He was very lonely and extremely depressed about his struggling career.
JONATHAN BRANDIS : 1976 – 2003
Actors in Hollywood are ostracized and denied work if they openly support the Republican Party, BO DEREK has claimed.
The staunch Republican who found fame in the 1979 film “10” likened current discrimination towards Conservatives to the BLACKLISTING of alleged Communists in the fifties. She said those who showed themselves to be Liberal Democrats were more likely to get work.
She told reporters in Hollywood : “They ( the Democrats ) are very adamant and almost militant in their views. It’s tough to have a nice, open conversation of any kind. People get really angry and they treat me as though I’m some hateful monster.”
Hollywood, which has long been a liberal redoubt within the traditionally Republican state of California, is controlled by a series of liberal-minded supporters of Bill Clinton, such as Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Whoopi Goldberg, who each host profitable fundraising events for the President.
One closet Republican who works for the Hollywood agency CAA said : “All the studio heads are liberals and everyone who isn’t liberal is pretending to be because they think it will help them get ahead. That may sound cynical, but you have to work any angle you can to make it in this very tough business.”
Derek claimed she was advised to keep her ( political ) views to herself “if she knows what’s good for her”.
She said: “I have been told that I will never work again.”
Some observers maintain that while there may be a strong Democratic presence in Hollywood, actors of a good enough calibre will always get work despite their political views. “Out of work actors always look for an excuse and a reason for why they aren’t getting any work,” said a ( left-wing ) reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, the film industry’s leading trade newspaper.
However, Jack Abramoff, a former film producer and now a lobbyist, said those who openly displayed conservative views faced rejection in Hollywood. He said, “I know people who didn’t get jobs because they said they were Republicans. They are too afraid to speak out about it now because they don’t want to go through that again.”
Even high-profile Republican supporters such as Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, no longer promote their conservative views in public, preferring to stay silent. Last week, Schwarzenegger announced that he would not pose with a gun to market his latest film “The 6th Day” because it was irresponsible.
“If people say movies lead to violence, we should make a concession,” said the 52 year old actor in an unusual bout of political correctness.
( “Hollywood Freezes Out Republicans, says Bo” by Simon Davis in Los Angeles, http://www.telegraph.co.uk : September 6, 2000 )