Todd Bridges Breaks His Silence in New Memoir: Affair With ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Co-Star and Molested By Male Publicist
“Everyone wants to blame Hollywood when they take a fall,” Bridges said in an exclusive interview with BV on Books. “When people read my memoir, they will see I’m not blaming Hollywood. I’m taking full responsibility for my actions. Not a lot of people do that. A lot of people spend their lives blaming somebody else. But I will say this: No child should ever endure what I had to go through.”
Bridges was one of the biggest stars of his time, winning roles on ‘Roots,’ ‘Fish,’ ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ ‘The Waltons’ and others before becoming Willis on ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ a sitcom about a wealthy white widower who adopts two black sons, Bridges (Willis) and Gary Coleman (Arnold). It ran from 1978 to 1986. Dana Plato, who played older sister Kimberly on the show, died of a prescription drug ovedose in 1999.
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