November 5, 1913-July 7, 1967
was an English actress who was born Vivian Mary Hartley in
Darjeeling, India. She and her parents later moved to England, where young
Leigh grew up. She attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Roehampton,
England, along with fellow actress-to-be Maureen O'Sullivan.
1951 Leigh won a second Academy Award for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois
in A Streetcar Named Desire.
the early 1960s Leigh had suffered two miscarriages, and the severity of
the tuberculosis was incapacitating. She had also been plagued by
manic-depression for some time, which was believed to be a factor in the
failure to cure her ailment. In 1960, she and Olivier divorced on
supposedly friendly terms. Leigh continued to keep a framed photograph of
him on her bedside table, even while living with her companion, actor John
John Berryman (originally John Smith)
October 25, 1914 - January 7, 1972
Berryman was an American poet, born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was a
major figure in American poetry in the second half of the 20th century and
often considered one of the founders of the Confessional school of poetry.
He is one of the figures acting as a bridge between the formally loose,
socially aware poetry of the Beats and the personal, grieving poetry of
Sylvia Plath. He was the author of The Dream Songs, which are both
playful, witty, and morbid. Berryman died by suicide in 1972.
mature poet, Berryman's alcoholism and depression interfered with his
ability to give readings, to speak in public, and to work appropriately.
In 1972, Berryman's depression led him to follow the example of his father
and to kill himself by jumping from a bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dylan Marlais Thomas
October 27, 1914, Swansea - November 9,
1953, New York City
Thomas was a Welsh poet and writer. He is widely considered to be among
the greatest poets of the 20th century; his most famous poems include "Do
Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night " and "And Death Shall Have No
Dominion ". Thomas gave himself over to his passionately felt emotions,
and his writing is often both intensely personal and fiercely lyrical.
Thomas, in many ways, was more in alignment with the Romantics than he was
with the poets of his era (Auden and Eliot, to name but two).
Thomas was born in Wales in 1914. He was a neurotic, sickly child who
shied away from school and preferred reading on his own; he read all of D.
H. Lawrence 's poetry, impressed by Lawrence's descriptions of a vivid
natural world. Fascinated by language, he excelled in English and reading,
but neglected other subjects and dropped out of school at sixteen. His
first book, Eighteen Poems, was published to great acclaim when he
Thomas first visited America in January 1950, at the age of thirty-five.
His reading tours of the United States, which did much to popularize the
poetry reading as new medium for the art, are famous and notorious, for
Thomas was the archetypal Romantic poet of the popular American
imagination: he was flamboyantly theatrical, a heavy drinker, engaged in
roaring disputes in public, and read his work aloud with tremendous depth
of feeling. He became a legendary figure, both for his work and the
boisterousness of his life. Tragically, he died from alcoholism at the age
of 39 after a particularly long drinking bout in New York City in 1953.
Bob Dylan chose to be named after him
March 1, 1917 -September 12, 1977
Robert Traill Spence Lowell, Jr., he was an American
Confessionalist poet known for inspiring and teaching several literary
superstars of the 1950s and 1960s, including Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath.
May 9, 1918
as Myron Leon Wallace he is an American journalist with a
long-running career. He is most well-known to modern audiences as a
television correspondent for CBS 's 60 Minutes. He has been with
that program since it first aired in 1968. He has also hosted a number of
other talk shows including Night Beat. During his career at 60
Minutes he had The Mike Wallace Interviews interviewed a wide
range of newsmakers including Johnny Carson, Deng Xiaoping, Ayatollah
Khomeini, Kurt Waldheim, Yasir Arafat, Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat, and
Wallace was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has been married multiple
times and had two sons. His oldest son died in a mountain climbing
accident in 1961 Chris Wallace, his second son, is also a newscaster.
Wallace has been treated for Bipolar Disorder.
was a comic actor and writer, Patron of the MFD.
