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Profiles in Strong and Independent Women: Part 17 - Jamiee Foxworth
Since making her name on the wholesome ‘90s sitcom “Family Matters,” Jaimee Foxworth has experienced her share of uphill battles. After four seasons of playing Steve Urkel’s neighbor, Judy Winslow, Foxworth was written out of the show and left without a job. At age 19, desperate and broke, she began doing porn to make ends meet. Even after leaving the adult film industry, Foxworth continued to struggle with drugs and alcohol.
In 2008, the former child star appeared on “Celebrity Rehab” and she says she began to wean herself off of drugs and alcohol. Foxworth’s major turning point, however, came later that year when she learned was expecting a child with longtime boyfriend Michael Shaw.
“I started thinking to myself, ‘When your son is 2 months old, how are you going to be able to smoke weed and occasionally drink and still be able to function day-to-day? And make bottles? And give him naptime and baths and all that?’” she tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”
Foxworth says the pregnancy prompted her to make a promise to God. “I was like, ‘If you just give me the healthiest son, I will stop today,’” she says. “I stopped. And I haven’t had a craving since.”
In the video below, Jaimee Foxworth joins OWN executive producers Julie Simpson and Jill Van Lokeren on HuffPost Live and discusses why she turned to porn.
Foxworth and Shaw’s son, Michael Douglas Shaw, Jr., was born May 29, 2009, completely healthy. Just four months later, however, Foxworth filed a restraining order against boyfriend Shaw, alleging physical and verbal abuse.
Despite their tumultuous past, Foxworth tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” that the two have since reconciled. “All women go through certain situations with their husband, boyfriend,” Foxworth says. “Mine was just a little bit more elevated because it was in the media.”
Reference about how she did the porno:
If Foxworth's story had a tabloid headline, it might be "URKEL MADE ME DO PORN." The actress played Judy Winslow, youngest member of the family at the center of the sitcom Family Matters. But as Jaleel White's uber-annoying Steve Urkel rose in prominence from being a recurring character (in season one) to a regular (season two onward), Judy had less and less to do on the show.
The definition of broke for a female is very different than it is for a man. This female was broke because she could not do what she wanted when she wanted. Unable to make the tough decision of what she didn't HAVE to have in her life, she sacrificed everything to try to have it all. When it failed, then came the woe is me story. If she was successful in the porn industry, she would not be so woeful about that part of her life. Her strong and independent self now lives off of others, and talks proudly of being good at budgeting money that is given to her without earning it. Just another modern female.
"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)