Fame can be a beautiful thing when handled right. But it can also be a most dangerous thing. A dream that becomes a dream killer. For Top celebrities the pressure is always on. And only the strongest willed and the most focused of them, can win the roller coaster ride of fame.
Recently Academy award winning actor Jamie Foxx revealed how Oprah Winfrey helped him through a particularly difficult time in his life. A time when his star was on the rise and all eyes were fixed firmly on the talented performer.
Sitting down with Howard Stern, Jamie spoke about how veteran media mogul Winfrey actually staged an intervention for him. By this time his wild partying lifestyle was threatening to consume and destroy his career. This was in the months following the release of the 2004 movie Ray.
"I'm having such a good time and I'm not knowing I'm messing up" Foxx told Stern, referring to the hard-drinking, indulgent lifestyle he fell into during the 2004-2005 awards season, when he was the odds-on favorite to win the Oscar.
Jamie , who said he was "doing everything you could possibly imagine" at the time, revealed that he eventually received an unexpected call from Winfrey, who simply told him, "You're blowing it."
"[She said], 'All of this gallivanting, that's not what you want to do… want to take you somewhere. Make you understand the significance of what you're doing.'"
She really believed in him and went out of her way to save him. Winfrey organized a meeting of several legendary black actors at the home of iconic recording artist Quincy Jones. These are extremely busy men. it must not have been easy to get them together in one place at the same time.
Foxx continued: "We go in the house and there are all these old actors," he recounted. "Black actors from the '60s and the '70s. Who look like they just want to say, 'Good luck.' They want to say, 'Don't blow it.'"
A meeting that changed his life forever. One of the screen legends Winfrey introduced him to at the meeting was the incomparable Sidney Poitier. This screen legend, in 1963, became the first African-American to win the Best Actor Oscar for his incredible performance in Lilies of the Field.
Here is what the veteran actor Poitier told Foxx, "I want to give you responsibility. When I saw your performance [in Ray], it made me grow two inches."
And that was it. Foxx broke down in tears, and those at the meeting made him understand "the significance" of Poitier's accomplishment.
"To this day, it’s the most significant time in my life," he shared.
Months later he won the Academy Award for his performance in Ray. He also swept the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. He became the third African American in history to win the Academy award for best actor. After Sidney Portier-Lilies of the field, 1963. Denzel Washington-Training day, 2001. A year later Forest Whitaker won the award for his outstanding performance in The last King of Scotland.
An incredible club of Oscar winners to be a part of.