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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: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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Stars Attend Amazon’s Digital Drama ‘Studio City’ Screening (Photos)

Last night on Tuesday, February 11th, many soap notables and the cast of Amazon Prime’s Studio City, attended a screening of the series at the Elks Lodge in Van Nuys, California to benefit Elks Lodge Charities and FYC Independents.

And if you have not seen it yet, you should!  It’s filled with great performances, keen writing, and the look and feel of it separates it from the rest of the pack in the digital drama space.

Former GH and B&B star, Sean Kanan created and stars in the dramatic series about a soap opera actor who’s life off-screen is even more dramatic then on-screen.  At the screening, Kanan along with co-stars: Tristan Rogers, Sarah Joy Brown, Scott Turner Schofield, Carolyn Hennesy, Patrika Darbo and more, took to the event red carpet, chatted with guests at the event, and then hunkered down to watch the six-episode first season on the big screen.

The event was hosted by Y&R’s Kate Linder, who always helps bring attention to series, charities and noteworthy causes.

Coming to support the creative endeavor of Kanan and company were: Y&R’s Mark Grossman and Sharon Case, former AMC favorites Eva LaRue and Vincent Irizarry, GH’s Max Gail, The Bay’s Kristos Andrews and Gregori Martin and many more.

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Now below check out some photos from the arrivals at the Studio City screening below. 

Then, let us know if you have checked out the series yet …..and your thoughts on it… via the comment section.

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GH’s William deVry Teases That Julian Will Hit The Sheets Twice: But With Whom?

Looks like things are going to get steamy for General Hospital’s Julian Jerome.   His portrayer, William deVry took to Instagram and revealed that two love scenes are on the way

But deVry, who always is always in top physical shape, shared a shirtless pic of himself with the tease noting: “Guys. Can I just say sometimes working out sucks!!! This week has been rough. As I like to say motivation is fleeting. Inspiration can last a lifetime. What’s your inspiration?! Oh and I had to workout. Two love scenes in one week at GH. Rough life I know😉. Someone has to do it right!!”

Now, top on the list of bed mates; is Brook Lynn played by Amanda Setton, since the show has been building chemistry between Brook Lynn and Julian for the past few months.  Will Julian become even more involved with the Q family, which is already on shaking ground, given the fact he has kept the secret that Wiley is Michael’s (Chad Duell) bio-son?

Could Julian end up back in between the sheets with former flame Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn)? Fans have wanted a reuniting of the duo known as “Julexis” for a few years now.

Will the two finally given in to their passion for each other, or could there be a surprise on the way that comes out of left field that might spark a sudden interest for Mr, Jerome?  Check out Will’s post below.

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Then let us know, who do you think Julian will hit the sheets with in the coming weeks on General Hospital? Share your theories via the comment section.

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