Well, Hello! Welcome to My Book Club!
Tonight we begin reading Brenda Dickson's "memoir of sexual harassment, blacklisting, and love affairs with the most powerful men in Hollywood" (like the guy who played John Boy on The Waltons!), "My True Hidden Hollywood Story", self-published by the author via Bluetooth Boulevard Publications. Grab yourself a copy, along with a side of potato salad, wear your best charity red dress, and join in the fun!
As Hollywood autobiographies go, this promises to entertain and enlighten. It left one Amazon reviewer shouting, "Brenda! You need serious help!"
(Which Brenda took as permission to hire a stone-faced housekeeper.)
|by Jess Walton||reply 66||Last Saturday at 2:24 PM|
Favorite moment so far? Chapter One, page 10:
"Jim got me poster deals with the men who did Farrah Fawcett's bestselling poster. Mine was also a best selling poster. Jim was killed in a car crash."
|by Jess Walton||reply 1||11/20/2020|
Richard Thomas is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood? Who knew?
|by Jess Walton||reply 2||11/20/2020|
I'd rather read Barbara Dickson's autobiography and hear how she had to put over "I Know Him So Well" with shrimpy Elaine Paige caterwauling in her ear.
|by Jess Walton||reply 3||11/20/2020|
Brenda is extremely discreet. She identifies her boyfriend, Mike Nader and how Mike Nader was an alcoholic. . . and that he met a woman (while he was dating Brenda) and hadan affair with her. He proceeds to get this woman pregnant and marry her. And Brenda proceeds to share the news, of course, that he met this other woman at Alcoholics Anonymous. . .apparently not understanding what "Anonymous" means
|by Jess Walton||reply 4||11/20/2020|
Chapter 10 page 30:
"He (Mike Nader) told me the fabulous news. He had been offered a job opposite Alexis Colby on Dynasty. Yippie!"
She apparently thinks Alexis is a real person. And that Yippee is a pie.
|by Jess Walton||reply 5||11/20/2020|
R4 I thought Michael Nader was gay for sure.
|by Jess Walton||reply 6||11/20/2020|
Does anyone remember seeing Brendan’s poster on any friend’s walls? Or in a dumpster even?
|by Jess Walton||reply 7||11/20/2020|
R7 again... *Brendad’s poster. Fuck you autoincorrect!
|by Jess Walton||reply 8||11/20/2020|
From the jacket copy (for real): "The book has fabulous and stunning Hollywood colour photographs taken by top photographers, including her best selling posters."
Apparently, she sold one or two at a Spencer's Gifts in Boise.
|by Jess Walton||reply 9||11/20/2020|
R29 So her photographers are best selling posters?
|by Jess Walton||reply 10||11/20/2020|
The posters were all black light psychedelic things that sold in malls
|by Jess Walton||reply 11||11/20/2020|
It goes for $200 on ebay!!
|by Jess Walton||reply 12||11/20/2020|
I’m the one who baught it on Kendall, so I can’t provide page nombbers, but I liked this:
[quote]Just focus on getting to the toilet, Brenda,” my mind tries to calm me.
Wouldn’t her mind be trying to calm her mind? How many minds does she have?
|by Jess Walton||reply 13||11/20/2020|
You beat me to it! I was going to proclaim, "Best Line in Chapter One". . .TA-DA!. . ."Just focus on getting to the toilet, Brenda."
|by Jess Walton||reply 14||11/20/2020|
"How many minds does she have?"
Several. And they all look like they're 23!
|by Jess Walton||reply 15||11/20/2020|
[quote]Barry Goldwater, Jr., was an entirely different matter. My mother was very classy and sexy. She put me in a sleeveless, high-necked, body-hugging knit. It was an ivory, A-line dress that fit to perfection. A deep hot pink hat, and beige shoes
Here’s your one chance, Brendad. Don’t let me down!
|by Jess Walton||reply 16||11/20/2020|
On Daddy’s hot bod:
[quote]My father looked like Mike. He had black hair, similar features, and a beautiful body, similar to Mike’s.
|by Jess Walton||reply 17||11/20/2020|
"I'm selling this virgin to the highest bidder!"
|by Jess Walton||reply 18||11/20/2020|
Ok, I just bought it in Kindle.
You bitches are bad influences on me.
|by Jess Walton||reply 19||11/20/2020|
OP, what did you think of the descriptions of every room in Rockingham House? It was almost as though a gayling with an IQ of 83 had tried to rewrite Swann’s Way for an audience of Tasteful Friends. So beyotiful!
[quote]There was a huge bedroom upstairs with a hot pink canopy bed. In the inside ceiling of the canopy was a large floral print of burgundy and hot pink tulips with lime green leaves, on a white polished cotton background. The walls were padded in hot pink linen fabric; there were dark wood floors and French doors going out to a balcony overlooking the English gardens. The bathroom was a great big hexagonal Jacuzzi room with two closets on each side of it. A huge oversized Jacuzzi was in the middle of the room, raised up by black granite, surrounded by a white Carrera marble floor with a black granite border. The dome-shaped high ceiling was all finely finished, dark wood, with a huge chandelier over the tub. There was a large gold sink with all-gold fixtures, a black granite top in this extraordinary hexagonal room. This room, the bedroom, the kitchen, and the Jacuzzi/ dressing room were all additions we built on to the Rockingham house.
|by Jess Walton||reply 20||11/20/2020|
Thank you, r19. I’m climbing Amazon’s sail’s charts because of you!
