Last week at the Pierre, the Fountain House annual symposium and luncheon focused on the topic of "Suicide: Looking for Answers" with a panel of experts in this field. A special humanitarian award was presented to HBO's Sheila Nevins, introduced by Rosie O'Donnell.
The irrepressible Rosie O'Donnell could not help herself. Coaxed to do stand up on the not funny subject of her heart attack by HBO's Sheila Nevins, the television star created a routine that is more than the heartfelt in its title.
'In the case of Phoenix House, many HBO films do focus on addiction. We have all seen many young people succumb to peer pressure to try substances to escape reality. The need for escape seems great right now. '
As Mother's Day approaches, my stomach begins to ache. It's a familiar, if old pain, tucked away in my soul, born of the loss of my son, Dan, killed at the age of 22 while working as Reuters photojournalist in Somalia more than 17 years ago.
While Hollywood tends to use fat people for comic relief (or to show how much they suffer when dieting), several actors have used the struggle to control their weight as source material for live performance art.