Brenda Dickson Broke, Homeless: Producer William J Bell Blacklists 'The Young and the Restless' Starlet after Secret Love Affair, Leads to Hollywood Downfall

By Danica Bellini,Mstarz reporter | Apr 23, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
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After originating the popular role of Jill Foster Abbott on the longrunning soap opera series "The Young and the Restless," actress Brenda Dickson's Hollywood fame quickly deminished. And according to 64-year-old Dickson, it's all thanks to legendary television producer, William J Bell. In her new memoir "My True Hidden Hollywood Story," Dickson claims that Bell blacklisted her after they partook in a secret love affair.. He then went on to fire her and wreck havoc on her personal and professional life, and as a result she ended up "broke and homeless." Now, Dickson insists that although Bell has since passed, she's still dealing with such troubles, but she's ready to finally fight back. Read on for more details!

Dickson confirms to the New York Post that back in the 1980s, Bell hired "Mafia cartel judges and attorneys" to "ruin" her life. After making her "Y&R" debut in 1973, the 21-year-old former Miss California claims that she began a romantic affair with Bell (a man more than twice her age). She was suddenly fired from the soap opera 15 years later, and has been blocked from working in Hollywood ever since.

With the release of her new book "My True Hidden Hollywood Story" almost 30 years later, Dickson insists that she's now ready to fight back.

Bell, the creator of several popular soap operas including "Another World," "The Young and the Restless," and "The Bold and the Beautiful," died in 2005 due to complications arising from Alzheimer's at the age of 78. 

Reps from Bell's production company have yet to comment about Dickson's accusations.

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