Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Matthew Perry’s Estate Launches A Foundation to Help People Struggling with Addiction and Substance Abuse


Just a few days after “Friends” star Matthew Perry has died, his Estate has launched a charitable foundation in his name.

The Matthew Perry Foundation is up and running, taking donations on its website. It’s unclear who the officers or board of directors are, but that will come soon, I’m sure.

Perry had already started a sober house in Malibu, and spoke frequently about helping as many as he could overcome what he’d been through. He’d said: When I die, I don’t want ‘Friends’ to be the first thing that’s mentioned — I want helping others to be the first thing that’s mentioned. And I’m going to live the rest of my life proving that.”

Separately, he’d said: “Addiction is far too powerful for anyone to defeat alone. But together, one day at a time, we can beat it down.”

How this foundation will play out remains to be seen. Will the other “Friends” get involved? This could be another Betty Ford Clinic, or devolve into a jackpot for salaries. Let’s hope it goes well.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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