Brooklyn-born Sandra Harmon, now 64, reminisces about being a writer on The Dick Cavett Show in the 60s in her upcoming memoir. The author and relationship counselor intends to reveal many of her exploits.
From high school dropout to divorcing Larry Harmon, better known to the world as Bozo the Clown, Harmon began working for ABC in 1968. She started as a secretary but quickly rose to writer for the show becoming the only woman to hold that position.
The late night talk show was hosted by Dick Cavett between 1968 and 1975 in New York. Along with earning a great salary working for the ABC show, Harmon had the additional perk of meeting of some of the most famous men in the world.
In her upcoming tell-all, she names names of the likes of Donald Sutherland, Burt Reynolds, and Jimi Hendrix.
She describes Sutherland as “no ordinary person” who when they met for a pre-interview, took her hand, and told her she was “nubile.” Harmon shared additional details about her relationship with Sutherland, as well as other conquests, in her interview with the New York Post. According to Harmon, Sutherland contacted her at home that same evening.
Thereafter, the two saw one another regularly for over a year, whenever he was in town. The two casually dated up until Sutherland met Jane Fonda and had fallen in love.
“I have experienced pure joy only once in my life and it was with him. I was 31 years old, and I knew, finally, what it was like to lie with a man whose mind I respected and whose wit I adored. I lay beside this lovely, shy giant and felt totally and absolutely satisfied as a woman.”
Burt Reynolds was a regular on the show. Harmon describes a particular time in the dressing room. The two were “getting frisky” when she inadvertently removed Reynolds’ hairpiece.
Harmon notes being forewarned of the wig by Reynolds’ publicist, as she was cautioned:
“Where I should not tug in case I had sex with him. I had no intention of having sex with him, so I didn’t pay much attention to it except to laugh, and then I forgot all about it.”
Harmon met Jimi Hendrix, interviewing him for a post-Woodstock show. The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival, held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Harmon describes how Hendrix imposed himself, coming to her place with his guitar and getting her to experiment with cocaine for the first time. The two engage in a coke-fueled romp. But Harmon reflects upon Hendrix fondly.
Harmon further details exploits with her boss, other writers, directors, other actors, even an orchestra conductor. But not every experience was a night to remember.
Since her days on the show, Harmon has become a book author and a relationship love coach.