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Kay Redfield Jamison

October18th, 1946

Jamison is an American psychologist  and science writer who is herself affected by manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder.

She is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Works include:

·        "An Unquiet Mind" (autobiography), ISBN 0679763309

·        "Manic-Depressive Illness" (with Frederick K. Goodwin) ISBN 0195039343

·         "Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament" (1993 (includes a study of Lord Byron, ISBN 068483183X

·        "Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide", ISBN 0375701478

·        "Exuberance: The Passion for Life" (2004), ISBN 037540144X

 

Jamison is the recipient of the National Mental Health Association's William Styron Award (1995), the American Suicide Foundation Research Award (1996), the Community Mental Health Leadership Award (1999), and a 2001 MacArthur Fellowhip recipient.

   

Margaret Ruth Kidder

October 17, 1948,

Better known as Margot Kidder, is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Lois Lane in the 1978 movie and sequels.

She is also known for having bipolar disorder  which led to a widely publicized breakdown in 1996. She is now an advocate of orthomolecular medicine  as a treatment for bipolar disorder.

Ozzy Osbourne (John Michael Osbourne)

December 3, 1948

Born in Aston, a suburb of Birmingham, West Midlands, England, better known as Ozzy Osbourne, was the lead singer of the rock band Black Sabbath and later a popular solo artist. Osbourne has been married twice and is father to five children: Jessica Hobbs and Louis Osbourne by first wife Thelma; and Aimee, Kelly and Jack, by current wife Sharon . He is also a football  fan, supporting Aston.

Black Sabbath met with swift and enduring success; their early records such as their self-titled debut, Paranoid and Master of Reality in particular are considered heavy metal  canon, and selections from Ozzy's Sabbath days have featured prominently in his solo performances. The rigors of touring and financial success combined to lead some of the band members to drug and alcohol abuse, including Osbourne. Nevertheless, the group remained a steadily successful act for over eight years. Over the duration, however, Iommi began to take the band's music in a more progressive and experimental direction, to Osbourne's distaste. Osbourne was kicked out of the group briefly after the band's 1976 effort Technical Ecstasy, and Sabbath went so far as to begin writing and recording with a new singer. Ozzy returned however, to record and tour behind 1978's Never Say Die, after which he left the group again in 1979, to be replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Depressed, his drug and alcohol abuse continued. He divorced his first wife, Thelma, and developed bipolar disorder  Undaunted, Osbourne attempted to launch a solo career, and met with considerable success on his very first effort.

Phyllis Hyman

July 6, 1949 – June 30, 1995

 

(actress, composer, other crew member)

 Deep-voiced and statuesque, Phyllis Hyman sang with a life affirming energy and emotional intensity found in few other female vocalists. Born in Pittsburgh in 1949 (and raised in Philadelphia), her professional career began in New York city where, during an engagement, she was spotted by producer Norman Connors and contemporaries Jean Carne and Roberta Flack among others. Phyllis was immediately offered a guest appearance on Connors' 'You Are My Starship' album (1976), which included her classic rendition of 'Betcha By Golly Wow' (previously a hit for The Stylistics in the early 1970s).
Her irrational, self-destructive behavior was becoming common knowledge to those inside the music industry, her friends and also her fans and on June 30th, 1995, only hours before a scheduled performance at the Apollo Theatre in New York, Phyllis' lifeless body was found in her apartment where all efforts to revive her failed. Her suicide, while shocking, was not a surprise to many insiders

Thomas Alan Waits

December 7, 1949 

Thomas Waits is an American composer, singer, musician and actor

In the popular perception, however, he and his work remain mostly characterised by his rocky voice, his strong personality and theatrical presence on stage and the "late night smoky bars" humour of his texts ("I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a pre-frontal lobotomy."). Waits has been reported as having bipolar disorder. In essence, however, and despite his songs having been covered by famous stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart, Waits remains a cult performer, steadfastly outside the mainstream.

Jane Pauley

October 31, 1950

Born in Indianapolis Jane Pauley is an American television news anchor and journalist.

