JIM BROWN & OLA RAY:
Actress Esther Williams states in her book, "Million Dollar Mermaid" that she accompanied her husband/actor Fernando Lamas (father of Lorenzo Lamas) to Spain in 1968, he had a part in a western called "100 Rifles" which starred Jim Brown, Raquel Welch and Burt Reynolds.
According to Williams, Brown arrived on location with a cloud of scandal over his head, having just been accused of tossing his girlfriend from a third-floor balcony. Amazingly enough, she was still with him, her arm in a sling and she had two blackened eyes. I sat down with her at dinner and said, 'If you are going to hang out with Jim Brown, you should get a room on the ground floor or find one with a handy bush beneath it.' She adds, 'Brown had a macho image on the set and was proud of his reputation as the greatest football player of all time.'
Ola Ray who co-starred with Michael Jackson in the music video "Thriller" was also involved with Jim Brown for a short time. Rewind: Ray states, "I had no idea "Thriller" was going to be so big. Every magazine in the world was calling me. People were knocking at my door and things got worse. The years that followed were a nightmare as Ray struggled with drugs and volatile relationships.
Ray, 41, resides in Sacramento and her brother claims, "She wants to stay in that Hollywood life." In 1980, Ray became a Playboy centerfold. In 1983, she appeared in the "Thriller" video.
A year after "Thriller," she stopped working because of her refusal to sleep with producers. In 1992, Ray was busted for cocaine possession. She spent nine months in a treatment facility.
After getting out, she moved in with Jim Brown, whom she met at the Playboy Mansion. Brown claims, Ray resumed her drug habit resulting in the breakup of their relationship. Ray denies she backslid and says she left Brown because he treated her badly.
Brown was later named in a paternity suit filed by Ray on behalf of her daughter, Iam. DNA tests proved that Brown was not the father.
Ray currently makes money hosting parties at the Playboy Mansion.
In 1998, she hired a attorney to collect a percentage of the profits (she claims she was promised) from the "Thriller" music video. She was awarded $10,000.
Source: Scream Gem (People 2002)