The Days of My Life

MacDonald Carey, Author
MacDonald Carey, Author St. Martin's Press $19.95 (309p) ISBN 978-0-312-05410-6
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A star of TV's Days of Our Lives soap opera since its inception in 1965, Carey, 77, here offers a combination of autobiography and ``life inventory,'' as defined by Alcoholics Anonymous. Until 1982, Carey had coped with such problems as a shaky marriage, his absentee fatherhood and doubts about his acting by drinking himself into oblivion. Besides detailing his long battle with the bottle, he gives an entertaining history of his career, which began in radio soap operas and progressed via the stage and Hollywood--where he worked with Paulette Goddard, William Holden, Teresa Wright and Hedy Lamarr, among others--to his current role as Dr. Tom Horton. Occasionally made confusing by a mix of past and present tenses, Carey's story is otherwise touching and, in the end, triumphant. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
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