My mother was then making Terms Of Endearment, playing the suffocatingly over-attentive mother to Debra Winger’s spirited, cancer-stricken daughter.In an article in early 1984, just before she won her first Oscar for the part, she talked about parenthood.As for the acting career my mother had talked about, she seemed puzzlingly schizophrenic about it.She was always encouraging, wishing me the very best, but whenever I actually did something, she didn’t seem to like it.It’s the excruciatingly frank Hollywood memoir that will make you wince.In Saturday’s Mail, Shirley Mac Laine’s daughter revealed how her mother bullied her into losing her virginity at 17 — and insisted she tell two waiting sex therapists how it went. For someone who became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars during the hallucinogenic Sixties, my mother was surprisingly naive about drugs.Today, in this final exclusive excerpt, SACHI PARKER reveals that jealousy drove her mother to ever more bizarre and extreme behaviour . I remember going to a dinner party with her in the early Sixties, at which the host brought out a bowl of cocaine.
Yet my mother seemed convinced that if she didn’t keep an eye on me, I’d be puffing on the first joint I could find — and quickly graduating to much worse. Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Sydney Pollack.’ She handed me a ten-dollar bill. ’I ended up taking a waitressing job in Hawaii, living in a roach-infested apartment and surviving on free food samples handed out in the local shopping mall until I landed a job as a stewardess for Qantas Airways.Sachi was a penniless actor and she couldn't see any way out other than to have an abortion but right up until the day she was due to go in, she kept asking her mother for help, but she refused to engage in conversation about it As usual, my mother stopped to hold court with her fans, being very gracious and bubbly.