Remember Willie Dynamite, the pimp from the blaxploitation film? No? What about Gordon from Sesame Street? Of course you do. Well, turns out that Gordon, whose real name is Roscoe Orman, might be less like Mr. Gordon and more like that pimp Willie. Orman spent 40 years with Sharon Orman though the two never married. (No word as to how she got that last name without being married to him.) In 2010, after 40 years and four children, Sharon found pictures of a younger woman on Roscoe’s phone. That woman was Kimberley Lamarque the woman who would become Roscoe’s wife after just two years.
Ain’t that something.
Since then, Sharon has said that Roscoe has had no contact with either she or their children. As you might imagine, Sharon is not happy about his disappearance. Here’s what she told The New York Post:
“I want people to know he’s been living a double life,” Sharon told us. “I gave up my career to raise the kids and never cheated on him. I am the one who made him a ‘Sesame Street’ dad. This is what I get after 40 years? You can leave me now?”
And she does have a good reason to be upset. Sharon says that she as evicted from the New Jersey townhouse they once shared. Now, she’s arguing that she’s entitled to spousal support and has filed a complaint to that affect in the New Jersey Superior Court. She says she was named his wife on mortgages, deeds and tax filings. Sharon has no savings and no financial clout to start over.
Isn’t this a tragic story? As sorry as we feel for Sharon, it’s a shame she didn’t think to one ask for some type of ring or commitment or to stack that Sesame Street money while they were living together for four decades.
What do you make of this story, does Sharon deserve spousal support?