From 1976 to 1989, she was the co-host of The Today Show  While not the first female anchor of the show, she became a symbol for professional women, more specifically female journalists, in the 1980s. She shared anchor duties with Tom Brokaw and, later, Bryant Gumbel. In 1989, Pauley was abruptly replaced with Deborah Norville in a highly-publicized incident that led to accusations of ageism from Pauley, as she was thirty-nine at the time and Norville was only thirty. Accusations later surfaced that she was fired from her job because she refused to have a facelift. Pauley took a sabbatical from journalism around this time.

She hosted Dateline NBC from 1992 to 2003, when she announced her retirement. In 2004, she returned to television in The Jane Pauley Show, a syndicated chat show. On the show, she has discussed, at length, her problems in dealing with bipolar disorder. Pauley is known for revealing very little, if anything at all, on her private life, so the recent revelation came as a surprise to much of America

Sting Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE

October 2, 1951

Sting, is an English musician and formerly bassist  and lead singer of The Police

Sumner was born in Newcastle, England to Audrey and Ernie, a milkman. From an early age, he knew that he wanted to be a musician. He attended the University of Warwick in Coventry, but did not graduate. From 1971 to 1974, he attended Northern Counties Teacher Training College. He has a brother, Phil, and two sisters, Anita and Angela.

Before playing music professionally, Sumner worked as a ditch digger and a teacher of English. His first music gigs were wherever he could get a job. He played with local jazz  bands such as the Phoenix Jazzmen and Last Exit. It is most likely that he gained his nickname while with the Jazzmen. He once performed wearing a black and yellow striped jersey that fellow band member Gordon Solomon had noted made him look like a bee, thus he became Sting. He uses Sting almost exclusively, except on official documents.

It is unclear whether he was serious or (rather) not when he referred to himself as "manic-depressive". He has written also a song entitled "Lithium Sunset", which appears to refer to lithium carbonate, a treatment for the disorder. According to some reports he did this because he wanted to help people who really have this disease.

Peter Brian Gabriel

February 13, 1950

Born in Cobham (Surrey), England,he is an English  musician. He first came to fame as a member of the progressive rock group Genesis, which he founded as a student at Charterhouse School with bandmates Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, and Mike Rutherford.

Genesis quickly become one of the most talked-about bands in the UK, largely due to Gabriel's flamboyant stage presence, which involved numerous bizarre costume changes and comical, dreamlike stories told as the introduction to each song. During "The Knife", a popular live song from the Trespass album, Gabriel would perform a stunt that, two decades later, became extremely common: stage diving. On one occasion he broke a leg leaping into the crowd, but managed to climb back up onto the stage and finish the performance.

It has been reported that he suffers from bipolar disorder, but despite some claims, he never confirmed this information

   

Margaux Hemingway

February 16, 1955 - July 2, 1996

Margaux was a film actress and model who appeared in several movies. She was born in Portland, Oregon, the sister of actress Mariel Hemingway and the granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway. She grew up on her grandfather's farm in Ketchum, Idaho.

Hemingway was named for the famous Bordeaux vineyard Chateau Margaux; but in later years, after giving up drinking alcohol, she spelled her name Margot.

At the age of only 41, Margaux Hemingway committed suicide in Santa Monica, California on the anniversary of her grandfather's suicide. She was interred in the Ketchum Cemetery

Linda Hamilton

September 26, 1956

Born in Salisbury, Maryland Linda is an American movie actress .Linda Hamilton is well known as the star of Terminator (and T2), Beauty and the Beast, Dante's Peak and Point Last Seen. She was diagnosed at a young age with bipolar disorder, but resisted treatment until she was around 40 years old. In 1997 Linda Hamilton told interviewer Luaine Lee, "I'm on anti-depressants now. I will be on them for the rest of my life. It changed my world. There's depression, but also that extreme brilliant high. My manic spells are manageable and are great -- my work spaces where I'm doing so much. But what happens is then, all of a sudden, you plunge because you've depleted yourself on such a level that one day you wake up with a gigantic lump in your throat. And there it is. So I would fall down

She has bipolar disorder. She has a twin sister Leslie who helped with a cameo in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. As she found that her performance as the ferocious resistance fighter in T2 had typecast, she turned down a role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

Her other movie credits include 1990 's Mr. Destiny  with Jim Belushi  and Courteney Cox

Carrie Fisher

October 21, 1956

Carrie is an American actress and writer.

