Olivia Hussey rose to fame at age 16, when she stared in the 1968 film, Romeo & Juliet. "It was such an exciting time" the actress told PEOPLE, adding that while the spotlight had its up-sides, she was never ready for the fame and the extreme abuse she endured over the following years.
"I never felt beautiful. I felt fat and ugly all the time," said Hussey, 67, who suffered from bulimia during her teenage years.
After the hit movie, she didn't do another film for three years, and focused instead on her troubled relationship with actor Christopher Jones. The two began dating in 1969, after which he began physically abusing her.
"He slapped me, he punched me—it was really bad. But I stayed with him. I was very loyal," she said.
After eight months, Hussey decided to finally dump him. She moved to L.A. and lived in the house where Sharon Tate had been killed by Charles Manson's followers. She said it didn't scare her: "I felt Sharon's vibration, and it was lovely." Still, the mansion turned out to be a house of horrors for Hussey as well.
In her new memoir, The Girl on The Balcony, Hussey opened up about the moment that Jones showed up at the house and brutally raped her inside her bedroom. "I didn't know if he was going to kill me," she said. "I was terrified."
Following the rape, the actress became pregnant and decided to get an abortion. She wrote in her book that choosing not to give birth was "heartbreaking" but she "never regretted it."
Jones died in 2014, when Hussey had only told only a few loved ones about the rape.
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