Marj Dusay

Marj Dusay Profiled By eLife Magazine

Guiding Light's Marj Dusay (Alexandra Spaulding) is featured in a new profile for eLife Magazine. It is a must watch for any fans of Dusay. Check out the video clip.

Wishful Casting: Robin Mattson as Hope Bauer Spaulding on Guiding Light

Anyone who listens to the CBS/Days Podcast realizes that Mike and I both worship at the altar of a goddess named Robin Mattson. Mike first came to adore Mattson during her early 80's stint as psychotic, desperate housewife Heather Webber on General Hospital.

I fell for the actress in 1985 on Santa Barbara, when she took over the role of the sexy, outrageous, hilarious Gina Capwell (okay, really she was Gina Blake DeMott Capwell Capwell Timmons Capwell Lockridge, but who's counting?). While Mattson wasn't the first Gina, she was without a doubt the real Gina.

Who Wears It Best: Marj Dusay vs. Aretha Franklin

I've been a fan of Marj Dusay since her run on All My Children as Vanessa and it is always a treat when she makes an appearance on Guiding Light as Alexandra. One thing I've learned between AMC and GL is that Dusay can be put in the most over the top clothing and somehow she always looks amazing. So when I spotted Dusay wearing a grey beret on today's episode of Guiding Light I immediately flashed back to Aretha Franlin's inauguration day hat and couldn't help but put up this poll.

Who wears it best?

Top 10 Reasons To Watch Guiding Light Right Now

Funny how the universe sometimes lines up and minds think alike, isn't it? Guiding Light is in the thoughts of a lot of people these days. Bloggers, soap journalists and industry watchers — not to mention the writers, cast and crew of GL — are all on pins and needles about this 72 year old institution. The writing has been on the wall among commentators on the Internet and in the soap press for some time regarding GL's maybe/probably/likely cancellation, which would essentially signal the final march along daytime's trail of tears as the end of the genre.

The signs are obvious and ominous: GL has been hovering at a 1.5 rating for the last few months, a situation exacerbated by a genre-crushing free fall in advertising revenues, which have in turn led to massive budget cuts by the networks for all the shows. If GL doesn't get its act together by the Ides of April, as our own Jamey Giddens so aptly put it, the oldest series on broadcast television will bite the dust. However, there is hope. As has been reported here, Guiding Light needs the minimum of a steady 1.8 rating to avoid getting the ax.

Back to minds thinking alike: Just as I was finalizing this list, Mr. Giddens posted his "Top 10 Last Ditch Stunts To Save Guiding Light," followed by Spauldingfield's awesome GL promo posted by Luke Kerr. Because of their excellent efforts I almost decided to not post these recommendations, but the situtation at Guiding Light is so important to those of us who love the show that I felt it was more important to contribute to the call to keep GL on the air and risk repetition than not do so. Therefore, consider these considerations an addition to their efforts. GL needs viewers not tomorrow, but today and here are ten reasons to tune in right now! READ MORE

Is Vanessa Marcil a Procter and Gamble Girl Now?

How's this for a soapy twist? Vanessa Marcil's upcoming Lifetime reality show Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist was pitched by none other than Procter and Gamble's media arm MediaVest to promote P&G's Max Factor brand, according to Ad Age. The article goes on to talk about how aggressively P&G is moving into "branded content". Ummmm, haven't they had oh, say 70 years of success with that already with its soap operas? Remember them?

Now before we go all conspiracy theory with thoughts of this being an elaborate smokescreen  to get ABC Daytime's Most Anticipated Promotional Campaign—"The one star you thought would never be desperate enough to come back!"—in at As The World Turns as the next Chris Hughes (Hey, they've tried everyone else in the part.), it is fairly common place for P&G to sell their goods to various other networks and cable channels besides CBS. READ MORE

OLTL, GL & AMC Stars in "Laugh Lines" LIVE This Weekend

In need of a laugh? Ready to bust a gut? Then check out Laugh Lines.

Laugh Lines is a musical comedy for anyone who's ever had a junior senior moment. For anyone who has uttered the words, "I'm too young to be this old!" This full-length, one act play follows three lifelong "New Yawkers" smack in the middle of midlife crisis -- and the men and families that love and support them.

The fast-paced ensemble show speaks directly to the huge generation of Baby Boomers: obsessing over losing their looks, their sexuality, their children, their jobs, their memory and their minds! Laugh Lines is not all about the young and skinny, we also celebrate the older and pear-shaped – former activists, groovy grandmas, and fabulous fashionistas. It's an intergenerational experience, a girl's night out and a middle-age date play.

Laugh Lines Play Reading Saturday, May 10th at 8 PM at the Chashama Theatre
217 E 42 St (between 2nd & 3rd Ave, NYC)

The cast: Kim Zimmer (4 Emmys, Guiding Light), Ilene Kristen (Emmy nominee, One Life To Live; Ryan's Hope), Bobbie Eakes (Bold and the Beautiful, Emmy nominee - All My Children) Marj Dusay (Emmy nominee- Guiding Light, All My Children), Joel Rooks (Jewtopia), Jason Ostrowski (Broadway revival "Company"), Mel Gionson (King and I), Melissa Claire Egan (All My Children) All Proceeds Benefit Gilda's ClubNYC.

General Admission $75
General Admission with Post-Show Meet and Greet Reception with the Stars $95
To order tickets, go to or call Eileen Jackson 212-647-9700x254