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.
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About the Author:
Since February 2, 1980, Eric Braeden has starred in the iconic television series The Young and the Restless, winning a Daytime Emmy for his role as the complex self-made billionaire Victor Newman. He has many other television credits to his name, and has starred in films, in numerous theater productions, including Shakespeare recitals, and on Broadway. Braeden has won two national championships in two different sports: In 1958, he won the German Youth Team Championship in Discus, Javelin, and Shot Put, and in 1973, he won the U.S. National Soccer Championship with the Los Angeles Maccabees.
I LOVED THIS! What a wonderful story. I loved it so much I sent Braeden a message on twitter he HIT IT! And the early chapters about the rise of Hitler and anti-German sentiment here in America totally resonate with me, being that I'm also a German-American. Nothing sucks more than being a kid and being called a "Nazi" at school...just because of your name. He gets it. He has led a fab life full of adventure and the more I read it the more I thought he was a lot like Victor Newman, except for the bad stuff. GREAT BOOK READ IT even if you don't watch The Young and The Restless this guy has been at this acting thing for a LONG TIME! -Melanie Carney
I thoroughly enjoyed reading tbis book and came away with a profound feeling of compassion, not only for the Jewish victims and survivors of the Holocaust, but also for the German citizens who conti nue to atone for grievious sins for which it must sometimes feel they will never be allowed to put their burden down, even for a moment. This surprised me. I did a study on this period of history in high school and have felt a lot of intense dislike for the Germans, who I considered to be murderers and villains, without any compassion for people who were Germans first and Nazis reluctantly. In the current politics of America, it may be that learning to forgive people for admittedly abhorrent sins that were committed over a decade before I was born, may make me better able to bridge today's American divide. Thank you, Eric Braeden, for your thoughtful honesty on this issue. Thank you, Hans Gudegast, for shedding light on this aspect of being German in a post-Nazi world. And the book ... the story ... it's a good life and a great read. -Jaki