'Brady Bunch' daughter tells all; Cowell earns more than Abdul; Star Jones remembers 'The View'
October 15, 2008 4:00 AM
From left, "American Idol" judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.
By Monica Haynes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sex, drugs and partying with Sammy Davis Jr.!
That's the GBB version of "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
Anyway, Maureen McCormick, who played the sweet-as-pie oldest Brady Bunch daughter, has written a memoir detailing all the debauchery she engaged in off the set.
"Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice" hit the bookshelves yesterday and girlfriend puts it all out there.
Her addictions, her battle with depression, her hard partying ways. Of course, everybody already knew she had hooked up with her TV brother, Barry Williams, but who knew she dated Steve Martin and Michael Jackson? That MJ thing is probably the biggest surprise of the whole book.
She also wrote that she traded sex for drugs. Unfortunately, that's not surprising for a woman caught up in drug addiction, but it is probably a shock for Marcia fans.
Today, 52-year-old Maureen, a married mother of a teenage daughter, is clean and working on her other issues via therapy and medication.
Now she's known to a new generation of youngsters via stints on reality shows like "Gone Country," "Outsiders Inn" and "Celebrity Fit Club."
Maureen wouldn't have to do those shows if she were making Simon Cowell-type loot.
Boyfriend is making $36 million a year as the curmudgeon in a T-shirt on "American Idol," reports MSNBC.com's Courtney Hazlett.
The show's former executive director Nigel Lythgoe recently revealed what kind of money Simon was pulling down from "AI." But folks in the know say that does not bode well for whomever has to deal with Paula Abdul, who's making a measley $5-$8 mil per season.
"She has a lot of concerns with feeling appreciated," according to a source. "First, they bring in another judge [Kara DioGuardi] and now it's ridiculously obvious that she's getting pennies compared to Simon."
Guess what? We'll take those pennies any day 'cause our pennies are actually pennies. We might end up with $50 once we roll them all up and take them to the bank.
But we digress.
Word is Paula's going to take even more time getting to the set than she did before and she took too long then.
Pay us $5 million, and we'll just live on the set so we make sure we are there on time.
We don't know what kind of lights, makeup and lotion they put on Star Jones for her Essence photo spread, but we want it all!
Girlfriend looked amazing!
But, of course the best part is the dish she served up on her former "The View" co-hosts.
"Those girls were hateful," she said about how they treated her after she let it be known she was leaving.
If you all remember that news was supposed to be hush, hush, but Star let it out of the bag and caused a big old feud with producer and co-host Barbara Walters.
Star also talks about her breakup with ex-hubby Al Reynolds and the rumors about his sexuality.
"I knew the truth of our marriage. ... There are some people who are not going to believe you no matter what," she said.
They replaced Star with Rosie O'Donnell and she didn't last. Now they've got Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd with Joy Behar and Palinista Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Check out the whole thing in the November issue of Essence, on stands now. Beyonce's on the cover, of course, but Star's looking good inside.
This is for those worried Cowboys fans. Jessica Simpson says she loves Tony Romo but the two are not engaged.
We wish Jess and Tony all the best, even a walk down the aisle, if it's the right move. But we don't know if everybody in "Big D" feels that way.
Can you belt out "And I'm Telling You" with Jennifer Holliday/Hudson-like bombasity?
Well, sistergirls, there's an open audition being held in NYC on Nov. 1 for a new production of "Dreamgirls."
Producers are looking for actresses in their 20s to play Deena, Lorrell and Effie. Auditions will take place at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem; sign-in is 9:30 to 11 a.m.
We know there's got to be somebody in the 'Burgh who can snag one of those roles, so go for it, divas!