Frances Moody, Who Compared Her Husband (Unfavorably) to a Seiko and Ticked a Few People Off
updated 02/22/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/22/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
Call it bad timing. Married since 1975, the Moodys—who have two children, Matthew, 11, and Amanda, 10—had already been separated when Frances taped her comments. She had hoped that they might reconcile—but then the spots began airing. "Chris called after he saw it," says Frances, "and told me not only was he not coming back, he wasn't going to talk to me again." Frances got so mad she smashed the crystal of her Seiko. "I know what she said was a typical, irresponsible remark without malice," says Christopher, 33, an attorney in Hammond, "but it impugned my reputation for reliability."
It may also have contributed to the loss of Frances' $16,000-a-year job. "It wasn't the reason given for my firing," she says, "but it didn't help. The diocese had reservations about a separated woman planning programs for 50,000 kids. The ads just made my marital problems more visible."
Frances has taken a licking, but she keeps on ticking: She's found a new career. "I saw things about myself on TV I'd never seen before—that I'm attractive and spontaneous." So she's taking modeling lessons and has already filmed a local TV ad for a mobile home outfit. Which suits her soon-to-be ex just fine. "Every dollar she gets from them," says Christopher, "is a dollar she doesn't get from me."