Soap star Don Diamont’s most interesting storyline to date is being the real-life father and ringleader of his seven rambunctious boys. Called a “daytime deity” by Soap Opera Digest, Don Diamont is best known as the dashing publishing titan with steel abs, “Dollar Bill Spencer,” on the most-watched daytime drama in the world, The Bold and the Beautiful.
But all of that takes second place to his most important role to date: father to seven boys.
By turns hilarious and poignant, My Seven Sons and How We Raised Each Other is a family memoir for our time. Don writes with openness and courage about the ways his family came together: by marriage, divorce, the death of his sister, and marriage again. Today’s blended families might look different from the households of even a few decades ago, but the first dates, first cars, busting curfew, talking back, grounding, broken hearts, laughs, tears, and the love are the same.
From his childhood growing up in LA, to his Zoolander phase as a model in both Paris and Los Angeles, to the iconic place he now occupies in daytime television, Don also gives us a glimpse into a life that at times could have been scripted for a soap opera. And, with brutal honesty, he tells of the personal devastation he suffered after the deaths of his father, brother, and sister.
My Seven Sons is required reading for everyone who is a parent, and all those who have one.