Debbie Dickinson
Debbie Dickinson
Debbie Dickinson is an American actress and fashion model. Born 30 December 1957 in Hollywood, Florida, USA. The youngest of three sisters, Dickinson is of Belarusian and Polish descent. Debbie began modeling in 1975 with Elite Model Management in Paris, France joining her sister, supermodel Janice Dickinson. Dickinson's first fashion show was for Louis FĂ©raud in Paris. She also modeled for Versace, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, and Yves Saint Laurent among others.
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Debbi Dickinson: Divorce Doesn't Need To Be War
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I have a girlfriend who was just starting down the journey of divorce. She knows that I've been divorced for over 10 years and have an amicable relationship with my ex. She was asking for some pointers on how we kept the divorce process and post-divorce civil. When I divorced, I was working, my ex was unemployed and our daughter was four years old. During marriage counseling, we decided it was time to part ways. We had been living in separate bedrooms for several months and an icy chill had settled on the house when we were both home. We were both experts at pushing each others buttons to invoke anger or emotional hurt. But we both agreed that we wanted to keep our divorce as civil as possible to avoid racking up large lawyer bills. We committed to keep going through the motions of our day as normal as possible for the sake of our daughter. I can tell you it was difficult. The week after our decision to divorce, a dating agency was calling to arrange an intervie ...
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Debbi Dickinson: Reflections on My Wedding Anniversary Date
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If still married, we would be celebrating our 23rd Wedding Anniversary this year. Our divorce was finalized a few weeks after our 13th anniversary. I find that when the calendar flips to my wedding date each year I focus less on my divorce and miserable aspects of our marriage, but instead reflect more on my hopes and dreams on my wedding day so many years ago. I had the wedding little girls dream about. My father is a minister and so not only walked me down the aisle but he married us. Our wedding was held in the garden patio of a hotel in Laguna Beach, California. Flowers were in full bloom and a string quartet playing softly in the background. I can still remember standing at the gazebo and listening to the waves crashing on the beach to quiet my nerves as my father read our wedding vows for us to recite. It was also the last day I would spend with my grandfather who passed away a few months later of a heart attack. The last picture of him taken was at my wedding wi ...
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Debbi Dickinson: The Best Gift My Ex In-Laws Gave Me
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The holiday season after divorce can be challenging on many different fronts, especially when you have children. Toss the ex's family into the mix and it can be downright stressful. It makes one want to run for the hills. I learned during the first few years post-divorce how to navigate the holidays with the ex in-laws and ex-stepchildren. I kept remembering the Golden Rule: treat them how I would want to be treated. My first dilemma was the question of sending of Christmas cards to ex family members. I asked my mother if I should send Christmas cards that first year. She gave me an answer that I've used in numerous situations: "Why make something out of nothing?" It was so simple and to the point. I was married for over 13 years and had good relations with my step-children and in-laws. I sent Christmas cards that year and every year since. I also send Christmas cards to my ex's aunt and uncle that I only met once early in my marriage. I had such a lovely time with ...
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Debbi Dickinson: The Surprising Thing That Helped Me Through My Split
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Crying is one of many ways to release emotions, especially when going through a significant emotional event like divorce. It's stressful. Many days you will feel as if you are on an emotional rollercoaster. And you are. Crying is a natural way to deal with these emotions. After days of crying, you may wonder, "Why am I crying so much?" Followed by, "When will I stop crying?" The answer is simple: You will stop crying when you're emotionally ready to stop crying. The media and perhaps even your upbringing may have taught you that crying is a sign of weakness. Television sitcoms often feature lines like "tough it out" or "suck it up" when a character is crying. Growing up, well-meaning parents or relatives may have told you, "Big girls don't cry." Society teaches us you're a stronger person if you stuff your feelings deep down. The reality is that some of the strongest people I know -- both men and women -- cry when they feel sorrow and even joy. They allow the ...
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Debbi Dickinson: The Crazy Thing That Happened When I Stopped Blaming My Ex
Huffington Post - over 4 years
It's so easy to point a finger at your soon-to-be ex and make a list of all the things they did that contributed to the downfall of your marriage. There are three parts to every story story: his story, her story and the truth. The reality is that both parties contribute to a downfall of the marriage. One party just doesn't suddenly wake up one day and declare it's "Divorce Day." There are always events or emotions that lead up to a break-up. It's important to take a look at your part in the events leading up to the divorce decision. Don't look in your ex's backyard of issues; look in your own backyard. This is difficult because it's easier to put blame squarely on someone else's shoulders, rather than taking an honest look at ourselves. My marriage fell apart once I got sober. It was easy for me to point to my addiction and say, "if you had to deal with what I had to deal with, you would drink too!" But I was wrong. And in the beginning of my divorce process, it was ...
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Debbi Dickinson: How I Embraced Being A Single Mom
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Transitioning from married life to divorced life is a challenge. Doing this with children at home can takes that challenge to the next level. It can be difficult, but it can also be an exciting time if you will it to be. You can choose to make this an opportunity to create a new life or you can moan and groan about starting over. Your divorce handed you a blank slate, and you alone are responsible for creating what your new life looks like. How to embrace this time as an opportunity? When I divorced, I got full custody of my daughter and my ex moved out of state. I no family in the area, a daughter in preschool and a job that required occasional travel. I had the perfect opportunity to complain. But I didn't; I chose to view my situation as a gift. This gift was that I alone had the opportunity to provide guidance and be a role model for my daughter as she grew up. It was empowering, and I embraced being single mom with her as my focus. I asked myself, what I can ...
