February 3, 1949 |
Long Beach, California
Dickson portrayed the character Jill on The Young and the Restless from 1973 to 1980, then again from 1983 to 1987.
Apart from The Young and the Restless, Dickson also had roles in the dramas The Storefront Lawyers and The F.B.I., the comedies Love, American Style and Here We Go Again, and the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest.
Dickson also released a vanity film in the 1980s dubbed "Welcome to My Home," showcasing her lavish abode and a plethora of vogue outfits that would now be deemed retro, kitsch or camp. A parody published on YouTube became an Internet meme, and has since been taken down and re-uploaded several times. Perhaps more popular than the video itself is a dub-over parody of it, created by comedian Deven Green as "Brendad Ickson." Green has also created other Dickson parodies using old "The Young & the Restless" clips of Dickson. Despite CBS owning the rights to the clips and not Dickson, she has managed to get it removed from YouTube a number of different times but they are continually re-uploaded.
As an original cast member of The Young and The Restless, Brenda Dickson claims that William J. Bell blacklisted her after 15 years on the show after they partook in a secret love affair. He then went on to wreak havoc on her personal and professional life by hiring "Mafia cartel judges and attorneys" to "ruin" her life. As a result, she ended up "broke and homeless" and has been blocked from working ever since.
In 2007, Dickson was jailed in Hawaii because of a civil contempt order stemming from a divorce judgment from her ex-husband, lawyer Jan Weinberg. She said she was the victim and wasn't given a fair divorce hearing. Released after 16 days, she was sent back to jail and eventually released after more than three months. In 2009, the judgment in Weinberg v. Dickson was set aside as an appeals court found that the judge in the original trial had abused his discretion in not guaranteeing Dickson a fair trial and that Dickson's imprisonment had been unlawful.
Awards and nominations
- 1986 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Villainess in a Daytime Serial The Young and the Restless.
- 1988 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Daytime Serial The Young and the Restless.
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- Kobayashi, Ken (2007-02-20). "Jailed actress says she's the victim". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
- Kobayashi, Ken (2007-06-27). "Honolulu judge frees ex-soap opera star from prison". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
- "Awards for Brenda Dickson". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
- "The Soap Opera Digest Awards 1988". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 2009-03-01.