Guiding Light: Alex Blasts Roger At The Country Club

Giving the Devil his due. In honor of Beverlee McKinsey’s memory I searched through countless You Tube clips to find one that best summarized her tremendous strength as an actress. This clip is famous for Guiding Light fans, as it is where Springfield's grand dame Alexandra Spaulding makes a mockery of her cheating, thieving husband Roger Thorpe played with equal brilliance by the late Michael Zaslow. Alex also makes amends to her loved ones for believing in Roger over them.

The clip is almost painful to watch as it evokes memories of Guiding Light and the daytime soap opera at its best. One thing that amazes me is that most of the actors in this storyline, Alex, Roger, Fletcher (Jay Hammer), Holly (Maureen Garrett), Vanessa (Maeve Kinkead), Ross (Jerry ver Dorn), Henry (William Roerick, Ed (Peter Simon) and Maureen (Ellen Parker) were over 40.

The few younger actors involved, a fresh-faced Rick Hearst as Alex’s nephew Alan Michael, the vivacious Kimberley Simms as Mindy Sue Lewis, the girl Alex loved like a daughter before she found out she was sleeping with her nefarious husband and a pre-ER Sherry Stringfield as Roger’s equally venomous daughter Blake Thorpe, benefitted from sharing scenes with such legends of soap and stage. Wouldn't it be great it soap execs today took a page from soaps gone by, instead of trying to rip off Laguna Beach?