Shirley MacLaine's Daughter Still Struggles With Abandonment Issues! Updated With Shirley's Response

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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."

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dbeford
dbeford

Read Sachi Parker's book over the weekend.  It was shocking the abuse that beautiful Sachi had to endure.  Not just from MacLaine but also from her father, the dragon lady mistress, family friends....shocking and sad.  Shirley is suppose to be enlightened?  Sachi's book rang truer then any of the drivel I read by MacLaine.  After finishing Sachi's book I pulled Shirley's crap off my book shelves and into the trash it went.  Where it seems that Shirley has her primary residence.  I wish the very best for Sachi Parker.  I hope she stops trying to win the approval of this monster, selfish, narcissist and really enjoys every single person in her life that she loves and that loves her !  


SouthernDave
SouthernDave

Read the book and Shirley comes across as cold, cheap, cuckoo and talented.. Sent her daughter to Swiss boarding schools, but neither father nor mother were there or sent anyone to pick her up at the end of term. The story that Shirley believed Sachi's father to be an outer space being and husband "Steve Parker" a clone to whom she paid millions of dollars would be a hoot if it weren't so sad and indicates that Ms. MacLaine is indeed "Out on a Limb." Sachi was raised in Japan and taught to be submissive, obedient and unquestioning of the bizarre life her parents foisted upon her. I'm definitely with the kid on this one.

dsar9012
dsar9012

Oh boo hoo she is extremely rich and privleged and never had to work a day in her life.I feel sorry for hard working people that get up at 5 in the morning to work hard for their families,not this large nosed attention seeking trashy woman

AnonyMouse
AnonyMouse

It's interesting to read the comments here and the negative social reaction that is building for Sachi. Though she does come across as a victim, I equally believe that it's entirely if not possible, probable, that Shirley was a shitty mother.  Shirley is a massive narcissist. A fine and actress and an icon, but I am sure she's also hugely selfish. I did a google search on Sacha. After looking at these photos, and seeing how really Shirley was more connected with the camera than her daughter- i can imagine how it must have felt.  And to the point that she's in this for the money, it seems from the excerpt that she must need it.  And I have no problem with the kids of actors that are cut out of the will doing everything they can to survive. Being born into a celebrity family is not an insular gift that you are blessed to have. It's also a secretly lonely existence. And particularly when the world sees a different version than you see at home.

Google link to images of them:   

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1252&bih=526&q=sacha+parker&oq=sacha+parker&gs_l=img.3..0i10i24.1131.4386.0.4618.18.13.3.2.2.0.176.1176.10j3.13.0...0.0...1ac.1.2.img.Rtk1bcxV_fQ#hl=en&tbo=d&site=imghp&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=shirley+maclaines+daughter&oq=shirley+maclaines+daughter&gs_l=img.3..0i10i24.7951.19899.0.20028.53.31.16.6.6.0.195.2516.25j6.31.0...0.0...1c.1.2.img.h9hdivXeOhI&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42080656,d.dmQ&fp=a20a2f8602d3c94d&biw=1252&bih=526

RC61Austin
RC61Austin

Uh oh... it's "My Mother's Keeper" (a scathing story written by B.D. Hyman:  Bette Davis' daughter) all over again!

davenport15
davenport15

I read the book, and trust me, there's more to it than a "play for money."  Shirley is one of the many people in the world who should never have had children.  Her talent is not to be discounted - It is astounding that she has been a star for over 60 years - but the cost of that stardom was to raise an abused child.  Sachi doesn't come across as bitter so much as perpetually disappointed by the mother who was forever out of reach.  But read the book and see for yourself.  But Sachi is a fine actress (you can find clips of her online).  I wonder if she doesn't look a bit too much like her famous mom for someone's comfort.


robert773
robert773

At least there were no coat hangers involved

ar2315
ar2315

She must not have read any of her mom's books.  According to Shirley, Sachi chose and creates her own life and her own experience! New Age narcissism perhaps but she seems bitter that her mom didn't help her acting career more.  Maybe you just aren't that good of an actress Sachi!  Is there truth to the post here about Shiley's will?  Seems like a cash play to me.  This isn't how you resolve family issues and I think its sad for Shirley to have her amazing life represented with such contempt.  If Sachi would have read her books she could have seen the care that Shirley took in resolving her issues with her own parents. Maybe it was all lies but it seemed very genuine to me.

