Tina Sloan, who played nurse Lillian Raines for 26 years on the daytime TV soap opera, Guiding Light, is a real guiding light for all of us, especially women “of a certain age” (50+).
Tina just announced that she is now the very proud GRANDmom to Hazel Cristina, her first bio-grandchild. Tina also disclosed that her new grand name is Tati. My grand niece made it up and my son loved it so it stays.
We had the honor of featuring Tina on the cover of GRAND Magazine’s Jan/Feb 2013 issue.
Tina grew up in a happy family in Bronxville, New York, and learned early in life that she could do whatever she set her mind to do. Since she was a little girl, Tina knew she wanted to be an actor. Her mother referred to her as “Sarah Bernhardt,” a famous actress of the day, but she wasn’t in favor of her daughter taking this career path. It was the one bone of contention between mother and daughter (lucky girl). Her mother could not have been more proud of Tina’s successful acting career.
The same determination that drove her to “make it” in show business enabled her to accomplish another feat: climb Mt.Kilimanjaro. In 1987, she made it all the way to the summit of that 19,700-foot mountain.
And she hasn’t changed a bit. Soon to be 70, Tina is still following her dreams and not letting anything stand in her way. These days, her can-do spirit is focused on helping other women to overcome their fear of aging and to live the third act of their lives fully, gracefully, and joyfully.
When the plug was pulled on Guiding Light in 2009, Tina was devastated. She had grown very close to her TV family, and to lose them was like losing her real family. At the same time, she was juggling many personal challenges, including her only son being deployed to Iraq and being the caregiver for both of her parents.