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Celebrities and Medical Speakers on Substance Abuse
Featured is a partial list of our celebrity speakers who address topics on substance abuse. Please contact us at 503-345-9164 so that we can provide you with a customized list of our top choices.
Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter
While performing critically acclaimed comedic and dramatic roles in TV and over 50 movies, Meredith Baxter also battled alcoholism, breast cancer, domestic abuse, three failed marriages, and other challenges while raising five children. Now a cancer survivor, successful entrepreneur, and recovering alcoholic for 20 years, she also recently released her memoir. From fame to floundering and back, she offers an inspiring story of courage, hope, self-acceptance and happiness. Her upbeat, winning style that earned her the admiration of fans is now a part of her presentation to audiences across the country.

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Susan Ford Bales
Susan Ford Bales
Presidential daughter and advocate for awareness of substance abuse, breast cancer and her own experience with heart disease. .The daughter of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, Susan Ford Bales' adolescence was spent in the White House during one of the most turbulent times in American history. In addition to speaking about living in the White House, Bales also addresses the impact of substance abuse on her family. She is also one of the nation's most visible advocates for breast cancer awareness, and shares her own story of experiencing cardiac arrest in 2010.

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John Larroquette
John Larroquette
In 1973, Larroquette decided that acting was what he should be doing. Smalll movie parts gave way to his breakthrough in 1983 with the role of philandering but harmless prosecutor Dan Fielding on the hit sitcom "Night Court," a part that earned him four consecutive Emmy Awards. Larroquette took enough time off from the series to appear in a string of movies, and in 1993 he got his own series, "The John Larroquette Show." It allowed him to play a recovering alcoholic, a role that wasn't much of a stretch. Since then John has appeared on "Boston Legal", hosted the A&E show, "The incurable Collector". and is now on Broadway starring in "How to Succeed."

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Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley, Jr., became a star for his emmy-nominated role on "St. Elsewhere." Begley has displayed a broad range of talent and now hosts a show on "living green". Begley, who overcame substance abuse several years ago, has taken on the cause of substance abuse awareness as well as sharing his story with audiences across the country. A leading advocate for healthy environmental living, Ed practices what he preaches.

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Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
With an illustrious career encompassing stage, film, and television, Ellen Burstyn won the Tony Award as "Best Actress" for her starring role in "Same Time, Next Year," but it was her Academy Award-winning performance in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" for which Burstyn is best known. Lecturing throughout the country on a wide range of topics, Burstyn is especially committed to women's health issues and domestic violence awareness. She also shares her personal story of overcoming substance abuse and dealing with a family member who suffered from depression.

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Cris Carter
Cris Carter
One of the most illustrious pass catchers in NFL history, former Minnesota Vikings star receiver Cris Carter is now a weekly commentator on HBO's "Inside the NFL." Overcoming substance abuse, addiction, and family problems, Carter established a foundation for underprivileged children, as well as the Viking Super Challenge, which challenges students to stay in school and away from drugs. But Carter believes his most significant contributions continue to be made off the field, through public speaking about drug awareness.

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Laurie Dhue
Laurie Dhue
Veteran broadcast journalist and host of the investigative program "For the Record" on TheBlaze TV. - For more than 15 years, anchor Laurie Dhue lived a double life, struggling with acute alcoholism while holding down several high profile broadcasting jobs for Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC. Her addiction nearly killed her-- until one day she decided to save her life. She has been clean and sober for more than six years and shares her experience, strength and hope to help shed light on a disease that affects tens of millions of Americans. By overcoming her greatest fear, living without alcohol, Laurie is a testament to the power of determination, willingness, honesty and love. Happy, joyous and free, Laurie is living a life beyond her wildest dreams, thanks to her journey of recovery. Her courageous story will inspire you!

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Linda Ellerbee
Linda Ellerbee
Enlightening and entertaining audiences for more than 25 years, Linda Ellerbee is best known as the former anchor of the late-night news program "NBC News Overnight" who is now producer of the highly-acclaimed "Nick News" on Nickelodian. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Ellerbee underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy, and has since been telling her story of living with breast cancer. Using her trademark wit and wisdom, she describes the often amusing yet always heartfelt reactions of her friends, family and colleagues when they heard of her diagnosis. Her personal story of battling the disease is a source of inspiration and strength to many.

