Richard Dreyfuss remembers his sobriety date at Oklahoma City event
The Oscar winner was the keynote speaker Tuesday at a fundraising dinner for the Oklahoma Outreach Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports treatment and recovery programs for state teens coping with chemical dependency on alcohol and other drugs.
Three decades later, Richard Dreyfuss still attributes both magic and meaning to his sobriety date: Nov. 19, 1982.
“It’s my daughter’s birthday, and there’s more magic attached to that sentence than I can possibly begin to tell you. But suffice to it say that one year … before my daughter was born, I was upside down with my head on the pavement with a Mercedes Benz on top of me. And I was held in by a safety belt that I hadn’t put on,” Dreyfuss told an Oklahoma City audience Tuesday night.
“I spent the next 10 days in absolute and complete denial. I am an expert on denial, and I did my level best to not see the inevitable consequence of my acts. Except I couldn’t shake the image of this little girl that was in my mind’s eye, and every day she got clearer and clearer until on the 19th I said, enough. And she disappeared and didn’t reappear for one year. She was my daughter.”
The Oscar winner was the keynote speaker Tuesday night at the Oklahoma Outreach Foundation’s “An Evening of Courage & Inspiration.” The charity dinner at the Skirvin Hotel raised $212,000 for the nonprofit organization, which supports treatment and recovery programs for state teens coping with chemical dependency on alcohol and other drugs.
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