Brenda Dickson originated the role of Jill Foster Abbott on the "Young and the Restless" where she worked for almost 12 years. Ms. Dickson has studied with Lee Strasberg, and then she studied with Milton Katselas. Milton, the famous acting teacher and director was an Academy Award Winner for "Butterflies are Free." Ms. Dickson has worked with Bob Hope, singing and dancing in his 1971 Christmas Show. She traveled with Johnny Grant to entertain the troops and did radio shows that were broadcast in Vietnam. She received a Senate resolution for her work in finding jobs for permanently injured vets working with Nancy Reagan. She was in Director, Jimmy Burrows, hit play "Mr. Roberts" with Gordon Jump and James Drury of "The Virginian." She also performed in a hit play with Francis Fisher and Bob Crane called "Send me no Flowers." She worked in a Tennessee Williams' production of his hit play, "Vieux Carre." opposite Mike Nader and Ray Stricklyn. She played the part of Jane Sparks, Mike Nader, her lover, and Ray Stricklyn, as Tennessee Williams. She did a film with Robert Quarry called, "Deathmaster", a cult favorite. She starred in an "FBI" episode with Efrem Zimbolist Jr. She did "Love American Style", "Falcon Crest", "Here we go Again", and she starred opposite William Shatner, Jan-Michael Vincent and Robert Foxworth in "Men at Law." After her illegal firing and blacklisting she never worked in Hollywood, she is now back in Hollywood and intends to pursue a film career. She created a hit, runaway internet film she wrote, produced and directed called, "Welcome to my Home" that was put on by a fan. The film quickly garnered 3 million viewers. Dickson produced the film into a DVD. Dickson brought people into her home to spend the day with her. She showed her cat and dog and did a fashion show of over the top, couture gowns from the 80s. The industry took note of this film and suddenly a reality show was born. The Kardashians brought you into their home. Other shows did the same. High fashion became a Red Carpet must, and all of the industry was changed. Blue jeans and tee shirts were suddenly replaced by top designers.
In Brenda Dickson's book, "My True Hidden Hollywood Story", released on e-books in mid March 2013 and hard copy to be released in late March or early April 2013.
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In 1988, a year after she was fired from "The Young and the Restless" (1973), she won the Most Outstanding Villainess Award at the Soap Opera Digest Awards. Her bitterness over her dismissal from the top-rated daytime soap opera was not evident in her acceptance speech as she was gracious and fun.
Won the title of Miss California World at a beauty pageant when she was seventeen years old.
Changed her hair color over the years from a brunette to a redhead to currently a blonde.
In 1973, she originated the role of Jill Foster Abbott on the daytime serial "The Young and the Restless" (1973). In the film Taxi Driver (1976), Robert De Niro's character kicks down his television set when he watches Dickson play Jill.
She left "The Young and the Restless" (1973) in 1980 to marry a prominent dentist named Robert Rifkin. However, her real-life role as a housewife did not work out, and they divorced. In 1983, she returned to playing Jill again.
In 1987, after Dickson left "The Young and the Restless" (1973), she hosted a vanity video production titled "Welcome to My home," for which she is also credited as writer, director, and executive producer. It resurfaced in several video-based websites twenty years later and has gained unintentional camp status for not only Dickson's outdated fashion show, but also for her makeup, fitness, and nutritional advice.
Her performance as Jill during the 1980s is said to have helped "The Young and the Restless" (1973) reach the top of the ratings.
In 1988, Dickson was being considered for the role of Sally Spectra on 'The Bold and the Beautiful'. However, was turned down in favor of Darlene Conley.
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