Kelsey Grammer Opens Up About Addictions

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In the summer of 1975, actor Kelsey Grammer's 18-year-old sister, Karen, was abducted in Colorado Springs, Colo., raped and slashed. Abandoned, she bled to death.

Now Grammer, 52, wants to confront her killer.

"Recently, I got news that the man who did this to Karen is now eligible for parole," he tells Dotson Rader of Parade magazine. "There is a hearing sometime later this year that I will attend. I am angry about him. I never had the opportunity to speak for my sister before. I will now."

Grammer, who was only 20 at the time of his sister's murder, says his grief over her murder "was probably the catalyst that got me into a really big problem for at least the next 15 years."

Despite his professional success on the hit shows "Cheers" and "Frasier," his drinking worsened and he experimented with a variety of drugs, including ecstasy, valium and cocaine. He was arrested twice and later served 90 days house arrest and three years probation.


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His chaotic relationships only added to his troubles.

"I'm attracted to threshold experiences — to chaos, insanity, mayhem," he says, "so I was drawn to women who were dramatic, emotional and unpredictable, with great sexual energy. I liked surprises. I liked women who could be demonstrative, demanding, socially unacceptable. While I was dealing with those desires, I was also trying to reconcile how I was actually living my life with how I thought my life should be lived — the traditional idea of a normal existence with a wife, a family."

After a string of failed marriages, Grammer finally found a normal existence with his current wife Camille Donatacci, whom he met in 1996.

"It was love at first sight," Grammer said of the couple's first meeting. "But I was scared. I was afraid of making another mistake, another failed marriage. But, corny as it sounds, I think Camille saw in me a great guy who needed love."


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Grammer's new comedy series, "Back To You," premieres Sept. 19 on Fox.

The full interview is featured in this Sunday's edition of Parade or currently on Parade.com.
By Judy Faber