In a recent poll of British television viewers Spike
Milligan was voted "The Funniest Person of the Millennium", yet here in
America Spike is so unknown that he probably wouldn't be voted "The
Funniest Person Of The Milligans". Eddie Izzard even declared Spike
Milligan "The Godfather of Alternative Comedy." Although Izzy was
absolutely the coolest guy in Guns N' Roses, Spike Milligan is too funny
to be blamed for that wussy "Alternative Comedy"
November 11, 1925
Actor, Editor, Writer, Born in Dayton, Ohio, USA
Jonathan was born in 1925. His father, also Jonathan, was a banker who
became an alcoholic after being crushed in the Great Depression. His
parents divorced in 1932. Jonathan and his mother then moved to
Springfield to live with his grandmother. There his mother remarried and
became a radio personality. Jonathan joined the Marines during his senior
year of high school. Upon his discharge, he entered Kenyon College & later
transferred to Dayton Art Institute. He met his wife, Eileen Schauder, in
1948 and married a month later. They remain married today. They have a
son, Jay, who is a contractor, and a daughter, Lucinda, who is a talent
scout for movies.
Jonathan got his start in show business by winning a talent contest. This
led to a children's TV show in Dayton in 1950. He also then got a game
show and a talk show. Denied a requested raise, he & his wife moved to New
York with only $56 in their pocket. Two months later, he was getting night
Jonathan suffered nervous breakdowns in 1959 and 1961. He made 10 comedy
recordings for which he was nominated for the Grammy 10 times and won once
June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962
Marilyn Munroe was an American actress of the 20th century. Her sizzling
screen presence and premature death would make her a perennial sex symbol
and later a pop icon
Marilyn Monroe was found dead August 5, 1962 in the bedroom of her
Brentwood, California home at age thirty-six from an overdose of
DiMaggio (her ex husband) re-entered her life as her marriage to Miller
was ending. On February 4, 1961, she was admitted by her then-psychiatrist
into Manhattan 's Payne-Whitney Clinic, reportedly placed in the ward for
the most seriously disturbed. He got her out six days later, and took her
to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. After her release on March 5, she
joined him in Florida.
May 23, 1928 - June 29, 2002
Rosemary was an American popular singer and actress.
1945 the Clooney sisters won a spot on Cincinnati's radio station WLW as
1951 her record of "Come On-a My House" became a hit, her first of many
singles to hit the charts. In 1954 she and Bing Crosby > starred in the
movie "White Christmas "
1968 she was present at the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, with whom
she was a close friend, and the event traumatized her life for years
afterward. She had a nervous breakdown and serious drug problems.
1986 she sang a duet with Wild Man on "It's a Hard Business".
had two husbands, José Ferrer (from 1953 until the 1960s) by whom she had
five children, including actor,Miguel Ferrer, born in 1955 and Gabriel
Ferrer, born 1956, who married Debby Boone, and Dante DePaolo (whom
she married in 1996.
attribute some of Clooney’s extraordinary abilities to her being affected
by bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic depression.
November 9, 1928 -October 4, 1974
Anne Gray Harvey, Anne was an American poet and writer Sexton was
born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1928, and spent most of her life near
Tragically, she suffered from depression for most of her life; in fact,
her poetry was prescribed as a possible remedy and eventual cure for her
condition. Sexton's first breakdown took place in 1954,
a second breakdown in 1955, Anne met Dr. Martin Orne at Glenside Hospital,
who encouraged her to take up poetry writing
1967, she won the Pulitzer Prize for her collection, Live or Die.
committed suicide in 1974, after winning the admiration of Robert Lowell,
close friend Maxine Kumin, James Dickey, Joyce Carol Oates, and Sylvia
Plath, among others.
||Colonel Buzz Aldrin,
born January 20, 1930
an American pilot and astronaut who became the second man to set foot on
the Moon (after Neil Armstrong) during the Apollo 11 mission, the first
manned lunar landing.
the nation's most famous astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, flew to the moon in 1969,
he returned to Earth an American icon. But his training as a moonwalker
hardly prepared him for fame. Scrutiny on a global scale led to
depression, alcoholism and divorce. Over time, he summoned the courage to
seek help and work through his difficulties.
factors led to his recovery, among them therapy, Alcoholics Anonymous and
his marriage to Lois Driggs Cannon. Lois, his third wife, has helped him
build a new life. They share a comfortable home in Southern California and
drive cars with license plates reading MARS GUY and MOON GAL. Today, he
even jokes about his alter ego, Buzz Lightyear
November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989
was one of the Chicago Seven and the subject of the Kinky Friedman song,
Author of several books, including; "Steal This Book", "Woodstock Nation:
A Talk-Rock Album", "Revolution For the Hell of It", "Soon to be a Major
Motion Picture", "Vote!", "Squaredancing in the Ice Age", Preserving
Disorder: The Faking of the President 1988", "Steal This Urine Test".