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Debbi Dickinson: The Shameful Secret That Killed My Marriage
Huffington Post - over 4 years
My marriage started out as most do -- full of hope and promises of a joy-filled life. Unfortunately, it did not head down that happy path. Like many marriages that end in divorce, there were many factors that contributed to its demise. Shortly after the wedding bells rang, our relationship started changing. My ex has quite the temper, and I didn't handle it very well. When he got angry, I got quiet. I buried my emotions within me. What I know today is that when you stuff your emotions deep inside, you will compensate for that somehow. Humans are meant to feel. When you don't allow yourself to feel naturally, the emotion will come out sideways -- most commonly in the form of anger. But it manifests itself in other ways as well. Excessive eating, depression, shopping sprees, health issues or addiction are fairly common for those stifling their emotions. For me, I drank. Over time, my drinking progressed into heavy drinking and then at some point, I crossed the lin ...
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Debbi Dickinson: The Question That Turned My Divorce Around
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Are you stuck in a bitter divorce fight? Couples often get caught up with their perceived injustices in the divorce settlement negotiations. The disdain that they personally have for each other usually just adds fuel to the fire when negotiating. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we believe to be right that we don't back up and take a look at what is really the best option for us. It may be helpful to talk to a person who is note emotionally invested in either party. The question is, will you be willing to consider advice given? Or are you so wrapped up in yourself and resentments you don't want to listen; you just want to vent. When I was going through my divorce, my husband was unemployed at the time and he was also looking to move out of state to attend a University to obtain an additional degree. He wanted me to pay him maintenance for two years even though I would have full custody of our daughter. I made a decent living but was not wealthy by any mea ...
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Debbi Dickinson: 2 Things I Wish I Knew Before Tying The Knot
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Within a few months of returning from our honeymoon, our relationship started changing. Reflecting back, I see how once the wedding ring was slipped on my finger, he felt he could drop some of the pretense of our two years of dating. In my mid-20's, I was swept off my feet by the attention of an older man. We had such a wonderful time together on golf vacations; we learned to sail and took trips to the wine country. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. Although we worked hard at our golf game, we did not have the same commitment to deepening our relationship. We were busy, but we were not growing together. I incorrectly assumed that the relationship we had developed over two years would be the same after the wedding. I had somehow missed the point with my parents loving relationship that marriage takes work -- it just doesn't happen. It's not that they didn't have their conflicts; they did -- they dealt with it together and that continued to deepen their relationsh ...
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Debbi Dickinson: Why I Stayed In A Loveless Marriage For 13 Years
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
I lived two lives during my 13-year marriage. There was the mask I put on when was out in public -- it showed my husband and I living the American Dream, with a 3400 square foot house in the right neighborhood in the right town, with the mommy van parked in front. We socialized with the neighbors every evening outside when the weather was warm, organized block parties and social dinners. We took vacations to all the right destinations and even had the blond hair, blued-eyed daughter. Our house and garage were filled with all the latest gadget and toys that marketing campaigns assured us would keep us living "happily ever after". Then there was the reality of my life. I was in a loveless marriage. This was the life that I kept to myself. It was a place of loneliness and pain. Looking back now I see we didn't have a deep emotional connection to start off with. Each of us changed over time, but we did not change together with common goals or priorities. With the lac ...
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Debbi Dickinson: The Art Of Not Arguing With Your Ex
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
You find yourself in a heated discussion with your soon-to-be ex. You end the conversation angry, frustrated and find this just adds to your growing resentment. You keep asking yourself, "Why can't we just have a normal conversation? Why does it always turn into an argument?" Once you enter the divorce process, the relationship between the couple changes immediately. It is important to change your mindset when working with your soon-to-be ex in a business matter and resist the urge to throw emotions, past hurts or resentments into the discussions around your divorce. During my marriage, my ex managed our finances. Early in our divorce process, he started a conversation one evening about selling our house, capital gains and a deal he wanted me to commit to that would alleviate tax on my part due to our circumstances. His proposal sounded reasonable and was presented with the intention of my financial well-being. For me, I was clueless on capital gains other than the ...
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Debbi Dickinson: Why I Married My Lying Ex
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
It was the wedding I dreamed about since I was a little girl. I could hear the ocean waves crashing in the background of the garden setting. My sister was my maid of honor. My father, a minister, not only walked me down the aisle; he married us. It was a beautiful day. Today, I find it hard to believe that I knew he lied to me the first day we met and I went on to marry him anyway. I refused to acknowledge the warning signs during our two years of dating -- and there were plenty. We first met by chance at a beach hang-out that had a live band on Sunday afternoons. He told me he was with a group of friends when he had asked me out. On our first date, he confessed he was actually on a blind date. There are many aspects of that lie that should have triggered warning flags, but I chose to ignore them. In denial? Desperate? Yes, I was both. Sadly, this experience is not unique to me. In their book "How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy," co-authors Anne Milford and Jennifer Gauvain ...
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BUSINESS: DIARY; An Initial Gain In an Ad Campaign
NYTimes - over 17 years
There it is, in bold type in a newspaper ad: ''HRC. Because New Yorkers expect the best.'' Many a New Yorker might have done a double take; after all, Hillary Rodham Clinton's all-but-announced campaign for the Senate hasn't officially begun. But the ads are actually promoting the New York Health and Racquet Club, a chain in the city whose HRC logo
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Fashion
NYTimes - about 35 years
MAKING A SPLASH It's time for floating thoughts, time to think about the swim of things. The new bathing suits are sleek and simple, as designers continue to improve upon the maillots in their resort wear. Many are high-cut, giving the illusion of particularly long legs. Colors are sharp, bright, clean -w ith an emphasis on bla cks, reds and
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