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When My Script “To The Stars” Became a Sundance Film Festival Movie This Year, Here’s What Happened Next:

2019 Recap: The Best of Times; Sprinkled with a Dash of Fear and Self-Loathing; and a Challenging Amount of Failure. So. A lot of great things happened for me this year. To look at my life from my Facebook page,

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

Just when you thought the late-80s and early-90s were over. 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

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How Annette Bening Is Dangerously Radical

As I watched Bening portray Dorothea Fields in “20th Century Women,” (which should finally be her Oscar-winning role) a fresh, radical idea came to me …

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The Effects of Divorce on Children

How My Parents’ Divorce Turned Me Into Jason Bourne I Always Thought I’d Make a Good Spy. Like Jason Bourne, I’d speak fluent English, French, Russian, Dutch, German, Swedish, and Spanish; my other special skills would include hand-to-hand combat; a

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Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, James Dean and Me?

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 …

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That Time I Was Offered Work in a Brothel

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 …

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Is it Just Me or is Lady Mary of Downton Abbey an Asshole?

Initially it’s true I thought Lady Edith a bit, how shall we say, church mouse-ish in appearance, but how she grows on you with her vulnerability, her dewy eyes …

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The Worst Happens, I Fail

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 …

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Girl on the Edge; a Powerful film about Healing from Date Rape

I realize that our daughters are coming of age in a time where date rape is not only still a threat but there is also the possibility of the crime being documented and disseminated on social media.

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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

Another Tale of Madness & Caprice on the Shannon Bradley-Colleary Blog! 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

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

Excerpted from my Bradley-Colleary’s novel; Smash, Crash and Burn: Tales From the Edge of Celebrity. This story includes: A Love Triangle – Spring 1988 The squealing of tires. The wrenching open and slamming of a car door. An argument between an

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My Night With Michael Hutchence and INXS

SUICIDE BLONDE: FALL 1990 “My name’s not on the list?” “I’m looking … Shannon Bradley … Shaaaaa … nnon Bradleeeeey …” mutters the security guard as he flips through the papers on his clipboard to affirm I’m not a spurned

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

Forgotten Treasure 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

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Why Cory Monteith’s Death Breaks Moms’ Hearts

He’s the boy you want your daughters to fall in love with. Tall, affable, unthreateningly handsome — like a schoolboy with his shirt untucked, playing tag on the lawn after Sunday school. He’s the boy who is polite when meeting

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David Schwimmer Is As Lovely As He Seems

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 Burn 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

It’s That Time of Year Again! 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

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I “Heart” David O Russell

I met David O Russell Yesterday! He’s the writer/director of Flirting With Disaster, The Three Kings, I “Heart” Huckabees and The Fighter, info for all you non-film geeks. While I won’t go into the details of why I met with him —

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Demi Moore Encounter

It’s official. Demi Moore drinks the blood of virgin Alsace choir boys. I was waiting for a meeting in premiere Hollywood agency CAA for unknown and mysterious reasons, which I will only report should something meaningful happen. As I checked

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My First Book! Into The Child

Here it is. My newborn baby in its attractive swaddling. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to Netflix Donnie Darko. Get yours at Amazon HERE!

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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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Lunch At Bergdorf Goodman

I love New York City.   I love the way it smells like bagels and urine. I love that it causes sweat to run in rivulets under my butt and breasts in the sticky August heat. I love the whistling

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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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Katie Holmes: Her Desperate Plea to Stay-At-Home Mom!

(Note: This post is back by popular demand) The problem with being a mom in L.A. is that we’re celebrity magnets. Stars — who spend their lives jetting to location on the Seychelles where they down copious amounts of Cristal

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