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Actresses With Bipolar Disorder

Short biographies of famous actresses who have or had bipolar disorder. Some had their careers affected, others have not, but all made names for themselves.

Carrie Fisher
Actress/writer Carrie Fisher's bipolar disorder first appeared during adolescence, and has manifested itself in drug and alcohol addiction since then - yet she has come back again and again.

Catherine Zeta-Jones
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones announced in April 2011 that she was briefly hospitalized for treatment of Bipolar II Disorder after a traumatic year that saw her husband, Michael Douglas, diagnosed with and treated for throat cancer. Zeta-Jones reportedly had hinted at having depressive periods, but this is the first time she has spoken of having ...

Demi Lovato
Teen idol Demi Lovato hid a troubled life for a long time, concealing issues with self-injury by cutting and bulimia, an eating disorder. While in treatment for those issues, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Kristy McNichol
Kristy McNichol was a promising actress as a child and young adult. When she began having problems that led to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, however, her career was seriously affected.

Kim Novak
Actress Kim Novak, who starred in such legendary films as Hitchcock's 'Vertigo,' 'Picnic' and 'Pal Joey,' revealed that she had undiagnosed and untreated bipolar disorder which heavily influenced her decision to walk away from stardom in the 1960s.

Lili Taylor
Lili Taylor is a very prolific actress most notably in the area of independent films. Her early career includes the blockbuster hit "Mystic Pizza." She is also known for her recurring part on the HBO series "Six Feet Under." Though she doesn’t believe it was accurate, Lili received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder (manic depression) during her high-school years.

Linda Hamilton
The star of "Terminator" and "Beauty and the Beast" has acknowledged that she suffers from bipolar disorder and is now on medication to help control the devastating lows.

Margot Kidder
Canadian-born actress Margot Kidder, known best for playing opposite Christopher Reeve in the "Superman" films, has bipolar disorder which has caused her severe problems.

Mariette Hartley
Mariette Hartley is one of the best-known character actresses in television. She is also an advocate for both preventing suicide and treating bipolar disorder - having experience with both.

Patty Duke
Biographical sketch of Patty (Anna Marie) Duke, famed actress who won an Oscar at 16 but whose success masked child abuse and mental illness.

Vivien Leigh
Famed actress Vivien Leigh's manic depression was one of the reasons her married to Laurence Olivier failed. She is best known for playing Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind."

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