Arriving at actor, author, collector, world-traveler, chef, and scholar, Thaao Penghlis’s home was a feast for the senses. Magnificent art and artifacts from the entrance to the john, where an enormous, gorgeous, Peter O’Toole as Lawrence oversees the proceedings. Next visit, I hope, a feast the belly––hIs lentil white bean soup recipe had Christinna and I salivating. Thaao lives his life to the full, doing and being his best at whatever he’s approaching at that moment.
From his childhood in Australia, enmeshed in everything Greek, to struggling to eat in New York where he assisted his mentor in the art world, selling to an adoring Jackie Kennedy, Claudette Colbert, Sir John Gielgud, to finding his way to the stage and then film, despite being told he should never act; first forJohn Avildsen, fresh off his Rocky triumph, in Slow Dancing In The Big City, for Ken Russell in Altered States… some stories there! A volatile Russell, difficult William Hurt, and a banished Paddy Chayefsky. A rapist in The Bell Jar, finding his way to the soaps, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives, where an Emmy nomination and a years-long stint awaited him.
Along the way he collected, cooked, traveled, went Indiana Jones discovering hidden treasures, and amassing knowledge and life wisdom.
“If you want to see where you’re going, take a look at who crossed your path.” Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Omar Sharif, are a few who crossed his.
“Life is about becoming the seeds you plant.” Thaao’s continues to flower spectacularly. HIs second book, Seducing Celebrities One Meal At A Time https://bit.ly/2Ggp0kZ dropped, with a third on cultures and cuisines in the works. A Renaissance man if ever there was one.
And boy is he pretty. It serves him. As he serves all who come in his path. Ethics, persistence, fearlessness, food, fashion, travel, surviving 7 soap deaths… stories… FUN!
Thaao Penghlis on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson
Wed, 12/12/18, 7 pm PT/ 10 pm ET
DP Christinna Guzman
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