I'll Be Damned

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I'll Be Damned

How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America's #1 Daytime Drama

Eric Braeden, best known for his role as Victor Newman on ‘The Young and the Restless’, has a favorite phrase both he and his notorious character, are famous for -“I’ll be Damned”.

The book's introduction recalls Eric’s receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is the perfect segue for a reflection on the improbable path his life took and on how he made it to this point.

A star on the Hollywood Walk of fame? Well, I’ll be damned!

I admit I haven’t watched a single daytime drama in many years, but I was once a very faithful fan of Y&R. My job and family demands soon put a damper on my ability to keep up with the show, but Victor Newman, remains one of my favorite soap opera characters.

However, if you were to ask me if I knew anything about Eric Braden personally, I’d have come up blank, which is why I was so eager to read this book.

Yet, I never could have imagined how rich Mr. Braeden’s life has been!

Eric Braeden was born in Germany, and has worked hard to dispel prejudice against his native country and those of German heritage. His work in this area has garnered him accolades, and he held a position on the American German Advisory Board.

I am very impressed with the way Braeden has chosen to approach his memoir.

Everything he does is done with passion and conviction. He’s a bit of an alpha male, can be a little combative, calls it like he sees it, and has a refreshing forthrightness.

He has lived a life full of adventure, and really seems to enjoy his work and lives his life to its full potential.

I have a very rocky relationship with memoirs. I often approach them with trepidation, worried that I will come away with a negative impression of someone whose work I have always admired.

But, overall, I must confess, this book increased my respect for Eric Braeden. He’s not just an actor, or a consummate performer and entertainer.

His diplomacy and humanity, foibles and all, shines through to give the reader an honest and raw look at the man behind one of the most recognized characters in the history of daytime television.

He has had a full life, full of amazing accomplishments, including the aforementioned star on the Hollywood walk of fame, and many prestigious awards. He works out, stays active, loves sports, but is also intellectual, and politically minded. His work has taken him to exotic locations,and he's met people from famous sports figures, to presidents, to legendary actors. He seems to have enjoyed his life, and packed in as much fun, laughter, and adventure into it as possible, while also making serious and important contributions politically.

The book also includes some very nice glossy photographs of Victor and his lovely family and his famous Y&R co-stars.

I have no idea what I was expecting, but I got a lot more than I bargained for. In fact, I think I just might start checking in on Victor on Y&R again to see what he’s up to these days.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, but if you are a fan of this actor, you will really enjoy learning about his background and life story, which is surprising, refreshing, and makes a very compelling read.

5 stars

Book Blurb for I'll Be Damned

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.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2017 5.00