Friday, January 26, 2018

Four For Friday - He Made Me

"We were sitting on set. It was the fifth or sixth take and I asked her if she wanted to do something fun like go to Las Vegas that weekend. She seemed interested and then I said maybe we could get tickets to see a show. I told her that _____________ was going to be performing and we could see him. She looked at me so calmly and said she had no interest in ever seeing him perform. I asked her why and she proceeded to tell me a story. She said it right there on set. She talked for a good thirty minutes about a day a decade earlier when she met him for the first time. You could tell by the way she remembered every last detail from the way he smelled to what he was wearing that she thought about this a lot and affected her every day since."

At the time it happened, the actress who is the subject of this blind was in her mid teens. She wasn't even old enough to drive. She was pretty close to A list at the time and would be for the next several years. She starred on a very hit network show. The show was about to go into its second or third season and there was huge promo campaign for the new lineup. This was back when the fall issue of TV Guide was must reading. It was by far the number one most popular magazine sold each week and that issue was like printing money. As part of the campaign, the network decided to promote all their shows via a special. The special was hosted by a an A+ lister who acted like an A+ lister.

Unlike almost every other part of the promo, the one involving our actress and the A+ lister forced them to be together. Alone. Yes, there were crew present for the actual shoot, but they wouldn't do or say anything about this A+ lister or anything he did. In the scene, the actress was supposed to wear something reminiscent of her character on the show. The A+ lister didn't like that and made the actress wear something which was much more feminine. He said it would be better if she didn't wear a bra. The actress remembered how he would constantly come up to her and rub her shoulders, which were bare in the top he had chosen. He was also always slipping the straps off her shoulders which would cause the top to fall. When they rehearsed, the A+ lister was constantly exposing himself to her and masturbating. He made her touch him while he touched her and she says he tried to rape her but finished before he could actually penetrate her. He tired to get an additional day of shooting alone with her but the network wouldn't pay for it. She says that it was about a 15 hour day and that he was touching her or forcing her to touch him for about 14 hours of it.  

73 comments:

Krab said...
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Ivy said...

David Copperfield.

Sal Salington said...

David Copperfield for the A+ performer who also had a show in Vegas?

Unknown said...

Copperfield. The special was "The Magic of ABC" which aired in 1977. http://www.tvobscurities.com/articles/magicabc/

sandybrook said...

Jay Leno or Johnny Carson for the A lister.

Undercover_LBD said...

Thinking it's David Copperfield and the network was ABC:

http://www.tvobscurities.com/articles/magicabc/

The Magic of ABC
In September 1977, ABC aired “The Magic of ABC,” a fall preview special/variety hour hosted by illusionist David Copperfield. It was his first television special. The elaborate, hour-long mix of magic, singing and dancing featured 14 ABC stars who helped promote and introduce the network’s new and returning programs.

sandybrook said...

If the above is right the girl might be Kristy MacNicol.

Undercover_LBD said...

I'm going to say the girl is Kristy McNichol...

Unknown said...

Kristy McNichol for the actress

Undercover_LBD said...

I'm apparently 60 seconds behind everyone. Hahahaha.

Do Tell said...

Kristy Macnichol (Family)? Dana Plato (Different Strokes)? Someone from Eight Is Enough?

Sal Salington said...
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filmfanb said...

I cant wait to watch Copperfields world fucking burn around him

Sal Salington said...

I think McNichol is the only one who was on the special who was the right age.

Do Tell said...

Melissa Gilbert? Melissa Sue Anderson?

Samantha Willow said...

I heard Coppafeel likes guys as well...He's disgusting and if this is he then I wish whomever this story is about would prosecute him.

Undercover_LBD said...

If you watch the video linked above, Kristy MacNichol is introduced at the :59 second mark - wearing a top (or dress) that has thin straps that tie at the top. Sounds about right based on the details of the blind...

Unknown said...

The third season of Family began September 13, 1977. Kristy McNichol was 15.

SteveD said...

Yikes, just watched their scene on Youtube. Kristy wears a spaghetti strap dress but her TV character was a tomboy, so it fita the blind. Copperfield is a film noir private detective and his voiceover is describing her like a sexy femme fatale. The "joke" is that she's just a kid that doesn't fit the description. Already creepy, but moreso now that we know.

Catsup said...

Yes, Kristy definitely fits the blind. She looks haunted as she leaves the stage. I hope Copperfield gets his comeuppance.

Sparkyinyyz said...

Just got major "Douche Chills" watching that video segment.

Don Kieballs said...

the full show is on youtube. this is a link the the part with Copafeel and Kristy

https://youtu.be/Dsg4yaYGYIU?t=28m9s

Do Tell said...

