Tina Sloan

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Tina Sloan (born February 1, 1943) is an American actress, best known for playing Lillian Raines on Guiding Light from 1983 until the show's final broadcast in 2009.


She has also published three books, "Changing Shoes," a nonfiction book about aging gracefully and with humor, and two fiction books in her romance thriller series, "Chasing Cleopatra," and "Chasing Othello." [1]

Early life

Sloan was born and raised in Bronxville, New York. [2] She attended The Ursuline School and Manhattanville College. [3] After college, she attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. [2] She studied acting with Bob McAndrew and Warren Robertson. [4]

Acting career

Before being cast as Lillian on Guiding Light, she played scheming Kate Thornton Cannell on Somerset (1974–76), troubled Patti Barron McCleary on Search for Tomorrow (1976–78), and Dr. Olivia Delaney on Another World (1980–81). [4]

She has guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit [5] and appeared in the films Black Swan, Happy New Year, Oh My Love, Celebrity, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Changing Lanes, The Guru, and People I Know. [6]

Sloan appeared as Katherine in the web series Venice: The Series in 2009. [7] In 2014, she played Louise Cassell in the soap opera web series Beacon Hill . [8] [9]

Literary Career

Chasing Cleopatra

Sloan's first work of fiction is a novel of love, betrayal, and suspense called Chasing Cleopatra ( ISBN   978-1-7330577-2-1), published February 1, 2020. Taking place in Honolulu over Christmas 2011, her lead heroine, Cleopatra Gallier, is a trained assassin who encounters a new romance and a terrorist plot.

Chasing Othello

Sloan's second book in the series, Chasing Othello ( ISBN   978-1733057769), takes place in Honolulu and Dubai, as a new villain threatens to destroy Cleopatra. Published December 2022.

Changing Shoes

Sloan co-wrote the one-woman autobiographical play, Changing Shoes: One woman's search for the meaning of life in a closet full of shoes with director, Joe Plummer. She began touring the U.S. with the play in 2010; it had its world premiere at the Boca Grande Theater in Boca Grande, Florida. [1]

Sloan wrote a related book, Changing Shoes: Getting Older--NOT OLD--with Style, Humor, and Grace, published September 2010 by Gotham Books/Penguin Group in hardcover (224 pages, ISBN   978-1-59240-568-8). The book was also released in e-book format ( ISBN   9781101439333).

Personal life

Sloan married Steve McPherson in 1975. Their son, Renny, graduated from Harvard and served as a captain in the Marine Corps. [6] She has three grandchildren. [1]

She has competed in eight marathons, including the Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, London and Paris marathons. She has climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and the Annapurna Refuge in Nepal. [10] [5]

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