Casey Johnson revealed unhappiness despite huge wealth
Johnson told Vanity Fair in 2006, “It’s so boring to do nothing. Believe me, I’ve tried it. It’s, like, how many days a week can you actually go shopping? You get burned out. And you feel like sh*t. You think, What have I ever done to alter this world? What will people say? ‘Oh, she had a lot of shoes’?”
During the lengthy interview she talked about one of her great regrets: passing on the role eventually given to Nicole Ritchie in TV show The Simple Life.
It turned Ritchie into a household name, while Johnson, well known on the party scene, was not a public name.
Instead her behavior became increasingly bizarre – publicly fighting with her fifty-something aunt over a boyfriend, then engaging in nightclub catfights with party pals such as Bijou Phillips and Lindsay Lohan, and later having tumultuous lesbian affairs that culminated into her recent engagement to celebrity Tila Tequila.
She was also recently arrested on a robbery charge.
According to Vanity Fair, Johnson got her first Chanel bag when she was 10 and her first pair of handmade snakeskin shoes the following year.
“I got whatever I wanted,” she said. “I got a car when I was 16. I didn’t even have a driver’s license.”
She was plagued by health problems though, including childhood diabetes, and later depression.
Johnson felt a connection with orphans that she visited in Cambodia and later adopted a child from Kazakhstan she named Ava Monroe, after actress Marilyn Monroe with whom she felt a particular affinity.
She told Vanity Fair: “I see a lot of similarities between us. Her life makes me sad. I don’t think she was very happy. She was just very, very complicated and sort of a deep person, and nobody realized that. They thought she was some dumb blonde, and she wasn’t. She was a smart, smart broad. And I think that sometimes people look at me and think, Oh, Casey Johnson, she’s stupid, she’s blonde, she’s an heiress, blah, blah, blah.”