She was born Carrie Frances Fisher in Beverly Hills, California, the daughter of singer  Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.  Her younger brother is Todd Fisher. Her half-sisters are actress Joely Fisher and actress Tricia Leigh Fisher, whose mother is actress Connie Stevens

Her first movie appearance was in Shampoo  (1975). In 1977, she played Princess Leia  in Star Wars Episode_IV:_A_New_Hope. It was a huge success and made her famous in her own right. In a recent interview on public radio she expressed some regret that she was known overwhelmingly for her role as Princess Leia, and joked that she was afraid that if she became senile she may begin to slip back into character.

Fisher's novel Postcards From the Edge, which was autobiographical in the sense that she fictionalized things obviously from her real-life, was published in 1987. It became a sensational bestseller and she won the Los Angeles Pen Award for best first novel.

In 1990, Columbia Pictures released a movie version of Postcards From the Edge, which was adapted for the screen by Fisher and starred Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid.

Fisher was married to musician Paul Simon (1983 -1984).

She is the mother of Billie Catherine Lourd (born July 17, 1992, whose father is CAA  principal and agent, Bryan Lourd.

Sometime in the 1970s Carrie began cocaine use which eventually led to an addiction. According to the Internet Movie Database, she had a serious alcohol problem by 1980, and in 1985 suffered a drug overdose which resulted in her entering rehab.

In 1997 Carrie was again hospitalized, this time, according to her mother, to rebalance the medication she takes for bipolar disorder. Then in November of 1998 she checked herself into a drug treatment program. According to her publicist, "The combination of the prescribed medication required for manic depression and the pain medication prescribed to her recently from getting dental implants caused her to recognize the problem early on and act immediately".

Jean Claude Van Damme

October 18, 1960

Born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, he is a Belgian-born action movie actor who's most known for martial arts films. His Belgian background gave rise to the nickname "Muscles from Brussels".

Van Damme has won a number of European karate championships. He has had troubles with cocaine and is also reported to have experienced bipolar disorder. He has been married five times, including two marriages with his current wife Gladys Portugues.

In 1998, Van Damme and actor Chuck Zito engaged in a fistfight at a New York city bar. Chuck Zito floored Van Damme with two punches.

In the French-speaking world, Jean-Claude Van Damme is well-known for the picturesque aphorisms that he delivers on a wide range of topics (personal well-being, ecology, etc.) in a strange mixture of French and English. He is especially well-known for his usage of the word aware (in English). Lists of Van Damme quotes are compiled and available on the WWW

 

 

W. Axl Rose

February 6, 1962 

Axl Rose is an American hard rock  singer and songwriter, born as William Bruce Bailey in Lafayette, Indiana. According to his account, he had a deeply troubled family life, with abuse at the hands of his father and stepfather. His biological father, William Rose, left the family when Axl was two. Then, after bringing in a member of LA Guns, Rose formed Guns N' Roses around 1985.He was a savior, dedicated to pure, authentic anger. In the '80s he burned holes in a culturally complacent country.

Kristy McNichols

September 11, 1962

Born in Los Angeles, California.

It wasn't always party time for the young actress, who won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for her role as the teenaged Buddy on the acclaimed television series "Family". In some ways, Dream Lover marks a turning point in her career. In the world of Hollywood, where reputations are hard to dispel, McNichol has suffered from bad press. Stories have circulated detailing supposed petulant tantrums and erratic behavior. When the actress became ill during the filming of her last movie, Just the Way You Are, production was stopped for several months while she recovered. The press speculated that the problem resulted from McNichol's reported temper tantrums and/or heavy drug use.

"I'm not a perfect person," she says very openly. "But it was none of that. When you're young and work all your life, you never have time to stop and find out what else there is aside from work, work, work and schedules. There's going to come a point where you're running after this ball for so long that you're just going to fall down because you're exhausted mentally and physically. I just fell down and was exhausted from working, pushing and striving. That's all it was. Since then I've learned to slow way down. I don't work half as much. Now when I do work, I'm in perfect condition and I'm really into working because I haven't been burnt out".

As she talks about her past and the stories that plagued her, it becomes obvious that the negative reports have wounded the actress and made her wary. Yet at the same time, she seems to have gained some peace of mind about her troubles and speaks of them without hesitation.