Valerie Bertinelli was 17 when she was in his 1978 special. One Day At A Time went into its third season in 1977. Could also be her.

Alexandria Anna said...

Must be Copperfield, since I saw on Enty's Twitter, that model accused him of rape, I knew there will be more, sooner or later.
Thank You for posting links You guys.

Ernie McCracken said...

Wow. That name brings up memories. I had such a childhood crush on Miss Kristy. To age myself, I remember my parents taking me and my sister to see THE PIRATE MOVIE (PG; 1982). We walked out of the movie because my folks deemed it "too dirty," esp. after Kristy tried to stab a pirate in the groin with her sword! Ahh, my sheltered childhood ...

Thursday November said...

Neil Diamond was just in the news.

Nerdlinger said...

My only issue with the Copperfield/McNichol guess is it says "The special was hosted by a an A+ lister who acted like an A+ lister". Was David Copperfield really an A+ lister in 1977?

April said...

David Copperfield - can’t wait for the truth to come out. What’s sad is he will still have his millions. I hope someone Maddof’s Him

rosie riveter said...

Disgusting. I cannot wait for his world to come crashing down. hopefully all the young girls and boys he's violated will take every cent he has.
Fucking perv

Gina Sherrard said...

I was watching the clip and low and behold my first crush.... Sean Cassidy! lol Wow. I had that Hardy Boys poster in my bedroom. I am old

Stephe96 said...

The Magic of David Copperfield (1978)
CBS
Valerie Bertinelli

Catsup said...

@Gina - I was in LOVE with Parker Stevenson! Kristy Allie ruined him!

OMG, watching the 1978 show...Orson Welles? He must have really needed! Aren't these shows promoting ABC? I think One Day at a Time was CBS.

Catsup said...

Welles must have really need $$$$

Beyond EMF said...

Sept 7, 1977 ~ ABC presents their new schedule in "The Magic of ABC" starring David Copperfield". Many ABC star takes part in Copperfield's acts, including Kristy McNichol in a comedy-magic skit "The Maltese Canary".

Do Tell said...

Nerdlinger, yes. David Copperfield was a really big name at that time.

Lurky McLurkster said...

@Nerd if you take a look at the video for the full show, you can see at 1:10 mark that the show is actually hosted by the Pillsbury Dough Boy who is a well-known A list d-bag

SteveD said...

"Second or third season" could be a hint. Fall 77 was Family's third season but season 1 was only a 6 episode midseason replacement so you could alao consider it the second full season. Midteens fits Kristy more than Valerie.

Zenny said...

If Valerie Bertinelli was 17, then it's not her. The blind clearly states 'not old enough to drive'.

Stephe96 said...

Changing my guess to Kristy. I hope Copperfield is outed on this soon.

Jeweled Skye said...

YIKES! The whole episode is on YT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsg4yaYGYIU

This makes me sad - I so loved Kristy McNichol and loathe David Copperfield. I woke up feeling sick this morning after finding and watching the entire Open Secret documentary - this shit has to stop, but it's been going on so long.

AVG said...

Kristi had a lot of mental health problems that ultimately drove her to leave the business. I'm sure this didn't help.

Sal Salington said...

Yeah, I wasn't sure Copperfield was A+ at that time. He was only 20(!) when that shot, incredibly young for a successful magician. But he did host a network season promo special, and that in itself would make you at least A.

Marlin said...

Ok maybe I’m really naive but.... how could this happen to children with crew around?? I realize people wouldn’t want to lose their jobs but even so and how could it all be kept quiet all these years? Especially the part he tried to rape her but finished before penetration. Why would a young girl be alone like that with no crew or if crew there, how could he get away with or even attempt something like this?

tinydancer61 said...

And David Copperfield has now come out in support of the #metoo campaign after that model spilled the tea on him when she was only 17. Have a seat you disgusting creep! I hope your due is on it's way! Why does anyone let their child be in show business???

tinydancer61 said...

Adam Rich looks like Dick VanPatten's ventriloquist dummy! Poor kid. lol

SkittleKitty said...

Kristy McNichol was awesome.
Definitely her, based on the outfit in the video, and the fact I remember her TV character at that time was a tomboy.

Copperfield = I really hope he gets all that he deserves. What a disgusting person.

ZantiMissKnit said...

The description of the clothes - "something reminiscent of her character on the show" and the A+ lister wanting her to wear something "more feminine" made my mind immediately jump to Kristy McNichol, so I'm throwing in my vote for her and that creep David Copperfield.

Guesser said...

@Marlin,in the late seventies,almost anything goes,remember, they were not that far apart in age,it was very common for girls her age to date guys that age or older. It probably did not seem odd to people they were alone together. It would be looked at differently now. Copperfield will finally get his day,after all these years,so many stories.

