Poor Tuesday Weld! Here's What I've Learned

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The child-model-turned-sex-kitten-turned-great-actress, an Oscar nominee for Looking For Mr. Goodbar, has always had a tangled relationship with fame.

In the 1960s, she turned down Bonnie and Clyde because, "Do you think I want a success?" (And also, more sensibly, she was nursing at the time.)

She was insulted when asked to test for Rosemary's Baby. She also passed on major roles in Cactus Flower and True Grit.

And she's said through the years that she likes being a cult who people always tried to rescue from awful films; she was comfortable in that legendary position because even if you don't work, your cult still glows.

Well, I just caught up with If It's Tuesday...I Must Be Dead, the blistering 2003 memoir by the actress's mom, Yosene Ker Weld. (The title refers to the fact that Tuesday once told an interviewer that her mom was dead, though she wasn't at the time.)

Mama's bio in the front of the book tips you off to what's to come:

"Married to an abusive alcoholic husband who hated kids and had been married three times previously, she managed to have three children (Sally, David, Tuesday), only to be neglected, discarded, and ignored by all three of them in their adult years.

"As an elderly woman, Yosene was forced to supplement her income by babysitting for various celebrities in Hollywood, much to the chagrin and embarrassment of her daughter Tuesday. She lived alone in Los Angeles, while her daughter refused to support or help her out. Tuesday continued the verbal /mental abuse towards her mother until her dying day."

The book was written by Samuel Veta, who was the personal assistant of Dudley Moore (who married Tuesday) and who's also been known as a masseur and photographer.

As for Tuesday's side of the story, she said she had a breakdown at nine, started boozing at 10, and attempted suicide at 12, none of which seemed to get the right response from mama.

Then again, Tuesday often spun fanciful tales in interviews, not wanting to reveal too much of herself. Then again, her mama helped create her.

It's fascinating dark-side-of-Hollywood stuff after all these years. I just wonder how Tuesday feels today, now that mama is gone and the cult still glows.

Anyway, the best visual in the book is of a statue called "Mother and Kids," done by Yosene. The caption: "Her three children standing in defiance with their feet on top of their mother, as she lies curled up on the ground. Also titled 3 Feet Under."

The best dish is that, according to the long-suffering Yosene, Tuesday's first husband--who was Roddy McDowall's secretary--also happened to be Roddy's lover.

Lord love a dick.

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17 comments
Jacksondog
Jacksondog

First-any child who supports a family is going to resent the mother who had a lot of problems.I wish Tuesday had a broader range of films to leave.I love her.Lord Love A Duck is a wonderful cult comedy.I hope her life has been good.

sunday_49
sunday_49

meatman is a moron...would be interesting to see what you look like.  Tuesday Weld is certainly the most beautiful woman and continues to be.  I liked Madame X best, but everything she ever did was breathtaking and memorable.  Wish she would be out there till her dying day like Helen Hayes.  Hope I can obtain this book by her mother, the mother got what she deserved.  Three kids do not all turn against their mother for no reason.

lameatman
lameatman

Surprised no one has mentioned the longtime rumor that Weld was into devil worship, going way back. Last I heard, she was living in a remote area of Colorado, outside Denver, and had become quite heavy. She was once a true beauty, but must look like Divine by now. Her best pics were "Pretty Poison, and the ultra - depressing Joan Dideon scripted " Play It As It Lays", from the 70's.

bethesda
bethesda

All three kids absolutely loathed mama? Gee, what does that say about her?

DDTL10
DDTL10

@mikeymusto I wish Tuesday Weld had won the Supporting Actress Oscar for Looking For Mr.Goodbar.Her best line; "They think I pee perfume."

DDTL10
DDTL10

@mikeymusto I wish Tuesday Weld had won the Supporting Actress Oscar for Looking For Mr.Goodbar.Her best line;"They think pee perfume!".

SouthernDave
SouthernDave

Incredibly beautiful Tuesday was the natural successor to Marilyn Monroe  -- she was under contract to MM's studio 20th Century Fox and even played MM's role of Cherie in the TV series version of "Bus Stop." But Tuesday didn't want that.

She was a fine actress ("The Cincinnati Kid," "Pretty Poison,""Thief," "Once Upon a Time in America") but never capitalized on  the momentum her career might have had.

She accepted roles for pragmatic reasons. She did the TV remake of "Madame X" to buy a condo.

She was a connoisseur of male equipment, dating legendarily well-hung John Ireland while still in her teens.

The last time I saw her in a movie, she was playing Keanu Reeves' mother in "Feeling Minnesota" and looked eerily like Zsa Zsa Gabor in ZZ's middle-aged prime.

She and her mother lived on Norma Place, the fabled Hollywood byway where Dorothy Parker, Nina Foch, Cheryl Crane's lover Josh LeRoy and  Garland's pal John Carlyle all lived at one time or another.

Tuesday married well a number of times and could have had a major career -- had she wanted it..

There is a REAL book there, if she wrote it herself, which she seems capable of doing..


normadesmond
normadesmond

one of those husbands was pincas zuckerman, the famous fiddler.

duke9555
duke9555

@mikeymusto Oh Michael you're horrible!! lol Lol LOL ....Lord love a dick? ...really darling

bethesda
bethesda

Love this!!! Eye opening. Mama doth protest too much.

partyboi50
partyboi50

@sunday_49 I am the author of the book --- I still have copies available for

$19.99.

Samuel Veta

Sherman Oaks, CA

samveta@sbcgclobal.net 


stelymae1
stelymae1

@sunday_49 some kids don't need any reason, my ex turned my kids on me with lies when they were young, they were brain washed, I loved Tuesday Weld movies and she and her mom knows what happen, my mother was like Tuesday mother always controlling me I stay away from my mother now with all the hell my mother put me through, I've suffered a lot these years and I just stay away from everyone now

hjtommy1
hjtommy1

@SouthernDave  I've always been a die-hard Tuesday fan.  Has anyone heard the rumor, that she was so popular with the Hollywood hunks, was because she swallowed, which was a rare thing in those days.

hjtommy1
hjtommy1

@SouthernDave  I've always been a die-hard Tuesday Weld fan.  Has anyone heard that she was so popular with all the Hollywood hunks, was that she swallowed, which was a rare thing back then.

sunday_49
sunday_49

@SouthernDave Thank you.  Few people have anything new to add about our beautiful Tuesday.  Appreciate anything.  Have been begging Vanity Fair to interview her and do a lengthy article like they used to. 

Timmee
Timmee

@SouthernDave Southern Dave, there's a bio in the works by a young gay guy currently enrolled at the New School.

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