Former actress Maia Campbell (pictured) was once a young, vibrant, beautiful, and in-demand black female entertainer during her successful run in the 1990s.
She’s best known for her role as Tiffany on rap legend and actor LL Cool J’s 1995-1999 NBC sitcom In the House. Campbell also starred on the 1990s-era Fox drama South Central. She played a role on the big screen in John Singleton’s “Poetic Justice” starring Janet Jackson and the late Tupac Shakur.
From 1993 to 2007, Campbell, 40, racked up almost two dozen television and film credits in what many considered to be a respectable career in Hollywood. However, in 2012, the talented thespian made a television appearance for a reason that was adverse and far from fiction.
Campbell made her debut that year on Iyanla Vanzant’s hit OWN reality television show “Fix My Life.” The 12th episode of the show’s first season on television dealt with the personal problems of celebrities.
At some point during her career, Campbell was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which is something she kept hidden from the public.
During her “Fix My Life” appearance, Campbell emotionally broke down before Vanzant as she described her struggles with mental illness, the damaged relationship with her daughter, and substance abuse problems.
“There’s still pieces of my life that I’m working on right now. That…uh…it’s gonna take me some time to refocus and rebuild and reinvent who I am within those pieces,” Campbell told Vanzant during her appearance.
Campbell has also ran afoul with the law multiple times and has made numerous check-ins to drug abuse rehabilitation facilities. Most recently, she checked out of rehab and appeared to be trying to get herself on a path toward recovery.
However, a video of the former actress surfaced online this past Saturday (July 8th) in which she is located at a gas station disheveled with her front teeth missing in East Atlanta. A young man in the video asked if she wanted some crack or powder cocaine.
“I want some crack,” Campbell told the young man in the video. Hopefully, there are people in Campbell’s life who care about her that will play some role in helping her avert the destructive path she is currently on.
It is certainly hard to see a woman like Campbell be in such a difficult space in her life. At one point, she was considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and talented actresses in Black Hollywood.