Step aside, Jake A. Rolling.
|by Jess Walton||reply 21||11/20/2020|
"OP, what did you think of the descriptions of every room in Rockingham House?"
I had to skip it. It went on and on, like someone trying to write an Architectural Digest piece without knowing anything about design. Or grammar. It was painful.
|by Jess Walton||reply 22||11/20/2020|
Questions for Dishcousin: Chapter One
1.) Brenda explicitly lets us into her experience of being fired. Have you ever had to tell yourself. "Just focus on getting to the toilet?" What were the circumstances in your life which brought you to that moment? Did YOU make it to the toilet? Well? Did you?
2.) When Brenda inexplicablably darts along some strange timeline--being fired, a rambling dissertation about her house in Beverly Hills and the famous neighbors to whose parties we can assume she was not invited--and then to her time acting in a play, before she was fired from The Young abd the Restless, did you think her mental hopskopping across a landscape of memories evocative of Proust. . .or did you think she was bat-shit crazy? Explain in haiku.
3.) Do you think Brenda understands that alcoholics who attend Alcoholics Anonymous are alcoholics who prefer to be anonymous?
4.) Bonus Question: In the Introduction, Dickson (a modern-day Dickens, if you will) tempts us of tales to come. One of these is about a man she dated, ". . .the famous upscale clothing retailer, Fred Segal, now a publicly traded company." Have YOU ever dated a publicly-traded company?
5.) If you were to hop in a time machine and travel back in time, would you be more likely to find a Brenda Dickson poster on the wall of a teen heterosexual or a young gayling?
6.) Just how many times did her agent, who she tells us she was close to, die?
7.) Grab a pencil. On this paper, draw a crowd. Now, try to find someone in that crowd who may be a proofreader. How would you explain what you have read so far and how that proofreader couid have helped Ms. Dickson?
|by Jess Walton||reply 23||11/20/2020|
Qwestion 2# my answer:
Too valuble to leave
The country of France
Finely carved wallnut armwahr
With shell carved on top
18th century anteeks
Real gold five feet high
Most elegent I’ve seen
So many Miro’s
The colorful dead artest
With many colors
Lee Roy Nieman’s too
Also very colorful
My art collectsion
My eye for detail
Evokes Marcelle Proose, who was
|by Jess Walton||reply 24||11/20/2020|
Yet another Sunset Boulevard lady - living in the long past...….
|by Jess Walton||reply 25||11/20/2020|
You win the extra macaron. R24! Genius!
|by Jess Walton||reply 26||11/20/2020|
[quote] like the guy who played John Boy on The Waltons!
What? He's been accused? First I heard this.
|by Jess Walton||reply 27||11/20/2020|
Serial Monticello - you are as mentally ill as Ms Dickson. No wonder your family had you committed you freak.
|by Jess Walton||reply 28||11/20/2020|
Does dumb dylan know that brenda used to play jill?
|by Jess Walton||reply 29||11/20/2020|
[quote]It goes for $200 on ebay!!
The poster or the actual poontang?
|by Jess Walton||reply 30||11/20/2020|
On [italic]Welcome to My Home[quote]:
[quote]I wrote it in one night, put the dialogue on cue cards, and filmed it the following day. This video would change the face of television, as we all know it. It would change the trend of jeans and t-shirts to glamorous out of this world Red Carpet looks, as all the professionals were aware of the huge immediate audience response to Welcome to My Home.
|by Jess Walton||reply 31||11/20/2020|
Dumb Dylan got the scoop on what repeat is being shown this coming Friday. Dumb Dylan is right there with the latest scoops. He and Brendad together have almost have an eighth of a brain between them.
|by Jess Walton||reply 33||11/20/2020|
R31 That bitch is so delusional. The only award she has ever won was a Soap Opera Digest award for Best Villainess back in 1988. She likes to lie and say it's a lifetime achievement award.
|by Jess Walton||reply 34||11/20/2020|
[quote]"Jim got me poster deals with the men who did Farrah Fawcett's bestselling poster. Mine was also a best selling poster. Jim was killed in a car crash."
This sounds exactly like the kind of thing you find on r/oldpeoplefacebook.
|by Jess Walton||reply 35||11/20/2020|
Brendad discovers the quotation mark and falls in love with it:
[quote]When they are just motivated to make money and they are a “Clique,” the judges stand to make money from this “Clique.” All hell breaks loose. I call them the “Rats.” It is actually “Mafia,” Organized Crime. In Los Angeles, they have been referred to as “The Westside Mafia,” a group of attorneys who act the same way. The “Mafia” is definitely in my life, and have been with my “Blacklisting” in 1988.
|by Jess Walton||reply 36||11/20/2020|
I have this book....bought it hardcover for a buck. I'm gonna find it in my boxes of books and dust it off to read.
|by Jess Walton||reply 37||11/21/2020|
I think I bought my copy of her book in the 50 cents bin. It was overpriced, I thought.
|by Jess Walton||reply 38||11/21/2020|
R345 from the Brendad Ickson Melting Down Over Election thread...
