AGE OF DIFFERENCE
Guiding Light's Joshua Shayne Lewis was born on-screen in February of 1990. In a rarity for a soap child, Shayne's parents were actually married and in love -- with each other! -- when he was both conceived and delivered.
Soon after however, his mother, Reva, suffering from postpartum depression, drove off a bridge in the Florida Keys and was presumed dead for five years. That's more (soap) like it!
Recently, a grown, battle-weary Shayne has returned to Springfield and formed an unlikely bond with an equally emotionally battered Dinah Marler.
To put the twisted timeline into perspective, exactly a year before Shayne was born, Dinah (then a sweet and innocent ingenue played by future Ninja Turtle heroine Paige Turco) departed for college in Paris with stalwart beau Cameron (a pre-90210 Ian Ziering) by her side.
At the time, it was difficult to imagine that Dinah and Shayne might one day prove to have intriguing romantic potential (I've always been a sucker for the two damaged and cynical souls healing each other story).
But that's the beauty of daytime. Time moves differently here, and pairings that once might have seemed untenable can pleasantly surprise you....