Joie Lenz, who has played the...
, who has played the tumultuous life of her alter ego, Michelle Bauer, on Guiding Light
for the past two years, will be leaving the role in early fall. While her fans may be disappointed to see her go, Lenz's departure is a positive beginning for the 19 year-old actress. "She'd like to get into film and more television, and that can be tough on a soap schedule" says her manager, Nancy Carson
. "She made a two-year commitment to the show. She started in high school, and was able to go to her prom and all those things you can do while on a soap, but now it's time to move on." Making the decision was not an easy one for Lenz. "She loves the show," says Carson, "but she'd like to do more." Danny's return to the family business may be the catalyst for Lenz's exit as Michelle goes forward with her plans for divorce. Could Rebecca Budig
or Rachel Miner
, who both played Michelle before Lenz, be toying with the idea of reprising the role? Budig, who currently portrays scheming Greenlee on All My Children
, seems happily situated with her current position, while sources say the return of Miner is unlikely.