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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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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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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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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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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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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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