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Soap Star Continues Sapphic Love Story On The Web

“Guiding Light,” TV’s longest running soap opera, will air its final episode on Sept. 8, thanks to bleak ratings. Still, like all soap operas, “GL” has its die-hard fans, many of whom have been obsessed with the storyline surrounding “Olivia” and “Natalia,” two suburban moms played by Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia. “Otalia,” as they’re known — soap opera fans started making up hybrid names long before “Bennifer” and “Brangelina” — are the soap’s first and only gay couple. They have never shared a romantic kiss on screen, likely because the conservative company Procter & Gamble, which produces the show for CBS, won’t allow it. Chappell says she was so sad about letting the character and the storyline go that she pushed to have it brought over to “As The World Turns,” another CBS soap, or onto the web. Procter & Gamble refused, so Chappell has taken matters into her own hands. Keep reading »

“Guiding Light” Axed After 72 Years: We Look Back at the Careers It Launched.

“Guiding Light” is old. Like, as old as your grandparents. It started out as a radio serial in 1937 and made the jump to television in 1952. But after 72 years, CBS is axing the show because, well, no one’s watching anymore. After the jump, a look back at the celebs who got their big breaks on the “Light.” Keep reading »

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