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