Actor & Author Todd Bridges, TV Icon for 46 Years, Talks Childhood Stardom, Abuse, Addiction & Recovery with Danielle Delaney


Phoenix, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/19/2016 -- Tuesday September 20th at 2pm PT on "The Real Deal With Danielle Delaney" on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel, Actor, Author and TV Icon of 46 years, Todd Bridges, will be interviewed by Crisis Intervention Counselor & Show Host, Danielle Delaney. The discussion will include his book, KILLING WILLIS:From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to The Life I Always Wanted, his years on Diff'rent Strokes, Roots, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, his appearance on OPRAH, the trauma of his childhood molestation and abuse, criminal charges and being defended in court by Johnnie Cochran, his success in overcoming drug addiction and his continuing career success that he enjoys today headlining, hosting and performing in Las Vegas.

About Danielle Delaney
Danielle Delaney is a Certified Crisis Intervention Counselor, specialist in Addiction & Recovery Aftercare, Rape Crisis Counselor, Spiritual Counselor, and is also a Sober Coach and an Interventionist. She also specializes in the area of Adults Molested as Children as well as LGBT issues and drug-assisted rape and survivors of domestic violence. With a decade of experience, Danielle works with individuals, families and couples seeking healing and resolution of their challenges, and helps them to more clearly see the path to their holistic wellness and to their higher selves. She hosts "The Real Deal With Danielle Delaney" on VoiceAmerica, the World Leader in Internet Media, on Tuesdays at 2PM PT. She is a preeminent and top regarded Interventionist to the most notable addiction recovery centers throughout Malibu, California as well as internationally.

Danielle is the President and Founder and CEO of a prolific sober companioning business, Danielle Delaney Counseling, Incorporated. DDC, Inc. provides registered nurses and companions to patients as they are being discharged from inpatient facilities and sober living homes, so that they may have invaluable assistance in beginning their lives again with structure. The companion aids in identifying and addressing stumbling blocks in the client's lives that contributed to their difficulties and addictions.

Danielle Delaney has the distinction of being the youngest and the only woman of color to own a Sober Companioning business in the United States of America. She is soon to be featured in a "Top 50 Under 50" piece about American Female Entrepreneurs as well as appearing as a Specialist in an upcoming documentary about healing and retraining the brain.

In addition to her work as a Counselor and as an Interventionist with numerous inpatient facilities internationally, Danielle maintains her private practice in Hollywood, California and works with crime survivors with the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for The City of Long Beach and works as a State Certified court advocate. She works as a volunteer on the hotlines for suicide and rape. Her practice as a concierge counselor often involves going to the homes of high profile individuals so that they may maintain their privacy whilst seeking help. Danielle can be found listed in Psychology Today. She is also a writer and is a contributor to numerous health journals including those for the Minority Health Institute, The Association of Black Cardiologists, and the National Medical Association, and has been filmed for a segment for the television series "The Doctors." Her first book "Expect Delays" will be released in December 2017. She works with the boards of The One Wish Foundation and The Joyful Heart Foundation, and was on the Board of Directors for Dr. Frank Ryan's Bony Pony Ranch Foundation for at-risk youth. The County of Los Angeles Office of Protocol has hailed Danielle as a "proven asset to the City and County of Los Angeles." She has made numerous appearances on Radio MD, Rewired Radio with Erica Spiegelman, and appeared on five-time Emmy winner Sheila Hamilton's radio show in Portland, Oregon. Danielle's media, voiceover work and appearances can be found under Delangerous Productions. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of both Divinity and of Theology, and will be launching her International Sobriety and Recovery Lifestyle Brand of clothing in 2017.

Danielle holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from UCLA and has earned additional certifications at the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency in Orange County. As a survivor herself, she is uniquely qualified to understand and assist her clients. Through her work and contributions, Danielle is dedicated to assisting people in affecting enduring & beneficial changes in their lives and in making sense of the chaotic world around them. She travels the globe speaking to audiences as a Motivational Speaker and as an expert in Addiction and Recovery and sex crimes.

About Todd Bridges
Todd Bridges is a television icon from the 1970's onward. He is particularly notable as the sole survivor of the children of the cast of "Diff'rent Strokes" and for being the first Black actor to appear on Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and other huge TV series of the 1970's and 80's. Todd was the only Black teen heartthrob other than Michael Jackson in that era. Todd was also in the record breaking and iconic landmark miniseries, "Roots," starring alongside Ben Vereen, LeVar Burton, Jon Amos, Leslie Uggams, Louis Gusset, Jr., Ed Asner, Cicely Tyson and other legends, with a soundtrack by Quincy Jones. He also appeared on "The Love Boat" "Chips" and was a series regular on the Barney Miller spinoff "Fish" with Abe Vigoda. He has appeared on numerous other television shows from the seventies to present time.

Todd Bridges is best known for his starring role as "Willis Jackson" on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. He had a recurring role as "Monk" on Everybody Hates Chris. He was a comedic commentator from 2008-2013 on TruTv's TruTv Presents: World's Dumbest... He is currently the Host of a Live Game show called "Lovers or Losers: The Game Show" in downtown Las Vegas at The Plaza Hotel and Casino, and Todd has been widely recognized and credited with completely revitalizing that part of the city with the success of this show. He also performs as a successful standup comedian.

Todd suffered the horrors of sexual abuse and physical abuse throughout his childhood. These traumatic experiences led to a troubled personal and public identity. The late Johnnie Cochran defended Todd Bridges against criminal charges. Todd also was the victim of racism and terrorism by white supremacists and police officers as he was growing up in the San Fernando Valley and on the road as a performer.

In 1988, Todd and his brother James Bridges were credited with saving the life of a paraplegic woman who nearly drowned when her wheelchair rolled into a lake. The woman, Stella Kline, was quoted as saying "I was thanking God that he was there...he has a heart of gold." Todd Bridges remarked that he and his brother "felt that God put us there at the right time to save this lady's life, there was no one else around." Todd counsels people who are incarcerated by visiting prisons and uses his experiences with drugs and crime in the most positive way possible. As a survivor he continues to pay it forward by helping others, and by continuing as well to entertain the world with his various and many talents.