Debbi Morgan, best known for her role on the ABC soap opera "All My Children," is deeply in love with her long-time partner, Jeffrey Winston, but before he came into her life, she was a victim of domestic violence.
Morgan, who has been in the industry for over four decades, went through four marriages and three divorces before she finally found her one true love. She was married to Charles Weldon from 1978 to 1984; to actor Charles S. Dutton from 1989 to 1994, and to photographer Donn Thompson from 1997 to 2000.
In 2009 she tied the knot one more time with businessman Jeffrey Winston, with whom she has remained since then. They don't have any kids but are still happily in love.
While talking to NewsOne three years ago in the middle of the promotions of her book "The Monkey On My Back," she opened up about dealing with physical and emotional abuse in all of her relationships before Winston.
In the book, the actress revealed that her life was a repeating cycle of violence that came from two generations above her, as her mother and grandmother were also victims of abuse. She recollected the shocking moments of her childhood when fear was the ruling emotion of her life thanks to the abusive episodes between her mother and father that she witnessed.
"One of the things with children growing up in domestic violence homes, they are sort of drawn to people that have a lot of brute strength because they feel that they’re going to protect them,” she said while talking about her first husband.
“I learned that he had spent all of his time in prison … and it might sound crazy, but there was something that was sort of seductive to me about that”
For Debbie, acting allowed her to get away with the cycle of violence, she was living in. Faking smiles and making it seem like everything was okay to the outside world. She stated:
"I have been acting since I was 16 years old and it actually served me quite well because I could use all of my acting skills to hide behind this mask. I was always smiling, acting like I was happy and full of joy and I was hiding behind this mask with so much insecurity, humiliation, pain, fear."
"So many times these men that I was looking to for protection were the ones I really needed protection from," she said.
Writing the book was a cathartic experience for Allen, now 61, as she got to understand her mother and came to terms with the fact that most of her mistakes in life came from an endless repetitive cycle that started way before she was born, but that, luckily, she finally ended when she met Jeffrey Winston.
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