This celebrity was A list. She is not A list any longer, but she is probably going to be a B lister for the next decade or two and will have A list name recognition that long too. She has been on and off drugs for the past couple of decades and the other day she was completely messed up and started talking about some of the time she was closest to death. Times as in plural. One of them I knew about because I was in the vicinity. This was back when she was trying to make it as an actress. I remember it was hot. The kind of hot you can only get in the south at that time of the year. Hot as in you walk out the door and the humidity hits you so hard that you feel like the sweat just instantly pours out of you. My clothes were stuck to me within a few minutes and I remember I was actually glad I was wearing a suit even with the added discomfort. It kept the shirt hidden from view. I was there because one of the producers of the movie had me doing some work for him. He couldn't be there every day and wanted someone there. This was about the same time period that I found that director in Europe that had gone missing with the stripper. Making the time more fun, the A list mostly movie actress who basically got me the Europe job was hanging out on the set of this movie. She wasn't working, but was down there to decide if she wanted to work on a project with the director.
That particular morning they were filming in an area of town that at the time had cable car tracks running through the street and older stores on either side. The trailers were parked on a side street. Our celebrity was not at work. Our celebrity was apparently back at her hotel. She was supposedly not interested in coming to work that day. She had been having sex with one of her co-stars and was in love. He was having sex with a bunch of people but our actress didn't discover this until the night before. Apparently she was heart broken and didn't want to work. Someone finally managed to convince her to come out and work, but you could tell by looking at her that it was going to be a really long day. She drank through most of the day and because of the way the street was designed there were no cars or vans to shuttle the actors between the set and the trailers so they had to take golf carts. Our celebrity/actress fell out of one twice that day.
She was constantly drinking and could barely function, but somehow when she was in front of the camera she pulled it together and delivered the scene that got her nominated for some awards. Even watching from 25 feet away it was pretty incredible looking at her. At the end of the day she stumbled back into a golf cart and I went out to dinner with my actress friend. A few hours later I got a call asking if I knew where the celebrity was. I had no idea. Apparently the production team was calling everyone because our actress had gone back to her hotel after having her shuttle driver connect her with someone who would sell her drugs. Our celebrity had been off drugs for almost a year at that point. Being a year off drugs and then doing heroin would most likely kill her. It probably would have except that she was with someone while she was doing the drugs. It was someone who worked on the movie and they were shooting up together.
Our celebrity went first and almost immediately something had gone wrong. The guy from the crew was scared to call anyone, but finally he knew that losing a job was better than this person dying in front of him. He called 911 and they rushed our celebrity to the hospital. She was in the hospital getting her stomach pumped as the production crew was calling looking for her. When they found out where she was they put a lock down on the hospital which wasn't that tough. No one in the town probably knew who she was anyway. As soon as she was able, they got her out of the hospital and had a nurse watch her for two days in her hotel room before the celebrity decided she would be ok and could work. I blame the actor who was cheating on her for causing it but she still got back together with him for awhile after filming.