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Thaao Penghlis enjoyed tea for two with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, carried the mythical Gloria Swanson into a Hollywood acting class and fitted Robert Redford for a suit (suggesting the then matinee idol shed a few pounds) before landing defining roles on "General Hospital, " "Days of Our Lives "and "Mission: Impossible." The former career diplomat pursued the curious and complex path of an actor's life to fund his unyielding desire for spiritual & exotic travel. With the fervor of an archeologist and the passion of a seeker, Penghlis takes readers with him on spectacluar adventures as he crosses Egypt's Sinai Desert, ascends Mt. Moses, is cleansed in a remarkable and shocking ritual in Havana, crashes in a balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and navigates the behind the scenes drama of daytime television, often more sudsy and tumultuous than what appeared on screen. This compelling and candid memoir weaves his deep Greek and Australian heritage with Hollywood escapades and captivating spiritual journeys to places few travel.
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Born and raised in Sydney, Australia as the son of working class Greek immigrants, Thaao Penghlis is a film, stage and Emmy nominated actor who appeared on afternoon television for decades as a fan favorite. He played key roles on General Hospital, Santa Barbara and Days of Our Lives. He was a also a featured player in the revival of Mission Impossible and has appeared onstage ("Class") and in countless television shows. His film career includes a role in Ken Russell's "Altered States." He earned a Daytime Emmy Oustanding Lead Actor nomination for his work on Days of Our Lives. Early on, he was a young career diplomat, working at the United Nations and trained to become vice counsel for Greece. A chance meeting in New York with famed acting director and teacher Milton Katselas changed the course of his life. A self-described citizen of the world, Penghlis makes his permanent home in the hills of Los Angeles, California.


"Thaao Penghlis combines the best of 3 worlds: His Greek origin gave him the spirit of Ulysses and the wisdom to enjoy the journey. His Australian upbringing graced him with a deep and philosophical sense of humor, and his life and work as an actor in [the] United States and especially in Los Angeles led him to a brilliant career and a better knowledge of himself and the demanding art of acting. His book is as exciting as his life and leaves us with a positive feeling of how many things we can achieve when we dare to follow our dreams. I enjoyed every page." -Los Angeles Greek consul "You expect one thing, and you get an antipodean novel. I love Thaao's stories. His photographs alone describe his life. It's a truthful, beautiful memoir told by a great adventurer, a fabulous chef, and a gorgeous Greek. He tells it all. It's a `you can't put it down' biography." -Joanna Cassidy, actress "Thaao Penghlis is a true renaissance man. Places is intriguing, informative and an absolute page turner." -Doris Roberts, actress, Everybody Loves Raymond "Places is a beautiful, revealing, enlightening, and rare book. Unflinchingly truthful and entertaining, it pulls you into the undertow of the truly amazing journey Thaao has lived. For anyone who has felt alone, been touched by kismet and reached for the stars it is a must read! All actors can learn from the raw and revealing truths shared by one of my favorite actors that I've directed." -Howie Deutch, director

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