On "The O’Reilly Factor" tonight, Bill was joined by Fox News contributor Stacey Dash, who discussed her tough upbringing and how she overcame many challenges to be a happy, successful, empowered person.


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Growing up, both of Dash’s parents were drug addicts, and she experienced very little stability throughout her childhood, often bouncing from house to house, school to school.

“I couldn’t understand why they weren’t around, why fights were happening,” Dash said, adding that she often dealt with difficult situations herself by fighting.

“I’d rather be mad than sad. When you have so much sadness, it’s excruciating. I found that if I was angry, it motivated me more.”


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After dropping out of high school and moving to New York City, Dash got her big breakthrough in the film “Clueless,” playing the third lead.

“When I read it, I knew I would get it,” Dash said, noting that she made it through four separate auditions.

Despite a successful career in film and television, Dash was still involved in turbulent relationships and couldn’t achieve a level of stability.

In the four or five past years, however, she realized that anger is unsustainable, and she decided to surrender her life to God and her Catholic faith.

“Doors opened that I never thought would,” she said.


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O’Reilly noted that she has a unique perspective and doesn’t allow society to put her down, whereas so many blame other people or situations for their problems.

“What has to happen is the disenfranchised, the uninformed, need to be educated. That is the only way to do it,” Dash said.

“I realized very young, either I’m going to stand strong for what I believe in and forge ahead or else I’m gonna be done.”

“I don’t blame anyone. I don’t believe in blame,” she said. “It’s just the way it was, the cards I was dealt.”

“Everybody has stuff,” O’Reilly concluded. “And you just gotta overcome it.”

Watch the clip above.


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