Writers in Treatment, the nonprofit organization that promotes and finances treatment services for those in the writing professions, this month will honor celebrity hairdresser Carrie White with its Experience, Strength and Hope Award. The award, which will be presented to White by actress Joanna Cassidy, will be given at the organization's Feb. 13 charity event at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
White, whose clients in the 1960s to 1980s included Jennifer Jones, Elizabeth Taylor and Goldie Hawn, wrote in her autobiography Upper Cut about losing her career to alcohol and drug addiction, only to find recovery and today be associated with one of Beverly Hills' most popular salons.
“This award was created to recognize people who help transform people's lives by courageously sharing the story of their own journey through addiction to recovery,” said Writers in Treatment founder Leonard Buschel. “Carrie's book does that in a remarkable way: by being completely honest, truly insightful, and an immensely entertaining read, all at the same time! I truly think she will change lives thanks to Upper Cut.”
Past recipients of Writers in Treatment's Experience, Strength and Hope Award include astronaut Buzz Aldrin, actor Louis Gossett, Jr., and musician John Taylor of the band Duran Duran. Writers in Treatment also sponsors the REEL Recovery Film Festival as part of its fundraising and awareness efforts.
Actor Ed Begley, Jr., will host this month's fundraiser, which also will feature a performance by standup comedian Alonzo Bodden and an appearance by actress Mackenzie Phillips.
Tickets for the event cost $75, and buyers will receive an autographed copy of White's book. All proceeds from the event go to Writers in Treatment's Jewelle Sturm Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Leonard Buschel at (818) 762-0461 or click here.