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Famous People with Mental Illness

Famous People with
Mental Illness

Famous people with mental illness are outlined here. There is a misconception in the general public that because someone has risen to fame or fortune they are somehow immune to mental illness just like anyone else.

This web page rebuts this belief. There are many people with mental illnesses of all kinds including Hollywood celebrities, sports stars, the rich and wealthy and all walks of people.
Famous People with Mental Illness
Princess Diana

Stars, celebrities and notables with mental illness are no more immune to the stresses of life or biology and genetics than anyone else is.

Princess Diana (pictured above) struggled with post-partum depression after the birth of Prince William. And, in addition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, “Diana struggled with bulimia and self-harm, both coping mechanisms due to the stress of her marriage, as well as the pressure of being thrust into the public eye. She was constantly hounded by the paparazzi and the details around her loveless marriage were public knowledge.”

List of Famous People with Mental Illness

Lionel Aldridge
Buzz Aldrin
Woody Allen
Adam Ant
Roseanne Barr
Ludwig van Beethoven
Irving Berlin
Marlon Brando
Art Buchwald
Amanda Bynes
Drew Carey
Jim Carrey
Dick Cavett
Winston Churchill
Agatha Christie
Dick Clark
Rosemary Clooney
Kurt Cobain
Shawn Colvin
Judy Collins
Calvin Coolidge
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Rodney Dangerfield
John Denver
Princess Diana
Charles Dickens
Kitty Dukakis
Patty Duke
Kirsten Dunst
Richard Dreyfuss
T. S. Elliot
William Faulkner
Carrie Fisher
Harrison Ford
Connie Francis
Paul Getty
Mel Gibson
Vincent Van Gogh
Macy Gray
Peter Green
Linda Hamilton
Ernest Hemingway
Abbie Hoffman
Janet Jackson
William James
Billy Joel
Samuel Johnson
John Keats
Jack Kerouac
Margot Kidder
Vivien Leigh
Abraham Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln
Jack London
Martin Luther
Henri Matisse
Kristy McNichol
Burgess Meredith
Bette Midler
Spike Milligan
Wolfgang Mozart
Edvard Munch
John Nash
Isaac Newton
Friedrich Nietzsche
Florence Nightingale
Sinead O’Connor
Eugene O’Neill
Ozzy Osbourne
Marie Osmond
Jane Pauley
Jimmy Piersall
Sylvia Plath
Edgar Allen Poe
Jackson Pollock
Charlie Pride
Anne Rice
John D. Rockefeller
Theodore Roosevelt
Axl Rose
Mark Rothko
J. K. Rowling
Charles Schultz
Peter Sellers
Brooke Shields
Robert Shumann
Sarah Silverman
Britney Spears
Rod Steiger
Ben Stiller
James Taylor
Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky
Leo Tolstoy
Ted Turner
Mark Twain
Tracy Ullman
Kurt Vonnegut
Mike Wallace
Walt Whitman
Tennessee Williams
Jonathon Winters
Brian Wilson
Owen Wilson
Virginia Woolf
Boris Yeltsin

So you can see that famous people with mental illness is not as rare as it may seem at first. I’ve only included the most notable famous people with mental illness for this list and left off some more minor celebrities of which there are literally thousands.

Great American author Ernest Hemmingway (pictured below) was plagued by alcoholism and depression much of his adult life. He received electro shock treatments at the Mayo Clinic in 1961 when he was suicidal. A few days later, Hemmingway would take his own life with his “favorite shotgun.” His granddaughter Margaux Hemingway would take her own life in 1996.

Ernest Hemingway

Linda Hamilton (pictured below), the star of the Terminator movies was diagnosed early with bipolar disorder. She resisted treatment, however, until she turned 40-years-old. She attributed anti-depressants to changing her world.

Linda Hamilton

Note: Making this mental illness list above does take some editorial judgment on my part. So, if you think that there is a celebrity or other notable that I’ve left off please send them in so that I may add them to the list.