Just call her the fixer. Iyanla Vanzant has helped regular people and celebrities on her new show “Iyanla, Fix My Life.” But on the next edition, Vanzant takes on one of her biggest challenges in troubled actress Maia Campbell. The former “In the House” actress that once had a record deal with Atlantic Records was a rising star when she virtually disappeared from the public eye some years back. Then, the now 35-year-old actress/singer resurfaced in the blogosphere by way of unflattering videos released that showed her half-dressed, incoherent and clearly out of control.
Her late mother, author Bebe Moore Campbell, offered some clues when she wrote the heartbreaking book “72 Hour Hold,” about a mother struggling to help her bipolar daughter. (Campbell simply said at the time that it was about her experiences with a “relative.”) When Campbell died of a brain tumor, her daughter worsened. Speculation was rampant that Maia was the one suffering from bipolar illness coupled with drug addiction. Her fans were asked to pray for her. Some time later Maia emerged, looking better and seemingly on the path to recovery.
Now, she’s featured on the latest “Iyanla,Fix My Life” on OWN. Campbell appears healthier and willing to accept guidance from Vanzant to help heal her relationships, apologizing to her stepfather in a very moving clip and trying to reconcile with her pre-teen daughter. In another clip, when Campbell tells Vanzant that family members limited access to her mother when she was dying, Vanzant tells her that she needs to come to terms with the fact that her drug addiction was the reason why.
Watch a preview below.
The show airs on OWN on Saturday, November 17 at 10 p.m.