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Susan E! True Hollywood Story
Posted by mike on 2/16/2002, 8:59 pm

I recently watched the E! True Hollywood Story when it was re run. 
I was fascinated by Susan's story of the Korean filmmakers trying to blow 
her up in a church. It was assumed by watching it that that story wasn't 
true, and I have seen others on here say it wasn't. However, it gave no 
reason or proof that it wasn't. I know the story seems outlandish, but 
how does everyone know that it wasn't true for sure?

Posted by Raneeta on 2/17/2002, 9:57 am

She supposedly has documents which prove that her ordeal in Korea did occur, 
however she states that she has not been allowed to bring them out. I know 
she said that the filmmakers also sliced the brake lines to her car and hacked 
off her blonde mane while she was in Korea and all I can say is, it happened 
so long ago we may never know for sure what went down over there! Poor Susan!!

Posted by Raneeta on 4/24/2002, 5:08 am

Yes, she works in personal care center for the elderly. She does recreation 
activities with them, I believe. Plays piano, sings and helps bring their 
spirits up.

Betty Lynn Buckley?
Posted by SusanM on 2/20/2002, 12:35 pm

Betty's full name is Betty Lynn Buckley. She was called Betty Lynn as a 
kid to distinguish her from her mother, Betty Bob. It's my understanding 
that it's her preference now although I've never seen her billed as 
Betty Lynn Buckley except for OZ. I hope this helps.

Posted by mozemen on 2/21/2002, 12:29 pm

In the 1973 play "What's a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like 
This" she was also billed as Betty Lynn Buckley, and the script, available 
from Samuel French, still shows that listing.

Posted by Suzy on 6/13/2002, 10:53 am

Hi Everybody:

I saw Susan 2 weeks ago in the Food Store. Yes she did have a stroke you 
can tell by the way she speaks. I felt very bad about it. She looks healthy 
and she spoke of her family and her dog had puppies! She is living in Coatesville, 

Just thought everone would like an update.

Take Care 

Posted by tony albanese on 9/6/2002, 1:34 pm

sue really had a stroke. thats really to bad she was my favoroite on the show. 
wish i could some how send her a card. or email. can somebody help me in this 
matter. thankyou kindly. how old is sue now. iam living in pa. tony

Joan and Tom Braden

Posted by Michele on 8/29/2002, 12:28 pm

Hi, can anyone tell me if Joan or Tom Braden are still alive and any info 
on them. I have just finished reading her biography which was very interesting 
and am just wondering if these people are still with us. Thank you.

Posted by Nancy C on 9/2/2002, 3:02 pm

Sadly, Joan Braden died a year or two ago. It's in the archives of this 
messageboard but when I click on it I get an error. Tom Braden is still 
alive as far as I know.

Susan on Match Game

Posted by Christine Lewis on 9/17/2002, 3:15 pm

I saw Susan Richardson on Match Game tonight. The show was from 1979. 
There is such a stark contrast between Susan now and Susan then. She was so 
happy, always smiling, beautiful. I have not spoken to Susan for many years, 
but I wish her the best. I know in my heart what kind of loving, caring, 
and giving Susan really is. I hope that whatever Susan may be going through 
that she will come through ok. God Bless you Susan, I know that you will 
triumph over it all. We you the best. Scott, Christine, & Joshua

Posted by lisa on 9/19/2002, 8:29 pm

I had read somewhere that Susan was working in a nursing home-type facility 
again and doing better. It's a shame that so many of the actors on that 
show lived out the destructive side of fame. I hope that Susan is on the 
right path now. At least Grant Goodeve and Willie Aames had their lives take 
a turn for the better.

Very Important Message for Susan Richardson

Posted by John O'Dowd on 9/30/2002, 11:45 am

If Susan or anyone who knows her visits this website please get in touch 
with me ASAP. I received a phone call today (Monday, September 30) from a 
woman named Nancy who is Dick Van Patten's assistant. (Susan, if you remember, 
you registered my name with SAG as the contact number for you, and that's 
how Nancy got my information.) Anyway, Mr. Van Patten is extremely interested 
in taking to you ASAP. I have his phone numbers if you need them. Please 
email me or telephone me as soon as you can as it sounds pretty important. 
Thanks a lot. John O'Dowd

Lani O'Grady

Posted by Daniel on 11/1/2002, 10:35 am

Hi everyone, haven't been here for awhile.
I was Lani's friend. Didn't know any of the
other cast members. Thanks for keeping
the show alive via this Site. I'm sure
Lani would be touched. She's probably
looking down on it, and smiling gently.
She was very proud of her work on 8IE.
I don't know if I ever shared this before,
But she chose 8IE over the part of Kate Jackson
on "Charlies Angels" I asked her is she ever
regretted that chose, and she said not for a second.
She got to "ACT" on 8IE. That is why she retired
after the show, because she said she had
achieved her goal of being a series regular
on a successful Drama. I just wish she could
have found something to replace that goal, that
would have made her happy. Oh well, I don't
want to get sad. So I better stop.

Take care all,

Posted by Jessica on 11/4/2002, 4:48 pm

Thanks Daniel. I think Lani had a very special friend and she 
really seemed like a wonderful person that we will always cherish.

Re: Lani O'Grady

Posted by Raneeta on 11/4/2002, 6:11 am

Thank you, Daniel, for sharing this little anecdote about Lani 
with us. She was a dear girl. Do you know if there will be a 
magazine article or book written on Lani's life and times? I 
would really like to read all about her life, especially about 
her early years in the business. Thank you. And take care. We 
remember Lani with great fondness, and I for one, miss her a lot.

Willie Aames

Posted by Cindy on 11/17/2002, 5:03 pm

Hi everybody,
EIE was my favorite show way back when and Willie was always my favorite 
character. So it was pretty cool when earlier this year, Willie came to 
my house to visit my little boy. They've become great friends and speak 
on the phone often. Willie is an incredible Christian man who has an 
amazing heart for children. And he has a terrific sense of humor! I have 
asked him whether he keeps in touch with any of the EIE cast members 
and he said only Dick Van Patten and Grant Goodeve, mainly because of 
their faith. Willie is just an all-round great guy!

Re: Willie Aames

Posted by lisa on 11/17/2002, 5:15 pm

I saw Willie Aames when he came to my town for the Bibleman road tour. 
It was just as entertaining for adults as it was for children. He is very 
honest about his past, and he's a wonderful witness for Christ.
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