Soap Hub isn’t the only destination for fans to find out everything they need to know about their favorite daytime serials! Insightful authors, actors, and writers have penned memoirs and tomes that should be on the shelves of every soap fan!
Here’s a list of 10 books that will tell you practically everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your favorite soaps!
Days of Our Lives 50 Years by Greg Meng. This photo-driven anniversary book is a love letter to the show’s enduring fans. It features sections on Stefano’s children, memorable storylines, and supercouple weddings!
All My Life by Susan Lucci. The Emmy-award winning star of All My Children details her life on and off the screen. The softcover release of the book includes Lucci’s thoughts on the cancelation of the ABC sudser in 2011.
The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell by Michael Maloney with Lee Phillip Bell. This tome tells the life story of Bill Bell, the creator of both The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. The biography also details both William’s time at As the World Turns, Another World, and DAYS, as well as Lee’s years as a Chicago’s first lady of broadcasting!
The Soap Opera Encyclopedia by Christopher Schemering gathers synopses for major storylines, cast lists, reviews, and broadcast history for television soap operas, through 1985.
My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves by Agnes Nixon. From the Emmy-winning creator and writer of AMC and One Life to Live, a memoir of Nixon’s trailblazing rise to the top of the television industry, including behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most beloved soaps of all time.
Not Young, Still Restless by Jeanne Cooper. The Emmy Award-winning American actress, best known for her portrayal of Katherine Chancellor on Y&R, recounts the steps and missteps of her eight-decade career.
PEOPLE General Hospital. The editors of People magazine celebrated GH’s 50th anniversary with a book devoted to the history of Port Charles citizens. Broken up by decades and other special sections, this tome is a look back at the top-rated ABC soap.
As My World Still Turns: The Uncensored Memoirs of America’s Soap Opera Queen by Eileen Fulton (Lisa, ATWT). The original conniving vixen of soap operas recounts her thirty-five-year career and life on and off the set.
Guiding Light 50th Anniversary Celebration by Christopher Schemering includes a historical overview of the show, a typical day of production, the show’s storylines from radio and television through 1987.
I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama by Eric Braeden. The legendary Emmy Award-winning star of Y&R 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.
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