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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/16/2008

Brenda Dickson: Welcome to Her Nightmare

By Liz Kelly

Brenda Dickson has advice on just about everything. (YouTube)

Never having watched "The Young and the Restless," I can't say I was familiar with Brenda Dickson's work until the video linked below found its way to my inbox yesterday afternoon. Perhaps because Dickson in effect disappeared from the entertainment world after being fired from "The Young and the Restless" in 1988. Though, as evidenced by these pix, she is still making the Hollywood rounds -- or, rather, the bizarro world Hollywood that is populated by Fabio and "American Idol" rejects.

The video is neither new -- it was produced, directed and written by Dickson in 1987 -- or new to the Internet. Mr. Liz happened upon it while perusing Dan Savage's blog. But what it is is a study in the egomaniacal tendencies that afflict several who dare to call themselves celebrities. More akin to Elizabeth Berkley than Elizabeth Taylor, Dickson's video is nascent reality TV served up for the Betamax. How many copies of this gem sold we'll never know. But we will remain eternally thankful to one MandyKimper, who found and posted this important piece of the celebri-historical record on YouTube.

I had considered sharing a list of 10 life lessons from Dickson's video ("Snake and jeans are a great look. Just add a belt and you're ready to go," "If you have a weight problem, try to cut down what you're eating" or the inscrutable "style is as important in your life as your look."). But the 18 minutes of footage (there are two parts) stand up for themselves -- if you can last that long.

If you made it through "Welcome to My Home" and you're finding yourself wanting more Brenda Dickson style entertainment, watch this NSFW "Welcome to My Home" parody ("It's a fashion face. A face full of fashion.") or visit the real Dickson's campy Web site, complete with this more recent audio slideshow in which Dickson talks about her new career as a red carpet fixture who often makes "national publicity."

By Liz Kelly  | April 16, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
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