Eric (the Young & the Restless) Braeden signs “I’ll Be Damned” at Goethe Institut!

SATURDAY,JUNE 24th 5-7 pm – GOETHE-INSTITUT- LOS ANGELES 5750 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 100

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION with Actor & Author Eric Braeden!

I’LL BE DAMNED: HOW MY YOUNG AND RESTLESS LIFE LED ME TO AMERICA’S #1 DAYTIME DRAMA

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At this afternoon “Meet & Greet” event, Emmy & People’s Choice Award-winning actor and author Eric Braeden will discuss, and sign copies of his memoir, I’LL BE DAMNED: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama.

In this startlingly candid, and poignant memoir, Eric Braeden, the legendary Emmy & People’s Choice Award-winning star of America’s #1 soap opera, The Young and The Restless, 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. Braeden’s journey from his birth in a hospital basement at the end of World War II in Kiel, Germany 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.

ERIC BRAEDEN- Since February 2, 1980, Eric Braeden has starred on the iconic daytime series The Young and the Restless, winning a Daytime Emmy for his role as the complex self-made billionaire Victor Newman. Braeden has also starred in films and has many other television credits. In the 1960s and 1970s, he guest-starred on more television series than any other actor arguably in television history, and has starred on Broadway and in numerous theater productions, including Shakespeare recitals. Presented in cooperation with German World, and HarperCollins Publishers.

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Here’s more about the book :

I’LL BE DAMNED-How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama

By ERIC BRAEDEN

With a foreword by Stephen A. Smith

“In show business, people see your glory, but they don’t know your story. Eric Braeden’s life is quite the story. Victor ain’t got nothing on Eric; believe me! Eric is a citizen artist whose wisdom comes from suffering and struggle. He’s never let misery have the last word, and we are grateful for his artistic gifts and his humanitarian efforts. I salute him.”
— Tavis Smiley

“An actor of film, stage, and TV who brilliantly portrays one of the most indelible characters in the
history of daytime television.”
— Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation

“Few guests on my show ‘Politically Incorrect’ lived up to that billing quite like Eric Braeden.
He continues the tradition in retelling his unique and compelling journey.”
— Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill Maher

“So many of us can benefit from what he conveys to us all.”
— From the foreword by Stephen A. Smith, ESPN
Fans of television’s #1 rated daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” know Eric Braeden as billionaire Victor Newman. While the iconic part won him a daytime Emmy, a People’s Choice Award, and contributed to his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Eric, born Hans-Jörg Gudegast in Nazi Germany, is a far more complex character in real life than he plays on TV.

In I’LL BE DAMNED: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama (Dey Street Books; On sale February 7, 2017), Braeden shares his fantastic journey from his birth in Kiel, Germany, in 1941 to the soundstages of Los Angeles. With unflinching candor, he chronicles this extraordinary life story—that of a German teenager, born at the height of WWII, who arrived in America somewhat oblivious to the atrocities of the Holocaust.

When Braeden was twenty years old, he went to see the Swedish film Mein Kampf. He left that film—a documentary about the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazis—an irrevocably changed man, determined to confront his family, filled with rage, shame, and a profound confusion. He writes, “The more I learned, the more impassioned I became, and the more I felt the need to atone on behalf of my country, to find a meaningful way to say, ‘Germans are not all like that! I’m not like that!’” Trying to redress the wrongs of his homeland, Braeden has dedicated his life off camera to humanitarian work.

Now, in this moving memoir, Braeden recounts tales from every stage of his career, from his starring role in “The Rat Patrol” in the 1960s to his first time credited as Eric Braeden in “Colossus: The Forbin Project” to the steps of the winding staircase in “Titanic.” He opens up about his quest to find meaning in the difficult and sometimes frustrating work of his early career, cast in movie after movie as the stereotypical German soldier. He describes travelling around the world with his beloved bride and young son to gorgeous film locations and having the sincere honor of meeting such personal role models as Muhammad Ali and Marlon Brando. And with surprising modesty and humor, Braeden details his thrilling rise to stardom on Y&R, disclosing insider stories and hilarious anecdotes from the set.

Through it all, Braeden demonstrates his dedication to righting the wrongs of his native land, and to fighting prejudice, from his participation on the Maccabees—a Jewish soccer team made up of expats who became lifelong friends—to his participation in the annual March of the Living, visiting the concentration camps in Poland with Christians and Jews to honor the millions who perished there.

Filled with 16 pages of photos from Braeden’s decorated life and career, I’LL BE DAMNED will be a keepsake not only for Y&R fans, but also for those interested in a redemptive story about a life dedicated to humanitarian service.

 

 

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