I was noticing the other day that Rose tagged some articles on Rosespeaks.com with names like Gary Condit, etc., I haven’t seen that name is a long time. I talked to her on the phone and asked her about the tags. She explained and I told her about my dealings with that scandal. Rose responded to my dealings with the Condit/Levy Scandal by saying, “Daniel, you do know a lot of people!” and then said,”And you seem to know a lot of the mistresses!” I retorted back to Rose, “If there’s Scandal, there’s Daniel!” LOL!
Back when the Condit/Levy scandal hit the press, you couldn’t get away from that story, it was everywhere! Although, it seems “politicals” like to have a little something on the side, if you know what I mean. Just look thru the history books: Look at Bill Clinton, John Edwards, and so on! So, I assumed that Gary Condit and Chandra Levy did have a liaison or something. And then to hear that Chandra was missing, and the tragic final details made me feel so sad for the family, and for Chandra.
I did not know that one day I would get a call from The National Enquirer to do a makeover on one of Gary’s mistresses, a woman named Susie Borges Rossi, that was coming forward to tell all to the tabloid. I was flown up to the Bay area and then driven to the location, somewhere in Stockton CA near Modesto, in a community of ranch style homes in a rustic, “country-fied” setting. The photo shoot that was to accompany the story took place at one of the homes. I can recall when arriving at the location thinking, “I am not in Beverly Hills anymore”, much like Dorothy said in the Wizard of OZ, but the other way around.
Susie answered the front door when I arrived: she was sporting a long, one length hair style, wearing glasses, no make up, and T-shirt and jeans. She did not look like a savvy mistress, more like a mom who had just finished working in the yard. Susie and I hit it off immediately, she and I got along very well. She was friendly but was quite nervous, as one would be with a tell all interview about to take place, a crew of strangers, and a new look on the horizon.
Well, I gave Susie a whole new look, you can see the new look in the NE story, the pic where she is sitting in the chair in a red blazer looking “politically correct”. All I remember was the NE telling me to “make her look sexy” but that was all the instruction I got. I usually do what I want, and I did just that! This was to be a “cover” story! Anyway, during the photo shoot, which was pretty fun, Susie was juggling doing one part photo shoot, with one part interview. The funny thing to me in these kinds of events is that everyone is very serious; on the set, etc…. reminds me of when I go into Anna Nicole Smith court hearing lately, no one talks to anyone; almost like being called into the principals office at school..
I was told that Gary had numerous girlfriends and was told their names, plus I was informed about the “fix it” team and their way of disposing of Gary’s body if, heaven forbid, he died during one of their, Gary and Susie’s, trysts. Also when I was doing her makeup, she would tell me some juicy details about Gary, and I was like “Whoa!” I remember Susie saying she was so sure Gary and his “fix it” team did something to Chandra. I remember Susie getting very passionate at telling her story, and somewhat a little angry, too. Lots and lots of details were unveiled during this conversation. When Susie told me of her dealings with Gary and how he gave her the phone number to the so called “fix it” team, it made my bones chill!
A funny thing that happened between me and Susie was when I was redoing her hair. Susie said only her sister had been doing her hair, and I was like, “Yeah, I can tell”. Susie was stuck in one look for so long and was scared to change. I told her to trust me, and with no mirror around, I did her new look in the laundry room (garage) of the house, very Beverly Hills, I know. We did it there because the rest of the house was crowded with photogs, lights, assistants, etc. This was the only place we could be quiet, plus the laundry sink was there too so I could wash her hair, plus the concrete floor was an easy cleanup!
I gave her a sassy new updated look, makeup, and clothes. FYI…the shirt she is wearing in the NE photo with the red blazer is actually my shirt..yes, the one I was wearing I gave to her last minute because I didn’t like the other shirts! A last minute decision. When one tells their story in these high profile scandals, you better look your best so the public will listen to you, just look at Paula Jones! Like I have said before, her makeover practically overshadowed her court case with Clinton.
The day the NE hit the stands was the day 911 happened, talk about bad timing for a story to hit the press. Susie’s story got “squashed” by the 911 disaster. Of course the magnitude of 911 would “squash” any story which would not be a shocker. If you note the date on the a href=”http://www.rosespeaks.com/images//images/Conduit-cover.jpg” target=”_blank”>cover, it says September 11, 2001. I actually recall that Gary and Chandra took a back seat , way in the back, when 911 happened. Susie did make a “blip” on the radar, but not the magnitude that we all were expecting, due to the bad timing.
After the shoot and interview were wrapped up, as I was leaving, Susie gave me a big hug and said she really loved meeting me, and I said the same to her. And we snapped a pic together, this was before digital camera days.
I remember sitting on the airplane waiting to go back to La LaLand, we were departing from Oakland, and the plane was being held up for a passenger. I was like, “let’s go already!”. At first when the late passenger and his “security” finally boarded, I thought it was Gary Condit…I was like “OMG” …but it was Gray Davis, former Governor of California. I was like, ” We had to wait for him?” LOL!
When I arrived back in LA, Susie sent me a very sweet email saying “Thanks” for all I did and that she loves her haircut! We are still in contact to this day, and she seems to be very happy presently.
Finally, for the details that I could tell you, that I know you’d love to hear. . .all I can say is. . . “BUY THE BOOK!” LOL!
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September 6, 2009
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