Laurie Steves Moves to San Francisco to Save Her Daughter Jessica DiDia
Laurie Steves moved to San Francisco in order to pull her 34-year-old daughter Jessica DiDia away from addictions such as fentanyl and ketamine in Tenderloin. She plans on staying as long as necessary.
She’s also an established fashion and beauty entrepreneur with her own skincare line, plus has held several high-profile relationships throughout her life.
Early Life and Education
Laurie was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia and later relocated with her family to Venice Florida, where she attended local schools before graduating high school in Sarasota County. From there she went on to earn Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D degrees from the University of South Florida in education.
She enjoyed spending her free time outdoors and traveling, spending time with family and pets, cooking for them all as well. She leaves behind her husband, son, daughter, many nieces and nephews to remember her fondly.
Her story dramatically illuminates the human toll of California’s drug crisis and inadequate political response, and we will continue to follow its progress with updates as more information becomes available. Please click here for more on her life – as this page remains a work in progress, new details may become available as new research becomes available.
Laurie has received the American Bar Association Presidential Citation and been honored as a Distinguished Life Fellow as well as numerous awards from District of Columbia Bar and Legal Services NYC. Additionally, she has given commencement addresses at Rutgers Law School, Villanova University and College of the Holy Cross.
Jessica was an attention-seeker who competed in beauty pageants and joined a competitive cheerleading squad, but eventually began using drugs. Laurie agreed to let Jessica live with Ray in hopes he would provide stability and treatment; unfortunately this plan backfired and Jessica started abusing substances instead.
Now Laurie has both a new job at Camp Stevens and an adorable toddler named Naomi, spending her free time reading, practicing yoga, and keeping in contact with family and friends across the country.
Achievement and Honors
As part of her speech at Randolph’s Smith Hall Theatre on September 20th, she encouraged students to consider “what your contribution could be to the community where you reside–be it the neighborhood or larger region–and think about ways that they could make a positive contribution.
She has served on various state commissions related to science and technology and was elected president of the New Jersey Council of Women Lawyers. Additionally, she has provided political consultancy and advice for various candidates and campaigns.
In 1997, she co-starred in the thriller film Fierce Creatures alongside three A Fish Called Wanda stars and was awarded Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year that year. Later, her performance as Laurie Strode in Halloween and Halloween II garnered her critical acclaim; for which she received the Chancellor’s Medal for Research and Creative Activity in 2007. Dr. Steven Green of soil and water conservation won an Excellence in Teaching Tenure Track Award; nominators noted how he fosters an environment that’s both challenging yet nurturing. His nominators noted his skill in teaching as being the recipient of this prestigious honor.
Laurie was placed into foster care when she was five, as both of her parents were alcohol dependent and she struggled with addiction as a teen. Unfortunately, this resulted in drug treatment being required as well as being sexually abused by Ray. Ultimately they married each other but eventually separated because Laurie struggled with addiction issues during this time and was later sexually abused by Ray as well.
Laurie managed to raise a family who both loves and respects her, including Alexa, Kaylee and Garrett – testaments to both her moxie and legacy she left behind.
Laurie says McQueen embraced Christianity shortly before his death, which initially caused great alarm but ultimately saved his life. This story provided inspiration for her film project called “Jesus Revolution,” set for release in 2023 and featuring Joel Courtney (“The Kissing Booth”) as Laurie’s father and Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) as a Calvary Chapel pastor – both played by Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”).
Model, LH is represented by IMG Models and WME and owns her own skincare line SKN by LH. She has graced runways such as Dolce & Gabbana as well as appearing in campaigns from Michael Kors, Valentino, Burberry and Pat McGrath’s Beauty Lab.
Entrepreneurially-inclined, she also hosts and produces her own television shows as an entrepreneur and is often found at high-profile fashion, music and art events where she has been linked with celebrities such as Trey Songz and Sean “Diddy” Combs.
In 2023, she posted photos of herself with actor Damson Idris to her Instagram account and they could be seen together at a beach-side resort for her birthday celebrations. They eventually parted ways in June, after dating for roughly a year.