I'll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me To America's #1 Daytime Drama by Eric BraedenI'll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me To America's #1 Daytime Drama by Eric Braeden

I'll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me To America's #1 Daytime Drama

byEric Braeden

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

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In this startling candid and poignant memoir, the legendary Emmy Award-winning star of The Young and The Restless, America's #1 soap opera, chronicles his amazing life, from his birth in World War II Germany to his arrival in America to his rise to humanitarian and daytime superstar for the past thirty-five years.

For nearly four decades, fans have welcomed the star of television’s number-one daytime show, The Young and the Restless, into their living rooms. While they’ve come to know and love the suave Victor Newman, few truly know the man behind the character, the supremely talented Eric Braeden. I'll Be Damned is his story—a startling and uplifting true tale of war, deprivation, determination, fame, and social commitment that spans from Nazi Germany to modern Hollywood.

Braeden’s journey from a hospital basement in Kiel to the soundstages of Los Angeles has taught him more about joy, heartbreak, fear, dignity, loss, love, loneliness, exhilaration, courage, persecution, and profound responsibility to the global community than he could have hoped to learn in several lifetimes. Growing up in the years after Germany’s defeat, Braeden knew very little about the atrocities of his parents’ generation, until he arrived in America as a teenager—a discovery that horrified and transformed him. Trying to redress the wrongs of his homeland, he has dedicated his life to humanitarian work—even forming the German American Culture Society—working for decades to show the world that what we share as humans is far more important than what separates us from one another.

Told with openness, candor, humor, heart, and occasional raw vulnerability, I’ll Be Damned reveals a man committed to making the world a better, more loving place. Filled with sixteen pages of photos from his decorated life and career, I’ll Be Damned will be a treasured keepsake for Y&R fans, and is an inspiring testament to the goodness within us all.

Eric Braeden was born Hans Gudegast in 1942 in Kiel, Germany. He was an award-winning athlete. His high school team won the National German Youth Championship, and his personal wins were in discus, javelin, and shot-put. After graduating he moved to America. He moved around and worked as a translator, cowboy, and filmed a documentary w...
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Title:I'll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me To America's #1 Daytime DramaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.97 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062476114

ISBN - 13:9780062476111

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This is one of the best autobiographies I’ve read in quite some time. It is very well written and feels as if Mr. Braeden he is talking to you. It was not self-indulgent in any way as so many autobiographies can be. I couldn’t put the book down. While only about a third of the book focuses on the ‘Young and the Restless”, I was very impressed with Mr. Braeden’s life story as a whole. I highly recommend this book to fans of Eric Braeden.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent biography. Very readable and interesting. I especially liked the parts about working on the Y&R.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well written biography! I have been a faithful viewer of The Young and The Restless for many years, and have always admired Eric Braeden with his portrayal of Victor Newman. Victor can make you laugh and he can make you cry. His biography is very interesting from his early childhood living in Germany during the war years, to his success of being a top notch actor. This book is a "must read" to anyone that enjoys an honest story, of a man's life! Highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-03-16