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Old 03-12-2005, 05:07 AM
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What Happened To Susan ("stop the madness") Powter?

Remeber this chick? She was some kind of minor celebrity, whose ticket to fame was dieting and butch haircus. She also claimed that she was raped, sexually abused, etc...and dieting (with her patenetd methods) were the road backto self-esteem.
So, anybody know what circle of hell she now inhabits?
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:15 AM
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There's a fairly recent interview with her at retrocrush.com

I don't know why I read it but from what I remember she and her singer girlfriend tour the country in an RV. To be fair she looks pretty good for a woman in her 50's.


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Old 03-12-2005, 08:28 AM
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Her website
http://susanpowteronline.com/
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Old 03-12-2005, 09:50 AM
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Aww, she doesn't have that haircut anymore.
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Old 03-12-2005, 11:40 AM
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Aww, she doesn't have that haircut anymore.
From the pics provided on the link, how can you tell?
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Old 03-12-2005, 11:52 AM
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She's shown up as a commentator on VH1's I Love the '90s, even louder and more obnoxious than she was in the '90s.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:01 PM
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Nitpick - it's STOP THE INSANITY! Not madness.

Now thanks, I hadn't thought about that in years and now it's just like it was yesterday.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:13 PM
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From the pics provided on the link, how can you tell?
The biggest pic on that page shows she has a lot of blonde hair streaked with pink, clearly not the buzzcut she used to have.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:21 PM
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The biggest pic on that page shows she has a lot of blonde hair streaked with pink, clearly not the buzzcut she used to have.
I don't know if that's all hers, though. It looks like it's artificial (it's very ropey looking). It may just be hair props for the photo.

I used to like Powter...from the photos on the website, it looks like she's started doing cheesecake or something. Ew...
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It looks like some kind of extensions woven into real hair--I don't think it's all a wig. If you click the "contact" link, there's a picture of her with normal hair. It's short, but nothing like the trademark platinum buzzcut...though I see she still uses that spiky hair logo.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:58 PM
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I don't know if that's all hers, though. It looks like it's artificial (it's very ropey looking). It may just be hair props for the photo.

I used to like Powter...from the photos on the website, it looks like she's started doing cheesecake or something. Ew...
It's not the cheesecake. It is the other things she is eating......... Susan is out of the closet and trying to salvage her career on the Womyn's Music Circuit.
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Old 03-12-2005, 02:42 PM
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I think I'm going to start a rumor that Susan Powter is really the same person as Billy Idol.
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Old 03-12-2005, 03:14 PM
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The ropey hair picture screams "I'M LIKE ANI DIFRANCO" to me.
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Old 03-12-2005, 03:36 PM
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Eeeee..she has a section entitled "monthly flow." Those words and Susan Powter don't mesh well together. *shudder*
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:13 PM
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Incidentally, she claims that she never had a buzz cut. She says it was short and since it was so light in color it looked like a buzz cut on television.

Marc

I know way to much about this person for some reason.....
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:22 PM
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The ropey hair picture screams "I'M LIKE ANI DIFRANCO" to me.
Yeah, she seems to be directing her marketing toward the same "screeching feminism" crowd as Ani. The hair, the edgy look, the "monthly flow" thing.
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:55 PM
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Incidentally, she claims that she never had a buzz cut. She says it was short and since it was so light in color it looked like a buzz cut on television.
Seriously? I'd call this a "buzz cut," and there's no mistaking exactly how long the hair is.
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Old 03-12-2005, 11:06 PM
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I think I'm going to start a rumor that Susan Powter is really the same person as Billy Idol.
Who are two people who have never been in my kitchen, Alex?
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Old 03-12-2005, 11:18 PM
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Seriously? I'd call this a "buzz cut," and there's no mistaking exactly how long the hair is.
Picture didn't come up. This link came up instead.
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Old 03-13-2005, 12:17 AM
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When she was the infomercial queen I recall reading an article that she had bought a rambling house in Beverly Hills, a beach home in Santa Monica, a fleet of Mercedes, etc., and I remember thinking "even with a bestselling diet how can she afford all of that?" This was answered when she filed for bankruptcy and it was revealed she couldn't. Then her second husband left her and things generally fell apart, so it hasn't been a good few years. Since then she's come out as a lesbian (which I don't think caused any deaths from shock) and now is some type of advocacy author who tried unsuccessfully to start her own Dr. Phil/Chopra/Coulter type franchise of half-thought statements and media whoring.

The main two things I remember from her infomercials are:
1- how that sweatpant-up-the-asscrack was like the traffic accident I can't look away from when I was channel surfing
2- how she would pose questions she never answered (a question in "how long before I see some results?" gets an extended rant on how her thighs didn't rub together anymore) and get applause for unfunny jokes about the diet industry

So to answer your question, she's probably currently on the phone to the producers of SURREAL LIFE trying to get a spot on next season's show ("I'm at least as disgusting as Brigitte and I'll make either of the Two Coreys my bitch on your show! I promise!") or else being fitted to cut a plug out of Erin "Joannie Cunningham" Moran on the next episode of "FOX TV'S CELEBRITY KNIFE FIGHT".
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Old 03-13-2005, 05:47 AM
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Picture didn't come up. This link came up instead.
Son of a bitch. It did come up on preview. No, asshole blogger, I am not interested in stealing your picture. If anyone cares, do a Google image search on the word Powter, and the last picture on the first page of results (at least currently) is the close-up of the Powter scalp I was trying to link to.

