Beth Ehlers

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Beth Ehlers
Born (1968-07-23) July 23, 1968 (age 48)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981–2009
Spouse(s) Dr. William Parsons (1991-1992)
Matthew Christian (1996–2005; 2 children)

Beth Ehlers /ˈɛlərz/ (born July 23, 1968) is an American actress.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Queens, New York, Ehlers eventually moved closer to Manhattan and attended Satellite Academy, a performing arts school, as a child. Ehlers briefly attended Syracuse University before focusing on her acting career.

In 1991, Ehlers married Dr. William Parsons. Ehlers became involved with Mark Derwin, her co-star on Guiding Light shortly after marrying Parsons and they later divorced in 1992.

On March 22, 1996, she married Matthew Christian, who is a sports video editor. Beth and Matthew have two sons, Henry Jack Christian, who was born on May 21, 1999 and Will, born July 16, 2001. The couple divorced in 2005. Ehlers discussed her life as a single mother in the 1/15/2008 issue of Soap Opera Digest, noting that she and her ex-husband are still close friends and that she does not believe she ever will marry again.


Ehlers grew up in New York City and begin appearing in television commercials at the age of nine. As a child actress, her first role was in the 1981 television film Family Reunion starring Bette Davis. She was cast in several other television films, including "In Defense of Kids" and "Mystery at Fire Island". Her big screen debut was in the film The Hunger with David Bowie. She was also featured in the feature film Hiding Out and the short lived NBC TV series The Best Times which was in the vein of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and the later (and far more popular), Beverly Hills 90210.

To date, Ehlers' role of note has been her portrayal of Harley Cooper on Guiding Light, a role she originally played from 1987 to 1993. The character of Harley was a bad girl with a heart of gold — the character was introduced giving birth to her illegitimate daughter in the back seat of a car — and Ehlers' portrayal won her praise and many fans, eventually making the character of Harley a linchpin character.

Ehlers left the show in 1993, along with co-star Mark Derwin, to relocate to California. After her relationship with Derwin ended, Ehlers worked as a production assistant on commercials and music videos. She was featured in the 60th anniversary show for Guiding Light in January 1997. Fan response was so overwhelmingly positive that the producers asked Ehlers to return as a contract player. During her time on "GL", she was nominated five times for a Daytime Emmy (for Outstanding Younger Actress, in 1992 and 1993; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, in 1999 and 2002; and, in 2006, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series). She was the first daytime actress to ever be nominated in all three categories.

In 2005, fans voted Ehlers and former co-star, Ricky Paull Goldin, as their characters Harley and Gus, the top couple in "The Most Irresistible Combination" contest (which was partially sponsored by Procter & Gamble, the company that produces Guiding Light).

In 2006, Ehlers became part of a collaboration between the show and Marvel Comics when her character was tagged to appear on a special fantasy episode of the show as a superheroine, named "The Guiding Light" after the show itself. [1]

In 2007, in an episode celebrating the 70th anniversary of Guiding Light, the current cast portrayed actors and behind-the-scenes personnel from the early years of the series (both in radio and television). Ehlers had a central role in the episode with her portrayal of Irna Phillips. Phillips was the creator of Guiding Light and many other soap operas; she was often credited with creating the soap opera genre.

In June 2008, Ehlers left Guiding Light to join the cast of All My Children in the newly created role of Taylor Thompson, an Army lieutenant of the Iraqi war who believed she had lost her fiance, Brot Monroe (portrayed by real-life war veteran and now actor/spokesman J.R. Martinez), in action. The move from Guiding Light to All My Children led to an onscreen reunion with her former Guiding Light co-star Ricky Paull Goldin, who had also moved to All My Children to portray Dr. Joseph "Jake" Martin.[2]

In 2012 Ehlers joined the cast of River Ridge in the role of Coryn Foster.[1]


Year Film Role Notes
1981 Family Reunion Jamcie Lyman (TV)
CBS Children's Mystery Theatre Dah Littlewood Episode:"Mystery at Fire Island"
1983 The Wilder Summer unknown (TV)
In Defense of Kids unknown (TV)
The Hunger Alice
1984 Things Are Looking Up Mia Braithwaite
1985 The Best Times Mia Braithwaite
1987 Hiding Out Chloe
1987–1993,1997,1997–2008 Guiding Light Harley Cooper Role From: September 1987-September 28, 1993, January 21-January 30, 1997, May 29, 1997 to June 23, 2008
1993 The Maury Povich Show Herself Episode:"The Soap Opera Update Awards (1993)"
1999 The 15th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards
The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Nominee
2001 Supertalk unknown
2002 A Wedding Story: Josh and Reva Harley Cooper
2003 Crossing Over with John Edward Herself

Herself||Episode Dated:"November 12"

2004 The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Herself
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Kester Episode:"Home"
2005 The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Herself
2006 Martha Episode Dated:"February 23
The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
2008 The View Episode Dated:"December 5"
All My Children Taylor Thompson Role From: July 24, 2008-September 21, 2009
2012 River Ridge Coryn Foster


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