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Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
The daughter of show-biz couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher became an international cultural icon for her role as Princess Leia in the box office trilogy of "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi." An accomplished writer, she became a sensation with her bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, a semi-autobiographical novel about an actress dealing with both drug rehabilitation and an alcoholic, attention-hungry mother. Fisher speaks openly and compellingly about her personal battles with manic depression and overcoming substance abuse.

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Steve Ford
Steve Ford
The son of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, Steve Ford has had a successful 20 year career as an actor in Hollywood. Offering an insider's view of life in the public eye, he shares how his family dealt with Betty Ford's bouts with alcoholism and breast cancer, as well as his own successful battle overcoming alcoholism.

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Marion Grodin
Marion Grodin
As the daughter of Charles Grodin and one of the decade's hottest comics, Marion Grodin has shared the stage with Robin Williams, Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including "The View", MSNBC and CBS Radio, where she hosted a show for two years. But life had its highs and lows. At an early age, Marion was part of the drug scene and by 14 she was getting high every day and by college was completely addicted to alcohol and narcotics. This sent her on a downward spiral into profound mental illness. Add to her life a diagnosis of breast cancer. She believes that her "community" of friends, family and support groups were her lifeline. In her memoir, "Standing Up", she shares her life stories and how she now loves using humor even more to help others.

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Darrell Hammond
Darrell Hammond
Topic: Child Abuse, Substance Abuse Darrell Hammond is known for his "right-on" impersonations during his 14 years on SNL, including Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney and Chris Matthews. Although he made millions of people laugh, off camera he was taking drugs and alcohol, a result of being abused as a child by his mother. Diagnosed with PTSD, he found the courage to get help and is now an advocate for sobriety.

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Mariel Hemingway
Mariel Hemingway
Academy Award nominee, and the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, Mariel is an internationally known actress, model, writer, talk show host and speaker. With a wealth of personal and professional experience, Mariel has a strong passion for helping others improve their lives and is a strong promoter of healthy, holistic living as well as being an articulate advocate for mental health. Having dealt with a family history of depression, bipolar and suicide, she is able to share the lessons she's learned in her candid and inspirational style.

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Kristen Johnston
Kristen Johnston
Two-time Emmy Award winning actress, Kristen Johnston, is best known for her role on the iconic television series "3rd Rock from the Sun". Now she leads a stellar cast in TV Land's brand-new hit comedy "The Exes" every Wednesday night. Her first book, "GUTS, the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster" was published in March, 2012. She also runs the charitable organization SLAM (Sobriety, Learning and Motivation) which is dedicated to creating a public high school designed to providing a top-notch education for at-risk youths while recovering from their life-threatening addictions.

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Chuck Negron
Chuck Negron
From a humble Bronx, New York apartment to success and wealth far beyond anything he could imagine, the founding member of Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron, could have ended on a deadly downbeat. However, his story is one that gives us all hope and faith that miracles do happen. Chuck's best selling book "Three Dog Nightmare" and his second book "Three Dog Nightmare: The Continuing Chuck Negron Story" chronicles his personal life and death struggle with addiction and the miracle that saved his life on September 17, 1991. Chuck has remained clean and sober ever since.

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Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
Topic: Substance Abuse. Pat O'Brien, CBS sportscaster, TV co-host of "Access Hollywood" and "The Insider", was a skinny South Dakota kid with long hair, a rock and roll band, divorced parents and an alcoholic father. Pat's life took turns that were both spectacular and destructive: from the Huntley-Brinkley Report and afternoons at Bobby Kennedy's living room with Muhammad Ali to conversations with six Presidents. He did acid with Timothy Leary, drank with Mickey Mantle, and over the course of a remarkable career up close and personal with the Beatles, The Stones, The Kennedy's, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and virtually every star in Hollywood. He is a frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC and the TODAY show.

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