Beyoncé gives her $4million movie salary to drug rehab facility
Beyonce has become the latest celebrity to do her bit for charity in 2009 by donating her entire salary from her latest movie to a drug treatment centre in America.
The If I Were A Boy songstress plays soul singer Etta James in upcoming movie Cadillac Records about the legendary singer’s life.
Whilst James found unbridled success in her singing career, the star was continuously in out of drug rehabilitation centres during the early 70s for her heroin addiction, leading to several arrests for forgery and drug possession. The star was even sentenced to drug treatment, evading a jail term.
Beyoncé wracked up a healthy pay cheque for playing the role and has donated the entire $4million salary from the movie to the Phoenix House, a drug treatment centre where the star spent weeks preparing for the role.
The rehab facility runs 98 residential and outpatient rehab programmes throughout the U.S. and treats over 5,000 addicts a day.
One source told The Daily Star: ‘Her incredibly generous gesture to Phoenix House comes as no big surprise to those close to her.
‘Without fanfare or publicity of any kind she has quietly given away millions to causes that move her. I don’t think she’s ever before given away such a large amount to one organization but she clearly believes that many people, possibly thousands, would die without their help.
‘Beyoncé has acted, like she always does, from the heart and if she’s helped save even one life over Christmas she’ll consider every last cent well spent.’