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Thom Bierdz, star of The Young and The Restless, joins Burl and Don LIVE in the Lounge this Saturday! ...his character, Phillip Chancellor, is back from the dead (they can do that on soaps) and so is his career...He's been through a lot, and he tells all in his highly praised book, FORGIVING TROY.
"In 1989, my brother beat our mother to death..."
With that, Thom Bierdz begins the harrowing heartbreaking true story of a family tragedy that would overwhelm anyone. Fame and success are no protection against crises and trauma, and when your loving brother kills your mother -- well, it's not something one deals with easily.
"The soap sensation who played Phillip Chancellor on The Young and the Restless has written a terrific, gut-punching memoir that chronicles his triumph over an unspeakable family tragedy...Chilling, hopeful, spiritual - you'll never read anything like it" Michael Logan, TV GUIDE
"The reader is left with a feeling that even in the midst of the most tragic situations, hope abides and family triumphs. Being likened to A Beautiful Mind and Rainman, his story will both break your heart and heal your spirit." Nicholas Snow, NOTES FROM HOLLYWOOD
"It's been said that the greatest mark of the human spirit is its ability to overcome impossible personal tragedy, and no one exemplifies that statement more than actor/artist Thom Bierdz." Joe Thompson, IN MAGAZINE
"A true-life tale of love and loss, terror and triumph that will take your breath away - and play on every single emotion you own." Bill Harris, E! ENTERTAINMENT TV, NATIONAL ENQUIRER
"Millions of viewers fell in love with Thom Bierdz on The Young and the Restless unaware that his real life was more dramatic than any soap opera. This book proves he is not just another pretty face - but an artist of substance, power and talent." Daniel R. Coleridge - TV GUIDE
"Thom Bierdz's book had to be written. His gripping story of family, murder, insanity, and forgiveness leaps off the pages...horrifying...inspiring...riveting." Political activist David Mixner, author of A STRANGER AMONG FRIENDS
"Thom's book is not as much about forgiveness as it is about the kind of strength and spiritual carpentry necessary to repair the disengaging structure of one American family."
Lucian A. Truscott,-- author of DRESS GRAY
"It made me see Troy and the millions of souls like him in a gentle and forgiving way which I always thought it should be the way things are but could never articulate. It was just beautiful."
Nick Salamone --- author of ALL SOULS DAY
"Beautiful, Expressive, and Original just like one of Bierdz's paintings! A moving testimonial to the power of the human spirit." --- Jeffrey Keen - USA BOOK NEWS.COM
"Shakespearean in its tragic underpinnings, FORGIVING TROY fearlessly tackles a litany of societal ills that ostensibly seem insurmountable, yet the book reverberates with the clear ring of redemption. Author - artist - activist Thom Bierdz has dysfunction running through his veins, but just like a junkie in the process of hardcore rehabilitation, he wages a war against his demons and triumphs" Michael Kearns, IN MAGAZINE
"Bierdz has the courage to be truthful about his own erratic behavior in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. But he came to recognize that we all have the power to control our destinies...Thom Bierdz is now one of Los Angeles' most successful and in-demand artists. His journey from darkness into the light is one of the year's most illuminating and inspirational reads...the sublime, haunting FORGIVING TROY will stay with you long after you finish reading it." David Alexander Nahmod, EXPRESSGAYNEWS.COM
Frenchy Broullette isn't a menu item, although I'm sure an enterprising eatery in the Big Easy either has or will name something after him. Whatever it is, it won't be bland!
Colorful, notorious and drenched in mystique, it takes an author such as Matthew Randazzo V to get right down to the real nitty-gritty, cut through the fake B.S. and find the true B.S. lurking beneath the surface.
This is Frenchy's story, and Matthew gets second billing as author. That's okay. He did the same with Kenji Gallo on BREAKSHOT, and probably the same on Johhny Fratto's forthcoming book. That doesn't mean that all Matthew did was type. Nope. Far from it.