Shirley MacLaine's lookalike daughter, Sachi Parker, talks about her childhood in the book "Lucky Me: My Life With -- and Without -- My Mom, Shirley MacLaine." Parker says MacLaine chose being a movie star over being a mother.
"She was very absent," Parker said. "I was very lonely -- very lonely. Definitely. And I still struggle with abandonment issues and loneliness."
In the book, Parker writes that MacLaine was always happy to see her for about four hours, and then suddenly she became a burden.
"Pretty much," Parker said.
Sachi Parker said that while MacLaine had been generous with her husband, that wasn't the case with her. Parker said she asked for $500 to buy a used car, and MacLaine loaned it to her with interest.
"My mother was -- is very old-school regarding money and tough love," she said.
Unable to afford college, Parker worked as a maid, waitress and stewardess.
"I would look up, and the in-flight movie would be 'The Turning Point' or another [MacLaine] movie. And it would be a moment that I would find that I could be with her. She was right there. And I would just yearn for her," Parker said.
Parker really wanted to be an actress, but she says her mother did little to help. She landed bit parts in "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "Back to the Future," but her career never took off. In 1986, she and her mother made a Diet Pepsi commercial.
"Oh honey, you learn more from failure than success," MacLaine said in the ad.
"That's kind of her," Parker said with a laugh. "Perhaps she wrote the script. I don't know."
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