Thirty-five years after Thriller album’s release, Michael Jackson’s titular short film remains a Halloween staple. To mark the anniversary, Q and Jamon are joined on this special episode by none other than Michael’s Thriller co-star, Ola Ray.
In 1983, it seemed like every young woman wanted to be Ola Ray, strutting hand-in-hand with the King of Pop at the zenith of his career. But in this exclusive chat with The MJCast, Ola talks about the dark side of Hollywood. Among her revelations is that she was high the first time she joined Michael on the set of the video.
After discussing her brief friendship with Michael – including the last time she ever saw him – Ola speaks of her annoyance and not being invited to Sony/Estate events organised to mark Thriller’s 35th anniversary, and also gives an insight into her ongoing legal action against the Estate over its alleged failure to pay her the royalties demanded by her contract.
Additionally, Ola gives listeners a preview of her upcoming book, The Thrill Of It All, in which she says she will spill the beans about her time as one of Hugh Hefner’s playmates and – in the wake of the recent litany of allegations against various powerful men in Hollywood – claims she will expose how she was taken advantage of as a young, aspiring actress.
- Ola Maria Ray’s Instagram and Facebook pages
- The MJCast – Episode 019: Thriller Night Halloween Special with LaVelle Smith Jr.
- The MJCast – Episode 043: Thriller Night Special feat. CJ DeVillar
- The MJCast – Episode 064: Vincent Patterson Special
- Ola Ray’s Playmate of the Day page
- Michael Jackson’s Thriller short film
- The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller
- Michael discusses Thriller on MTV’s ‘100 Greatest Videos Ever Made’ TV special
- The MJCast – Episode 066: Long Hair Don’t Care
- MJ’s Halloween Crypt; a terrific MJ/Halloween playlist free on Soundcloud by listener @DoggoneLover88
Ad & Music Breaks
- Michael Jackson – PYT (The Reflex Edit)
- Michael Jackson – Thriller (Louis La Roche Remix)
- Michael Jackson – Threatened (Nick* Crook County Remix)
- Taylor Davis – Thriller
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