'General Hospital' Star Maurice Benard Included in "Deconstructing Stigma" Exhibit at Logan Airport

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A photograph of General Hospital Emmy winning actor Maurice Benard is one of 34 pictures lining the 235-foot-long hallway between Terminals B and C at Logan Airport in Boston, part of an exhibit that debuted last week called "Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life." Superimposed on each photograph is text describing the person’s struggle with mental illness.

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was 22, Benard (Sonny Corinthos on GH) remembers being hospitalized —at times being so manic, he suffered from psychosis. Like many people, Maurice has to take medication daily to remain healthy.

"I have been on medication for the last 30 years, and I learned a long time ago that those medications are what help me stay balanced. Otherwise, bipolar takes hold and I become someone I don’t want to be. When I take my medication, everything is great. When I don’t, it’s a problem."

Andrew Sachs Dead at 86

Andrew Sachs
British actor Andrew Sachs died on November 23 at the age of 86, the UK's Press Association reported.

Sachs was reported to have suffered from vascular dementia for four years before his death. He was buried on Thursday, December 1.

"It wasn't very pleasant," his wife Melody told the Daily Mail. "It didn't get really bad until quite near the end. I nursed Andrew, I was there for every moment of it."

Born in Germany, Sachs' parents fled Nazi persecution of the Jews by moving to the United Kingdom, where their son eventually became a well-known actor and comedian.

Apart from his iconic role as bumbling waiter Manuel on Fawlty Towers, Sachs appeared in numerous radio adaptations and children's television series, as well as narrating audio books, including C.S. Lewis' "Narnia" series.

British soap fans will also remember the late actor for his memorable stints in both Coronation Street and EastEnders.

Back in 2008, Sachs played Ramsay Leonard Clegg, the half brother of Corrie stalwart Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden), a run which lasted 27 episodes.



In 2015, he appeared in EastEnders as Cyril, a patient on the same ward as Stan Carter (Timothy West).

Lamon Archey Joining 'Days of our Lives'

Lamon Archey
Former The Young and the Restless actor Lamon Archey will be joining the cast of Days of our Lives in early 2017, according to superfan site Jason47.com.

Archey has appeared in some Under 5 roles on Days in the past and also played Mason Wilder on Y&R from 2012-2014. His new Days role is unknown at this time.

Since leaving Y&R, Archey has appeared in multiple primetime series including 2 Broke Girls, Roadies and Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life.

'Looks Like Christmas' Premieres December 4 on Hallmark Channel, Stars Anne Heche

Photo: Dylan Neal, Anne Heche Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown
Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ryan Plummer
Anne Heche, who won a Daytime Emmy Award for her portrayal of twins Vicky and Marley on NBC soap opera Another World in 1991, leads the cast of Looks Like Christmas, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie premiering Sunday, December 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

In the holiday film, Carol (Heche) is an over-involved mother, but nothing compares to the holiday season when Carol goes over the top spearheading her kid's school’s Christmas Spectacular each year. She has earned the nickname Christmas Carol among the parents and faculty. All that changes the day Terry (Dylan Neal) moves to town with his teenage daughter. Also single, Terry is also very fond of the holiday himself—having volunteered to mount the Christmas play each year at his daughter's former school. Carol tries to politely tell the single dad his help won’t be necessary but he has no intention of stepping aside.

The tug-of-war turns into something of a rumble, and it becomes clear neither of these parents are willing to work together. With the competition clearly drawn in the sand, the dueling parents set out to outdo one another in creating the most memorable Christmas spectacular ever. The pressure is on to make this the best Christmas ever as it’s anybody’s guess if “Christmas Carol” will live up to her moniker or if newly titled “Terry Christmas” will become the new holiday hero. Carol and Terry will ultimately learn the error of their ways and put aside their differences and learn they have a lot more in common as an unexpected romance begins to bloom.

Watch a sneak peek below.

Today in Soap Opera History (December 3)

1984: Days of our Lives' Carrie decided where to live.
1985: The freedom flag was raised in GH's Asian Quarter.
1998: Guiding Light's Danny and Michelle shared their first kiss.
2001: ATWT's Barbara & James plotted against Carly, Emily & Rose.
"More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers."
― Joe Murray

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1946: On Life Can Be Beautiful, Stanley (Ralph Locke) tried to take charge of Chichi's (Alice Reinheart) affairs, but Chichi refused. She had her own ideas.

1964: On Peyton Place, Leslie Harrington (Paul Langton) became incensed when Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) insisted she was going to remain Mrs. Rodney Harrington. Leslie asked Betty's father, George Anderson (Henry Beckman), to talk some sense into her.

'General Hospital' Spoilers (December 5-9, 2016)

"I did break the rules, because I believed you still loved me," Alexis says to
Julian.
Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out what is coming up on ABC soap opera General Hospital during the week of December 5-9, 2016.

Monday, December 5
Curtis and Jason discuss notes; Nelle loses something important; Julian makes Alexis a surprising offer. "I am a freaking awesome attorney," Alexis tells him.