On 20/20 the other night, Shirley MacLaine‘s daughter Sachi Parker presented herself as the latest disgruntled Hollywood offspring to come forward and write a book about her long-simmering pain. And she’s got quite a case.
Shirley always talks of her past and future lives, but in this one, she apparently wasn’t exactly Mother of the Year.
“She was very absent,” revealed Sachi. “I was very lonely–very lonely. Definitely. And I still struggle with abandonment issues and loneliness.”
In her book, Sachi writes that Shirley sent her daughter to Japan to live with her dad, a producer who was verbally abusive, lived with his mistress, and turned out to be a con man out for Shirley’s money.
Sachi was sent there at age two, by the way, and had to travel alone on a propeller plane for two days! (Flight attendants were her escorts.)
On the rare occasions when Sachi was face-to-face with her mother, Shirley was always happy to see her for about four hours, then suddenly viewed her kid as a burden.
There were also the times when Sachi found herself at home, completely alone, even sometimes on a holiday. Sachi would frantically call friends, desperate for company.
Years later, Sachi once asked her mother for $500 to buy a used car. Shirley loaned it to her–with interest.
It goes on and on. Read the book for the rest of the details.
In case you’re wondering, Sachi sent Shirley a copy with a note saying, “I love you.”
So do I. I think.
UPDATE: Here’s Shirley’s response:
“It’s a painful moment for me as a mother and as someone who values the truth. I’m shocked and heartbroken that my daughter would make statements about me that are virtually all fiction. I’ve praised her lovingly and truthfully in my own autobiographies. I’m sorry to see such a dishonest, opportunistic effort from my daughter for whom I’ve only ever wanted the best.”