February 2, 1955 |
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
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.
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 opposite Turner in the film Body Heat 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 from February through November 1983 as Echo DiSavoy. On August 17, 2010, it was announced that after a twenty-seven-year absence, Zimmer would reprise the role of Echo, effective October 1. Zimmer featured in a story along with former Guiding Light co-star Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan), Robin Strasser (Dorian Cramer) and Erika Slezak (Viki Lord). She reprised the role on October 1, 2010, remaining a year, leaving several months before the show's cancellation.
In 1983, Zimmer was cast in the role for which she is best known, the character of Reva Shayne on the television soap opera Guiding Light. Zimmer left Guiding Light in July 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 April 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. In 2011, it was announced that Zimmer would be cast in the Off-Broadway international hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She starred as Mrs. Hayes in Connecticut Repertory Theatre's production of "Odysseus D.O.A.", running through March 4, 2012. Zimmer made her musical theatre debut when she joined the first North American tour of Broadway's Wicked. She played the role of Madame Morrible from 14 August 2012 through 13 December 2013. Zimmer returned to the role with the first North American tour on 30 September 2014.
In 2011 she released her memoir called I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva.
Zimmer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Burdina Elva "Dede" and Walter Jack Zimmer. She graduated from Forest Hills Central High School in Ada Township, MI, which is just east of Grand Rapids, and then studied at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She is married to actor/director A.C. Weary, and they have three children: Rachel, Max, and Jake Weary. Jake is also an actor; he appeared on As the World Turns as Luke Snyder in 2005, and has had various guest roles, including a role on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She resides in Montclair, NJ.
|1978||One Life to Live||Bonnie Harmon|
|1979-1982||The Doctors||Nola Dancy Aldrich||Series regular|
|1981||Body Heat||Mary Ann|
|1983, 2010-2011||One Life to Live||Echo DiSavoy||Series regular, from March to October 1983, October 1, 2010 – October 14, 2011|
|1983-1990, 1995-2009||Guiding Light||Reva Shayne||Series regular, from November 28, 1983 – August 1990, April 14, 1995 – September 18, 2009
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1985, 1987, 1990, 2006)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama (1988, 2000)
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1986, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama (1986, 1989, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2003)
|1989||Trenchcoat in Paradise||Claire Hollander||TV Movie|
|1989||Designing Women||Mavis||Episode: "The Rowdy Girls"|
|1989-1990||MacGyver||Police Lt. Kate Murphy||3 episodes|
|1991||Hell Hath No Fury||Marlene||TV Movie|
|1991||Keeping Secrets||Maureen||TV Movie|
|1992||FBI: The Untold Stories||Barbara Oswald||Episode: "Lady Skyjacker"|
|1992-1993||Santa Barbara||Jodie Walker||Series regular
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama (1993)
|1994||The Disappearance of Vonnie||Vonnie Kaczmarek Rickman||TV Movie|
|1994-1995||Models Inc.||Joan||6 episodes|
|1995||University Hospital||Dr. Karen Hale||Episode: "Shadow of a Doubt"|
|1995||Babylon 5||Cynthia Torqueman||Episode: "And Now for a Word"|
|1995||Seinfeld||Lenore||Episode: "The Diplomat's Club"|
|2003||Shortcut to Happiness||Patty|
|2008||The Van Pelt Family||Janet Van Pelt||Short film|
|2010||Freshman Father||Dean Frost||TV Movie|
|2013||23 Blast||Mary Freeman|
- "Kim Zimmer: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- Michael Logan (September 21, 2010). "Soap Veteran Kim Zimmer Joins One Life to Live - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
- Matt Webb Mitovich (April 15, 2011). "AMC and OLTL: Stars From Daytime and Primetime Sound Off on ABC’s Scrubbed Soaps". TVLine. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
- Gioia, Michael (August 14, 2012). "Kim Zimmer and Cliffton Hall Fly Into Wicked North American Tour Aug. 14; Patti Murin Is in the Wings". Playbill. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- Gans, Andrew (August 18, 2014). "Four-Time Emmy Winner Will Return to National Tour of Wicked". Playbill. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- Michael Logan (July 22, 2011). "Finally, A Tell-All That Tells All: Kim Zimmer Dishes About Her New Memoir". TV Guide. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- Kim Zimmer at the Internet Movie Database
- Kim Zimmer interview video at the Archive of American Television