Anyone in the mood for some old-school gossip? I think Little House on the Prairie fans might appreciate this story. Melissa Gilbert is promoting her new children’s book, Daisy and Josephine. We haven’t heard much from her in a few years except that she married Timothy Busfield of Thirtysomething fame.
Melissa is 49 years old now, and I think she’s been tweaking. Or at least hitting the Botox. She stopped by the Andy Cohen show (on BravoTV), and she’s airing some old drama. Andy grilled her in a series of rapid-fire questions. A lot of the material comes from Melissa’s 2010 memoir, Prairie Tale, in which she accused Shannen of sleeping with her first husband (Bo Brinkman) in the 1990s. This was when Shannen was riding high on 90210 and thought she was untouchable. Shannen probably still feels that way even after getting canned from both 90210 and Charmed for being so difficult. Melissa says she’d love to slug Shannen in the face:
What would she say to Shannen now? “I wouldn’t say anything, I’d just punch her in the nose.”
What Rob Lowe said about her memoir: “He asked me to take out the word ‘pretty’ when I referred to him. ‘Please don’t call me pretty. I hate it when people call me pretty.'”
Why Rick James’ house was scary: “I thought I was going to get g*ang b*nged.”
She dated Tom Cruise: “Actually, when I dated him he was Tom Mapother still. It was when he first moved to Los Angeles and I think I was…16? 17? I did not have sex with him. We made out, but honestly, there was no sex, He was a good kisser, but you know, he was like a struggling, starving actor and I was working. I actually bought him his first set of dishes.”
[From Bravo TV]
The part about Shannen is kind of scary, right? The thing is, Melissa says it so sweetly that Shannen should be afraid. I’d be afraid if I was Shannen simply walking around in Hollywood — not only because of Melissa’s words but also because Shannen has burned so many bridges throughout her career.
The Tom Cruise stuff? Melissa was only 16 when it happened, but it’s still comical. Because it’s Tom Cruise, and he’s so uptight about everything.
Screencaps courtesy of Bravotv.com, photos courtesy of WENN