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

Also she says she couldn't go to college because her parents wouldn't pay for it - couldn't she have done what the rest of us did and take out loans?

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

I was thinking about this topic - because I've always been a defender of Christina  Crawford. But millions of people could write these books about their shitty parents. But no one would be interested because their parents aren't celebrities. They'd be told to pull themselves together and get on with their lives. And who often writes these books? The children who don't get any money, who are cut out of the wills, and in the case of Bette Davis, wouldn't pay the child's bills anymore. So it's kind of shady - they might say they want closure, but they really want cash.

SouthernDave
SouthernDave

I saw the photo and immediately thought,"Shirley must have seen herself in 'Downton Abbey' and got a REALLY good face-lift!'

normadesmond
normadesmond

i'm not mad at you, i'm mad at the rat pack!

jackson30
jackson30

I read that Sachi was going to be the kid in To Kill a Mockingbird but then it didn't happen. Anyone read the book and find out why?

bethesda
bethesda

She has Shirley's face!!

dbeford
dbeford

@dsar9012  Wow you are angry.....Look read the book and then come back and comment.  If you do not want to buy it borrow it from a friend or the library.  I read it over the weekend as far as work this woman worked her butt off and was truly not raised as you seem to think she was.  I do not think I would be as sane as she is after the abuse she endured.  Please read it if you can it was a truly an interesting and clearly written coming of age memoir that happened to have a famous mother and father that truly should not have been parents.  She really exemplifies the old saying raised by wolves!!!!!

AnonyMouse
AnonyMouse

Here is the correct link. https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1252&bih=526&q=sacha+parker&oq=sacha+parker&gs_l=img.3..0i10i24.1131.4386.0.4618.18.13.3.2.2.0.176.1176.10j3.13.0...0.0...1ac.1.2.img.Rtk1bcxV_fQ#hl=en&tbo=d&site=imghp&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=sachi+parker&oq=sachi+parker&gs_l=img.3..0i3j0l2j0i24l7.170853.172570.2.172691.12.8.0.4.4.0.98.634.8.8.0...0.0...1c.1.2.img.OgTSzRd4zqg&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42080656,d.dmQ&fp=a20a2f8602d3c94d&biw=1252&bih=526

dbeford
dbeford

@RC61Austin No it really is not it is a coming of age memoir by someone who is truly believable.  Read it if you get the chance it is pretty enlightening....which I found ironic since goofy MacLaine was suppose to be the enlightened one...

dbeford
dbeford

@ar2315 Read the book this was not just another tell all.....

dbeford
dbeford

@Used2BMelinda9 If you read the book you will see that there was more to the question of who is paying for college......most of us were welcome in our parents homes.....she was not after 18 it really is a weird horribly lonely life she lived......book is worth reading if you can borrow it from library or friend do it.

dbeford
dbeford

@Used2BMelinda9 Read the book I think you may feel differently after you read it.....Sachi Parker was never spoiled as a matter of fact she was truly raised by a couple of wolves and it seems like she has done well even with her mothers "help"  friends like her mom who needs enemies.....truly....

dbeford
dbeford

@jackson30 Shirley did not want her to.....I hope you read the book this girl was raised by wolves and she seems to be a truly good person.  

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

@dbeford @Used2BMelinda9  

Usually we live in a dorm at the college and then in the summer, especially back then, you would find a summer rental while working. 

I read the excerpt in People - she writes that Shirley asked her after graduation what she was planning to do and she says college. Only she hasn't applied to any. Then Shirley says she won't pay for it - so that was the time to start finding out about colleges, loans, etc. It's pretty clear she didn't want to go to college - is just using it now as another example of her abuse.

I won't be buying this book.

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

@dbeford @Used2BMelinda9  

I never said she was lying. My point was that parents don't have to pay for anything for a child after age 18 - it's purely voluntary. From the People magazine excerpt, Shirley and Steve come off as idiots, but she should've at least waited until they were dead to write this book.

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