jessica Leccia (Inez, OLTL; Natalia, GL).
Zimmer’s first airdate is scheduled for October 1.