In My Seven Sons and How We Raised Each Other, veteran soap actor Don Diamont takes us on a journey through his daytime television career; but foremost, this is a poignant and hilarious memoir reflecting his love of family. We go along with Don, discovering just how he has managed to become father of the sons to which this book is dedicated. Also, with brutal honesty, he tells of the personal devastation he suffered after the deaths of his father, brother, and sister. Ultimately, this piece is an inspirational tale of triumph over tragedy.

Soap opera lovers will enjoy the recounting of his roles as “Carlo” on Days of our Lives, as “Brad Carlton” (the first major Jewish character in daytime drama) on The Young and the Restless and as “Bill Spencer” which he currently plays on The Bold and the Beautiful. My personal favorite tale is how after Don was let go from The Young and The Restless after working there for over 20 years, he literally walked across the hall at the CBS studios and landed a role at The Bold and the Beautiful which has led to a successful 10 year run and counting. Throughout the book, Don drops tidbits of philosophy. About this particular transition from one television show to another, he writes:

The best part about the entire experience was that my boys witnessed all of it. What an extended teaching moment. A life lesson illustrating every positivity cliche imaginable. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” “You’ve got to pick yourself up, and dust yourself off.” And of course, “When one door closes, another one opens.” You’re goddamn right! The word “cliche” has a negative connotation, but I see all those “cliches” as truisms. I want my boys to do the same. Failure isn’t failure at all. It’s opportunity. They saw their forty-five-year-old father fired for something totally out of his control. More importantly, they were witness to my response to it. I was shaken. Knees a little wobbly. But I gathered myself, and came out swinging. Effort and attitude, boys. Effort and attitude!

Love that advice, Don!

Enjoy this shout-out that Don gave us at OutTakes Interviews for his fans at The Bold and the Beautiful!


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— write-up by Laurie Baker