You are a god among men. Not as god-like as Brendad's prublicly traded boyfriend, but a god nonetheless.
|by Jess Walton||reply 39||11/21/2020|
I tried to read it. It is incomprehensible.
|by Jess Walton||reply 40||11/21/2020|
I tried to read it. It is incomprehensible.
|by Jess Walton||reply 41||11/21/2020|
I bought it... noted at R19... it [italic]is incomprehensible except the part about how she really doesn't like Bill Bell.
|by Jess Walton||reply 42||11/21/2020|
Doesn’t the crazy whacko claim that Bill Bell stolded her money?
|by Jess Walton||reply 43||11/21/2020|
[quote]So, back to the suite at the Plaza Hotel. I had my Johnnie Cochran imitation. I would put my nylons over my head, and cover up to my eyes. Then, I would jump out of the closet doing my Johnnie Cochran imitation. Nude, with just the nylons over my head! I would say, “Does this look like a disguise?
|by Jess Walton||reply 45||11/21/2020|
She.... what with the pantyhose?
Welcome to my hotel room!
|by Jess Walton||reply 46||11/21/2020|
so not only a deplorable but racist too
|by Jess Walton||reply 47||11/22/2020|
Look, I think she's a cunt, but putting pantyhose over her head and making fun of Johnnie Cochran sounds harmless enough to me!
|by Jess Walton||reply 48||11/22/2020|
She's babbling again, that miserable TRAMP!
|by Jess Walton||reply 49||11/22/2020|
I am the new and the real Katherine Shepherd Reynolds Chancellor Thurston Sterling Murphy!
|by Jess Walton||reply 51||11/22/2020|
Who ARE you talking about?
|by Jess Walton||reply 52||11/22/2020|
Monticello Serial Psycho is monitoring us.
|by Jess Walton||reply 53||11/22/2020|
Oh, great. The soap fans have invaded the Bren-dad threads.
|by Jess Walton||reply 54||11/22/2020|
Ah. Thank you, R54, I was wondering.
Well, that's all right, they probably know all kinds of trashy things about Brendad and her world-famous publicly traded luvahs.
|by Jess Walton||reply 55||11/22/2020|
Serial Asshole Monticello is mentally ILL.
|by Jess Walton||reply 56||11/22/2020|
What the Hell is the backstory between Monticello and Spicen? Reminds me of the feud on CDAN between that stupid cunt Tricia and Derek.
|by Jess Walton||reply 57||11/22/2020|
R57 I don't know, but I wish these crazy fuckers would fuck the entire way off the fucking planet, because they've all but destroyed the experience of visiting the threads here.
|by Jess Walton||reply 58||11/22/2020|
Serial Monticello is a mentally ill idiot (much like Brendad) who fell in love with Spicen. Spicen rejected him. That sent Serial Monticello into a tailspin from which he never recovered. His own family had him committed to a mental institution. It got messy. Even Brendad commented about this on Facebook.
|by Jess Walton||reply 59||11/23/2020|
Are they soap opera fans/watchers? Is that the connection to Brendad's book club?
|by Jess Walton||reply 60||Last Saturday at 12:36 PM|
Brenda has no obligation to keep the identity of an AA member anonymous. Her bf who told her about the woman he met there is the person who violated the confidence of his fellow recovering alcoholics.
|by Jess Walton||reply 61||Last Saturday at 1:08 PM|
"Brenda has no obligation to keep the identity of an AA member anonymous."
It's never anyone's place to share information of that nature. Get some decency, you oversharing, privacy-invading cunt! (AKA Brenda.)
|by Jess Walton||reply 62||Last Saturday at 2:10 PM|
Is Brendad mentally delayed? Serious question. I didn’t know her before reading about her on DL and after looking her up I really think she’s a cerebrectomy survivor.
|by Jess Walton||reply 63||Last Saturday at 2:17 PM|
Brendad is schizo. Koo koo. Cray cray.
|by Jess Walton||reply 64||Last Saturday at 2:20 PM|
It’s weird. In her heyday she would have had to learn pages of script, fast now she seems barely literate. Can you read but not spell?
|by Jess Walton||reply 65||Last Saturday at 2:21 PM|
Bill Daily of Bob Newhart was dyslexic and said he had an awful time learning lines and really struggled as the cast didn't like to rehearse. Bob felt it killed the spontaneity but Bill said he would get so worked up trying to learn lines that he would come out with jumble in takes. He apparently once walked in and said 'Hi Bob, Hi Enema' rather than Emily. I would think a soap gig would be a nightmare for a dyslexic.
|by Jess Walton||reply 66||Last Saturday at 2:24 PM|