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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.”

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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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Timmm
Timmm

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!

Barbara Jacobs
Barbara Jacobs

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.

Lisa
Lisa

would LOVE to read his memoir

Rodd
Rodd

Absolutely!

Donna
Donna

Looking forward to this.

Kathleen Myers
Kathleen Myers

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

CHERYL MARTIN
CHERYL MARTIN

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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Max Gail Turns In Another Emmy-Worthy Performance As Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s Takes Its Toll

For any of us who have seen our loved ones deteriorate right before our eyes, due to the horrific affects of Alzheimer’s, and have been witness to their confusion, dementia, angry outbursts, frightened looks, and uncontrollable tears, yesterday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it a stark reminder of how this disease is a gut-punch to those afflicted and their family members.

For several months, GH viewers saw a bit less of Mike; played brilliantly by recent Daytime Emmy Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner, Max Gail.  And smartly, the writers have taken the time to advance Mike’s condition …. as at this point he doesn’t recognize his son, his family, his friends, and more.  For Mike, he is living in the past spirally backward and downward.

When Dev (Ashton Arbab) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) go to visit Mike at Turning Woods, it’s clear  how much he is suffering.  When Dev plays a checkers game with Mike it seems to calm him down, but when Sonny (Maurice Benard) enters, all hell breaks loose.  Mike thinks his son is actually one of their mortal enemies Joe Scully.

Earlier, at the Corinthos home, Michael (Chad Duell) sees that Sonny is considering entering his father in a clinical trial. Sonny says he knows it won’t cure the disease, but hopes the drugs in the trial can slow its progression.  In a key question, any family member needs to ask themselves, Michael asks Sonny to think first, if this is the man Mike would want to be?  Michael shares that Mike is no longer himself and sadly, there is no coming back from that.

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All this becomes more poignant when Sonny sees first-hand how far Mike has slid.  Will Sonny be able to come to terms with losing Mike to Alzheimer’s?  How will he deal with it?  Gail’s partner in this entire storyline has been GH icon, Maurice Benard, who delivers poignant work throughout this story in very contained, emotional moments of deep hurt and pain, as Sonny watches the father he knew become lost in himself and to others.

Watch the key scenes below from yesterday’s GH below featuring Gail.  Then, let us know, do you think Max could end up in the running for another Daytime Emmy for his work?  Comment below.

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ABC and General Hospital released a promo for the week of December 9th which features Franco (Roger Howarth) undergoing the mind-mapping reversal procedure that would restore his memory from that of Drew Cain’s back to Franco Baldwin.

But, as viewers saw on last Friday’s cliffhanger, Peter (Wes Ramsey) is trying to stop Dr. Maddox (Anthony Montgomery) from performing the procedure on Franco by ordering a hit on him.

In the promo, Elizabeth (Rebecca Hersbt) waits by her husband’s side hoping he will return to her and remember the love they share.  As well,  Cameron (William Lipton) prays with her that Franco will come back to them so they can be a family again in time for the holiday season.

Watch the teaser below.

Then, let us know if you are hoping Franco returns and that he is no longer Drew Cain in the comment section, or are you hoping for a different procedural outcome when he wakes up?

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Paging Dr. Griffin Munro! Matt Cohen Makes A Return Visit To GH

Looks like a medical crisis will bring Matt Cohen (Griffin Munro) back to General Hospital today on Friday’s episode and next week on upcoming episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

In addition, we wonder if Cohen might appear in scenes with Maura West, who’s Ava Jerome is checked into Shadybrook trying to deal with her emotional state, which unbeknownst to her is being caused by Nikolas Cassadine (Marcus Coloma).

As GH fans know, Cohen first came on to the GH scene back in 2016, but departed the series earlier in 2019.

Meanwhile, Matt has landed a gig on Entertainment Tonight as one of their correspondents and anchors while continuing to do directing, and acting projects.

What will bring Griffin back to Port Charles? Happy to see Matt again on GH? Comment below.

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