Suffered from bouts of manic depression throughout his life (this may have
been a contributing factor in his suicide).
famous phrase "Today is the first day of the rest of your life" first
appeared in print in his book "Revolution For the Hell of It"
September 14, 1934
American feminist writer and activist. She is best known for her 1970 book
Sexual Politics. The book offered a comprehensive critique of
patriarchy in Western society and literature. In particular, Millett
indicted the sexism and heterosexism of renowned novelists D. H. Lawrence,
Henry Miller, and Norman Mailer, contrasting their perspectives with the
dissenting viewpoint of homosexual author Jean Genet
Richard Alva (Dick) Cavett
born November 19, 1936
in Gibbon, Nebraska Dick Cavett is a writer, media personality, and a
television talk show host known for his conversational style of in-depth
and often serious issues discussion. He has openly discussed his bouts
with clinical depression in recent years, an illness he has had to deal
with since his freshman year at Yale. He was the subject of a 1993 video
produced by the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association
called A Patient's Perspective.
sued in 1997 by a producer for breach of contract when failing to show up
for a nationally syndicated radio program (also called "The Dick Cavett
Show"); Cavett's lawyer confirmed to the Associated Press at the time
that Cavett left due to a manic-depressive episode.
Charley Frank Pride
March 18, 1938
in Sledge, Mississippi to poor sharecroppers, and one of eleven children.
Pride has become the only African American to carve out a major career in
country music . As a result of his success, he was able to return to
Sledge and purchase the cotton farm where he was born.
achieved more than 36 number one country singles and sold over 70 million
albums, 31 gold and 4 platinum - including one quadruple platinum. On RCA
Records, Charley Pride is second in sales only to Elvis Presley.
Angel Good Morning" was a million-selling crossover single and helped
Pride land Country Music Association Awards as Entertainer of the Year in
1971 and Top Male Vocalist in 1971 and 1972.
Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III
November 19, 1938
an American media mogul > and philanthropist. He is best known for
founding CNN and Turner Classic Movies, his failed marriage to Jane Fonda,
and his $1 billion pledge to the United Nations
Turner's media empire began with his father's billboard business which he
took over at the age of 24 after his father's death. Purchase of an
Atlanta UHF station in 1970 began the assemblage of the Turner
Broadcasting System His Cable News Network revolutionized news media,
coming to the fore covering the space shuttle Challenger disaster in and
the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
America's largest private landowner, owning approximately two million
acres (8,000 km²). He also has the largest private bison herd in the
world, with 32,000 head. In 2002, Turner co-founded Ted's Montana Grill, a
restaurant chain specializing in burgers made from fresh ground bison
Turner has acknowledged that he has a bipolar affective disorder.
December 12, 1938
1958 until 1963, Connie Francis had 25 singles that were top 100 hits in
the United States. She recorded her songs in nine languages and became an
international star in the late 50s. is an American singer. born in the
Italian Seventh Avenue neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, She is
considered the most prolific female rock 'n' roll hit-maker of the early
rock era -- the late 1950s to the early 1960s.
the first half of the 1960s she starred in three additional films --
"Follow the Boys" (1963), "Looking for Love" (1964) and "When the Boys
Meet the Girls" (1965).
has a grown son, Joey, born in 1974, who is a flight instructor.
During the height of the Vietnam War in 1967, she performed for U.S.
1960 Francis became the youngest headliner to sing in Las Vegas, where she
played 28 days a year for nine years.
latest CD "The American Tour" contains performances from recent shows.
Francis' autobiography, "Who's Sorry Now?" was published in 1984.
Francis ended her recording career 1969, returning in 1973 with The
Answer, a song written just for her, and soon began performing again.
Tragedies followed soon after. In 1974 she was raped in a hotel following
a performance in Westbury, New York. Nasal surgery to correct a
sensitivity to air conditioning deprived her of her ability to sing
professionally for four years. Her brother was murdered in 1981. Francis
was diagnosed as manic depressive but resumed her career in 1989 and has
continued singing and recording since then.
late December 2004, Francis headlined in Las Vegas for the first time
June 21, 1940
is an actress and advocate - For seven years, Mariette Hartley and James
Garner shared a unique chemistry in their Polaroid commercials. Now
Hartley is bringing into sharp focus another kind of chemistry -
neurochemistry - that debilitates millions of Americans.
