Scream queen Jewel Shepard, best known for her roles in the 1985 classic Return of the Living Dead and the goofy Party Camp and as the author of Invasion of the B-Girls and If I'm So Famous, How Come Nobody's Ever Heard of Me? is battling invasive breast cancer. Currently undergoing chemotherapy, the cult actress and respected journalist (she's written for Details, Cosmopolitan and the Associated Press), whose sassy spirit has made her a favorite at horror conventions, recently had lymph nodes removed and a double mastectomy.
Jewel's friends in the horror community are helping out, since her insurance doesn't cover the cost of her treatment and medications. Occult and horror-themed perfumers Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab just auctioned off three rare bottles of their perfume oils on eBay, raising $250 towards Jewel's treatments, and there's a fundraiser this Saturday night at Dark Delicacies, the goth-themed general store -- a major resource for studios and horror fans alike -- in Burbank, CA. Signed photos and artwork by Lucas Culshaw and Beth Ashby, along with Jewel's book are for sale, and Jewel herself will be there. There's also a a script of Platoon, signed by Johnny Depp and Tom Beringer for sale, with the proceeds going to help out Jewel.
Jewel, who once received a fan letter from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, writes:
I'm selling great photos of me showing the boobs I don't have anymore...plus as an added bonus, you'll get to see that great head of hair I'm losing these days to cancer treatments. As you know, we have a health care crisis in this country...well, I have one in my life. Even with limited insurance, I need to raise a lot of money and I promise it'll all go to medication to keep me around. So here's your chance, guys (or even gals) to buy some naked photos and to help a fellow human being. And men, if your wife or girlfriend finds them, you can just say, "Oh, I was just trying to help this poor lady."
Jewel Shepard Fund Raiser
Saturday October 22 7pm
3512 Burbank Blvd
Burbank CA 91505
(Photos: screenshots from Jewel Shepard's YouTube channel)