Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Today's Blind Items - Mutual Support Society - Kindness

It started out at a ski resort at least a decade ago, if not longer. Our actor, who is a comic actor and hovers between A and A- depending on how often he is working was at a party at a resort. He was doing what he did then which is party a lot. A whole lot. As in passed out. As in woke up the next morning on the floor at the party. On the couch above him was a woman who was wide awake and doing lines of coke. He said something about it being a little early and she said it was better than a cup of coffee.

They both hung out and talked and exchanged phone numbers. After they left, they didn't talk again. It was probably six weeks or so before our actor got a phone call. A hospital was going through the woman's phone looking for people who knew her because she had overdosed and someone had dropped her off at the emergency room entrance. Our actor was the first person who answered the phone. He barely remembered who she was but said he would go to the hospital and help them find someone who knew her better or a family member.

Our actor went to the emergency room and went through her phone until he found a cousin who knew someone who would come stay with the woman. The person arrived and our actor went back home. A few days later, the woman called the actor and thanked him for what he had done and invited him to lunch to thank him. Our actor met up with the woman and over the course of the afternoon got absolutely blitzed to the point of incapacity. The woman led our actor to her car and managed to get him inside. She didn't know where he lived so took him to her place and let him sleep it off.

The next day, they both decided to go to a meeting. They did this every week for years and years. Even when they slipped, they still went. They were the first call each other made when they had slipped or in a bad spot. It was probably five or six years before the woman even knew our actor was a pretty big star. She didn't have a television and rarely went to the movies. It was when she was laid up in a hospital and saw a marathon of a show he was in that she finally saw how famous he was.

Our actor has had some really big missteps, but the woman was there for him. She nearly died multiple times and he was there for her. Always pushing each other to be sober, but never judging. Apparently, earlier this year, the woman died of an overdose. Our actor, always the supporter, paid for the funeral and started a scholarship in her name and also created a foundation to help people pay for rehab who couldn't otherwise afford to.

48 comments:

sandybrook said...

Dave Chappelle?

Tricia13 said...

Will Arnett?

Alf Landon said...

Martin Lawrence?

Tricia13 said...

I know he’s been sober for a while. Or has battled addiction ... show-Arrested Development?

sandybrook said...

I was coming to add Martin Lawrence as a possibility.

Carrie said...

Jim Carrey

bumble bee said...

Tim Allen

Alf Landon said...
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HeffalumpsAndWoozles said...

I was going to say Jim Carrey till I saw that efforts had been made to clean up and be a better person.

Tricia13 said...

I think marathon of show he was on is a key... maybe Matthew Perry-Friends?

Moose said...

Jason Biggs

Lola said...

Matthew Perry

Boldblonde said...

No way it's Jim Carey. Did we forget what happened with his ex????!!!

Dena said...

Jon Hamm?

Dena said...

Eh, not really comic, nvm.

Alf Landon said...

Just because he is known to pass out on the floor -George Lopez

Squee said...

Ed Helms or Rainn Wilson from The Office

Chrissie said...

This was a very moving story - thanks.

cheesegrater15 said...

The guy who took his wife's kidney and the left ger for a hooker? I doubt it.

MJ said...

this is great and really moved me

TerribullTres said...

+ 1 Matthew Perry

yepthatsme said...

So in other words, they were Enablers?

Simon said...

I agree with Matthew Perry guess

Do Tell said...

Seth Rogen?

InCatNeto said...

Artie Lange?
https://theinterrobang.com/artie-lange-promises-to-pay-it-forward-with-rehab-scholarship/

Mah said...

JK Simmons

Alma's Daughter said...

I think it's Mathew Perry, too.

Rosie riveter said...

This is really sweet and I hope one of the true blinds

Alice Tate said...

Another for Matthew Perry.

HushHush said...

I think it's Perry. And my bias is that I've seen him skiing in Aspen. I'm very curious what ski resort it is that they met.

This story reminded me of the death of a Whistler bartender, who was also an artist, who died in January. She was as nice and fun as you can imagine. It was suicide, might have used drugs- don't know. Ski towns attract party animals, and risk takers. And celebrities, it being next to Vancouver. If you want to escape, it's a good place to do it. They call it living in the bubble, so the friend not having a tv is more common than you think. Her death cut a wide swath thru the village, and her story of mental illness was reprinted across the country.

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/through-the-darkness-tori-hilliers-light-shined-through/Content?oid=12941499
https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/familys-pain-unbearble-after-daughter-losses-battle-with-mental-illness-to-suicide

Boozie said...

dax shepard

Alf Landon said...

Artie Lange A/A- list? Artie Lange attend meetings? Artie Lange a pretty big star? Thanks for the laugh.

Unknown said...

It's nice to read something about positive interactions between people instead of the usual lying, cheating, etc.

Brayson87 said...

Matthew Perry works, if you didn't know about Friends then he wouldn't be on the radar much.

Scarlet Peaches said...

Totally Perry. And what a heartwarming story.

AKA said...

def Matthew Perry

Unknown said...

Lol at entylawyer ever posting a nice blind about Jim Carrey.

I think it's Perry too

shakey said...

This is very touching. Came close to tearing up. Kudos to whomever this is (I would guess Matthew Perry as well). And kudos to Artie Lang, too!

Kate k said...

+1

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Mahogany1 said...

None of the actors you guts gave mentioned have enough work for a marathon. Jim Carey, Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen, and Perry are the only ones that do. George Lopez could but I'm going with Carey (Living Color) Martin Lawrence (Martin) Perry (Friends literally on all day) and Tim Allen (two shows presently in syndication and one revival)

I'm going with Jim Carey

In the Moment said...

I agree that it sounds like Matthew Perry. Perhaps the woman saying it was "better than a cup of coffee" is a reference to Central Perk coffee shop.

Also, stjosephinstitute.com says:

"Since getting clean, Perry has channeled his influence into helping others who struggle with addiction. In 2011, he lobbied on Capitol Hill as a celebrity spokesperson for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. In May 2013, he received a Champion of Recovery award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for creating Perry House, a sober living home located in his former home in Malibu, California."

Sd Auntie said...

very nice inspiring story.

Sd Auntie said...

hope she has found peace.

Boots said...

a sweet story, but still made me teary to be reminded of the severe struggles many have with sobriety. addiction sucks...but lovely to hear of MPs actions. i think he is the sweetest of the suggested.

Jennacheryl said...

Matthew Perry

canroadrunner said...

Hush Hush, are you from Windsor?

Sagan said...

Mahogany1 - Tim Allen has TWO TV shows in syndication == Home Improvement == and == Last Man Standing == as well as a Spotlight (aka ShowTime) special from the late 80s, under his belt - not to mention the Santa Clause and much later Toy Story film/voice franchises.

But I think this is Matthew Perry, too. And I'm sorry for his loss of his friend. Hoping he's not still adrift and has someone he can count on again.

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