Beth Ehlers

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Beth Ehlers
Born(1968-07-23) July 23, 1968 (age 46)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1981–2009
Spouse(s)Dr. William Parsons (1991-1992)
Matthew Christian (1996–2005; 2 children)
 
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Beth Ehlers
Born(1968-07-23) July 23, 1968 (age 46)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1981–2009
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.

Career[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1981Family ReunionJamcie Lyman(TV)
CBS Children's Mystery TheatreDah LittlewoodEpisode:"Mystery at Fire Island"
1983The Wilder Summerunknown(TV)
In Defense of Kidsunknown(TV)
1983The HungerAlice
1984Things Are Looking UpMia Braithwaite
1985The Best TimesMia Braithwaite
1987Hiding OutChloe
1987–1993,1997,1997–2008Guiding LightHarley CooperRole From: September 1987-September 28, 1993, January 21-January 30, 1997, May 29, 1997 to June 23, 2008
1993The Maury Povich ShowHerselfEpisode:"The Soap Opera Update Awards (1993)"
1999The 15th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards
The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy AwardsNominee
2001Supertalkunknown
2002A Wedding Story: Josh and RevaHarley Cooper
2003Crossing Over with John EdwardHerself

Herself||Episode Dated:"November 12"

2004The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy AwardsHerself
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMrs. KesterEpisode:"Home"
2005The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy AwardsHerself
2006MarthaEpisode Dated:"February 23
The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
2008The ViewEpisode Dated:"December 5"
All My ChildrenTaylor ThompsonRole From: July 24, 2008-September 21, 2009
2012River RidgeCoryn Foster

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