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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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And with that, Daytime Emmy-winner Hayley Erin will reprise her role and share scenes with her former on-screen mom, Maura West.

Erin exited GH in early 2019, when she joined the cast of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists on Freeform in which she currently plays the role of Taylor Hotchkiss.

EW.com broke the news with first look photos of Erin’s return here.

Hayley tweeted a photo of herself in front of the General Hospital sign at their set with the words, “Surprise, Surprise”

Are you glad to know that there will be some heavy emotional payoff and scenes between GH’s Ava and her late daughter Kiki? Comment below.

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As to who will Michael play? That is being kept under-wraps.  But Knight’s new GH castmate and his former AMC castmate, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) enthused on the announcement: “I am thrilled, are you kidding me? I love that guy. He’s excited, too; it’s been a while for him. It’s going to be really fun to have him on my turf. I would love to share scenes with him.”

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Antoine responded in kind sharing a photo fo the two together on the set of the show relating: “Just a couple of gals making history.  First black person to lead a dramatic show in Canada and first trans woman on a soap together. Wow! Welcome, sister. So proud to have you here.”

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