Maria Ciaccia

with Ingo Rademacher, my first soap actor interview. Maria Ciaccia

  • Leading expert on the television drama "General Hospital" who has interviewed more than a dozen cast members over the course of a decade
  • Author of several books about classic films including "Dreamboats: Hollywood Hunks of the 50s" and "Bloomin: A Novel in Three Acts"
  • Founded the non-profit organization Movie Memories, which builds new audiences for classic films
  • Hosts a weekly podcast called "The Dream Factory," which brings new light to old films


Maria Ciaccia is a former writer for ThoughtCo who specialized in television dramas, especially shows like "General Hospital," for over seven years, though she has been a fan of the show for its entire run. Her soap opera articles and interviews have also appeared in Soaps in Depth magazine, The World Times, People Magazine, and the now-defunct site for pregnant women, That Glow.

As an avid fan of "General Hospital," Ciaccia has covered many fan events as well as the Daytime Emmy Awards and visited the set multiple times. She has met or interviewed several stars of the show including Jackie Zeman, Stuart Damon, Ingo Rademacher, Leslie Charleson, Tony Geary, Constance Towers, Leslie Kay, Carolyn Hennesy, Kathleen Gati, Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio), Richard Burgi, Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom Hardy) and Julian Stone (ex-Jerry Jacks).

Ciaccia is the author of several books, including "Dreamboats: Hollywood Hunks of the 50s," and she has appeared several times on "E! Mysteries and Scandals" and is interviewed on the features of two DVD collections: "The Tyrone Power Collection" and "Tyrone Power: The Matinee Idol Collection." Her work on her foundation, Movie Memories, is dedicated to building a new audience for classic films, and she also has a weekly podcast about the subject called "The Dream Factory"


After earning a Bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory of Music, Maria Ciaccia earned Masters degrees from both Boston University and Eastman School of Music.

Awards and Publications

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