Dahling said...

Absolutely McNichol. Look at the sleeveless top she was wearing.
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Dsg4yaYGYIU/hqdefault.jpg

What a pig

jwin said...

I looked at kristy bio. WoW she did some specials with carpenters, remember enty blind on them? alos Kristy and her brother did record on RCA records. would have been the time of Menandez brother's father and the blind on him. Makes you wonder if she and her brother encountered even bigger predators.

Charles Fromage said...

The blind says:

"Unlike almost every other part of the promo, the one involving our actress and the A+ lister forced them to be together. Alone."

That simply does not fit the Copperfield / McNichol segment.

MatineeIdolx said...

He was definitely an A lister

AVG said...

Charles, there's some language in there about "the actual shoot," so I'm wondering if it could reference rehearsing or even filming the long first part of the scene, which is just the two of them.

At any rate, it's a creepy scene. His character is talking lecherously about her body. At least a few minor things have changed for the better since then.

Charles Fromage said...

Anything is possible. I know some good people (friends) who know Copperfield, and from what they've said I am not so fast to label him a bad egg. But who knows.

There were a LOT of promo shows in the 70s, 80s. NBC in particular had a series of them in the 80s. I wonder if Cosby ever hosted one of those? He certainly must have performed in Vegas at some point.

bollybiy said...

@Charles -- I agree the skit does not require McNichol and Copperfield to rehearse alone. The magic trick seems to require no special action on her part.

On the other hand, "an A+ lister who acted like an A+ lister" would sorta fit the skit, though in my own pantheon Bogart would be on an entirely different grading scale than Copperfield, whose acting (comic or otherwise) is totally pathetic.

I leave close analysis of the grades to those who are more familiar with Enty's parlance.

VRWC said...

Copperfield raped a friend of a friend on his island about 8 years ago. She was working as a flight attendant and they met on a flight. He makes me sick to look at.

Natasha said...

The scene starts with them alone. It could be that Copperfield kept changing things as they rehearsed. The other players may not have been available for that day.

The dress fits the description. I remember wearing tops and sundresses that were held together with just the ties. I owned one strapless bra just for those outfits.

(I can still see the one sundress yet; so femme and so darling)

In later life McNichol would interview about being attacked by a director in his trailer. Wonder now what else she went thru and how it shattered her.

Jeff Macauley said...

Maybe Enty could've said "A+ in his field" to narrow it down. Copperfield was huge then so it fits, and especially A+ as a magician. It was him and that other guy, Doug Henning and that was pretty much it for superstar 70s magicians.

Pugmumma0 said...

I found the link to it https://voat.co/v/pizzagate/2360296

DahliGama63 said...

Is this the cigarette smelling guy in trying to get my blinds straight ...

Sd Auntie said...

Yup. He was always on TV and became very rich from Las Vegas stints

HudsonJoe said...

While I like the Copperfield / McNichol guesses; I do have a question about the timeline. Was she still working in 1987?

Lulu LaBelle said...

Hmm. I dunno, but take a look at this rogue’s gallery from NBC fall special in 1985’s Fall Preview in TV Guide. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3157/2419127286_75e31799cd_o.jpg

InTheGlow135 said...

Yes she worked on Empty Nest (1988)

Lulu LaBelle said...

Oh man. That’s it. So much more revolting when you watch the clip and are reminded how young she was. Shithead.

DDonna Tarttty said...

That picture of the NBC extravaganza with all the stars of 80s TV....I look at them and all I see are monsters now. All monsters. The beloved figures of my childhood were monsters.

But it's okay. I'd rather know that not know. To defeat darkness, you first have to acknowledge it.

Unknown said...

David Cop-a-feel without a doubt

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Actress
Kristi McNichol - Family
Lara Jill Miller- Gimme A Break
Tina Yothers - Family
Allison Smith or Ari Meyers - Kate & Allie

Pervert
Anyone.

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Tina Yothers - Family Ties

LeahBryar said...

McNichol brings back memories of buying TigerBeat and writing declarations of love to her brother Jimmy. So sad to think they were going thru this shit

gossblogger said...

Makes you wonder how any actresses and actors he molested - still he was that big to keep everyone quiet?

M Ag said...

I remember some special with Broom Shields singling with an older man-- I THINK she was on a riverboat or something .... I seem to remember a balcony or railing. I want to say she as wearing an antibellum type of dress with her shoulders showing.

This was when she was taking voice lessons and wanted to show off her singling (it was awful)...

Anyone remember that?

mistang said...

I kept reading this thinking it happened a decade ago. I get so confused sometimes. It's still just sad to know that we have too many people to choose from.

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