She and Belzer met in Los Angeles in 1981, when she was 31 and divorced, with two daughters, Bree and Jessica. McBride, who had been seen in Playboy magazine four years earlier as part of that year's sex-in-cinema feature, in conjunction with Young Lady Chatterley, was appearing in TV commercials for the auto maker Ford and acting in free theater, when she met Belzer at the suggestion of a friend. During the 1980s, she worked as a secretary at Disneyland.
On October 12, 2014, McBride was disruptive on an Air France flight from New York to Paris. She was yelling, screaming and even threw a tray of food, and was handcuffed to her seat by cabin crew. The pilots made an emergency landing in Gander, Newfoundland where she spent two nights in a local jail cell until she agreed to pay $10,000 (CAN) in bail.