Kurt Cobain

February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994

Kurt Cobain was the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana, which also included bassist Krist Novoselic  and drummer Dave Grohl.

Cobain was highly influential in popularizing what came to be termed grunge music - a style that evolved in part as a reaction against the perceived superficiality of 1980s stadium rock and over-the-top metal bands (Hair Metal) with preened images and elaborate stage shows. His best known song is "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which was often referred to by the media as an anthem for Generation X. Among other well known Cobain songs are "Lithium", "In Bloom", "Come As You Are", "Heart Shaped Box", "All Apologies", and the highly controversial "Rape Me".

Throughout most of his adolescent life, Cobain had battled depression and pain due to a chronic stomach condition. Because of stomach problems he blamed on the stresses of performing, he self-medicated by use of heroin. This use developed into an addiction, which he battled until he supposedly committed suicide on April 5, 1994 at the age of 27. Cobain used a shotgun he had purchased a week before from best friend Dylan Carlson, who was rumored to be the inspiration for the song "In Bloom". His body was discovered three days later in his home by an electrician who he had commissioned to install security lighting. Toxicology experts have stated that even though Cobain's tolerance level was extremely high, the amount of heroin injected into his body would have been enough to kill him (225 mg, three times the lethal dosage for an addict, 75 times the lethal dosage for a non-user). His death triggered several copycat suicides, and the unclear circumstances surrounding it inspired a multitude of conspiracy theories stemming from the investigations of detective Tom Grant

Grant was hired by Courtney Love following Cobain's disappearance from a hospital in which he was recovering from an apparent suicide attempt, and is now certain Cobain was murdered by Love. Filmmaker Nick Broomfield made a documentary film on this theory entitled Kurt and Courtney.

In his suicide note, Cobain quoted a lyric from Neil Young 's song "My My, Hey Hey": "It's better to burn out than to fade away." Cobain's use of the lyric had a profound impact on Young, who recorded portions of the Sleeps With Angels album in Cobain's memory. The conspiracy theories allege that the suicide note was actually a letter he was writing about his intent to leave Nirvana, and the authenticity of the last four lines has been questioned by many handwriting experts. Ironically, Kurt made a film entitled Kurt Commits Bloody Suicide at age 15. Kurt also wrote another suicide note for his fans and his imaginary friend from childhood, "Boddah". His mother told Kurt that Boddah was drafted to Vietnam along with Kurt's uncle in order to help Kurt's imagination.

Kurt Cobain was cremated, with one third of his ashes scattered in a Buddhist temple in New York, another third in the Wishkah River, Washington State, and the rest in the possession of Courtney Love.

Many attribute some of Cobain's extraordinary abilities (and his suicide) to his being affected by bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic depression.

David Gordon Strickland Jr.

October 14, 1969 - March 22, 1999

David was an American actor. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stites in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields). He suffered from bipolar disorder  and committed suicide at the age of 29.

His earlier TV roles during the 1990s include Dave's World, Roseanne, Sister Sister  and Mad World. He also co-starred in the film Forces of Nature (starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock) which had just opened in US cinemas at the time of his death.

Strickland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was arrested in October 1998 for the possession of cocaine, pleaded no contest in December and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered into rehabilitation. He was due in court on the day of his death for a progress report.

Eminem is the stage name of Marshall Bruce Mathers III

October 17, 1972

Eminem is one of today's most controversial and popular hip hop musicians.

He is perhaps best known for being one of the few successful white rappers in the industry, not to mention one of the most critically acclaimed. He is also infamous for the controversy surrounding many of his lyrics, which are said by critics to be homophobic, misogynistic and excessively violent.

Robert Boorstin

No Date of Birth Found

Robert Boorstin is a writer, and was a special assistant to Pres. Clinton He was first diagnosed with the illness in July 1987 after having been seriously depressed for over four years. During that time he made a number of attempts to learn what was wrong with him, but he continued to be tearful and often unable to get out of bed; and he called his parents frequently for sympathy and support.

He had his first manic episode, which resulted in his first admission to the hospital. His symptoms of mania were sleeping only three to four hours a night, getting speeding tickets for driving at 120 mph, frantic socializing, and hypersexuality.

He has been interviewed and advocates for bipolar disorder.

 

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