Selma Blair claims in her new memoir that she endured a years-long campaign of career sabotage – all because of her own family.
Selma Blair claims her late father’s friend allegedly tried to undermine her career with nasty letters claiming she was a drug addict.
The actress tells in her memoirs Mean Kid: Growing Up Memoirsthat she first entered rehab at the age of 22. There, she was prescribed a drug called Trexan to curb her desire to drink, but it came with terrible side effects, leaving her “angry” and “agitated.” Once, during a panic attack, she turned to a nurse, Page six reports.
“Doctors have stopped taking Trexan. Poof, I was normal,” she wrote. “My rage is gone. What I didn’t know at the time was that my father had witnessed the whole episode. He came to visit me and stood silently in the corridor, watching the scene unfold. Later he will use this episode against me.”
After leaving rehab, Blair began working on the 1998 film. Detention of Gene.
“That’s when the letters started coming in,” she wrote. “Twenty letters a day came through FedEx to the production office Detention Gena, they are all written by a mysterious sender. They contained false information about me and my “abuse and addiction”.
Cruel Intentions the star wrote that the letters continued for the next 18 months, during which “I was fired from every job I took.”
She was then contacted by a detective hired by the talent agency UTA. He told Blair that he was hired to protect Drew Barrymore, to whom she allegedly wrote death threats. After several weeks of tracking down Blair, the detective realized that she was not to blame and said he had some information about the origin of the letters.
“He said the letters were sent from my father’s office in Detroit,” Blair wrote. “He gave me a description of the sender, which coincidentally matched my father’s girlfriend at the time I found out.”
The detective suggested that Blair set up a trap to find the author of the letters.
She just got a screen test for a movie called father’s dayand, at the detective’s suggestion, told three different stories to three different people.
“I told my ex-boyfriend that I had a screen test against Alyssa Milano,” she wrote. “I told a friend that I had a screen test against Alicia Silverstone. I told my dad I had a screen test against Drew Barrymore.
“The casting director at Universal received at least 15 letters saying I was a violent and dangerous person with a grudge against Drew Barrymore,” Blair wrote. “The casting director showed me and my agent Yana the letters.”
Blonde in law the star wrote that she was devastated and told her father “he’s now dead to me.”
“I didn’t speak to him for 12 years, and our relationship, already difficult, never fully recovered.”
Her father Elliot Beitner died in 2012.
Years later, Blair finally met Barrymore in person.
“I found that she never really knew the whole story, only that it was her father’s business, a confusing situation,” she said. “I told her that I was very, very sorry about the letters she received. She hugged me and said, “Don’t worry. We all have wild family affairs,” and her big hugs smoothed out some of those years of anxieties.”
This story originally appeared on Page six and published here with permission