I cannot believe I've posted four times in a thread about Susan Powter.
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:02 AM
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Isn't that the "If you don't breathe you die!" lady? I always used to wish someone would pay me thousands of dollars to earnestly screech the obvious on late-night tv.

"If you don't sleep you get tired!"
"If you don't pee you strain your bladder!"
"If you don't fart you spontaneously combust!"

Where's my paycheck?
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Biffy the Elephant Shrew
Son of a bitch. It did come up on preview. No, asshole blogger, I am not interested in stealing your picture. If anyone cares, do a Google image search on the word Powter, and the last picture on the first page of results (at least currently) is the close-up of the Powter scalp I was trying to link to.

I cannot believe I've posted four times in a thread about Susan Powter.
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You can get around the hotlink blockers most of the time if you copy and paste the link into the URL bar, but add a space to the end before hitting enter. Worked for me.
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Old 03-13-2005, 10:44 PM
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You can get around the hotlink blockers most of the time if you copy and paste the link into the URL bar, but add a space to the end before hitting enter. Worked for me.
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You don't even have to add a space in this instance, the copy and paste alone works fine.
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:31 AM
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As to the OP....

As of three years ago or so, she was running a work out class out of one of the local rec centers here in Seattle. We had a martial arts group that worked out in the class next door for a short while. She wore a head mike with an amp and her class resonated the walls and made it quite difficult for us (even being a noisy slamming-in-the-hardwood-judo-throws atmosphere) for us to concentrate.

Thankfully, it only went on for a couple of months, I don't know if her class folded or left for somewhere else.
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Old 03-14-2005, 10:12 AM
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Isn't that the "If you don't breathe you die!" lady? I always used to wish someone would pay me thousands of dollars to earnestly screech the obvious on late-night tv.
Did you mean, "Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life?"

If so, that's Brooke Shields.
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No, there was another woman who was going to teach you how to breathe properly and this would enable you to lose hundreds of pounds. I don't remember her name but it wasn't Susan Powder OR Brooke Shields. She was sort of attractive and always made a point of telling us how old she was (50, I think).
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I'd say she went to the same limbo every other 15-minutes-of-famer went.
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Old 03-14-2005, 11:22 AM
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I'd say she went to the same limbo every other 15-minutes-of-famer went.
Couldn't have happened to a more deserving person.

My personal story: I was an assistant manager at a Barnes & Noble in West LA where she was scheduled to do a book signing about 6 years ago. This was during one of her attempted comebacks after her 15 minutes had passed. Somewhere between the bald period and the funky hair extension period.

Luckily didn't have to be there. I come back the next day to hear that no one had shown up. She stuck around for a short period of time before leaving.

I get a call from the publisher rep to talk about the book signing. None of the other managers who attended the signing were working at the time, and I told her that. She continues to ask me about the event, and have to continually remind her that I was not there. She's asking stuff like, "What do you think went wrong? Do you think there was anything else we could have done?" So I'm trying to console the girl, without stating that Powter's 15 minutes are just over. "I don't think there was anything else could have been done. Announcements were placed in the newspapers. Signage was put all over the store. It rained that day, maybe that played a role. You know, sometimes these signings don't work out for no apparent reason"

Well the next day I get called into the office. The publisher and Susan Powter were angry with me for my uncaring attitude. I was being given a write up. I gave them my two week notice that instant.

One of the best decisions in my life.
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:43 PM
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I have no idea if there was any merit to them or not, but when she was having her 15 minutes there were allegations in the tabloids that she had not lost anywhere near as much weight as she claimed. They stated that she exaggerated how obese she had once been by a considerable margin and that the "fat pictures" she used of herself were altered to make her look bigger and that this is why they were blurry (that part is true: they were blurry). I've no idea if this led to her downfall or if she was just played.
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Funny. Saturday I was watching my "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" Vol 1, and Susan Powter is on it. She told Space Ghost she was a transsexual. I thought, yeah, I could see that.
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Old 03-14-2005, 02:49 PM
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My personal story: I was an assistant manager at a Barnes & Noble in West LA where she was scheduled to do a book signing about 6 years ago. This was during one of her attempted comebacks after her 15 minutes had passed. Somewhere between the bald period and the funky hair extension period.
This probably would've been about the time her sobriety book came out (which I don't think anyone has mentioned yet.) Guess how you get sober? By eating right and exercising! Oh, and it's the government's fault you're a drunk.

I wish I was making that up.

I actually liked her book Food. She was one of the first people to expose how disgusting meat processing still is in this country. (Beat "Fast Food Nation" by a good 10 years!) And that book has a lot of good input from people like John MacDougall and Dean Ornish. Still - obviously nutty. She has a bizarre writing style that is EXTREMEMLY exhausting and hard to read.
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