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I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands, and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva Hardcover – August 2, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451233433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233431
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book is brassy and bodacious, just like the author. A riotous read."
(Susan Flannery)

"The first job I ever had was on a soap opera, and the first great actress I ever worked with was one of the stars of that show, Kim Zimmer. Kim showed me, early on, that acting required talent, but also hard work—and most of all that it had to be fun. And no one, over these many years, has proven to be more talented and more fun than Kim. She is a woman to love"
(Alec Baldwin) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Four-time Emmy Award-winner Kim Zimmer is a star of television and the stage. In 1983 she joined the cast of Guiding Light and stayed with the series for more than two decades, in which she earned a total of eleven Emmy nominations and twelve Soap Opera Digest nominations (with two wins).


--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I read it in 2 days just because I couldn't put it down.
Patricia A. Souders
It is great to learn more about Kim Zimmer the person and her most loved character Reva Shayne!
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I'd recommend this book to any fan of Guiding Light or soaps in general.
Bex Aaron

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bex Aaron on August 8, 2011
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I bought this book at around 6pm, after reading and liking the preview. It's now 10pm, and I've finished it. Four hours, with only a few stops in between. That is how engrossing this memoir is.

I have always been a fan of memoir/biographies and especially of soap operas. It's been ages since I actually sat down and watched one, but when I was younger, I kept up with all of them. There was always a soft spot in my heart for Guiding Light and its queen, Reva. Little did I know that behind that larger-than-life character was an even greater actress.

Kim Zimmer pulls no punches in this book, but at the same time, it is definitely not a mud-slinger. She talks of co-stars both positively and negatively, but she does not name names when discussing some of the more interesting actors she's worked with. She does place a lot of blame for GL's cancellation on executive producer Ellen Wheeler's shoulders, but tempers it with a healthy dose of reason - Ellen was merely hired to do a job, just as she was.

The stories of her personal life are interwoven with backstage observations and reflections of Echo, Reva, Nola and Jodie (all the daytime ladies she has played). The book is never too anything. It's never too heavy or too light. The pace is quick and the prose is definitely readable. I'd recommend this book to any fan of Guiding Light or soaps in general.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Holistic Friend on August 3, 2011
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If you are a fan of Kim Zimmer and tv soaps, you are going to like this book because Kim offers inside looks at the life of a soap opera diva and the "business" of the soaps. She has a great sense of humor and says it like it is, no sugar coating. She includes a collection of photographs, both personal and professional that were fun to see. I read it all in one night, a quick and easy read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Marano on August 4, 2011
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As a soap lover and an almost life-long Guiding Light viewer I can only say Thank You to Kim for writing this book, it truly is a gift to the fans.

She's a straight shooter and doesn't hold back. This is a no holds barred glimpse into the life of a daytime legend. The character of Reva Shayne has been a touchstone for many many fans. That character went through just about everything life could throw at you and she always came out the winner. She would not have had the same affect on any of us if she were played by anyone other than Kim Zimmer.

BY THIS BOOK, I read it in two sittings. I only hope she keeps on acting and writing books!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on August 8, 2011
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Kim Zimmer Weary has written her autobiography and what a story it is about her life. She is happily married for 20 years to A.C. Weary and the mother of three adult children, Rachel, Max, and Jake. But she's also had a full-fledged acting career that some aspiring or veteran actresses could only dream about and some obstacles along the way.

When I started first watching Guiding Light, I didn't become hooked until after Reva was gone in July 1991. I was happy to finally read about Beverlee McKinsey and Michael Zaslow through Kim's recollections. How Bev dumped the show before they dumped her or how Zas was fired for his ALS disease. Kim Zimmer's story is not only about Guiding Light but it is also about being a New York City based actress who commutes from Montclair, New Jersey where she has lived on and off for almost 30 years. She's truly a Jersey girl.

Anyway, I was glad to finally have some understanding as to what was the demise of Guiding Light in it's recent years. Kim writes about her fights with Ellen Wheeler, the executive producer of the show since 2004 until it's demise in 2009. The network and the company, Procter & Gamble, had hired Ellen Wheeler with the intent of bringing the show down. I don't believe Wheeler knew then what she probably knows now. Regardless of all the cost cutting techniques to the show, the quality and the show morale went down as well.

I do believe Wheeler did everything possible to keep the show from meeting it's demise that everything was cut down to the bone. Now, look at the state of the soap operas in this country in general. All My Children and One Life to Live were spared from ending permanently by going online but even Passions only lasted a season online or elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PJChgo on August 4, 2011
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I've been a fan of Kim Zimmer for a long time. Reva Shayne, her TV alter ego, is certainly larger than life. But Zimmer is, too - no holds barred and always real, edgy and honest. So I was definitely looking forward to this book. It did not disappoint!

Zimmer has done many things in her career, but aside from some of the roles she played as she started out, including her stint on the soap "The Doctors" where she played opposite Alec Baldwin, the biggest chunk of the book is dedicated to her time at "Guiding Light." You don't necessarily have to be a GL fan to enjoy the book.

For me, the two best parts of the book were definitely related to her GL recollections. One was her remembrance of several GL performers, including Larry Gates and Beverlee McKinsey, the finest actress to ever grace daytime TV.

The other is Zimmer's raw, blunt assessment of the final years of GL. Fans watched the show implode but Zimmer's account is really the first that delves so deeply into the whys and hows. She does point fingers at Ellen Wheeler, then executive producer, but also (rightfully) tries to put it all into perspective - that Procter and Gamble and CBS had left the show to die years before.

If I have any complaint, it's that there's way more than could have been added. Zimmer mentioned very little about her relationships with costars Michelle Forbes and Cynthia Watros, with whom she reportedly feuded. The reader is also left wanting for more specifics about some of the changes to her character as the years went by. But all in all, an awesome read!
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