If you grew up watching Family Matters, you’ve probably wondered: where is Judy Wilson? When she was written off the show in 1993, the sitcom continued without explanation and as though there never had been the youngest member of the Winslow family. Jaimee Foxworth’s life however, was ultimately changed completely by the decision; she has a tumultuous story she has considered publishing, and has spoken candidly with Tyra Banks and Oprah Winfrey about finding contentment in recovery.
Having found happiness in her life as a stay at home mom, she credits her recovery to her son. Jaimee began modeling at the age of five and soon appeared in national television advertisements, helping her land the role in Family Matters in 1989. After leaving the show at age 13, she attempted to return to a normal life, attending Burbank High School. It was a difficult adjustment for Foxworth and unfortunately the acting roles were difficult to come by. By the time she was graduating from high school, her parents went bankrupt, and her trust fund was used to cover the debt.
The young child star found herself desperate and destitute, losing her young adulthood in a battle with alcohol and drug abuse, and a brief porn film career. At a photo shoot for swimwear, and with pressure from a boyfriend at the time, she began to think she could make a lot more money in porn, mixing in alcohol and painkillers. Eventually she appeared in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in early 2008, having admitted her life was out of control and in downward spiral.
“Being sober has opened my eyes to a whole new world,” she says. “I’ve been through a lot of pain in the past and I never really wanted a child until recently. I now look forward to years of joy to share with my child.”
Where is Jaimee Foxworth’s next major role landing her today? Having found happiness in her life as a stay at home mom, she credits her recovery to her son. Despite having a past she’s not proud of and rising above the stigma and criticism, Jaimee makes a major breakthrough by sharing her recovery to give strength to those who still struggle with addiction.