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GH’s Maurice Benard To Release Memoir Coming Spring of 2020

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Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard is respected by his peers, a beloved member of the daytime community, and one of the most iconic stars of ABC’s General Hospital, where for over 25 years he has played mobster, Sonny Corinthos.  Throughout that time, Maurice has been an advocate for mental illness and has been open about his struggles with bipolar disorder.

During his recent event at GH Fan Club Weekend, Maurice told the crowd in attendance that he has been working on his memoir.  Now, Maurice is set to share his powerful personal story, the struggles, the ups and the downs, chronicling his life from childhood to the world of soaps, and more.

According to the Harper Collins website, the publisher of the memoir, Maurice’s book will become available on April 7th of 2020, but is now accepting pre-orders through their site.

Maurice’s memoir is titled Nothing General About It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital.  According to the publisher’s official log lines: “Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life.  Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH.”

The memoir also will speak of Benard’s family: his wife, Paula and their children.  Harper Collins adds: “It’s an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean.  Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin.  A shocking, riveting, and utterly candid memoir of love, adversity, and ultimately hope that offers insight and advice for everyone trying to cope with mental illness, and is a motivational story that offers lessons in perseverance—of the importance of believing in and fighting for yourself through the darkest times.”

This looks to be a powerful, must-read for fans of Benard’s, and anyone who has overcome adversity, and those who struggle, or know someone, who lives with mental illness.

So, will you be checking out Maurice’s memoir when it becomes available? Are you intrigued to know more about his personal and professional journey? Comment below.

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It should be a good read. I always thought and heard a bit of his personal life was as volatile as Sonnys. I look forward to reading this book from a daytime legend!

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I am so looking forward to this book. Maurice has been so candid and open about his mental health issues and a great inspiration to so many w his State of Mind talks. This is one book I will certainly buy.

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would LOVE to read his memoir

Rodd
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Absolutely!

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Looking forward to this.

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Of course. Anxious to read the book. Already trying to pre order.

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Yes I have been following Maurice for the 25 years he has been on daytime/night time TV.,I will definitely purchase his memoir but not until,we get closer the April 2020. Can’t wait!!!!

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero On Olivia and Ned’s Kiss During COVID-19: “For Those Asking, That Kiss Was Filmed Before We Broke …”

General Hospital had its triumphant return on Monday with all-new episodes, it’s first since the coronavirus pandemic shut production down.

Since its airing, many viewers took to social media questioning the kiss in the episode between the characters of Ned (Wally Kurth) and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), when protocols had been put in to place by the ABC daytime drama series, and that it going to have to come up with more creative ways to illustrate intimate moments during the editing of upcoming episodes.

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Throughout the day, several soap pundits including Carolyn Hinsey let viewers know that some of the scenes in this week’s GH episodes were actually filmed months ago before the production break including the kissing moment.

On Tuesday, long-running series cast member, Lisa LoCicero took to Twitter to clarify that as well to the fans, tweeting” Happy to be back with new shows! To those asking, the kiss was filmed before we broke..”

What was nice was that it seems with Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) back on the canvas, ans trouble brewing in the marriage of Ned and Olivia, that LoCicero may have some meaty material coming her way.

So, glad to hear from Lisa about the kiss in the episode? Do you hope she will be featured more in story coming up? Comment below.

 

 

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Dominic Zamprogna On His Return To General Hospital: “So Great To Be Back With My Family!!”

The big surprise on Monday’s General Hospital in its first episode back amid the coronavirus pandemic, featured in it none other than Dominic Zamprogna and his return to the show as Dante Falconeri.

In it, viewers see Dante still struggling from his PTSD while at a WSB facility in Geneva, Switzerland at the top of the episode.

We later see Dante writing a letter to his mother, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), that he just saves and tucks at the end of his bed, never meaning he as he says to send it, in order to keep his family and loved ones safe from him.

Zamprogna was last seen on GH back in March of 2019.  Dominic originated the role of Dante back in 2009 and had stayed with the series for 9 years before deciding to previously exit the show.  Over the last several months, Dominic has been public about wanting the opportunity to work with his GH co-stars again and how he missed them,

After today’s episode of GH aired, the series Twitter account, tweeted: “Welcome Home” to which the actor expressed: “Thank you!! So great to be back with my family!!”

This sets the stage for Dante to get well, head back to Port Charles, only to find the love of his life Lulu (Emme Rylan), involved with another man, Dustin (Mark Lawson), or who knows what else may be on the horizon.

So, what do you think will happen next for Dante? Glad Dominic is back on GH? Comment below.

 

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Bradford Anderson, Melissa Fumero & Juan Pablo Di Pace To Appear In Virtual ‘Ballots Over Broadway’

Some of your favorites who have been in both daytime and primetime soaps will be participating in this Friday August 7th’s virtual event, “Ballot Over Broadway” to benefit Higher Heights for America and Field Team 6.

Look for General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), and former Dallas and Fuller House star, Juan Pablo Di Pace (Ex-Nicolas Trevino, Dallas) to join the likes of Laura Benanti, Andre De Shields and so many more from Broadway, TV and Film in an intimate evening songs.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and former One Life to Live star, Melissa Fumero (Amy and Ex-Adriana, respectively), will be speaking during the event.

Field Team 6 is a national volunteer army with a simple mission: Register Democrats. Save the world. By targeting places that need Democrats most, we aim to take the White House, flip the Senate, and expand our House majority.

Higher Heights is the only national organization providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies.

The event kicks-off at 8PM PST/11 PM EST and to be able to view make sure to get your tickets or to donate by going to this link here.

So might you join the virtual event and watch Bradford, Melissa and Juan Pablo? Comment below.

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