THE BING CROSBY NEWS ARCHIVE: MARY CROSBY LAWSUIT SETTLED
Several residents chided councilman Mark Packard after a prayer to open the Having grown up in Poland and then on the East Coast of the U.S., Brodka, . “ Bob is a larger than life persona,” Collette Stefanko, museum marketing director, said. DEL MAR — The second annual Bing Crosby Season at the Del Mar. Mary Frances Crosby (born September 14, ) is an American actress. the only daughter of singer and actor Bing Crosby, from his second marriage to the in ), and secondly to Mark Brodka (–present), by whom she has two children. He majored in marketing in college, graduating in from Regis. Now Bing's only daughter, actress Mary Crosby, has had enough. Crosby's sons by his first marriage to singer Dixie Lee – Gary, Phillip, Dennis with her second husband of nine years, lawyer Mark Brodka, sons Benjamin.
I was raising a son and not doing too bad a job of it. I wasn't carrying on like a maniac when I worked. I looked halfway responsible to him, and now that I was a lot closer to what he wanted, he was able to let up.
Most likely he was sick and tired of the fight anyhow. I began to realize he probably hadn't been fighting me for years, but because no truce had been called I'd been keeping the war going all by myself.
He wasn't any tougher than a lot of fathers of his generation. And a lot of kids can handle that kind of upbringing without any difficulty. It was too bad that my brothers and I didn't buy it and turn out the way he wanted. That would have made it very comfortable for everyone. But whatever the reasons, we didn't. Linny and the twins clammed up like a shell. I bulled my neck and fought him tooth and nail all the way down the line.
To my own destruction. The discipline just didn't work with us. I do not know if what's in the book "Going My Own Way" is true but he never said anything to me about whippings. I think it all got a little out of hand.
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I certainly never witnessed anything between him and his father. I couldn't believe it when I read the book because it just didn't sound like Gary.
My dad was not the monster my lying brother said he was, He was strict, but my father never beat us black and blue and my brother Gary was a vicious, no-good liar for saying so. I have nothing but fond memories of dad, going to studios with him, family vacations at our cabin in Idaho, boating and fishing with him.
To my dying day, I'll hate Gary for dragging dad's name through the mud. He wrote it [Going My Own Way] out of greed. He wanted to make money and knew that humiliating our father and blackening his name was the only way he could do it. He knew it would generate a lot of publicity and that was the only way he could get his ugly, no-talent face on television and in the newspapers. My dad was my hero. I loved him very much. And he loved all of us too, including Gary.
He was a great father. I know the older boys got it a little worse than I did. I was the last one, so I kind of got away with murder. They had to be in bed pretty early, compared to other kids, and as I look back on it now I can see that it all makes sense and Dad did it for a reason.
Mary Crosby | Revolvy
I know if I had something to do he'd let me do it, but he wanted me home at a reasonable hour. Thompson, p Larry Crosby: I don't think anything has been a struggle for Bing. I don't buy that garbage! He had been hurt by people he'd helped out over the years who never repaid him, and I got the sense that he would have wished more from his first four sons than he'd gotten. Maybe that's why he wanted perfection from the three of us. It worked perfectly, in terms of producing results for Dad.
And I do think Mother's hit-and-hug philosophy probably left us more secure and resilient -- able to know that, if we were punished for one specific thing, it didn't mean they'd stopped loving us -- than if we'd been disciplined in more indirect, lingering ways. I resisted some of her command and control. But all that would vanish over the summer months when Mother and I worked in dinner theater together.
There was no hierarchy dividing us then. We weren't parent and child -- just two actresses, independent and equal. She would tell me things that led me to feel I didn't have to fall into the roles or patterns other people set up. As much as she demanded obedience at home, there was always that other message -- think for yourself, be your own person -- slipping in, too. But Bing was not. For four months all my letters and phone calls to him went unanswered.
But I kept on writing, telling him about all I was learning and how I understood how he was 'too busy' to write. What I was really saying, between the lines, was, 'Look, I know you have to stay mad at me because you made a stand and you can't back down from it.
- "My Father, Bing Crosby"
I just want you to know I understand -- and if you do change your mind, I promise I won't call you on it. I want you to come home. Then he shocked me by saying 'I'm sorry about the way I acted, but that's just the way I am. I'm not going to change now.
As part of this pact of unspoken love through not one but two generation gaps, "Daddy and I never even tried to talk about me and boys.
He just laid down his ultimatums and I didn't dispute them; it would have been ridiculous to try. I was always taking care of them. Underneath their sweet, innocent, Southern game, they were the biggest bunch of little drinkers I'd ever met in my life! They wanted four years of playing -- time enough to find husbands.
That is not what I wanted. I wanted to act. But he also said, 'If you want to be an actress, I'm not going to help you. I want you to make it on your own. Because I wouldn't have it any other way.
The whole time he was doing something he had never done before -- holding my hand. That little gesture meant so much to me because it had taken him so long to get there. And it made me think I might have even taught him something.
When Mary returned to California, Eb called and they had a "telephone relationship" for two weeks. Those conversations just flew. He was funny, he was intelligent, he was creative; I was attracted to Eb before I even met him -- which was important to me, because I didn't want to waste my time on an unproductive, superficial relationship. It's something you hear a lot of women in the 30s saying.
She had the picnic dinner, he had the wine. She was looking for a blue truck, he a silver Monza. By now, the news would come right on the heels of Mary's decision to move from her father's home to an apartment of her own, closer to her acting classes. I mean, I respected the fact that he was very protective of his only daughter, but The primo moment came when we were saying grace. There's Daddy, checking Eb out from the corner of his eye, making sure he's crossing himself.
I was trying so hard not to giggle. I looked at him and said, 'You've got to be kidding.
She's every song I've ever written: I wanted to marry her, but I wanted us to live together first, to give the marriage a firm base. There is a hint of a plea in her earnest voice -- and you're touched by the fact that, in almost any other context, this wholesome, devoted young couple would not have to go to such lengths to justify what is now a fairly common-place choice. But when you're Bing Crosby's daughter, it's different as the stacks of hate mail she later received from her father's fans attest.
They waited, and talked about confronting him, and put it off. It would upset him, they knew. Yet didn't they have their own lives to live?
On October 14,Mary was rehearsing in the A. I felt my throat tighten a little, and the minute I saw the man's face I felt sorry that he was the one who had to give me the news that my father was dead. The stories came out negatively like, 'What kind of woman would raise a daughter to live with a boy?
She had no defense. It caused a lot of unnecessary pain. Our living together unmarried probably went against a lot of what she too was brought up to believe. I cannot speak for her, nor she for me. But," she hastens to point out -- softly now -- "she's always had a lot of faith in my judgment. Whenever she's in L.