"Bipolar disorder is something that is mine," says Hartley, currently
starring in the Broadway production of Cabaret. "And it is very
difficult to talk about it. Breaking this silence has been really
wrenching for me. Hartley, whose family has a history of suicide because
of bipolar disorder went into a kind of depression wondering if she really
wanted to talk about all this. I finally decided that education is more
that end, Hartley has been hired by GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturers of a
medication recently approved by the FDA for bipolar disorder, to let
people know that their lives can return to balance if diagnosed and
disorder is a serious, chronic illness accompanied by disabling mood
swings from high (manic) to low (depressed). While the National Alliance
for the Mentally Ill reports that bipolar disorder afflicts more than 3
million Americans, a new study estimates this number could be around 7
August 3, 1941
Stewart is a popular Polish-American television and magazine personality
known for her cooking, gardening, etiquette, and arts and crafts
projects, and as a general lifestyle guide and homemaker. Starting in 2002
her career was rocked by a scandal involving her sale of shares in a drug
company days before its application for a new drug was denied. She was
eventually convicted of lying to investigators and sentenced to prison in
believed that many CEO's of big corps are bipolar (I have heard
speculation that Martha Stewart is bipolar). It is believed to be
inherited and in a cluster of similar disorders that are all believed
Brian Douglas Wilson
June 20, 1942
Musician, Composer (Beach Boys) Brian Wilson (born in Hawthorne,
California) is an American pop musician, best known as a founding member
of and the main producer, composer, and arranger for The Beach Boys
Wilson's creativity reached its heights during the mid-1960s with songs
like "Good Vibrations", the Pet Sounds album (which, according to
Paul McCartney, heavily inspired The Beatles ' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band) and the then-unreleased SMiLE project. He
also was the owner of a health food shop in Hollywood that lasted a year
from its founding in the summer of 1969, the "Radiant Radish".
Following a breakdown as a result of mental illness and drug abuse in the
1970s, he partially recovered to try a career as a solo artist in the
1980s with limited success. His efforts were both encouraged and hampered
by the influence of his psychiatrist, Dr. Eugene Landy, and partially due
to Landy's extreme control over Brian's life, Wilson quit working with the
Beach Boys on a regular basis after the release of The Beach Boys
in 1985. Landy's illegal use of psychotropic drugs on Wilson and his
interference in all of his affairs was finally legally ended by Brian's
brother Carl. His final release as part of the group was on the 1996 album
Stars and Stripes, a group collaboration with select country music
artists singing the lead vocals.
Larry Claxton Flynt
November 1, 1942
is the head of Larry Flynt Publications (LFP), producing over
twenty magazines, including Hustler with an annual turnover of
around $150 million. He took part in several legal battles involving the
First Amendment. He suffers from bipolar disorder and is paralyzed from
the waist down after an assassination attempt.
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix
November, 1942 - September 18, 1970
Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer who is
widely considered to be the most important electric guitarist in the
history of popular music. As a guitarist, he built upon the innovations of
blues stylists such as B. B. King, Albert King, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy
Waters, as well as those of R&B guitarists like Curtis Mayfield
Meanwhile, back in England, Hendrix's wild-man image and musical gimmickry
(such as playing the guitar with his teeth and behind his back continued
to bring him publicity, although he was to become more and more frustrated
by media and audience concentration on his stage act and his early hits,
and his increasing difficulty in getting his newer music accepted.
remained in England, and on September 18 he was found senseless in bed in
the hotel room of a German girlfriend Monika Dannemann after taking a
reported nine vesperax sleeping pills and choking on his own vomit. He
died later in St Mary Abbots Hospital, South Kensington. His body was
returned home and he was interred in the Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton,
Jeannie C. Riley
October 19, 1945
Crippled by bipolar depression for years
Jeannie Carolyn Riley, née Stephenson, was just 23 when she rocketed to
stardom with the overnight sensation "Harper Valley PTA" in 1968. Her
sudden success proved overwhelming; her young marriage to childhood
sweetheart Mickey Riley ended in divorce in 1970. However, after she
became a born-again Christian, she and Riley remarried a few years later.
continued recording country songs but never again came close to achieving
the success of "Harper Valley PTA." Jeannie recorded gospel music and
wrote an autobiography, From Harper Valley to the Mountain Top,
published in 1980.
to one source, Jeannie's family had her committed to a hospital for
evaluation, probably in 1994, after she fell into a deep depression.
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