Brenda Dickson has come out swinging.
In her sizzling new tell-all book “My True Hidden Hollywood Story,” the still oh-so-glamorous soap diva says she ended up broke and homeless — TWICE — after being crapped on by legendary daytime producer William J. Bell.
This was possibly the longest interview I have done in years — almost two full hours — but wow does Brenda have a story to tell.
A shortened version appeared in today’s New York Post. Here’s the whole crazy story:
Legendary soap producer William J. Bell is under attack — eight years after his death.
Brenda Dickson — who originated the role of Jill Foster Abbott on “The Young and The Restless” — says she ended up broke and homeless after being blacklisted from Hollywood by the multi-Emmy winner and his family.
In her new book, “My True Hidden Hollywood Story,” Dickson, 64, also claims the Bells enlisted “Mafia cartel judges and attorneys” to have her imprisoned in Hawaii while they laundered $15.5 million she was entitled to in divorce settlements.
“The Bells can get into the courts and control the judges,” she tells The Post.
“They have done so much to me with my divorces and the false arrests and the false imprisonment and breaking constitutional laws to steal my money that I have to talk about it.”
“I am fighting back.”
Dickson became one of the biggest stars in daytime when “Y&R” debuted in 1973.
The former Miss California claims she began an affair with Bell — which she now considers “sexual harassment” — soon after, when she was just 21.
One passage of her book describes an “embarrassing moment” when the producer, more than twice her age, was unable to perform in bed.
Dickson was fired fifteen years later with just eight weeks left on her contract and says she has been blocked from working since.
“As a result of speaking to William Bell, bad press and rumors, no agent in Hollywood will represent me,” she wrote. “My career is ruined.”
But many who worked on the show believe it was Dickson’s diva-like behavior that torpedoed her success in the soap world.
Her “well publicized prima-donna routine, complete with temper tantrums, finally got the better of the powers-that-be,” NOW! magazine reported at the time.
In the biography “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell,” a former writer for the show insists the producer had no choice but to cut ties with Dickson.
“He didn’t want to get rid of her,” the scribe says. “But he wasn’t going to enable what was going on. He was smart enough to know that he had to let her go.
“The truth is, he kept her on longer than people at the studio wanted him to.”
Bell — who later created “The Bold and The Beautiful” — was 78 when he died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in 2005.
A rep from his production company declined to comment.
Dickson, meanwhile, has vowed, “I will act again.”
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