Stephanie Mills stayed on straight and narrow in Hollywood

Stephanie Mills — who starred as Dorothy in the smash ’70s musical “The Wiz” — says she was surrounded by drugs in showbiz, but credits “not being a follower” to keeping her on the straight and narrow.

“Thank God my mother was around,” she told Page Six. “I was just so glad I never got into drugs. Not to say that it wasn’t around me, because it was… but I [have] never been a follower. No alcohol, none of that none of that whatsoever.”

Mills starred in “The Wiz” from 1976 to 1979.

The “When I Think of Home” singer is now starring in a new Lifetime film, “Pride: A Seven Deadly Sins Story,” with five-time Grammy winner Erica Campbell.

“The subject of the film is pride, and I think there is a sliver of pride that everybody deals with. You can be proud of yourself, but it can get to a place where it’s not just about you,” Mills said of the project.

Stephanie Mills performing on stage in purple dress.
Mills says that there were drugs around her in the music industry, but she just said no.
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The 66-year-old adds, “It’s not about what’s mine, it’s about taking your stuff, too. That’s when pride [goes] a little bit too far, and you see that manifesting in different ways in this film. I can’t wait for people to see it. I really hope you get the message more than anything.”

Mills rose to stardom as Dorothy in “The Wiz” from 1974 to 1979.
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“Pride: A Seven Deadly Sins” premieres April 8 on Lifetime.

Stephanie Mills singing on stage in red dress.
The Grammy award winner’s career has spanned more than four decades.
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