Thaao Penghlis enjoyed tea for two with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and fitted Robert Redford for a suit—suggesting that the then–matinee idol shed a few pounds—before landing career-defining roles on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. He pursued a career as an actor to fund his unyielding desire for spiritual and exotic travel and became one of daytime television’s most enduring characters on Days of Our Lives. His memoir weaves his deep Greek and Australian heritage with Hollywood escapades and captivating journeys to places few visit. read more
Penghlis, best known for his roles on Days of Our Lives and General Hospital, weaves a captivating memoir full of bucket list-worthy adventures, intriguing encounters, and a few drops of juicy gossip. Dividing his recollections into three segments, Penghlis begins by detailing his move from Australia to the United States and his pre-acting jobs, which included a stint at a New York gallery where he unexpectedly finds himself having tea with Jacqueline Kennedy. From there he moves to the behind-the-scenes drama of daytime soap operas, which often seems to dwarf the on-air antics. Finally, Penghlis details the places that have captivated his spirit. Acting as part tour guide, part history teacher, Penghlis details his extensive travels, bringing intimate insights on some of the world's most interesting locales. For the most part, Penghlis reveals his insider information with discretion, although a tale involving Omar Sharif seems to unnecessarily violate the actor's privacy. Written in vignettes, Penghlis is an adept and enthusiastic storyteller, and he certainly has inspiring stories to tell. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.