How Actress Debbi Morgan Broke Family’s Circle of Abuse When She Married 4th Husband

Monica Otayza
Jun 12, 2019
03:33 A.M.
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Debbi Morgan stood her ground and said "enough is enough," breaking down her family's circle of abuse. Now, she is happily married to her fourth husband, living her best life.


Debbi Morgan, best known for her role on the ABC TV series "All My Children," is now happily-in-love with her long-time partner, Jeffrey Winston. However, before he came into her life, she had to endure years of domestic violence before finally saying "enough is enough."


Debbie's Resilience

Morgan, who has been part of the entertainment industry for more than four decades, has also gone through four marriages, three of them ending in bitter divorces. Now, she's convinced that she's found her one true love.

She was previously married to Charles Weldon from 1978 to 1984, Charles S. Dutton from 1989 to 1994, and Donn Thompson from 1997 to 2000.


In 2009, she took a chance at love once again and got married to Jeffrey Winston, with whom she's stayed happily-in-love with for a decade now. While the two don't have kids together, they enjoy each other's company and love one another very much.

A Cycle of Abuse

While speaking to NewsOne during an interview three years ago to promote her book "The Monkey On My Back," she revealed that she had to endure traumatic physical and emotional abuse in ALL of her relationships before Winston, which led to her devastation.


In her book, she reveals how her life was caught in a cycle of violence that began two generations above her. Though painful, she revealed that her mom and grandmother were also victims of abuse. When she was a child, she would live in fear after seeing how her own dad abused her mother.

Generations of Traumatic Experience

"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.

Morgan also revealed that the brute strength led her to somehow being seduced by it, which is why she ended up in relationships with people with the same characteristics.


“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.”

A Troubled Perspective

She first had an abusive relationship when her teenage boyfriend hurt her physically and emotionally before three of her four husbands did the same to her.

Morgan was attracted to violent men because she considered they would protect her.


At first, Debbie thought that it was acting that could get her away from the cycle of abuse that she lived behind the scenes. However, after four decades of hiding under a mask, she decided that enough was enough.

"So many times these men that I was looking to for protection were the ones I really needed protection from."

However, realizing that life could be so much better if she broke free from her oppressors, Debbie ended decades worth of abuse. She now lives a happy life with her husband, who not only takes care of her, but makes her feel loved every single day.

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