Soap legend to sign copies of his autobiography this week

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 02:23:58 AM. Since 1980 actor Eric Braeden has played Victor Newman – one half of CBS daytime’s resident reigning super couple - in what remains TV’s highest rated soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.”
Since 1980, actor Eric Braeden has played Victor Newman – one half of CBS daytime’s resident reigning super couple with on again/off again screen wife Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) – on what remains TV’s highest-rated soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.” But Braeden’s long career isn’t just as one of television’s most recognizable soap stars. Before that, he was a go-to TV villain. And in 1997, he went down with James Cameron’s “Titanic,” playing the richest man in America, John Jacob Astor, who met his end on the ship’s flooding grand staircase as water burst through the glass dome ceiling. It was a particularly harrowing scene to film, which he shares, along with his reluctance to take the role in the first place, in his recent autobiography “I’ll Be Damned.” Braeden will sign copies of the book at Park Road Books from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The book isn’t a typical celebrity biography, although it does follow his career. Born Hans-Jorg Gudegast in a hospital that was bombed a few days after his birth, Braeden was only 4 when World War II ended. Yet his life was altered by it, from the year-long post-war imprisonment of his father (who was mayor of Bredenbek, Germany, a member of the Nazi party, and died when Braeden was 12) to his passion to change public perception of Germany and its people following the war. “The largest ethnic group in America is German. This business with being identified with this 12-year period has gotten on my nerves over the years. It’s overshadowed...Read more
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