Addiction used to be thought of as a male phenomenon. No one talked about, or even saw, the women who hid in their houses drinking gallons of vodka, popping handfuls of Valium and stuffing themselves with cakes. But today, tens of thousands of Southern California women are coming out of the closet, attending grass-roots step recovery meetings and openly discussing their problems. Almost of them gathered Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre to discuss addictions to alcohol, drugs, destructive relationships and food.
MCGRAW LOVE STORY IS ONE OF ADDICTION
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The pair earned Oscar nominations for their performances, but the film — despite being up for seven gongs — won just Best Score for Francis Lai. It was viscerally panned by many critics at the time, though some — including the eminent Roger Ebert — praised it. It was less well received by audiences, and mauled by critics. After they divorced in , she became involved with actor Steve McQueen, and revealed last year allegations that she was terrorised and abused by him. Great Scott!
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Now, at 51, McGraw reveals that a lot more action, not all of it happy, was going on off- stage. Written in wintry Maine, in the comfortable library of a farmhouse where McGraw sat for hours last year by a fireplace, pondering, this autobiography sounds a bit like ''Henry Thoreau Joins a Support Group. Elizabeth Alice McGraw, an ''immaculate, conscientious student'' from a small New York town grew up in genteel near-poverty, the child of artistic parents.
By As Told to Kim Masters. Wald had been president of the Guber-Peters Co. But Wald stood out in the crowd for his staggering cocaine habit. Hot-tempered and prone to fisticuffs, Wald told me he once cold-cocked Rod Stewart in a hotel lobby in Hawaii because Stewart had trashed the room that Wald was waiting to occupy. In , Wald was arrested after brandishing a shotgun in front of picketing hotel employees in Tahoe.