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Guiding Light, Santa Barbara, The Doctors, One Lif
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Kim Zimmer (born February 2, 1955) is a four-time Emmy Award-winning American actress. Zimmer`s career began with stage work; an early television role was her portrayal of the character of Bonnie Harmon on One Life to Live in 1978. In 1979, she was tapped to replace Kathleen Turner as Nola Dancy Aldrich on The Doctors. (Ironically, in 1981 she appeared in the film Body Heat, co-starring with Turner, in a plot that addressed similarities in their appearance.) After The Doctors was canceled in 1982, she had a brief return to One Life to Live in 1983 as Echo DiSavoy. Later in 1983, Zimmer was cast in the role for which she is best known, the character of Reva Shayne Lewis on the television soap opera Guiding Light. Zimmer left Guiding Light in 1990 and moved to the West Coast for five years, during which she played Jodie DeWitt Walker on Santa Barbara from 1992 to 1993. In 1995, Zimmer appeared in an episode of Seinfeld (The Diplomat`s Club), as Mr. Pitt`s attorney who suspects Elaine & Jerry of trying to kill Mr. Pitt.
Zimmer returned to Guiding Light in 1995 and portrayed Reva until the show`s conclusion in September 2009. Her character`s pairing with Robert Newman`s Josh Lewis became very popular and the couple has developed into a supercouple and the cornerstone of the soap. Josh asked Reva if she was ready to go home with him and she was credited for reading the last line on Guiding Light to Josh, "Always." Zimmer has also appeared in several episodic television programs, including Designing Women, MacGyver, Models, Inc., and Babylon 5 (episode "And Now For a Word", year 1995). She also appeared in several made-for-television movies. Zimmer frequently returns to Michigan to participate in Michigan`s oldest regional summer stock theatre at Augusta`s Barn Theatre. Zimmer has won four Daytime Emmy awards, including the 2006 honor, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Guiding Light.
Zimmer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is married to actor/director A.C. Weary, and they have three children - two boys and one girl. Her son, Jake Weary, is also an actor; he appeared on As The World Turns as Luke Snyder in 2005 as well as various guest roles, including a role on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She resides in Montclair, NJ. Zimmer graduated from Forest Hills Central High School in Ada Township, MI, which is just East of Grand Rapids. She then studied at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
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Kim Zimmer (born February 2, 1955) is an American actress, best known for her television roles as Echo DiSavoy on One Life to Live and as Reva Shayne on Guiding Light. She has won four Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the role in Guiding Light.
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