|Is||Actor Stage actor Television actor Film actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||3 February 1949, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA|
Brenda Irene Dickson (born February 3, 1949) is an American actress who originated the role of Jill Foster Abbott on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Early life and education
Dickson was born in Long Beach, California. As a teenager, she toured Southeast Asia singing and dancing for the armed forces with Bob Hope. At the age of 17, she won the title of Miss California USA. This led to acting offers but Dickson decided to continue performing at USO shows while studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles.
Dickson made her stage debut at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and went on to appear in stage roles in the Los Angeles area. She made her feature film debut in the 1972 film Deathmaster. She has also appeared in guest roles on Men at Law and The F.B.I., Love, American Style, Here We Go Again, and the prime-time soap opera Falcon Crest.
Dickson played the role of Jill Foster Abbott on The Young and the Restless from 1973–80, then again from 1983–87. Dickson was let go from the show in 1987. She filed a $10 million lawsuit against Columbia Pictures in an effort to be reinstated. In the lawsuit, Dickson claimed that William J. Bell blacklisted her after 15 years on the show and that he went on to wreak havoc on her personal and professional life by hiring "Mafia cartel judges and attorneys" to "ruin" her life. As a result, she ended up "broke and homeless" and claimed to have been blocked from working ever since.
In 1987, Dickson released the film Welcome to My Home, Described as a "vanity film", which showcased her home and wardrobe. A YouTube parody became an Internet meme, and has since been taken down and re-uploaded several times. In 2018, its influence was profiled in a "Vanity Fair" article, and Dickson was interviewed, where she indicated that she put up $5000 of her own money to finance it.
In May 2013, Blue Boulevard Publications released Dickson's memoir, My True Hidden Hollywood Story.
Dickson has been married twice. Her first husband was dentist Robert Rifkin whom she married on September 30, 1976. Dickson and Rifkin divorced in 1983. She married attorney Jan Weinberg on December 25, 1997. They were divorced in 2006.
In 2007, Dickson was jailed in Hawaii because of a civil contempt order stemming from a divorce judgment from her ex-husband, lawyer Jan Weinberg. She said she was the victim and wasn't given a fair divorce hearing. Released after 16 days, she was sent back to jail and eventually released after more than three months.
In 2009, the judgment in Weinberg v. Dickson was set aside after an appeals court found that the judge in the original trial had abused his discretion in not guaranteeing Dickson a fair trial and that her imprisonment had been unlawful.
Awards and nominations
- 1986 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Villainess in a Daytime Serial The Young and the Restless.
- 1988 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Daytime Serial The Young and the Restless.