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My "Actress" Years

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Brandon Lee, David Schwimmer, Michael Hutchence & The Coppolas Are All Here

Shannon Colleary, wearing little more than a Bob Mackie rhinestone g-string and tiara, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it meant to be a struggling actress stage left while Madonna was still vogueing and Sinead O’ Connor hadn’t yet lit the Pope on fire. “Great story. And I too would have been drawn to the somewhat nerdy Jewish guy from acting class who turned out could really dance — rather than the smoldering Raoul who probably had a gold chain around his neck. Awesome.” — Jamie@SouthMaineMuse

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What do Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, James Dean and Me Have in Common?

I don’t know what’s happening, but a hole opens in my chest. It’s a vortex that everything dark and broken gets sucked down into. “I’m not the good girl! I’m so sick of trying to make everyone happy I could explode!” Over this Jeff yells, “Go To Scene!” The lines from the play aren’t on the page anymore; they erupt out of my mouth, “I had no right to do what I did! It was too bad a thing to do. There’s no happy thing possible because a me. I can’t leave this house cause it’s my crime!” Keep Reading.

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That Time I Was Offered Work in a Brothel

Excerpt: I’m in the Torture Room at Fran’s Ranch, a whorehouse in Beatty, Nevada. We’re shooting a scene for a low-budget movie called Leta Has Two Lovers, and I’m worried the only reason I have a part in the film is because the director, Benjamin, who resembles a woodchuck with mossy teeth, is trying to get in my pants. Bea is one of the “girls” at the ranch. She sits next to me holding a riding crop across her pale, dimpled thighs. Her corset’s too small and her soft baby-bottom flesh squeezes out through the gaps in the trusses. Keep Reading:

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My Cat Fight With Gwyneth Paltrow and my Fear of Failure

The year is 1991. I’ve been senior class president, most popular girl and Homecoming queen in high school. It is obvious I am destined for greatness. This is only confirmed when I get a phone call from the casting agent for then-Broadway director, Arvin Brown, telling me that out of hundreds of actresses (many of them from New York where the real actors live) I’ve won the role of Madge

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My Sexcapades at Cannes

It is our driver, Jean-Christophe, who has caught my eye. He’s an older man of twenty-three and alluringly poker-faced. His eyes are a cerulean blue, his hair a tangle of black curls one could twist one’s fingers into.

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Seducing the Leading Man is no Picnic

It’s 1991. Joanne Woodward approaches me in my dressing room. Yes, the actress who won an Oscar for The Three Faces Of Eve circa 1957, (and who also happens to be married to that God among men, Paul Newman) is about to tell

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What Happened When I Fell in Love With a Hollywood Femme Fatale

Excerpted from my book Smash, Crash and Burn: Tales From the Edge of Celebrity. This story includes a love triangle and imminent danger and begs the question, Am I Gay? Spring 1988 The squealing of tires.  The wrenching open and slamming

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My Night With Michael Hutchence and INXS

I’ve written a book called, Smash, Crash and Burn: Tales From the Edge of Celebrity, which includes the tale of my stint as a Suicide Blonde for Michael Hutchence and INXS. Not since Pamela Des Barres’ I’m With the Band:

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Video: A Scene from David Mamet’s “Edmond” with Brandon Lee and me

While digging up memorabilia to write my post Remembering Former Love Brandon Lee 20 Years After His Death on the set of The Crow and my book Smash, Crash and Burn: Tales From the Edge of Celebrity I came across

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Kissing and Telling on David Schwimmer ‘cuz that’s just how I roll

Before I married the most delicious man in the world I kissed my share of frogs. But I also kissed one sweet Prince. Here’s an excerpt of our moment from my auto-biographical tome, Smash, Crash and BurnL Tales From the

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Remembering Former Love, Brandon Lee, 20 Years After His Death on the Movie Set of “The Crow”

I watch the actor named Brandon shoot pool. Robin told me earlier that he’s Bruce Lee’s son, which I thought was kind of cool. But it wasn’t until he walked onstage, chock-full of charisma, that my heart throbbed like a teeny-bopper at a David Cassidy concert circa 1975.

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I Knew Roman Coppola Before Oscar Did

I woke up yesterday and did what I usually do this time of year, which is check to see who got nominated for an Oscar. I’m always a bit surprised to discover that none of the nominees is me? I’m

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6 Pieces of Advice to my Former Self; An INXS Suicide Blonde

1. Throwing your expensive bachelors degree in journalism out the window to pursue acting despite everyone’s doubts will be the best thing that ever happened to you. (Portraying wild and dangerous characters helps you find your voice) 2. Failing to

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My Glamorous Experience Starring In A Movie! Smash, Crash & Burn

“I could get you a job here if this acting thing don’t work out,” Bea says. “Wow, thanks. I’m flattered.” I’m in the Torture Room at Fran’s Ranch, a whorehouse in Beatty, Nevada. We’re shooting a scene for a non-union movie called, Leta Has Two Lovers and I’m worried the only reason I have a part in the film is because the director, Benjamin, is trying to get in my pants.

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Did Gwyneth Paltrow Steal My Life?

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one MOST traveled by … 1991 New Haven, Connecticut. The reputable Longwharf Theater and a production of the classic, William Inge’s Picnic. I’m cast as one of the leads,

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