Just in case you haven’t been watching the news, talk shows, reading the papers or magazines, listening to the radio or had a chance to go online, Maureen McCormick just released a no holds barred tell all book called Here’s the Story – Surviving Marcia Brady. I have been asked by CBS’ Early Show, Inside Edition, AP, Entertainment Tonight, The Enquirer, Star Magazine, People.com and a variety of radio programs what my thoughts are about her book dealing with her inner sanctum.
First, I must confess that I have not yet read it in its entirety. I have read plenty about it and even had parts of it read to me in addition to having an enduring friendship throughout the stages she writes about. This is not a Brady book per se but I did manage to get a fair amount of ink in it. This is really a book about Maureen and her struggle to balance a wholly unrealistic image as America’s perfect teenager with the rather troubled person she was. She speaks very highly of me and our hormonally charged relationship as teenagers. She accurately describes the condition our condition was in and just how far it went (which wasn’t quite far enough for my young passion). Still, thanks to the way it was written I come off as romantic and a gentleman (instead of a cad) and we did share genuine affection.
That said it is clear to me no matter how well you think you know someone, you can’t well you know… you can’t judge a book by its cover. I mean there are some shockers in there. For instance, I was aware of her depressions, paranoia, heard about her bulimia and her affinity for cocaine. I am surprised however to learn she traded sex at times to purchase the powdery substance. I was also unaware that she has had a couple of abortions, had to make emergency trips to the hospital for her indulgences and dated Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Don Henley among others. Man, and I thought I was active in the seventies and eighties. Through all of this we have maintained a friendship in part because of our professional worlds coordinating due to Brady related reunions and personal appearances and partly ’cause we just plain ole get along and like each other.
I am happy and a bit sad for Maureen. Happy because she appears to have gotten the bear off of her back. She opens herself up and this book is clearly cathartic for her. It could not have been easy to write. That indicates to me she has truly confronted the darker places where she has been and is ready to move on. What I am sad about is that she found it necessary to take such a challenging life path to get to where she is today. It demonstrates to me that trying to hide who you are in life, trying to pretend or not being yourself can have some very harsh side effects.
Maureen and I literally grew up together and I consider myself a life long friend. She was one of my first true crushes. I do not judge her and am proud that she has arrived at a place where she can enjoy and share who she is. And I have to admit a part of me still has a bit of a crush on her.
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