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How video vixen Bobbie Brown embraced sobriety and standup

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She was the blonde hair-metal heartbreaker who lit up the video for Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” and later saw nearly everything she loved slip away in a haze of drug addiction.

Bobbie Brown, 49, says she had an epiphany not long ago when a tumble down a flight of stairs nearly killed her. Her head struck a table, giving her months of black eyes she feared were permanent.

“I asked myself ‘What am I doing with my life?’ so I decided to check off all of the things on my bucket list that I’ve been afraid to do,” Brown revealed in a phone interview.

One of Brown’s bucket list entries was a follow-up to her 2013 glam, glitz and grime bestseller “Dirty Rocker Boys: Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip.”

Readers loved Brown’s brutal honesty when she wrote of dalliances with Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and others, but they wanted to know more. She answers many of those questions in her new book “Cherry on Top: Flirty, Forty-Something, and Funny as F**K.” (Barnacle Books).

“After ‘Dirty Rocker Boys’ came out, I received so many messages and questions from women,” Brown recalled. “They asked ‘How do you stay looking good at 50?’ and ‘How do you deal with dating at your age?’”

And there were many queries relating to recovery. Brown tackles some related questions head-on but hesitates to put a timeframe on just how long she’s been sober.

“Addiction is always a struggle and I’ve fallen off the wagon many times along the way. I’ve always picked myself up and have gotten sober again. When it happens, it’s a reminder of what I can’t stand. It’s a lifelong struggle.”

Brown says drugs were everywhere back when she was modeling and appearing in videos for bands Warrant, Hurricane and Great White and she was encouraged to use them. She began using cocaine and moved on to smoking and snorting crystal methamphetamine.

“They don’t recognize the consequences that people actually get addicted to these things,” Brown told me. “If I had a bikini booking and needed to lose 10 pounds fast, the drugs were there. Then you wake up and have to snort your personality just to get through the day. That’s where I was, and I didn’t want anything controlling my life in that way.”

As cathartic as it may have been to confront her past in “Dirty Rocker Boys,” Brown says she felt like she needed to take care of some unfinished business with “Cherry on Top.”

“This book contains all of the sensitive subjects that have been festering inside of me,” she said. “It’s been incredibly therapeutic to get it all out. I read the audio book versions myself and I just finished recording this one.”

Brown says every recording session for the audio book found her becoming emotional.

“It brought back all of those feelings I had pushed down and bottled up for so long. I’m very honest in these books so I talk about all of the things I regret and all of the mistakes that I made.”

Some of those regrets relate to her late ex-husband Jani Lane. The former lead singer for Warrant was found dead of acute alcohol poisoning nine years ago this month.

Lane and Brown met during the 1990 video shoot for his band’s seminal hit. They married the following summer, had a daughter together in 1992 and were divorced in 1993. The couple remained in contact, but it’s clear when reading her words in “Cherry on Top” that Brown wishes she’d done some things differently.

Brown says she’s in full control of her life today and has managed to check off another box on her bucket list. For as long as she can remember, people have told her that she should attempt standup comedy. In her 20s, she auditioned for legendary improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings and was accepted on a second level audition. When her boyfriend at the time told her she wasn’t funny, she believed him.

“I quit, and that’s stupid, but that’s what I used to do,” Brown admits. I would prioritize relationships above all else.”

More than two decades later, Brown says comedy gives her a voice and that she can’t wait for the next opportunity to fill a club with laughs. But it hasn’t always been easy.

“It was horrifying at first,” Brown confessed, thinking of some early shows that bombed. “That wakes you up fast, but once you get it and become comfortable, it’s really fun. I perform at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles and it’s cool. I’m so proud of myself. The feeling I get after I perform is amazing.”


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