General Hospital’s Maurice Benard won the 2019 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy for his portrayal of Sonny Corinthos.
His win was met with applauds and a standing ovation. As Maurice took to the stage, he was overcome with emotion. In his acceptable speech he talked about how incredible his co-stars Max Gail (Mike), Laura Wright (Carly), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) and Steve Burton (Jason) were and how much they all were into the Alzheimer story. Maurice commented that Max reminded him so much of his real life father. Adding that the story “Educated me and showed me that you got to love your parents as they get older don’t just let them go.”
Maurice’s words ring true. Sadly, too often as we get older ourselves and preoccupied with our own lives we may forget our parents. They deserve more that the occasional telephone call and holiday visit. We need to show them how much they matter to us. When diagnosed with crippling disease of Alzheimer’s that robs them of their identity and self-reliance, it is important they know how much we love them and will help them get through the challenge. Sonny did this for Mike.
Thanks General Hospital for presenting this emotional and informative story. Congratulations Maurice on your well deserved Emmy win!
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