How ‘Hollywood Journal’ spent the summer – Part 3

Mara Shapshay – Our wedding day! That is what happens when you get two former drug addicts who burned their lives into the ground, then turned them around, fell in love and got married … tears of joy are gonna fall. Read the full article on HOLLYWOOD JOURNAL >>

What ‘Hollywood Journal’ is grateful for…

Ashley Ballard – My beautiful family, the love and support we share, health, joy, laughter, strength, our talents and the freedom to share them! Jaime Becker – My family. Duh. Such a cliche, right? Better yet I should say I am grateful I haven’t jumped off a bridge or been put in an institution having to deal with these nutcases … Read More

P.J. Shapiro: Hollywood’s advocate on a quest for peace

It’s 1:00pm on a Thursday, close to the end of another hectic week at arguably Hollywood’s most powerful entertainment law firm, Ziffren Brittenham. I’m sitting with P.J. Shapiro, Ziffren’s co-managing partner. We sit in his top floor, corner office in Century City. His office is immaculate, not a paper is out of place. He and his environment seem very controlled, … Read More

Wedding: Bridge to reconciliation

I got married June 30 at the Chabad Residential Treatment Center. Yes, you read that correctly. I didn’t get married at the Four Seasons but at a drug and alcohol rehab facility on the corner of Olympic and Hauser boulevards. It was the most un-orthodox Orthodox Jewish wedding a girl could have. Aside from the fact that it took place … Read More

An Icon Took Me In

After I hit rock bottom, I went from living in my car to moving into a generous celebrity’s mansion. It was 2005 and I first spotted all five foot nothing of one of the world’s most famous faces during the break of this behemoth AA meeting held in a synagogue just off of Sunset Boulevard. She was wearing a black … Read More