Paige appeared as a series regular on episodes that spanned from July 1987 until February 1989.
Cameron and Dinah’s romance was innocent, and although he truly liked Dinah he had a one night stand with Lacey Bauer when she arrived in Springfield in 1987. When Dinah found out, she broke up with him and began dating a recently returned Alan-Michael Spaulding. Both Ross and Vanessa did not approve. Ross hated Alan-Michael’s father and Vanessa felt Alan-Michael was too wild for her daughter. The relationship between Vanessa and Dinah, still tenuous at best, became even more strained. When Alan-Michael’s motorcycle struck the car carrying a pregnant Harley Cooper to the hospital, it was Dinah and Alan-Michael who helped deliver the baby. Dinah and Harley became friends and Dinah stood by her friend when Harley gave the baby up for adoption to the Lemay family. Cameron wanted to reconcile with Dinah but she didn’t want to come between him and his best friend Alan-Michael. Instead, Cameron began dating Harley who lied about being a virgin. Dinah told Harley to admit the truth but Harley refused, and when Cameron found out he left Harley. When Vanessa was about to leave town for Venezuela, Dinah and Ross said their goodbyes and mother and daughter were finally able to become close. Dinah realized Cameron’s father was up to no good and tried to warn him to no avail. When caught alone with him, George Stewart tried to rape her! Fortunately, while visiting Ross, Cameron realized that Dinah was at his house with his father. He and Ross raced over to the Stewart house and stopped George from raping Dinah. Meanwhile, Alan-Michael had enough of Dinah being involved with Cameron’s personal problems so they broke up. Dinah and Cameron were free and got involved again. Not long after, Dinah and Cameron were surprised to learn of Alan-Michael and Harley’s engagement. In February 1989, Dinah departed Springfield to go to college in Paris, and Cameron followed her.
Paige plays Dinah Morgan Marler, a troubled teenager adopted by a wealthy woman. Cameron’s cheating will be the first of many romantic letdowns in Dinah’s life, which will impact the character in another way. But Dinah is still the sweet character from before. She cares about her friends: standing beside Harley as she gives her child up for adoption, and facing off against Cameron’s father.
TRIVIA & FACTS
- Originally auditioned for “ALL MY CHILDREN” but didn’t get the part. Instead, she got the role of Dinah on “GUIDING LIGHT” in 1987.
- The role of Dinah Morgan Marler was played by 4 different actresses. Paige took over Jennifer Gatti.
“People talk about the big break, but every job propels you. “GUIDING LIGHT” was my first job. Actually, no, that’s a fib. My first job was the movie “BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY”. They fired me. I was so green. I look back at “GUIDING LIGHT” and laugh and think, ‘My God, I used to trip over the sets’. I was a mess on that show. I’m surprised I lasted as long as I did.” – Paige
“I worked with Jerry verDorn [Ross], which was a really neat thing for me because my dad passed away when I was 9 months old – he had cerebral hemorrhage at 27. I remember the first scene where I had to cry to ‘Dad.’ I had never said ‘Dad’ in my entire life to anybody. And I remember it being this wild moment, thinking, ‘Wow, that felt really weird coming out of me.’ But it was nice. Jerry was absolutely wonderful to me.” – Paige
“They let Ian go, and I knew I was next.” – Paige