Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

Maureen McCormick, who many know much better as Marsha Brady, has recently come out with a book titled Here’s the Story in which she explains in detail how she was a major cokehead and even exchanged sex adn allowed herself to be videotaped, all in the name of getting more drugs. She almost completely ruined her career, lost a lot of respect among some very big-wigs in Hollywood, including Steven Spielberg and how it mostly, completely ruined her life. From the UK’s Telegraph,

“In her book, McCormick, now 52, tells how she got deeper and deeper into Hollywood’s drug scene – even after a powerful producer threatened to stop her working in Tinseltown.

“I sought refuge in seemingly glamorous cocaine dens above Hollywood. I thought I would find answers there, while in reality I was simply running farther from myself. From there, I spiralled downward on a path of self-destruction that cost me my career and very nearly my life,” she writes.

“Over the years I battled drug addiction and bulimia. I was treated in a psych ward, went in and out of rehab, and looked to God for answers.”

McCormick says she traded sex for drugs with a Hollywood cocaine dealer who later went to jail, and once allowed an older man she met at the Playboy Mansion to videotape her naked in exchange for drugs.

She began to “free-base” cocaine with a music-industry boyfriend and the two once spent a week binging in a hotelroom with a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.

On one occasion, she took amyl nitrate pills, or “poppers”, from a bowl on the coffee table at a party at Sammy Davis Jr’s Los Angeles home.

On another, she turned up to an audition with Steven Spielberg for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” completely “messed up” after being awake for several days on drugs. He politely offered her an orange and did not give her the part.”

I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to be a kid and growing up in those kinds of surroundings. Lord knows that many child actors (think Drew Barrymore) that have grown up in that environment have gone on to battle some pretty serious substance abuse problems and I think it’s so great that she has come out with a book talking about it all. Not because I’m going to rush out and buy it or because I’m extremely interested in a behind-the-scenes look at her life or life on the set of The Brady Bunch but because I can only assume that the whole entire process was so therapeutic for her and was truly a good thing. I’m not putting this on the shelf with the rest of the ‘total exploitation’ books out there, such as Rosie O’Donnell’s Celebrity Detox, which is just filled with vile, hateful misrepresentations and I’m sure was in no way therapeutic but only leads to a more destructive path. I am very happy for Maureen that she has been able to come through it all and still maintain her dignity and grace that she has always possessed. She claims that she was never in any way like Marsha Brady but I think in the way of always being able to show class, this has definitely brought her one step closer.

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#1 Joanna Poppink on 10.17.08 at 5:07 pm

What a kind and thoughtful post.

So much about bulimia is harsh and so much that is written about bulimia is also harsh.

Your short piece on Maureen McCormick is the kind of compassionate response people in recovery need and deserve.

No one chooses to be bulimic. When Maureen was “Marsha” we knew very little about bulimia, its symptoms or treatment. She really didn’t have many opportunities to receive the help and care she needed.

I hope her book will inspire young people struggling with bulimia and additions to get the help they need and which is available today.

Thank you for bringing a tone of respect and caring to Maureen. I believe others who need help and read your blog will see that acceptance and gentle kindness can exist for them too.

Joanna Poppink, MFT
Los Angeles

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